Shanghai Mong

By grace.g.yang ยท September 2, 2010
Under: Asian,Cheap Eats,Chinese,Dinner,Korean,My Life

If you’re ever in Koreatown, you should probably not go to a Chinese restaurant, right? Audrey and I made that mistake a while back and ended up at Shanghai Mong, probably the only Chinese restaurant on 32nd between 5th and Broadway. Okay, so it’s supposed to be “fusion,” but you don’t go to Koreatown to get that kind of food, you know?

We both ordered the noodles with black bean sauce:


Sweet, gloppy, and the noodles all stuck together (what Asian doesn’t add sesame oil to their noodles?!) – definitely SKIP this place and head to one of the MANY awesome Korean restaurants along 32nd.

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Reader Comments


Written By caramela on September 2nd, 2010 @ 11:26 am

I see you didn’t like jajangmyun noodles. Interestingly enough, this is arguably Korean’s favorite Chinese food and even unofficially celebrate April 14 by eating this very dish.

Written By TheDegustationAsian on September 2nd, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

I had no idea! Now I’m going to set my calendar for April 14th so I can have a party and eat it ๐Ÿ™‚

Written By Grace on September 3rd, 2010 @ 9:24 am

Grace, I feel I owe it to you to share this link with you explaining this practice in greater detail:

What I meant to say in my previous post is that this is Koreans take on Chinese food. No better or worse than your typical MSG-laden American take out or even the Japanese idea of Chinese food which happens to consist of Mapo Tofu and Peking Duck, haha.

Written By TheDegustationAsian on September 3rd, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

You had jjajjangmyun! It’s a Koreanized Chinese dish usually ordered in. I love it! Even when the noodles do stick together (which is always the case when delivered), but they’re absolutely amazing with handmade noodles. They soft and springy with a little bit of chew. Yuumm.

Written By Jessica on September 4th, 2010 @ 2:25 am

Mann…I don’t think we use “celebrate” April 14 to eat JajangMyun.

From Wiki:
“In South Korea, there is a recently established tradition that singles eat jajangmyeon on Black Day, which is April 14. The food is a comfort food for those who have no significant others.”

Try this dish out in other restaurants. It really is a good dish when it’s done right.

Written By john on September 5th, 2010 @ 12:14 am

LOL… To a Korean this is like a Big Mac. YUM

Written By Ty on September 7th, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

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