Cycle 13 – Item 65
11 (Fri) March 2022
at Junggyeong Samlim (Chungking Express)
-Jayang, Gwangjin, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
Common Ground is a shopping center and event venue. Made of (200+) cargo containers, cut into blocks and assembled to form larger structures.
Junggyeong Samlim (중경삼림) is a Chinese restaurant. The menu, which does not offer any Korean-Chinese standards (e.g., jjajang myeon), is vaguely/poorly Cantonese, as suggested by a few dim sum items, as well as the decor and name of the restaurant (the Korean title of the classic Hong Kong film Chungking Express).
Encountering Junggyeong Samlim while looking around, I was intrigued enough to give it a try.
Alas, the dim sum was entirely meh. The appearance and texture of the skins indicated that the dumplings had been factory-produced and frozen, then steamed upon order. The stuffings of both the xialongbao and hargao were barely passable. If I had these in the freezer to make myself a late-night snack, okay maybe, but not at a full-service restaurant.
I am doubtful that I’d ever go back to try other items.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)