One of the oldest restaurants in Yaksu-dong, Manpo Makguksu has been serving up Jjimdak (healthy steamed chicken), Makguksu (buckwheat noodles), and Mandu (dumplings) in the North Korean style for almost 50 years.
This restaurant has been family-owned and operated since 1978 by a person originally from Hamgyong Province in North Korea. (The North Korean city of Manpo, from which Manpo Makguksu gets its name, is located between Hamgyong and Pyeongan Province.)
Mandu (dumplings) were being prepared on one side of the kitchen. Mushrooms, chives, pumpkin, and cabbage are just some of the filling options available in Mandu Jeon-gol (dumpling hotpot).
Side dish (Kimchi)
Jjimdak 29,000 won
Jjimdak (steamed chicken) is the house specialty, and it comes as a full steamed chicken topped with green onions.
Boiling a medium-sized chicken and then adding green onions to the broth creates Jjimdak, a traditional dish from North Korea. Depending on the cut, the lean meat has a soft or chewy texture. Vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, and seasoning are all on the table to create your own dipping sauce.
The kimchi's light, refreshing flavor was a nice complement. And the chicken's fresh appearance led me to believe that fresh chicken, rather than frozen, was used.
You can use chopsticks, but we recommend asking for plastic gloves so you can easily peel off the meat and enjoy your meal.
Bibim Makguksu (buckwheat noodle) 10,000 won
Both Mul (cold broth) and Bibim (spicy) versions of Makguksu are available. Due to the mild flavor of Jjimdak (steamed chicken), we went for the Bibim Makguksu.
While the Bibim makguksu may appear fairly red, it has a pleasant sesame oil flavor that gradually emerges, and it tastes even better when adding Dongchimi (white kimchi broth).
Added some extra green onions 1,000 won
Having been featured on Sung Si-kyung's YouTube before, I think a group of more than three individuals should visit to share some of the other great menu options, including Mandu (dumplings) or Bindaetteok (Korean-style pancake).
Don't worry if the first floor is filled; there are plenty of seats downstairs.
Address : 2 Dongho-ro 14-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-2235-1357
Operation Hours : Mon-Fri : 11:30 - 21:30, Sat-Sun : 11:30 -21:00
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Writer : dubong_e
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