Cycle 4 – Item 174
28 (Fri) June 2013
Pyongyang Mul Naeng Myeon
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
So long as I’m on a quest to determine Seoul’s best Pyongyang-style mul naeng myeon (see SSPYSP), I may as well try the packaged stuff. Pulmuone, my favorite local food company, recently introduced a new line of semi-instant products for MNM, as well as its spicy, brothless cousin bibim naeng myeon. W: “Aren’t you sick of it yet?” Me: “Just getting started, baby.”
NITPICK. One is called “Pyongyang Mul Naeng Myeon,” while the other is called “Hamheung Bibim Naeng Myeon.” The labeling reinforces the mistaken notion that, categorically, Pyongyang-style = mul naeng myeon and that Hamheung-style = bibim naeng myeon, which is not true. Restaurants of both styles offer both dishes. Shame on Pulmuone for perpetuating a myth.
BROTH. Sweet. Tangy. No trace of beef. Crystal clear.
NOODLES. Darkish. Rubbery. No trace of buckwheat.
TOPPINGS. None, except a tube of mustard. The instructions on the packaging helpfully suggests adding cucumber, pear, radish.
CONCLUSION. I wasn’t expecting much, and I got exactly what I’d expected. Not PYS, nowhere close. Not even really naeng myeon. That said, it was…okay(ish) – the way that bottled apple juice doesn’t actually taste like apples, but it’s still kinda good. DJ: “This, this is what I’m talking about, this is the kind of MNM that I like!”
(See also PULMUONE)
(See also MUL NAENG MYEON)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)