My search for a warm bowl of noodles near the Gohyun bus station after I arrived in Geoje brought me to Palsunlu (팔선루), a Chinese bistro that serves Korean/Chinese fusion food.
It was located on the second floor of a large building. They did not have outdoor seating, but plenty of indoor seating that was spaced out.
After filling out the mandatory information book with name, phone number, and temperature, we were seated at a table and given menus.
Their menu was extensive, so we ordered a variety of dishes to share.
I love getting tea at Chinese restaurants, as it compliments the dishes very well!
We were given some banchan (side dishes) consisting of pickled veggies and radish, as well as some roasted peanuts. The peanuts were the perfect mix of salty with a slight sweetness.
We started with the housemade Pan Fried Pork Dumplings (수제만두; 6,000 Korean won, ~$5.50 USD). These were very crispy and had such a tasty filling packed with juicy ground pork and plenty of chives. This was my favorite of all of the items we had. My dumpling craving was satisfied!
The Beijing Style Deep Fried Pork (찹쌀 탕수육; 22,000 Korean won, ~$20 USD) was different from traditional Korean style Tangsooyook (deep fried pork) as it does not come with the traditional sauce with vegetables and fruit, but instead a sauce made with a vinegar base that was tart and sweet.
The fried pork was crispy and slightly chewy on the outside and the sauce went well with the pork because it was not too heavy, although it tasted a bit plain. You can ask for sauce on the side or on the pork itself, and they cut the pork in small pieces for you after they bring it out, which was a nice touch.
I had high hopes for the Seafood Jjamppong (짬뽕; 9,000 Korean won, ~$8.50 USD), a spicy noodle soup with seafood and vegetables. Visually it was very impressive, with plenty of clams, squid, shrimp, onions, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, and bean sprouts. The seafood was all very fresh, and the noodles were cooked well, but the broth was just missing the spicy kick that I was expecting. It was actually the mildest Jjamppong I have ever had! You could definitely have this even if you are not good with spicy food.
The Sichuan-style noodle soup (사천탕면; 10,000 Korean won, ~$9.50 USD) was surprisingly more spicy than the Jjamppong even though it had a clear colored broth. This noodle soup was also filled with fresh clams, onions, zucchini, carrots, and peppers, and had a spicy aftertaste to the tasty broth.
At the end of our meal, we were given a complimentary small dish of Pineapple sorbet, which was a nice touch and very refreshing at the end of our meal.
I appreciated how our server was very friendly and service was very fast.
Even though the dishes were on the mild side, I would still recommend trying Palsunlu if you are in the Gohyun area and would like some fresh food!
Location: 971-6 Gohyeon-dong, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do