Pyeongyang Myeonok, Seoul

My friend Sookang Kim from the Chosun Newspaper took me to one of her favorite restaurants soon after I landed in Seoul last week, Pyeongyang Myeonok, or “Pyeongyang Noodle House”…

It’s a rather large restaurant that specializes in the cuisine of North Korea, as the name implies…

Here’s a look at what we had…

Banchan and condiments are traditional no matter where you live…

Some damn fine kimchi…

“Soup” bulgogi…

Thinly sliced beef cooked at your table…

Steamed mandoo dumplings…

They had the texture of ground pork, but were stuffed with tofu and mung beans…

Then came the house specialty, naengmyeon noodles…

Served in a cold soup with pickled vegetables…

Topped with sliced beef brisket and an egg…

Many people feel the dish is a bit tasteless, but I found it quite subtle and refreshing. And you’re given vinegar and mustard to add flavor as you like…

A fantastic first meal!

Food always helps bring people together; if only it could go farther in breaking down borders.


PYEONGYANG MYEONOK

26-14 Jangcung-dong, 1-ga

Jung-gu, Seoul

Korea

+86-10-2263-7784