Linking this post to Foodie Tuesday (April 22, 2014), hosted by Inside Journeys.
Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. This seems to be the week for traditional Korean food here at BTS. Strangely enough this was all totally unplanned. I traveled into Seoul last Sunday to attend a book club meeting in Seoul’s Myeon Dong, and ended up experiencing all of this fab food. Today’s post is all about Korean noodles, and specifically, a noodle dish called Kalguksu.
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A big THANK YOU to Connie, my friend and colleague, who recognized this well-known Myeon Dong Korean noodle restaurant. She not only strongly suggested that we have dinner here, but provided a bit of insight into the dish itself. Koreans love their noodles, and with very little research I discovered that there are more than 13 (thirteen) different Korean noodle dishes. Now, I love noodles, but seldom eat them, because they land directly on my hips! However, after experiencing the noodle deliciousness of last Sunday, I want to try them all. I’ll just have to space my noodle eating out over a few months!
The name of the restaurant in English is Myeong Dong Kyo Ja, and it’s been around since 1966. I took this shot of the entrance after we ate. As you can see, no line-up. Earlier in the day people were lined up 20 deep. This was just a temporary lull.
The restaurant is spread over several floors. I was standing on the stairs waiting for a seat on the second floor when I took this shot. These are the four Korean traditional food dishes the restaurant has on offer. I was told that the most famous, and the dish that the restaurant is most well known for, is Gogi Kalguksu…on the far left.
And here it is… Kalguksu…The biggest bowl of noodles I have ever seen! Kalguksu literally means “knife noodles”. This particular Kalguksu is made with a rich chicken broth, and you can also see meat floating in the broth, plus delicious small dumplings filled with more meaty goodness. I don’t know what kind of meat, but you can read a great description of this dish on their website (in English) Believe it or not, this dish is usually eaten in the summer! The Kalguksu was served with only one side dish…Kimchi. One of the best I have ever eaten. As you can see this was one huge bowl of noodles, and as much I hated to leave any, I ate about half. I would not hesitate to go back here. This was one of the best Korean traditional noodles dishes I have ever eaten!
Have you ever eaten Korean noodles? What did you think?
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Cost: 8,000 Won; free Kimchi refills
In case you missed this weeks early post featuring a Korean food stall.