Woo Lae Oak (pyongyang naengmyeon)
I visited Restaurant Woo Lae Oak, which is well-known for serving Pyongyang naengmyeon (buckwheat cold noodles). It is located near the Euljiro 4-ga Subway Station Exit 4.
For several years in a row, Woo Lae Oak has been chosen as the Michelin Guide Seoul.
Everybody knows how popular this eatery is.
You have to put your name in this machine when there is a line, but we went when it wasn't too busy, so we got in right away.
When I stepped inside, I was surprised to find that it was significantly larger than I had anticipated.
They took us upstairs and asked us whether we were willing to eat meat. Since we were only going to eat Naengmyeon without meat, he guided us to the left part of the hall.
It seems appropriate for a group gathering, too.
Several people ate Bulgogi. I'll try Bulgogi when I visit next time. We specifically came for the Pyongyang-naengmyeon, so that's what we got: Pyongyang naengmyeon, Bibim naengmyeon, and Kimchi naengmyeon. We had to pay upfront.
As the temperature dropped unexpectedly that day, a hot noodle tea was served. It's tasty and perfect for drinking while waiting for the food to be served.
Great Geot-jeol-i kimchi, especially with the naengmyeon. The flavor was distinct from regular kimchi. There was a strong taste of sesame oil.
Kimchi Naengmyeon 16,000 won
Bibim Naengmyeon 16,000 won
To someone like me, who has yet to try Pyongyang naengmyeon, Bibim naengmyeon is the way to go. Even though there was a lot of sauce on it, I didn't find it to be overly spicy, just flavorful.
Pyongyang Naengmyeon 16,000 won
The Pyongyang Naengmyeon from Woo Lae Oak, which my husband so desperately wanted to taste.
Kimchi naengmyeon was essentially seasoned, thus it was suitable for individuals like me who are unfamiliar with Pyongyang naengmyeon.
My older sister, who prefers Pyongyang naengmyeon, said that Pyongyang naengmyeon was more delicious.
Rice was included at the bottom of the Kimchi naengmyeon. When I tried it, I was surprised to find that it went better than I had anticipated.
The buckwheat noodle at Woo Lae ok was especially good. The buckwheat taste will become more pervasive the more you chew.
While the red sauce that topped my Bibim Naengmyeon led me to believe that it would be spicy, I was pleasantly surprised by how mild it was.
Nothing about Bibim Naengmyeon stood out to me. Everyone will enjoy the slightly sugary spice, and the Kimchi used as garnish pairs well with the noodles.
Of the many well-known Pyongyang naengmyeon eateries, I found the Bibim naengmyeon at the restaurant "Pildong Myeon Ok" to be the most flavorful and original.
My husband is a huge fan of Pyongyang naengmyeon. When he first sampled the broth, gave it a thumbs-up, and declared that it was incredibly delicious.
Woo Lae Oak worked well as an introduction to Pyongyang naengmyeon for those who haven't tried it before. In comparison to other gourmet Naengmyeon restaurants I've tried, such as restaurants “Jinmi” and “Pildong Myeon Ok”, the broth at Woo Lae Oak tasted mildly seasoned.
The flavor of buckwheat that spreads as you chew the noodles is fantastic. It's worthy of being considered a top Pyongyang-naengmyeon restaurant. I can see why this restaurant has been renowned for Naengmyeon for so long.
The greatest menu is always going to be Pyongyang naengmyeon, but in the chilly winter months, hot Yuk-gae-jang becomes increasingly popular. When I return, I should also try Yuk-gae-jang.
If you want to try authentic Pyongyang naengmyeon, come to this restaurant.
Address : 62-29 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-2265-0151
Operation Hours : Monday-Sunday : 11:30 - 21:00
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