Since opening its doors in 1966, Myeongdong Gyoja has established itself as perhaps the best kalguksu restaurant in all of Seoul, and maybe even Korea; In fact, Myeongdong Gyoja invented the dish. The Michelin-rated restaurant occupies two floors, and come meal time it's packed to the brim with hungry customers. There are only four menu items: kalguksu, bibim guksu (spicy noodles), handmade dumplings, and a seasonal dish called gongguksu, noodles in a cold soybean broth, available from April to October. Even though it's always packed, the waiting time is never too long, just a few minutes for a seat during lunch hours. It has a rather modern, posh looking interior, but has a very casual vibe. The food is very affordable and the staff are quick to take your order and bring it to your table.
Myeongdong Gyoja's signature kalguksu is comprised of fresh handmade noodles cooked in a chicken stock with pumpkin and onions and topped with dumplings. It's an incredibly flavorful and unique taste that really warms the soul. For a bit more of a kick, chili paste is provided at each table to throw into your bowl if you wish. Myeongdong Gyoja is also well known for its dumplings. Large chunks of minced pork mixed with leeks are hand wrapped in a thin layer of dough, made fresh throughout the day. An order of a dozen costs 10,000 won, a bit more expensive than your average restaurant, but worth every penny.
|Company Name||Myeongdong Gyoja (명동교자)|
|Category||Food, Drink & Nightlife|
|Languages Available||English Japanese|
|Opening Hours||10:30 - 21:30|
|Closed Days||Lunar New Year & Chuseok|
29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea 29
Take Line 4 to Myeongdong Station and go out Exit 8. -> Turn left and walk straight about 100 meters until you reach Starbucks. -> Turn right at the Starbucks and walk down the alley for about 40 meters. Myeongdong Gyoja will be on your left.