Cycle 12 – Item 177
1 (Thu) July 2021
Pyongyang Naeng Myeon – Premium
at Apgujeong Myeon Ok
-Sinsa, Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
Apgujeong Myeonok is a Korean restaurant. Specializes in northern-style Korean food, including mul naeng myeon. Opened 2019.
MNM comes in 2 varieties: the standard (buckwheat composition unstated on the menu) (12,000 won) and the premium (100% buckwheat noodles) (14,000 won).
In addition to the pickled radish ribbons, a second side dish of radish stem kimchi is provided, somewhat unusual but quite welcome.
I’ve also never seen mustard served directly in a bowl – it’s typically already on the table in a large jar – as if to encourage customers to use it.
Applying the rating rubric used in my Seoul-Searching project (see SSPYSP):
TOPPINGS: Sliced pork + sliced beef shank (hanwoo) + pickled radish + salted cucumber + 1/2 boiled egg + sliced scallion. All good, except the cold fat of the pork, and the scallions.
BROTH: Rich, deep beef flavor – derived from hanwoo, according to the menu. Aggressively seasoned. No trace of sweetness. Excellent.
NOODLES: Dense and firm, like al dente pasta. Strong buckwheat flavor, perhaps overwhelmingly so. Much more intense than the sun myeon at Byeokje Galbi (12.137 Bong Piyang Pyeongyang Naeng Myeon – Sun Myeon). Though perhaps too much of a good thing, I felt somewhat fatigued halfway through, both in taste in texture. I’m hoping that the standard noodles, next time, are a bit more laid back.
CONCLUSION: An excellent representation of modern Pyongyang-style MNM. So glad to welcome a newcomer to the scene.
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