After seeing the Visite Privée (Francois Halard) exhibition near Hoehyeon Station, I dined at the renowned Buwon Myeonok in Namdaemun Market.
Dining Option in Namdaemun Market
Exit 5 of Hoehyeon Station is where you'll find Buwon Myeonok, in a small alley with lots of apparel shops in the heart of Namdaemun Market.
Customers were flooding into the tiny restaurant on the second level of this apparel alley, the vast majority of whom were women. It appeared like Buwon Myeonok was the most successful eatery in this alley.
There also appeared to be a third floor, which was only accessible on certain days.
Because of the popularity, the wall was covered with autographs from celebrities. They say there is usually a line waiting out the door on the weekends, but I was able to get in right away, maybe because it was a rainy day.
Buwon Myeonok is a restaurant that has been around since the 1960s. If a restaurant has been there for a long time, it must be doing something right, and that makes me always excited to try it out.
Buwon Myeonok has the benefit of being inexpensive. Here the Naengmyeon (cold noodles) are reasonably priced and worth a try. Most Naengmyeon eateries now charge far over 10,000 won for a single bowl of naengmyeon, but here you can get it for only 10,500 won.
On a rainy day, nothing beats a hot tea.
Mul-naengmyeon 10,500 won
Mul-Naengmyeon, the signature dish of Buwon Myeonok.
With Pickled cucumbers, radishes, eggs, and cold meat.
The broth looks great with the clear oil floating on top. At first, I had no interest in Pyeongyang naengmyeon since I found it to be tasteless. I even did not like the famous Wooraeok Pyeongyang Naengmyeon.
However, the broth for the cold noodles at Buwon Myeonok has a nice balance of saltiness and flavor. If you've never tried Pyeongyang naengmyeon before, this dish is a great introduction.
Buwon Myeonok features thick pieces of cold pork atop chewy buckwheat noodles. The buckwheat noodles were soft and chewy, just the way I like them. It's not tough, but it's also not super brittle, and it is just right!
In contrast to the other Pyeongyang Naengmyeon eateries, Buwon Myeonok has a light and refreshing flavor.
Bibim Naengmyeon 11,000 won
Pour a little bit of the cold broth that is served along with it. The texture of Bibim-naengmyeon was quite pleasing. It had a better texture than the Pyeongyang naengmyeon.
Wrapped with pickled radish and cucumber is a great way to eat it. The seasoning was just right, not too strong!
Two slices of pork are included, and they pair nicely with the cold noodles.
Dak-muchim (seasoned chicken) 15,000 won
Cold noodles with Dak-muchim (seasoned chicken) are a great combo. You just must try this seasoned chicken.
Boneless chicken is combined with sweet and sour vinegar, onions, and cucumbers to create this dish. The cold noodles went wonderfully with the chicken.
The seasoned chicken had a thick mouthfeel, perhaps due to its chicken breast flesh, which I enjoyed. Since everything was so tasty, I decided to try the Bindaetteok, too.
Bindaetteok 5,500 won
This bindaetteok was the smallest and thinnest I've ever seen. Its thinness made the entire thing crunchy and flavorful.
Unlike Bindaetteok, which is made with a thick and moist dough, this one has a unique flavor. You can easily add it to your order as a side because it is small.
In contrast to the rich flavor of traditional Pyeongyang Naengmyeon, the Buwon Myeonok naengmyeon is crisp and light. This naengmyeon joint is one of the best deals in town. It is also recommended for beginners who have not tried Pyeongyang Naengmyeon much!
As long as I'm in the area, I'll definitely be back. Be sure to order Bindaetteok and Dak-muchim (seasoned chicken).
- things to do nearby "piknic"
There is a cultural complex called ‘piknic’ nearby. I think it would be fun for a group to check out the area since it is both trendy and beautiful with its natural surroundings, and has a lovely cafe, restaurant, and exhibitions.
Address : 2F, 41-6 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-753-7728
Operation Hours : Monday-Saturday : 11:00 - 20:00, Sunday : 11:00 - 19:00 (1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday closed every month)
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