The Hangzhou city area is blessed with being inundated with restaurants serving dishes from our Korean counterparts. Although not a certainty by any means, a good sign of authenticity usually comes hand-in-hand with one or more of said counterparts taking a creative and/or productive role in the kitchen. Nuandong, situated in Xiasha, is no exception from this rule, as it is helmed by two Korean brothers and offers an authentic Korean flavour.
When people think of Korean food, one of the first things that comes to mind is kimchi. It doesn’t really get more Korean than kimchi. However, finding the authentic version in Hangzhou is easier said than done. Nuandong prides itself of on its homemade kimchi, and rightly so – we had to ask for several refills before our meal was over. Others seem to agree: their kimchi is sold with great success online to fans far and wide. What’s more, lovers of the fermented veg will find themselves spoilt for choice since a large portion of their dishes are either kimchi based or use kimchi in some part of the cooking process.
Dishes including soups, stews, wraps, pancakes and more are available and all lean towards a more authentic taste. The Tuna and Seaweed Rice Wraps (16RMB), although perhaps resembling sushi, were rolled with a light mustardy sauce, and the Stir-fried Pork with Rice (23RMB) was infused with a generous helping of their renowned kimchi. Their Kimchi Stew with Tuna (68RMB) was fairly hearty. It had a decent amount of spice and could act as a sharing platter for two.
If for some reason kimchi is not your thing, a Korean hot plate-style barbecue is an alternative (although not on the menu at present). Serving a minimum of four, meals are available and include fresh meat and vegetables to be cooked by you or an attentive member of the staff. Meals start at a very reasonable 140RMB for four people and require a day before booking.
As for drinks, you would be mad not to take advantage of Nuandong’s fresh fruit juices, all priced at 15RMB and peeled and blended before your very eyes. The Beetroot, Apple and Pear combination was very refreshing and worked well in quelling the heat that comes from eating too much kimchi. Other soft drinks are available, plus a selection of alcoholic beverages, including Korean Beers (15RMB), Soju (25RMB) and Rice Wine (30RMB).
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