Cycle 4 – Item 205
29 (Mon) July 2013
at Son Jjajang Maeul
-Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
Son Jjajang Maeul is a Korean-Chinese restaurant. Specializes in hand-pulled noodles.
The sign claims that they have a patent but doesn’t explain what the patent is for.
The photo shows 5 brothers. Really, the restaurant supports the livelihoods of 5 brothers?!?!
On my way to/from the cabin, near the off-ramp into the city Yangpyeong, a small street-side sign advertises hand-pulled noodles, one of my favorite things in the world. They’re increasingly scarce in Seoul but abound elsewhere throughout the country. Though tempted, I never took the bait until this evening.
By default, I ordered jjajang myeon. The noodles were pretty good, as hand-made noodles usually are, on texture alone. The sauce, however, was thick and goopy, bland, like the crap from cheap delivery joints – surprising because any place that’s put in the effort to make hand-pulled noodles also tends to serve them in a sauce worthy of the effort.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)