Myeongdong Gyoza $
25-2 Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu
HOURS: Daily 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
COST: Entrées less than ₩10,000
SUBWAY: Myeong-dong (Line 4)
Don’t expect much in the way of luxury, relaxation, or variety here—this perennially packed eatery has a vaguely assembly-line feeling and only a handful of items on the menu. But there’s a reason it draws such a large, diverse crowd.
Those few things it does—basically noodles and dumplings—it does exceptionally well, and at near rock-bottom prices. The kalguksu noodles are delightfully chewy and come swimming in a substantial beef broth, while the pork dumplings are the size of small fists and cooked to perfection.
If there’s a lineup to get in, and there probably will be, it’s worth the wait.
© Jonathan Hopfner from Moon Seoul, 1st Edition