Dinner @ Hwaguk Banjeom 華國飯店 화국반점 (Busan, Korea)

October 15, 2017 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

One of my crossfitters had sudden craving for black bean sauce noodle (jjajangmyeon/간짜장). But instead of ordering delivery, we decided to have a proper meal at a restaurant. As we were shopping around Gukje Market, I decided to bring my crossfitters to 華國飯店 (화국반점) which was within walking distance. And was 華國飯店 (화국반점) featured on my favourite Korean food show ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’. Episode 14 to be exact which focused on black bean sauce noodle.

The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived at the restaurant at 8pm. We were allowed to choose any table, and we chose to sit at the table nearer to the restaurant’s television. Haha. And being able to eat while watching television program (although we didn’t understand what’s going on since there was no English subtitles), it did feel like we were eating in the living room of someone’s house instead. Keke.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3), my crossfitters and I ordered:-

1) Pickled radish & radish kimchi, Complimentary (above)

2) 탕수육, ‎₩15,000 (small) (above) – Oddly, this dish of Korean sweet and sour pork (tangsuyuk) was not on the menu. But since it’s almost a must to eat Korean sweet and sour pork with black bean sauce noodle, we requested for it when we were placing our order. To which the staff recommended us to get a small portion. However, we didn’t like this dish. The sauce which was poured over the fried pork was gluey in texture and bland in taste. It was only when we were halfway through our meal that we noticed other tables of locals separately prepared a dipping sauce of vinegar and soya sauce to go with the Korean sweet and sour pork. And that indeed made the dish tastier. So I guess one really need to know how to eat to appreciate the dish.

3) 간짜장, ‎₩7000 (above) – 干炸醬. And what set this restaurant different from the rest was that 華國飯店 (화국반점) served their black bean sauce noodle (jjajangmyeon) dry and with a fried egg. It was ‘egg porn’ at its best when we tore the egg apart with our chopsticks, coating the noodles evenly with yolk before we poured the black bean sauce over the noodle. Nice!

4) 짬뽕, ‎₩7000 (above) – 炒碼麵. Again, one can say we had to order spicy seafood noodle soup (jjamppong) to go with our black bean sauce noodle. Keke.

It was a mediocre dining experience for my crossfitters and I. We were particularly disappointed with the sweet and sour pork. Perhaps we weren’t too used to the different cooking style? Would I still recommend 華國飯店 (화국반점)? Well… I still would. Purely because one should trust Mr Baek’s recommendation. I am a blind faithful follower of Mr Baek! Keke. But do be reminded that the restaurant was featured on Mr Baek’s food show for their black bean sauce noodle.

3 Baeksan-gil, Donggwang-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
부산 중구 백산길 3. [지번] 동광동3가 2-6
+82 51 245 5305, Naver
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Sun : 11:30 – 22:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 6
* Closed on Mon