17 (Mon) June 2013
at Eulji Myeonok
-Ibjeong, Jung, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
Seoul Searching for Pyeongyang-Style Perfection (3 of 8) (see also SSPYSP)
On a mission to determine Seoul’s best representative of Pyeongyang-style (PYS) mul naeng myeon (MNM), among 8 restaurants named in a newspaper poll a couple years back.
In no particular order, Eulji Myeonok is the 3rd restaurant to be reviewed.
Eulji Myeonok (을지면옥) is a Korean restaurant. Landmark. Old school. Specializing in naeng myeon and other northerly items at okay prices. With so many office buildings in the area, the restaurant continues to make daily killings during the week both at lunch and after work.
The tasting process: (i) two sips of broth; (ii) two bites of noodles; (iii) two bites of noodles with various toppings; (iv) another sip of broth; (v) another bite of noodles; and, if necessary, (vi) another sip of broth following an adjustments with vinegar and/or mustard (although the necessity of any such adjustment probably means that the game is already lost).
BROTH. Kinda sweet. With a lot of mustard, it was coaxed into reasonable balance, but it remained sweetish. Couldn’t taste a lick of beef. Score: 1.25.
NOODLES. No buckwheat flavor. Slightly floury aftertaste. Even in color, the noodles were very white. Score: 1.25.
TOPPINGS. Sliced beef, boiled egg (half), sliced daepa (large scallion), red chili powder. Same negatives concerning the scallions and chili as mentioned in my review of Pil-Dong Myeonok. Score: 1.75.
CONCLUSION. In every aspect, a paltry representation of PYS MNM, even MNM in general. But for some reason, many people with much more experience than I do seem to like it. MtG, who’s also very particular about food, didn’t like it very much either. Weighted score: 1.30.
PRICE: 9,000 won + 6,500 won for a double order (gobbaegi) or extra noodles after the fact (sari).
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