CONTRIBUTED BY ZOE V.
Myeongdong, whilst being my Seoul shopping Mecca, is an area I find hard to get good food in. Of course it’s one of the most popular areas for Korean street food but it’s not known for its abundance of high quality restaurants. Hence my excitement when I stumbled upon the joy of ‘Myeongdong Kyoja’.
Kyoja is actually 2 restaurants on the same street with identical menus. Any restaurant that has to open up a second place on the same street must be doing something right. And they are. They serve only 4 dishes: kalguksu, mandu dumplings, bibimguksu and kongguksu. Each cost W8000. More information on these dishes can be found on their website: http://www.mdkj.co.kr/en/menu/all_menu.php
Everything they serve is fresh and homemade. They even hand cut the noodles in house. One thing to note is that you are required to pay before eating purely as a time saving measure.
The kalguksu is a warm, hearty noodle dish with no spice and the dumplings are ‘melt in your mouth’ soft. The portions are enormous and we often split one kalguksu and one set of mandu between two.
This place is a Myeongdong institution, popular with Koreans and foreigners alike. Because of this, there is sometimes a wait to get in. However, I’ve never waited longer than 10 minutes and lines go down very quickly. The restaurant has been open for 50 years and it knows what it’s doing. So if you find yourself in Myeongdong looking for some authentic, great tasting Korean food look no further than Myeongdong Kyoja!
Address: 5-2 2-ga, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
GPS Coordinates: 37.566535, 126.97796900000003
Directions: The restaurant has a great website with an English option that offers great directions and a little more about the cuisine and its history. http://www.mdkj.co.kr/en/restaurant/location.php