Name: Cheon Jin Po Cha (천진포차)
Price Range: 4,000 – 8,000 KRW
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Our Menu: 1 Order of Steamed Dumplings (부추야채만두), 1 Fried Dumplings (구에티엘), 1 Chow Mein (차오멘)
Memorable Item(s): The Chow Mein!
S: With its little shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries, Samcheongdong is one of our favorite spots in Seoul. It’s just a great place to walk, sight-see and grab some snacks. Cheonjinpocha is a very small mandu shop located on the main thoroughfare in…
D: Sweetie, you wrote this a week ago- and you still haven’t finished it? You’ll have to excuse my fiance. He’s in the middle of a lot of things- not just sentences. He took the Jeopardy test yesterday, is taking the Foreign Service Officer test this morning, and has been scheduled an interview for next week. So you see, I feel that I’ll be asking questions and interpreting his responses for this entry. But thumbs up for all of his activities- yes?! Okay, but thumbs down for the steamed dumplings we had at this one place.
D: Actually, it’s known for its steamed dumplings- but I wasn’t the biggest fan of these. The flavor was strong. It was too mushy. There was nothing crunchy. There was not enough bread. I don’t know, a combination of things. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised when the Chow Mein came along.
S: Excuse you. I was planning on finishing that sentence soon.
D: Yeah. Another two weeks from now?
S: Don’t be mean. I was busy. Hmph. Time out for you. But for the rest of our audience (ahem), I was saying, before I was so abruptly cut off: it’s located on the main thoroughfare in Samcheongdong. Anyway, back to the food.
D: Okay, you can use ‘abruptly’ if you had been actively involved in something before the situation at hand was suddenly discontinued. Emphasis on ‘sudden’. But seeing as to how your stream of thought wasn’t going anywhere…
S: I said time out for you. The audience would like to know that the fried dumplings were much better than the steamed dumplings. The edges were crisp, and though the filling was the same as the steamed ones, the outside texture definitely aided the yum factor.
S: And that we were pleased with the overall meal. Snobby Ms.-I-finished-my-TEFL-course-so-I’m-better-than-you. Do you have anything else to add?
D: Since I’m no longer bearing the dunce cap… I’ll add that we rated the place a 3.75 for a cheap and authentic meal that was worth making the trip over.