Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Sunny Dragon Restaurant: Korean Chinese food 101

If you've never had Chinese style Korean food, you're missing out. These are sold everywhere in Korea and they also deliver everywhere on their motorbikes. You will easily find a place that will deliver right to your doors, and also pick up the dishes afterwards. It is inexpensive to order them in Korea but in Vancouver, it's like going to an average restaurant. 

The choices you will get from "Joong kook jib" (Chinese house) varies. The most popular is a black bean paste noodles (Jja jang myun) or seafood spicy noodles (jjam bbong).

Any joong kook jib will come with these particular side dishes. The yellow stuff is picked radish (moo, or dan mu ji) and the white things are raw onions. We pour vinegar on the picked radish to give it a sour taste. The black paste sauce is also served on a mini plate because people like to dip the onions in them. Korean Chinese restaurants isn't necessarily about being fancy or delicious. Well, it is to a point but I think they are more known if they are not tasty versus being tasty. Saying that, it is difficult to find a restaurant that doesn't make good Korean Chinese food because it is considered something so basic for Koreans. Almost as if it is a convenience store next door.

We ordered special combo A - $27.99

The dark dish on top is called jja jang myun. It is sweet and savoury at the same time and it's delicious eaten with the sour pickled radish. The centre dish is spicy deep fried pork. It may look like sweet and sour pork but it's not the same. It is sweet and spicy with a little bit of sourness. It is also much crispier than sweet and sour pork so I always prefer this over the Chinese version.  The big red soup at the bottom is jjam bbong and it's my absolute favourite. It's made from a seafood broth and spicy pepper oil - it has mussels, and little bit of octopus. As you can see, it comes with plenty of seafood and vegetables. It is absolutely divine and I crave frequently when it is raining. I would prefer this soup over Japanese style ramen or pho because it is something I grew up with.

The Sunny Dragon Restaurant served gigantic bowl of jjam bbong (I think it was meant for 3 people). The soup was perfect- spicy and delicious.

My sister-in-law ordered jja jang myun and the noodles were nicely cooked and it tasted as it should. There were a lot of onions in it though. I do enjoy it when some restaurants put in peas.

This dish is called ggan poong gi. There is a sweet/none-spicy version of called tang soo yook but I always get the spicy ones. This dish was crispy and there was plenty of meat inside. The portion was quite large as well.

After we were done eating, we left the restaurant with a lot of left overs. My family was craving for Korean Chinese food and we were satisfied by what we ate. We were actually looking for a restaurant near Guildford but they closed down. Unfortunately, it is not as easy to find these restaurants in Vancouver and I only know of one on Robson street which has decent food.

I would definitely go back to Sunny Dragon if I am in the vicinity. I do have cravings for Korean Chinese food here and there so I am glad that these restaurants exist. If you have any questions about what to order at a Korean Chinese restaurant, the options above are a great start.

Sunny Dragon Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



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