Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant 아우미식
To find a passable Chinese restaurant in Seoul is a rare and beautiful thing and to rediscover one is even better. This dumpling house is hidden down an alley opposite Hongdae Playground and after visiting on a Monday, their day off, I assumed it had become yet another casualty of Seoul’s fickle restaurant scene. Lucky for everyone, it’s still alive and kicking and nearly full on a Wednesday night.
The menu is full of specialities rarely seen in Seoul like mapo tofu and noodles fried in XO sauce. The pricey set meals deliver, but are really only an option for the ravenous. Yet I can’t go past the Cantonese style eggplant and tofu meal. Testament to it’s appeal, there isn’t enough rice for the more-viscous-than-traditional sauce. It’s intensely savoury, with soft tofu rounds, luscious eggplant, minced pork and the occasional fiery chilli. A selection of dumplings, an unlikely green salad, raw salmon, tofu with century egg and cucumber, and spicy jellyfish round out the tray. I dare you to finish it all. And then there’s dessert – choose from almond, mango or coconut pudding, all provide flavours outside the Korean norm.
Recognisable dumplings like shu mai, har gao and xiao long bao sit beside sticky rice rolled delights and other surprise packages. They’re all full of crunchy prawns or juicy meat and seem to be handmade onsite, with nary a noodle in sight.
This place gives a shocking taste of China in Seoul, one I hope doesn’t suddenly disappear.
아우미식 Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant.
서울 마포구 서교동 358-40
358-40 Seogyo-dong (28-8 Wausan-ro 21-gil) Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Set Menu 11,000 won – 18,000 won.
11:30 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 22:00 Tuesday to Friday.
11:30 – 16:00 and 17:00 – 22:00 Saturday and Sunday.
Closed on Monday.