Michelin Rated Pyongyang-Style Naengmyeon in Euljiro



In 1946, not long after Korea's independence from Japan, Pyongyang native Jang Won-il made his way down to Seoul to open a restaurant serving his hometown's specialty dish, a cold noodle dish called naengmyeon. After the Korean War finished, he reopened his restaurant and took in an apprentice, Kim Tae-won. Kim Tae-won has served as head chef of Wooraeok for decades now and was named a "naengmyeon master" by the Chosun Ilbo newspaper. The restaurant's name roughly translates as "The House of Many Returns" and a good portion of its clientele are senior citizens who fled south during the war, yearning for a taste of home. Since its humble beginnings over 70 years ago, Wooraeok has expanded overseas into the United States and received a Michelin rating, earning a reputation as one of the top Korean restaurants in the world. 


Despite residing in the same location since 1946, Wooraeok's interior is very modern, even high-class. Naengmyeon is usually an inexpensive dish, but Wooraeok's naengmyeon is quite pricey, costing 13,000 won. However, considering the quality of the ingredients and effort put into its creation, it's well worth the price. The noodles are made to order and chilled in a beef stock, topped with slices of hanwoo beef, pickled cabbage, and sliced cucumbers. It pairs well with their bulgogi, marinated and grilled on a copper plate, which can be eaten together with the naengmyeon. 

Price List

Traditional Pyongyang Naengmyeon (전통평양냉면) 13,000 won
Traditional Pyongyang Bibimnaengmyeon (전통평양비빔냉면) 13,000 won
Onmyeon (Hot Noodles) (온면) 13,000 won
Kimchi Mari Naengmyeon (김치마리냉면) 13,000 won
Bulgogi (불고기) 33,000 won (150 grams)
Salted Tenderloin (소금구이 등심) 57,000 won (150 grams)
Galbi (갈비) 49,000 won (180 grams)
Daegin Galbi (대긴갈비) 52,000 won (150 grams)
Slice Beef Tongue (혀밑구이) 31,000 won (160 grams)
Salted Beef Tongue (혀밑소금구이) 31,000 won (160 grams)
Sliced Beef Heart (염통구이) 31,000 won (160 grams)
Beef Gukbap (장국밥) 11,000 won
Yukgaejang (육개장) 12,000 won
Galbitang (갈비탕) 14,000 won


Company NameWooraeok (우래옥)
Category Food, Drink & Nightlife Family & Living Social
Languages Available English Japanese
Opening Hours11:30 - 21:30 (Last Order: 21:00)
Closed DaysMonday

62-29 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea 62-29

Take Lines 2 or 5 to Euljiro 4-ga Station and go out Exit 4. -> Turn right into the first alleyway and walk straight about 40 meters. Wooraeok will be on your left.

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