26 (Sat) December 2020
Haemul Wang Jjambbong
at Myeongga Gyodong Jjambbong
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
A while back, a food writer in Korea toured the country in search of the best jjambbong and came up with a list of the 5 Great Jjambbongs in the Nation (Jeonguk 5 Dae Jjambbong) (전국 5대 짬뽕). The featured restaurants began using the list as a marketing hook, now to the point that the distinction is prominently featured on their signage, as if an official designation.
Myeongga Gyodong Jjambbong (명가 교동 짬뽕) is a Korean-Chinese restaurant chain. Founded 1979 in Gyodong, a neighborhood in Gangneung, Gangwon. Currently 58 locations across the countryu. Specializes in jjambbong. 1 of the so-called 5 Great Jjambbongs in the Nation.
The jjambbong was good. The broth was rich with seafood flavor, enhanced by hints of smoky char from the initial wok-searing. The seafood (haemul) – shrimp, mussels, clams, squid, octopus, and sea snail – were fresh and plentiful. The noodles were excellent, not handmade but still were nicely chewy – so good that we requested an additional order of just noodles to mix in with the leftover broth, which was a lot, given the enormity of the dish (“wang = king”). One of the better jjambongs that I’ve had in recent memory, but not so great that I’d add it to my all-time list (if I had an all-time list).
I look forward to repeat visits, also ordering delivery.
If I were to rank my favorite jjambbongs, I would start at the top with Jjambbong Janggun in Manila (see 10.271 Chadol Jjambbong). I can’t think of a second.
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