The intense heat and rainy season heralds the beginning of summer in earnest. As the hot weather and humid days continue, I can't help but think of a cool bowl of âmakguksu.â The soba's fragrant noodles can be wrapped in ice floated dongchimi broth or enjoyed with sweet and spicy condiments. Makguksu is one of the favorite local foods eaten in the Gangwon-do region, where buckwheat was mainly grown, and is considered a summer delicacy. The soba used to make makguksu noodles is perfect for summer because it lowers body temperature, moisture, and heat and helps digestion. From places that have been in the family business for 3 generations and maintain a consistent flavor, to places where makguksu is released in a North Korean style, to places that fully capture the flavor of soba with 100% pure soba! Here are 5 of the best makguksu restaurants where the flavors of hometown blow like a breeze when you slurp in a bite.
Famous makguksu restaurants in Seoul include Goseong Makguksu in Banghwa-dong, Gogiri Makguksu in Yongin, Bangbae Yangyang Soba Makguksu, Jinnampo Myeon-ok in Yaksu-dong, Manpo Makguksu in Sindang-dong, Dapsimni Seongcheon Makguksu, Jamsil Namgyeong Makguksu, Itaewon Yujin Makguksu, Gyodae Sambat Makguksu, Sindang-dong Chugajip, Seochon Jangsin-myeon, etc.
Makguksu restaurants around the country include Seongnam Gimsa Gat Makguksu, Yeoju Cheonseo-ri Hongwon Makguksu, Chuncheon Sembat Makguksu, Yupori Makguksu, Chuncheon Silbi Makguksu, Mancheon Makguksu, Buan Makguksu, Nambu Makguksu, Hyunam Makguksu, Myungga Makguksu, Toegye Makguksu, Saesul Makguksu, Yeonsan Pelangmakguksu, Pyongyang Makguksu, Yangyang Siloam Soba, Yangyang Seolam Soba, Yangyang Soba Noodles, Songyang Yeonggwang Jeong Meguksu, Songyang Wall soba noodles, Donghae makguksu, Ipam soba town, beombu soba noodles, Danyang-myeonok, Sokcho Hamheung makguksu, Gangneung Songjeong beach makguksu, Samgyori dongchimi makguksu, brother makguksu, bintabangdong makguksu in Inje forest, Nambuk myeonok, Hongcheon jangwon makguksu, Yongbyon makguksu, galisan makguksu, friendly makguksu, goseong baekchon makguksu, donggoksu, donggoksu, gyodong makguksu, gyodongguksu, gyodongguksu, gyodongguksu, gyodongguksu, gyodongguksu, gyodongguksu, gyodongguksu, gyodongguksu, gyodongguksu Baekdo Samgyori Dongchimi Makguksu, Bongpyeong Modern Makguksu, Waterwheel Makguksu, Bongpyeong Soba Delicacy Restaurant, Samcheok Buil Makguksu, Yanggu Gwangchi Makguksu, Dochon Makguksu, Yeongwol Sangdong Makguksu, Cheorwon Makguksu, Pyeongchang Duil Makguksu, Yucheon Restaurant, Hoengseong Gwangam Makguksu, Samgunri Soba Village, Gwacheon Gangneung Dongchimi Makguksu, Yeoju Kanggye Jin Makguksu, Yeoju Kanggye Jin Makguksu, Yeoju Kanggye Jin Makguksu, Yeoju Kanggye Jin Makguksu, Yeoju Kanggye Jin Makguksu, Yeoju Kanggye Jin Makguksu, Yeoju Kanggye Jin Makguksu Chogyetang Makguksu, Gapyeong Songwon Makguksu, Four Sisters Pyeonggang Makguksu, Gumgang Makguksu, Incheon Yeongjongdo Donghae Makguksu, Paju Odusan Makguksu, Jihyang Makguksu, Yangju Lava-ri Makguksu, Yangpyeong Daedonggang Makguksu Chogye-tang, Uijeongbu Famous places include Pyongyang Chogyetang Makguksu, Namyangju Bukanggang Makguksu Dak-galbi, Cheonan Bongpyeong Market, Jincheon Jincheon Makguksu, Cheongju Banam Makguksu, Buyeo Jangwon Makguksu, Busan Dunnae Makguksu, Myeonok Hyangcheon, and Rumunnanmun Jinmakguksu.
1. âHongwon Makguksuâ in Yeoju Makguksu Village, Yeoju Cheonseo-ri
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âHongwon Makguksuâ has written over 90 years of history over 3 generations at Yeoju Cheonseo-ri Makguksu Alley. It is so popular that there is a separate annex right in front of the store, regardless of meal time. The signature menu, âBibeam Makguksu,â is served by piling sauce, cucumber, egg, and seaweed powder on top of tightly rolled soba noodles. The noodles made from a batter made from a mixture of buckwheat flour and sweet potato starch in an 8:2 ratio have a soft yet chewy texture at the same time. Makguksu, which stands out for its combination of sweet and spicy sauce and savory soba noodles, is also popular for eating it yourself by pouring cool broth after eating about half of it. Beef bone that has been cooked for 24 hours or more and makes full use of the rich flavor of kelp and radish brings out the rich flavor of makguksu to the fullest.
â²Location: 12 Cheonseori-gil, Daesin-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
â²Opening hours: 10:30 â 20:00 every day, closed on the third Monday
â²Price: Bibeam makguksu 8,000 won, pork 16,000 won
â²Testimonial (I'm excited): Yeoju's makguksu restaurants are so famous that there are lots of people even during the daytime on weekdays. Still, it rotates fast, so you can eat it without having to wait long. I also recommend combining bibimbap makguksu with pork and eating it wrapped up. Hehe, honey flavor!
2. 'Jinnampo-myeonok', Seoul medicinal water with a subtle scent of land that adds flavor
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âJinnampo Myeonokâ was opened by Vietnam's first owner in the Jinnampo area of Pyeongan-do during the 6th and 25th War. The first son and his wife, who have inherited the taste of their mother, sell North Korean dishes with the flavors of their hometown, such as gyoza, noodles, bossam, and hot pot. The signature menu, âMakguksu,â is famous for its subtle flavor of meat mixed with dongchimi broth and beef broth. Soba noodles with just the right amount of elasticity are combined with the clean broth to provide a refreshing aftertaste. Another popular menu is âsteamed chicken,â where chicken boiled in seed broth is steamed in a steamer one more time to remove the fat and has a light flavor. You can enjoy a richer flavor by wrapping blanched chives around the moist meat and adding a special sauce.
â²Location: 108, Dasan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 22:00 every day
â²Price: Makguksu 9,000 won, steamed chicken 27,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Rantanguri): This restaurant is perfect for North Korean food lovers. There are a variety of types, and each one is delicious because the food is crunchy. I ate steamed chicken because it's famous, but the real sake is a flavor that contains sake, and I chose makguksu as a side, but it was so delicious than I thought, and I originally liked bibimbap, but the broth itself is delicious here, so I definitely recommend eating mizu makguksu!
3. 100% buckwheat noodles picked immediately upon order, 'Goseong Makguksu' in Banghwa-dong, Seoul
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âGoseong Makguksuâ is a Yeongdong-style makguksu specialty store that has continued its tradition for 25 years since 1996. The characteristic is that they start hand kneading at the same time as the order is placed, and noodles are removed to make noodles. The signature menu, âDongchimi Makguksu,â comes with noodles made from 100% pure soba without additives and dongchimi broth topped with ice cream. The noodles, which have a thick appearance due to the buckwheat skin on them, have a crunchy texture and a savory flavor that spreads throughout the mouth as you chew them. Pure soba noodles, which may feel bitter, go harmoniously with the sweetness of the dongchimi broth. The âpork cutlet,â which has been boiled for a long time and has a soft texture, is also popular. You can enjoy it in a samhap style with sashimi and white kimchi, which are served as side dishes.
â²Location: 6-7, Banghwa-daero 49-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 20:00 every day, B/T (weekdays) 15:15 â 16:30, B/T (Saturday) 15:40 â 16:20, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Dongchimi Makguksu 8,000 won, pork (small) 24,000 won
â²Testimonial (Park Seon-saeng, a home-cooked meal): I only used buckwheat without any additives, so the flavor of the soba was so strong that it came up every time I ate it. Hehe, if you place an order instead, they will make noodles, so it's best to order with a little bit of time to spare! It feels like a classic of refreshing dongchimi makguksu. hehe
4. âGogiri Makguksuâ of Gogi-dong in Yongin Suji captures the natural flavor of buckwheat
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Located deep in Gogiri Valley, âGogiri Makguksuâ combines a hanok-shaped store with the surrounding scenery to create a quiet atmosphere. The owner, who was taught techniques at âJangwon Makguksuâ in Hongcheon, presents unique makguksu by adding his own colors. The signature menu is âperilla oil makguksu,â made by mixing homemade soba noodles with perilla oil and fermented soy sauce and topped generously with sesame powder and seaweed powder. The noodles are made using only pure soba, but they are milled in small amounts for 30 servings to make use of their elastic and sticky texture. The seasoning is not irritating, so you can fully enjoy the natural flavors and flavors of soba noodles and various ingredients in your mouth. When the perilla oil makguksu is about half left, adding cold broth and enjoying it like water makguksu is also a delicacy.
â²Location: 157, Ijongmu-ro, Suji-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 21:00 every day, closed on Tuesdays
â²Price: Perilla oil makguksu 8,000 won, beef (small) 13,000 won
â²Testimonial (Hip-tong Shikigin): The store has recently been expanded and relocated, making the store cleaner. Hehe, I tried perilla oil soba noodles for the first time, and the ingredients are really simple, but the flavors are very complex. Hehe, the scent of buckwheat is also very strong, and the scent of perilla oil lingers around, so it's a taste that always comes to mind even when I come home. hehe
5. Seoul Bangbae's 'Yangyang Soba Makguksu' captivates with its rustic charm
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âYangyang Soba Makguksuâ was named Michelin Bib Gourmand for 3 consecutive years from 2018 to 2020. You can find a noodle menu based on water makguksu and a side menu that goes well with noodles, beef, etc. The signature menu, âSashimi Soba Makguksu,â enhances the taste with a reddish pollack soba placed on top of the dark soba noodles. Noodles made by milling soba and soba rice have a clunky yet rough texture that is strangely addictive. The combination of sweet and sour pollack soba noodles with broth made by using brisket over a long period of time brings out the rich flavor. Note that you can add sashimi topped as a garnish for a fee.
â²Location: 10, Donggwang-ro 15-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 â 21:00 every day, B/T 15:00 â 17:00
â²Price: Sashimi soba makguksu 11,000 won, soba makguksu 9,000 won
â²Testimonial (Three Meals of Meals): I chose sashimi because I was wondering whether to eat it as a basic meal or something that went up a bit, but it was a choice I have no regrets about. If you gently rub it with chopsticks and eat it together, the unique texture of soba noodles and the sashimi sauce go well together, so it will continue to sizzle in. hehe
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