Cycle 12 – Cycle 219
12 (Thu) August 2021
Sunmyeon Mul Naeng Myeon
at Geumwang Pyongyang Myeonok
-Bangi, Songpa, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
Geumwang Pyongyang Myeonok is a Korean restaurant. Specializes in northern-style cuisine, especially mul naeng myeon.
Yet another restaurant contributing to the mainstreaming of Pyongyang-style MNM, which was a fringe dish up until a few years ago.
Applying my MNM tasting framework (see SSPYSP):
TOPPINGS. Sliced beef + pickled cucumber + julienned pear + boiled egg (half). The pear tends to a Hamheung thing, but forgivable.
BROTH. Dry. A hint of beefiness. Kinda salty.
NOODLES. 100% buckwheat – “pure (sun) noodle (myeon).” Nutty. Dense.
CONCLUSION. A solid representation of Pyongyang-style MNM. The noodles were fine but not enough flavor in the broth.
The restaurant has a slight edge with its two excellent side dishes: the standard pickled radish, which is curiously not included as a topping in the MNM; and a non-standard pickled winter cabbage, sweet and sour, a bit like ponzu.
(See also MUL NAENG MYEON)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)