Naengmyeon (cold noodles) was a new experience for me this year, and now I'm a huge fan of it. Today I dined at Pildong Myeonok, one of Seoul's three best Pyongyang Naengmyeon (cold noodles) eateries.
Finally, I have been to all three of Seoul's best Pyeongyang naengmyeon restaurants: Pildong Myeonok, Woo Lae Ok, and Eul Mil Dae.
Although I went at the opening time of 5 pm on Saturday, it looked like I was still late. Fortunately, I only had to wait 15 minutes to get in.
Every day, the business is open from 11:00 to 20:30, with a break in the middle.
Waiting at Pildong Myeonok doesn't require a ticket; people just need to line up in front of the restaurant. Not until everyone in your group shows up you can go inside.
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All of my friends who like Pyongyang Naengmyeon recommended this place.
Even though my husband didn't like Pyongyang naengmyeon, we ate it three times together. He eventually began to enjoy it too, and he placed an order for the same Pyongyang Naengmyeon that I had.
Along with the main dish, many people order Mandu (dumplings), Jeyuk (boiled pork), and Suyuk (boiled beef) (*1/2 Jeyuk + 1/2 Suyuk is also available), but my friends told me I had to try only Jeyuk.
Later, take this to the first floor to pay.
On one side of the table, condiments like mustard, vinegar, soy sauce, and red pepper powder were set up.
The style of Pildong Myeonok is known as Uijeongbu-style Naengmyeon. Not sure why, but maybe because it has red pepper powder on top, which other places don't have.
Buckwheat noodle hot tea. I also asked for cold water because it was extremely hot that day.
Pickled radish (right) is the only thing that is served with naengmyeon. When you order Jeyuk, you'll also get this Baek kimchi (left).
Jeyuk (pork) 30,000 won
Look at the presentation of the Jeyuk, which appears to have been sliced randomly and carelessly. At first glance, this did not appear appetizing.
Naengmyeon 14,000 won
The naengmyeon had beef (slice), pork (slice), and an egg with red pepper powder on top. It was a little different from the naengmyeon in Woo Lae Ok, Bong Pi Yang, and Eul Mil Dae.
Jeyuk + Naengmyeon
Pairing the Jeyuk and Naengmyeon was incredibly tasty.
The Pyongyang naengmyeon noodles here were a little chewier than those I've had elsewhere. It was a little bland, but I liked how clean they tasted.
The green onions, red pepper powder, and meaty flavor from the broth gave it a clean, mild umami flavor instead of a spicy one.
Getting a whole plate of pork was the right decision. Now, I understand exactly why my friend told me to order one whole plate of Jeyuk, instead of half and half.
A bowl of cold noodles always tastes good with Soju (Korean alcoholic beverage). I had to watch the BTS 10th Anniversary Fireworks Festival at home, so we didn't drink too much.
Before I had no idea how cold pork meat would taste like. I thought the fatty part might smell bad, but this was really tasty. I was amazed and wondered how cold pork could taste so good. It tasted even better with the salted shrimp sauce that came with it.
When paired with Baek Kimchi, Jeyuk tastes also great. It's chewy but also tender, and it doesn't have a bad smell. It tasted amazing, so I definitely want to return for this Jeyuk.
Pildong Myeonok had a light and delicate meaty flavor, while another famous Naengmyeon joint Woo Rae Ok seemed to have a rich and strong meaty flavor.
While both places serve great food, I think I would pick one and enjoy Pyongyang Naengmyeon based on my mood that day.
For my husband, the naengmyeon here tasted a little bland. He liked the naengmyeon at Woo Rae Ok more, which has a stronger meaty flavor. He said he wanted to pair cold noodles from Woo Rae Ok and pork from this place. lol.
Address : 26 Seoae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-2266-2611
Operation Hours : Monday-Saturday : 11:00 - 20:30 (Break 16:00 -17:00), Sunday closed
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Writer : daily_jjo
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