Cycle 12 – Cycle 217
10 (Tue) August 2021
Mul Naeng Myeon
at Piyang Ok
-Cheongdam, Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
Piyang Ok is a Korean restaurant. Specializes in mul naeng myeon, as well as other Northern dishes.
DID YOU KNOW: “Piyang” is how the city Pyongyang was pronounced/abbreviated in an older regional dialect: “P’yang” (see also 4.179 The Piyang MNM).
With Pyongyang-style mul naeng myeon now fully mainstream, restaurants are now scattered throughout the city, especially in Gangnam, which is always quick to embrace anything hip, even old school hip.
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: Derived from hanwoo, according to the menu, but no discernible beef flavor. In fact, very little flavor of anything at all. Like water with a touch of salt.
NOODLES: Firm and gritty, with a bit of chew. Not much buckwheat flavor, yet tasty. To the last bite, I found the noodles … fun.
CONCLUSION: A respectable representation of modern Pyongyang-style MNM.
(See also MUL NAENG MYEON)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)