Wooraeok 우래옥 (Jugyo-dong, Seoul)

Recently got to visit legendary Wooraeok again after a long hiatus—and it was by far better than my previous three visits. One reason why was the addition of their hanwoo bulgogi, a dish almost as famous as their Pyeongyang-style noodles. Grilled tableside by the attentive staff who was helpful throughout the meal, we got to indulge in juicy, flavorful pieces of bulgogi while slurping down the refreshing noodles. Although priced at a hefty 33,000 won per serving (150 grams), it was the perfect compliment to the two naengmyeon varieties (mul + bibim; 13,000 won each) that can be a little “boring” eaten without any protein. Both of the cold buckwheat noodles were excellent as usual, each containing tender slices of beef, pickled cabbage, and sliced radish. My personal preference is the bibim because of the mild yet refined sauce—not overly sweet and sour but a balance of agreeable flavors. You can’t go wrong with either one, though. This is definitely one of my favorite meals and always filled with elderly patrons (a positive sign) during peak and off-hours. I can understand why this place has been a must-stop destination for Pyeongyang-style naengmyeon lovers for over 70 years (est. 1946).

One thing to note about Wooraek that distinguishes it from its competitors is the interior. Where most naengmyeon restaurants are humble and quite drab honestly, Wooraek is clean, classy, and spacious. There’s even a comfy couch for patrons who don’t look at all disappointed about being put on the waiting list, myself included!

Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Wooraekok 우래옥

Jugyo-dong 118-1, Jung-gu (서울 중구 주교동 118-1)

Phone: 02-2265-1051

Hours: Open every day 11:30 am ~ 9:30 pm except Mondays

Click here for an interactive map: http://naver.me/5X5HgSQy



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