[Updated on March 5th, 2016: With great sadness, I am sorry to announce the restaurant has closed.]
It’s not easy to find a quasi-Korean-Chinese restaurant that serves up a healthier version of jajangmyun (noodles w black bean sauce) and several other noodle dishes, but that’s what happened when I randomly stumbled upon a place near my neighborhood. To be honest, all I wanted was some greasy, MSG-ladened jajangmyun (it one was one of those days) that come out less than a minute after ordering, but instead got handmade noodles with a sauce that can only be described as mild, curry-esque, and pretty darn healthy. How do I know it was healthy? Let’s just say this was the first time in my life I’ve had a good bowel movement after eating a bowl of jajangmyun. Ahem.
The owners sensed my curiosity and kindly gave me the lowdown on his restaurant. The noodles are handmade in-house every day, not store or factory bought. The jajangmyun sauce is made early morning slow cooked similar to curry without any MSG or other additives. They have been operating for over 15 years, which is hard to do in that area of Hongdae. Fortunately, they have regular customers who know quality food at very reasonable prices. Lastly, they also allow food junkies like myself to take pictures of their operation. Sweet!
And one more thing (important enough to get a new paragraph), this small restaurant is frequented by taxi drivers throughout the day but not crowded like other taxi hot spots. FYI: It’s a silent known fact that taxi drivers in Seoul know where are all the good places to eat. This place is no exception.
Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars
Hours of Operation: 11am to 9pm. Closed on Sundays.
Click here for directions via interactive map: http://map.naver.com/local/siteview.nhn?code=18779030