Chinese food is one of the world’s most varied cuisine with so many regional specialities as well as international fusion variations. In Korea, Chinese food plays a big part in the culinary and ordinary lives of Korean people. In fact, there’s this one dish that is originally from China, but became a national dish in Korea called Jjajangmyeon, or black noodle. And I’d like to recommend My Tay To restaurant, where you can try this special dish in Hanoi.
Jjajangmyeon a.k.a Black Noodle
This dish called jjajangyeon or black noodle is originally from China. It is recreated by a Chinese immigrant living in Korea with a Korean twist. Black noodle first settled as an affordable dish for people after the second World War, then eventually became a national dish loved by most Koreans. Therefore, although its origin is from China, it is more prominent and widely found in Korea.
It is now a very common dish mostly enjoyed as delivery food. But due to its popularity, there are many restaurants ranging from low standards to fine dining styles.
The main ingredient is a type of bean sauce called chunjang. The sauce is thick and usually stir-fried with onions, pork meat and sometimes with seafood. This black sauce has a very unique flavour, which is slightly sweet, but mainly savoury.
My Tay To Restaurant - Korean Chinese Restaurant in Hanoi
I found this restaurant online from a Vietnamese foodie page on Facebook. From the review with photos, the dishes looked pretty close to jjajangmyeon in Korea, so I went to check out the place.
The name of the restaurant means handmade black noodle. They specialise in handmade jjajangmyeon as well as other noodle dishes and Korean-Chinese cuisine.
I was surprised with their extensive menu. They have all the most common dishes such as jjajangmyeon to more sophisticated and rare dishes. And they also have a good number of set menus perfect for those who want to try a good range of dishes.
Black Noodle and More at My Tay To
I ordered Set menu 1, which includes jjajangmyeon, jjamppong and tangsuyuk (sweet and sour pork) for two of us.
As the restaurant’s noodles are all handmade, the noodles were glutinous with a nice chewy texture. And the black bean sauce of jjajangmyeon was delicious as back home in Korea.
Jjamppong is a spicy seafood noodle soup dish, which is another famous Korean-Chinese dish along with the black noodle. And jjamppong here was not bad, but it did not quite taste the same as in Korea. Therefore I didn’t like it as much as the other two dishes. I’d have preferred it if it had a spicier flavour. But there was a generous amount and kinds of seafood from octopus to clams.
The pork dish called tangsuyuk was super delicious and perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The sweet and sour sauce for the pork was very thick and I enjoyed it very much.
I personally would not recommend jjamppong here since it did not taste as good as I’d expected. However, the black noodle and sweet sour pork were absolutely yum. If you’re interested in trying these dishes, My Tay To restaurant is a great place for you to discover the special Korean-Chinese cuisine!
My Tay To Restaurant
Address: 38 Bà Triệu, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Số 8 Lô A10, Khu đô thị Nam Trung Yên, 10000, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Ba Trieu – 10:00 – 14:30 & 17:00 – 21:30
Trung Yen – 10:00 – 22:00