pyeongyang meon-ok

 

mogumogu_102016.jpgBefore, I ate naengmyeon once in awhile since restaurants only offered it in the summer. Most of the time the noodles were lame and limp. Now that I’m here in Korea, I’ve seen many naengmyeon specialized restaurants or as a finishing option for bbq.

One weekend, my foodie partner and I went to the new Starfield mall on the outskirts of Seoul. After taking of shopping for household goods, we decided to take a lunch break. There were a number of options from famous small chain restaurants on the first floor and we decided on Pyongyang Meon-ok which is known for it’s North Korean style naengmyeon. There are two types of this dish, mul (물) and bibim (비빔): water and spicy. I chose the bibim naengmyeon and he chose the mul naengmyeon. As I’ve come to accept as the norm here, the portions were huge. The noodles were chewy with a good texture. Unfortunately they seemed to use a hint of something like wasabi in the bibim sauce. It wasn’t strong enough to attack the nose, but I’m not a fan of this taste. Luckily, my partner enjoyed his mul naengmyeon.

Truthfully, I’m not a big noodle eater, so eating naengmyeon 3-4 times in a month is pretty tiring. But my foodie partner, who grew up eating this, keeps suggesting it as lunch option… I guess I need to start liking noodles now.


前はたまに韓国冷麺を食べてました。アメリカでは大抵夏にしか出さないメニューで麺もちょっとふにゃとしてました。韓国にきてから、冷麺専門のレストランやバーベキューの〆によく見ます。

ある週末、彼とソウルの郊外に新しくできたスターフィールドモールに行きました。買い物を済ませた後、お昼を食べることにしました。1回がレストラン通りで、有名な店がたくさん揃っています。私達は北朝鮮冷麺で有名なピョンヤンミョノッに決めました。韓国冷麺は2種類あります。ムルレンミョン(スープ付き冷麺)と、ビビンネンミョン(スープ無しの辛い混ぜ冷麺)。私は辛い方で彼はスープ付きのを選びました。韓国では普通なのかもしれないが、量が多い。麺の食感は歯ごたえがあって、ツルッとしてました。残念ながら、ソースにわさびっぽいものが少し入ってた感じでした。鼻にツーンとくるほどではないけど、わさびが苦手なので、あまり好きな味ではなかった。でも彼はムルネンミョンを美味しく食べてたので、良かった。

実は、あまり麺好きじゃないので、月3〜4回も冷麺を食べるのは飽きるしきつい。でも相手がお昼に冷麺をよく食べたがる…麺好きにならないとなぁ。

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