27 (Mon) June 2011
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W, Mom and Dad
Janchi Guksu (잔치국수) is a Korean dish. The name literally means “party (janchi) noodles (guksu),” because the guests at celebrations of yore were often served some kind of noodles in broth, a special treat back in the day. The modern representation of this tradition is a very simple affair consisting of so myeon (소면) (thin dried flour noodles) boiled in an anchovy-stock soup topped with some combination of carrot, onion, scallion, zucchini, mushroom, egg ribbon, laver. Buffets for weddings or 1st-year birthdays often offer mini-servings of the dish in small bowls, just a couple bites, more symbolic than substantive.
Bonga offers a full-sized serving as an actual meal.
I’ve never had a bowl of the stuff that’s been any better than mediocre.
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