Myeong Dong Gyoza (명동교자)
I remember my grandmother making me a Korea dish called 칼국수 (or “knife cut noodles) when I was younger. It has become sort of a comfort food for me because it evokes certain memories – comforting memories. This particular restaurant, which is located in Myeong Dong (a popular tourist destination), has what may be the best knife cut noodles and dumplings (or gyoza) in Korea. This Seoul restaurant is must dine destination and one of Seoulgrub’s favorites.
Depending on the day and time of day you come to visit, you can expect to wait in line in order to enjoy their delicious menu. What’s great about this place is that their service is excellent, serving time is really quick, and their dining rooms cover two floors. They have a variety of dishes on their menu, but for the most part, they are known for their steamed dumplings and knife cut noodles. If you come to visit during the summertime, they also have cold noodle dishes that can bring relief from the hot, humid sun.
We ordered a bowl of their knife cut noodles, and an order of steamed gyoza to share. The bill is presented before the meal is served, so expect to pay when you order. The gyoza came out first, which is an absolute delight. Be careful not to puncture the dumpling as it’s filled with delicious steamy juices from the cooked meat and vegetables inside. Dip it in the sauce (soy sauce, vinegar, red pepper), and be careful not to burn yourself. The noodles also come out piping hot, along with several dumplings. I like to add some of the garlic soy sauce to give it some extra salty goodness. Of course you should use accordingly to your taste. The meal itself is accompanied by a bowl of rice (in case the noodles don’t fill you up) and some garlic style kimchi which goes really great with the meal.
If you happen to visit the area, I would highly recommend dining here as it just may be the best meal you have in Seoul. Seriously!
Low down: Knife cut noodles, and steamed Gyoza.
Rating: 5 stars
Address: Myeongdong 2(i)-ga 33-4, Jung-gu