As we enter July, the weather continues to be hot above 30 degrees. A cool bowl of cold noodles comes to mind these days when I'm sweaty even after a short walk in the hot sun. Among cold noodles, âPyongyang Naengmyeonâ pursues a light flavor and is perfect for quenching thirst in summer. Pyongyang cold noodles are a local food that retains the local characteristics of Pyongyang, which preferred mild flavors instead of salty or pungent flavors. In the early days, broth was made using pheasants that were caught a lot, but now it is difficult to find pheasants, so beef and beef bones are used to make broth. It became popular in the Pyongyang region and was spread all over the country by Vietnamese people during the 6th and 25th war. In the early days, it was popular mainly among enthusiasts, but a few years ago, it received attention through famous media broadcasts and the North and South Korea summit, and is now the representative food of the summer season.
Pyongyang cold noodles are made by chilling beef bones that have been stewed for a long time, then seasoned with dongchimi broth, salt, and vinegar to thoroughly roll up the soba noodles. The appearance of soba noodles rolled in rich broth looks similar, but you can enjoy unique flavors in each restaurant, with a variety of flavors depending on the person who makes it, the ingredients, and the taste. Let's live a smart Pyongyang cold noodle lifestyle in the heat of this summer, which is coming intensely! Here are 5 of the best Korean soul foods and new restaurants for cold noodles in Pyongyang that evoke a sense of nostalgia with their deafening yet heart-wrenching and exhilarating flavors.
Famous restaurants in Pyongyang Naengmyeon in Seoul include Chungmuro Pildong-myeon-ok, Mapo Eulmildae Pyongyang Naengmyeon, Euljiro Eulji-myeon-ok, Euljiro Wurae-ok, Jangchung-dong Pyongyang-myeon-ok, Nonhyeon-dong Jinmi Pyongyang Naengmyeon, Songpa Bongpi-yang, Yeouido Jeong-in-myeon-ok, Yeouido Jeong-in-myeon-ok, Yeoksam Seogwan-ok, Yeoksang-dong Seogwan-myeon-ok, Yeoksang-dong Seogwan-ok, Yeoksang-dong Seogwan-ok, Seogwan-ok, City Hall, Nampo-ok Daemun Buwon Myeon-ok, Cheongnyang-ri Pyongyang Naengmyeon, Guro Oryu-dong Pyongyang Naengmyeon, Guro Oryu-dong Pyongyang Naengmyeon, Bangi Geumwang Pyeongyang Myeonok, Seocho Seocho Seoon-won, Pangyo Neungdo, Dongdaemun Manpo Makguksu, Ilsan Daedonggwan, Seobuk-myeon, Pyongdam-dong Pyangok, Yeouido Daedongmun, Gangnam-gu Office Bongmil, Eun-myeon, Manpo-ok, Goyang Manpo-myeon-ok, Hongdae Dongmu Meal, Yeonnam-dong Yeonnam-myeon-ok, Nonhyeon-dong Navel House, Gwanghwamun Gwanghwamun Gukbap, Euljiro Pyeongrae-ok, Mokdong Pyeongmi-ga, Mapo Musammyeon-ok, Mapo Youth Club, Samseong-dong Gyeongpyeong-myeon-ok, Daechi-dong Woollae-ok, Seonneung Woomil Myeon-ok, Dogok Pyongmyeon-ok, Gwanghwamun Neung-do, Gangdong Amsa Dongshin-myeon, Mapo Mapo Baekgomnyeong-dong, Dohaejeong, Happo-Mapo Jeong Sangsu Dangin-dong Guksu Factory, Apgujeong Apgujeong Myeon-ok, Nonhyeon Bongsan Pyongyang Naengmyeon, Soongsil University Sangdo-dong Abadi, Hongdae, Pyeongan-do, and Sangwon Naengmyeon are famous.
National Pyeongnyeong restaurants include Uijeongbu Pyongyang Myeonok, Yangpyeong Okcheon Naengmyeon, Yangpyeong Okcheon Naengmyeon-ok Hwanghae Restaurant, Gwangju Sinan-dong Okcheon-myeon-ok Main Branch, Anseong Friendship House, Anseong Jangan-myeon-ok, Gwangmyeong Jeongin-myeon-ok Pyongyang Naeng-ok, Gumi Harumyeon-ok, Cheonan Pyongyang-myeon-ok, Asan Pyongyang-myeon-ok, Yangju Pyongyang Myeon-ok, Daejeon Pyongmyeon-ok, Daejeon Daejeon Sariwon, Daegu Gangsan-myeon-ok, Daegu Gyodong-myeon-ok, Daegu Daedong-myeon-ok, Daegu Daedong-myeon-ok, Daegu Daedong-myeon-ok, Yongin-suji, Dongducheon Pyeongnam-myeon-ok, Dongin-cheon Gyeongin-myeon-ok, Jeju Daekwang Restaurant, Gunsan Apgang-ok, Pyeongtaek Gobok-rye Naengmyeon, Pyeongtaek Gobok-su Naengmyeon, Busan Haeundae Giant Ribs, Haeundae Budaengmyeon-ok, Baekryeongdo Naengcheon, Incheon Noodles, Bucheon Samdo Galbi, Incheon Binganeongjin Naengmyeon, Dongincheon Pyongyangok, Incheon Airport Pyeonghwaok, Yeongju Wonjo West Naengmyeon, Gunsan Apgang-ok, Jeju Sanbang-dang, Gimcheon Gangseong-myeon, Boeun Gangseo-myeon-ok, Hanam Starfield Pyongyang-myeon, Uijeongbu Gombo Naengmyeon, Jeonju Soba Nangmyeon, Hanam Paldang Naengmyeon, Inje Nambuk-ok, Samcheok Samgai Restaurant, etc. are famous.
1. Hapjeong 'Dangin-dong Guksu Factory' is great for Pyongyang cold noodle beginners
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The 'Dangin-dong Noodle Factory' is a single-family house renovated in a retro style and has a unique atmosphere. It consists of a variety of spaces, from tables where you can huddle together to rooms where you can enjoy private meals. The signature menu is âTangin Naengmyeon,â which is a broth made by thoroughly simmering beef brisket, sago, pork belly, and pork belly. You can experience a clean taste without any impurities in the broth by going through the process of removing impurities from the broth three times with a dense noodle. Even beginners of Pyongyang cold noodles can easily try it because the noodles are soft yet have just the right amount of elasticity and the occasional broth without being burdensome. âPerilla oil soba,â which enhances the savory flavor using a special soy sauce sauce, perilla oil, and wild sesame powder, is also popular.
â²Location: 48-3, Wausan-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 â 17:00, closed on Mondays
â²Price: Sweet cold noodles 8,000 won, perilla oil soba noodles 9,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Plain Yogurt): I was nervous when I tried Pyongyang cold noodles for the first time, but they fit my mouth better than I thought, so I just ate a bowl. I ate cold noodles and mung bean paste together, and the mung bean paste was completely thick, and it was a perfect combination of cold noodles and honey. hehehe
2. Apgujeong's 'Apgujeong Myeonok', which fully captures the savory taste of soba
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âApgujeong Myeon-okâ is a place where you can enjoy Pyongyang cold noodles prepared by a chef with 20 years of experience from âJeong In Myeon-okâ. In addition to soju and makgeolli, it is remarkable that you can enjoy alcoholic beverages such as wine and craft beer with Pyongyang cold noodles. Cold noodles can be selected from âregularâ, which emphasizes a sharp texture with 70% buckwheat content, and âpremium,â which makes use of the savory flavor with 100% buckwheat. The signature menu, âPyongyang Naengmyeon Premium,â is kneaded with pure soba at the same time as ordering, and the noodles are removed, so you can fully enjoy the rich flavor of the soba. The noodles, which spread the savory flavor of the soba as you chew, blend with the deep flavor of the Korean beef broth, and exude elasticity. Along with cold noodles, âgyoza,â which has a light flavor with ingredients such as pork, chives, bean sprouts, and tofu, is also a favorite.
â²Location: 16, Apgujeong-ro 30-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 21:30 every day
â²Price: Premium Pyongyang cold noodles 13,000 won, gyoza 9,000 won
â²Testimonial (eating and breathing): The interior of the store is really clean, so the taste is amazing! The broth was so amazing that I drank it right away and asked for a refill right away. I liked the flavor of soba, so I ordered a premium one, but the aroma itself was definitely different, and I ate it much more delicious than normal.
3. Nonhyeon's 'Bongsan Pyongyang Naengmyeon' with a mild flavor that enhances the palate
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âBongsan Pyongyang Naengmyeonâ is a place where the owner of famous Pyongyang cold noodle shops such as âJinmi Pyongyang Naengmyeonâ and âNeungdoâ opened its doors for a long time. The signature menu is âPyongyang watercress noodles,â which is served by rolling plenty of noodles in a broth that is so clear that the bottom of the bowl can be seen. If you drink it all the way without adding anything, the soft saltiness and mild flavor of the soup will go down your throat and make the most of your taste buds. The transparent broth seeps through and softly loosens the noodles, which have a slight stickiness, adding a chewy flavor. If you want to enjoy the deeper flavor of the broth, I recommend âGanrang,â which removes the cold energy and comes in a lukewarm state.
â²Location: 21, Hakdong-ro 1-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 â 21:30 every day
â²Price: Pyongyang Watercress Noodles/Ganyeong 11,000 won, Fish Box Tray (small) 35,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Konakuna): It was definitely Pyongyang cold noodles that I was able to feel the characteristics of places I had been to before. The meat that is served as a garnish is also thick, and I can't eat much of the original soup, but it was so delicious here that it was completely cold. hehe
4. 'Abadi' in Sangdo-dong, Soongsil University, with a rich fragrance that fills your mouth
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âAbadiâ went viral because you can find Pyongyang cold noodles at a reasonable price. They offer a variety of menus, including cold noodles, makguksu, yakiniku, bibimbap, and fish-bok gyobok dumpling hot pot, so it's great not only for a hearty meal, but also for a cup of sake. The signature menu âPyongyang Watercress Noodleâ appears when you sit down to soothe your empty stomach with the hot broth provided. The combination of the rich broth and the colorful colors of the garnish, which is piled up with meat, pears, cucumbers, and eggs on top of the firm noodles, enhances appetite. The combination of the soup, which is not irritating and has a strong flavor, and the noodles that break smoothly is attractive.
â²Location: 2, Sangdo-ro 60-gil, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 21:30 every day
â²Price: Pyongyang watercress noodles 9,000 won, half plate of beef (Korean beef) 15,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami june03): There was such a hidden Pyongyang cold noodle restaurant in my neighborhood! There are so many sari noodles in it that it makes my stomach really hungry when I eat one bowl. The meat served as a garnish is so delicious that you want to try it separately, and the soup is amazing.
5. 'Pyeongan-do Sangwon Naengmyeon' in Hongdae, a secret recipe that has continued for 4 generations
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âPyeongan-do Sangwon Naengmyeonâ is located in the underground food court of the LG Palace building in front of Exit 9 of Hongik University Station. It is a place where the family business has continued for 4 generations based on the recipe of the first boss who started the cold noodle business in Pyeongan-do in the 1950s. This place offers clean Pyeongan-style Pyongyang cold noodles made by mixing dongchimi soup in a 7:3 ratio of broth made from white kimchi and pork aged with goji berries, respectively. You can choose cold noodles according to your preferences from âwatercress noodles,â which have a chewy texture, and âpure noodle cold noodles,â which have an attractive texture that is made from 100% soba noodles. The thick noodles blend with the heavy flavor that comes in, leaving the mouth full of richness.
â²Location: 156 Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:30 â 21:00 on weekdays, 11:30 â 17:00 on Saturdays, B/T (weekdays) 15:00 â 17:00, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Pure cold noodles 15,000 won, watercress noodles 8,000 won
â²Testimonial (called Shikigin Nanpyang): There were so many people that there were no seats even when they went during the opening hours. I've tried Pyongyang cold noodles as basic noodles, and both are really delicious! The overall price range, including cold noodles, is not bad, so it's easy to eat this or that.
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