Seoul Itinerary Day 4: Lunch @ Myeongdong Gyoza

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When in Myeongdong, one should not miss Myeongdong Gyoja (명동교자), a noodle restaurant that has been in business for about 40 years. The restaurant is known for their knife-cut, handmade kalguksu noodles, which is its main menu item. It is served in a deep and flavorful broth with meat and vegetables. When I was here 5 years ago, me and my friends have to queue and wait for 30 minutes before we got seated. Fortunately for us, it was a rainy day when we dined in last year and the restaurant was quite empty.
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There are only 4 dishes in Myeongdong Gyoza’s menu –  mandu (dumplings), bibim guksu (noodles with vegetables and red hot pepper paste), kalguksu (wheat flour noodles in a hot broth) and kongguksu (noodles in cold soy milk broth). Kong Guksu is served in a chilled sesame and soya bean soup with shredded cucumber. It was an acquired taste as I love to have my soya bean drink with sugar.
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Mandu its actually dumpling stuffed with pork, mushrooms, stir-fried zucchini, and mungbean sprouts. The dumplings were huge and meaty, filled with sweet and juicy minced pork.
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The dumpling goes really well with these ginger and scallion dipping sauce.
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Bibim Guksu is served cold and it is a favourite dish for hot humid summer. The buck wheat noodles were tossed well in a spicy, sweet sour sauce and aromatic sesame oil. It was so delicious and appetizing!
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Kalguksu tastes something like our Chinese soupy noodles. The thinly sliced noodles were served in a flavourful pork broth along side with some dumplings and shredded vegetables.
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Myeongdong Gyoza is a no frills restaurant. You sit down, tick your order (there’s only 4 items in the menu anyway), pass it to the wait staff, and dig in when your food arrives. Cutleries can be found at the drawer beneath the table.
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The wait staff served us some mint candies after meals to help with digestion as well as to help freshen the breath.

Myeongdong Gyoza
Address: 25-2, 2-ga Myoung-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: 02-776-5348
Operating Hours: opens daily from 1030 to 2130
Getting Here:
Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 7. The upper street branch located next to H&M outlet. The other branch located near Watson.

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