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.
|Company Name||Wooraeok (우래옥)|
|Category||Food, Drink & Nightlife Family & Living Social|
|Languages Available||English Japanese|
|Opening Hours||11:30 - 21:30 (Last Order: 21:00)|
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.