11.296 Eolkeun Kal Guksu


27 (Tue) October 2020

Eolkeun Kal Guksu


at Gangnam Gyoza

-Seongsu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with Dad

Gangnam Gyoza (강남 교자) is a Korean restaurant.  Original location near Gangnam Station (the restaurant is on the Seocho side, and thus technically not Gangnam).  Specializes in gyoza/gyoja, as well as kal guksu and other soup dishes.

Located in A Tower, across from the office.
Already at capacity when we arrived at 1130, a short queue when we left at 1200.

Based on the name of the place and the menu items, this restaurant is clearly trying to emulate the landmark restaurant Myeongdong Kyoja (see 3.356 Kal Guksu).

My initial impression was that the kimchi here has the same spicy/garlicky taste as Myeongdong Kyoja, which I distinctly recall, even if 8 years later.
Similar shape of gyoja, but the skins here were more rubbery and looked factory-made – same plastic steamer.

The eolkeun kal guksu was solid.  Same chicken-based jaemeul-style broth, rich in flavor and thick in texture.  The eolkeun (spicy) version provided a good kick, without being too spicy.  The byeonsi mandu were disappointing, especially the skins, which tasted artificial and undercooked, and seemed to be made of a different flour than the noodles or the gyoja.  Overall, a nice, simple dish for lunch.

Our former driver Paul, who loves Korean spicy noodle soups, would love this.

(For more details re food, see WHAT)

(For more details re venue, see WHERE IN KOREA)

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