16 (Sat) January 2010
Kimchi Mari Guksu
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
with the Family
11 days in, and this is the 3rd visit to the same restaurant. It’s mostly for the convenience, but the service is excellent, the prices are reasonable, and the food’s pretty good.
That said, I would drive across the city, tolerate rudeness, and pay anything to get these noodles, which may be the best kimchi mari guksu (김치말이국수) that I’ve ever had. The dish, the name breaking down as kimchi (김치) + mari (말이) (“dunked/submerged”) + guksu (국수) (“noodles”), consists of thin flour noodles in a chilled fish stock, topped with sliced kimchi, cucumbers, and maybe egg ribbons. Somewhat sweet and sour in character, it’s both refreshing and filling at the same time. At 6,000 won, an excellent bargain to boot. Although the noodles deserve a 3.5 rating, very close to 4.0, the 3.0 may be attributed to the fact that I’m just a bit tired of the place in general.