Xiao Zhan is a Taiwanese restaurant run by Henry Lau, the former member of Super Junior-M. Henry is currently pursuing his music career as a solo artist, releasing numerous chart-topping singles and producing music for other artists, TV dramas and movie OSTs. On May 4, 2018, he opened the first branch of Xiao Zhan in Apgujeong, Seoul. Since then, this restaurant is immensely popular especially among K-pop fans. Until now, Henry has opened up to three branches in Apgujeong, Eulji-ro and Seocho-gu.
Xiao Zhan is easily accessible by subway. First, take a subway to Apgujeongrodeo Station (Suin-Bundang Line) and make your way out of exit 5. Then, take a 7-minute walk to the restaurant.
- Operation Hours: 11:30 am to 9:00 pm (Break time: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
- Address: Apgujeong-ro, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Xiao Zhan at a Glance
The restaurant is decorated with fancy Chinese lanterns and decorations. It is quiet and spacious, unlike other restaurants which are usually congested; these made Xiao Zhan appealing to me. It offers cozy and warm setting, creating a romantic atmosphere. When you enter the restaurant, you will immediately feel relaxed because of the dim candle-light lighting.
Also, it gives off aesthetic vibes with the attractive neon lightings.
Look at these Taiwan beer and apple cider placed along the counter.
The restaurant serves a variety of Taiwanese food including xiao long bao (soup dumplings), lu rou fan (braised pork rice) and Taiwanese popcorn chicken. Their signature menus are Xiao Zhan Beef Noodles, Classic Braised Pork on Rice, Pork Cutlet on Rice, Spicy Mala Chicken and Orange Chicken. Also, you can try special fusion dishes like orange chicken and kung pao chicken (spicy, stir-fried Chinese dish made with cubes of chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers).
I ordered their braised pork rice. It was mouth-watering and tasted exactly like the one I always had in my hometown! It comes with a 3/4 boiled egg, bok choy and braised soy sauce minced pork. Xiao Zhan’s signature braised pork rice is served in two different portions: big (7500 won) and small (3500 won). If you wish to order other side dishes as well, I suggest you to opt for the small portion.
The restaurant serves chef’s kiss Taiwanese cuisine at an affordable price, which is why it has become a trendy place with long waiting lines. The food prices range from 3500 won to 15000 won. Another plus point of this restaurant is that the food arrives in just less than 10 minutes. The food is served in a lightning speed, so if you come with a grumbling stomach, fret not, you can immediately fulfill your hunger!
I really love the authentic Taiwanese food taste and its “kind prices” offered by this restaurant. I am 100% satisfied with the comfy ambience, scrumptious food and the reasonable price. If you are craving for Taiwanese cuisine that will melt your taste buds, make sure you pay a visit to Xiao Zhan. And, who knows, if you are lucky, you can even meet Henry Lau!