The best place to get authentic Kong-guksu (cold soybean noodles) in Seoul is at Jinju Hoegwan, which is conveniently located close to City Hall Station. Jinju Hoegwan is perhaps the busiest eatery near City Hall Station during the summer when the heat makes you need a fresh bowl of soybean noodles. On a weekday a little after 11:30, the queue was already long. We waited for perhaps 30 minutes, and there were probably between 30 and 45 customers ahead of us.
Inside, there are two stories, providing plenty of room for diners to take a seat. Since most diners get soybean noodle dishes, they finish their food quickly and leave, making the wait time minimal. Customers often spend more than an hour in line on weekends. It looks like most of the people who work near City Hall Station come to have lunch here.
Kong-guksu and Seokkeo Jjigae (spicy stew with squid and pork) are the two most ordered dishes. It is said that during the hot summer months, only Kong-guksu will be available. (until August 31st)
Kong-guksu 15,000 won
It is stated that the thick soup uses only the best of the Gangwon-do area's dried soybeans.
Jinju Hoegwan's soybean noodle soup is thicker and more flavorful since the broth is prepared with minimal water. The soup is so creamy and full of flavor that it almost tastes like you're drinking the finest soymilk.
There is no need to add additional seasonings like sugar or salt because the flavor is already balanced and the distinctive unpleasant taste of soybeans is barely detectable.
The potato starch used to make the noodles gives them a satisfying chewiness that complements the broth. An experience like this will change your mind about the soybean noodles you've always eaten. It's well worth the 15,000 won price.
The mild seasoning on the soybean noodles pairs nicely with their handmade kimchi. After making the trip to City Hall Station specifically for the soybean noodles, I feel really satisfied.
Located conveniently close to City Hall Station, Jinju Hoegwan serves up delicious soybean noodles. Soybean noodles can be a bit pricey at 15,000 won, but they're well worth it for the flavor. I felt like I could beat the heat of this summer with just one bowl of this flavorful, thick soup and chewy noodles. If you're a fan of soybean noodle dishes, now is the time to visit.
A great spot for some authentic Kong-guksu.
Address : 26 Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-753-5388
Operation Hours : Monday-Sunday : 11:00 - 21:00 (Break time: 14:00 - 14:50)
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Writer : OH SEBON (osb524)
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