11.353 Mul Naeng Myeon

11.353

23 (Wed) December 2020

Mul Naeng Myeon

3.5

at Pyeonyang Myeonok

-Jangchung, Jung, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with the Family, Dad

Funny, the last time that I ate at Pyeonyang Myeonok, I was still of the mind that it served the best mul naeng myeon in the world (see 7.159 Mul Naeng Myeon), not yet having discovered Jinmi (8.296 Mul Naeng Myeon).

The restaurant has set aside every other table and erected plastic barriers between tables, though I’m not sure how effective such measures will be.

As of today, Seoul is implementing Level 3 restrictions for Covid-19, which includes a cap of 4 persons on any public gathering.

We were a party of 5, so we had to sit at 2 separate tables.

Pyeonyuk (3.0): visually identical to but falling short in terms of taste and texture to the steamed pork plate at (11.326 Jeyuk)
Mandu (3.0): part of me appreciates the cockiness of a kitchen that knows it can get away with unceremoniously dumping food onto a plate.

As ever, the MNM was excellent.  Taste memory confirms that it is essentially the same formulation as the MNM at Jinmi – I remain convinced that Jinmi was started by a former employee of Pyeongyang Myeonok – but the latter is just a tad better: beefier broth, chewier noodles.   Anyway, it’s still an industry leader.

Here, the gobbaegi (double portion) comes with 2 mounds of noodles, rather than 1 gigantic mound.

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