Sungcheon Makguksu 성천막국수 (Dapsimni, Seoul)

One of the best things, if not the best thing, about visiting old-school restaurants is to experience food that has largely remained the same over the years. That’s the main appeal of legendary Pyeongyang-naengmyeon restaurants such as Pyeongyang Myeonok, Eulji Myeonok, Wooraeok, etc., all of which have been around for decades and still attract a legion of noodle-lovers, young and old. While those places are great and deserve credit for keeping things authentic, here’s one of my favorite places in Seoul paying homage to Gangwondo’s finest: makguksu 막국수 (buckwheat noodles).

Since 1966, Sungcheon Makguksu has kept their food unchanged with a small lineup of fantastic dishes featuring juicy, tender pieces of pork (jeyuk 제육) as a side and makguksu taking center stage. The two options are minimalistic to the core, allowing the original flavors of the buckwheat to really shine. Earthy, slightly nutty, and very rustic; most definitely containing a higher percentage of buckwheat than other places as it’s brittle to the bite. The “mul“ version contains only noodles in a slushy dongchimi 동치미 broth while the “bibim” has noodles, perilla oil, and a dollop of red pepper paste. Both are seasoned to taste with usual suspects (i.e. vinegar and spicy mustard), including strips of radish given as the only side. Long story short, it’s delicious and hearty and much cheaper than aforementioned naengmyeon places, which as of late have been inflating prices to ridiculous levels (usually upwards of 10,000 won). Save your money and head over to Dapsimni for this jeongsik 정식 set meal for only 8,500 won. 🙌

Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Sungcheon Makguksu 성천막국수

Dapsimni-dong 33-28 (답십리동 33-28)

Phone: 02-2244-5529

Hours: Open every day 11:30 am ~ 9:00 pm closed on Sundays

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