Cycle 14 – Item 159
13 (Tue) June 2023
at Hwaro Yangmi
-Seongsu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
Hwaro Yangmi (화로양미) is a Korean-Chinese restaurant. Specializes in grilled lamb, as well as other dishes from the Yiabian region, brought over by ethnic Koreans (see also 13.146 Geon Dubu Bokkeum).
Previously, the restaurant was only open in the evening. I’ve visited once, for a postprandial round of drinks with staff, though I don’t recall the food.
Earlier this month, they opened for lunch, offering a buffet. The spread features dishes that seem vaguely Chinese, vaguely Korean, probably what ethnic Koreans in China eat at home.
The food was not good. The flavors were passable, but the execution was sloppy, leaving most the ingredients way overcooked and mushy, and greasy. As the featured photo suggest, the food doesn’t look very appetizing on the plate. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the novelty of it, a welcome departure from the standard “Chinese” food in Korea, which is entirely inauthentic and invariant. 7 of the 9 dishes were vegetable-based (Korean-Chinese restaurants typically offer zero vegetable dishes). And soup (Korean-Chinese restaurants typically offer zero soups, aside from noodle soups)! 9,000 won per customer, which isn’t that cheap (Korean buffets charge around 7,000 won), especially in light of the quality.
Still, I can see myself coming back on occasion.
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)