Bukchon Kimchijae – 북촌김치개 (Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea)

After a busy morning exploring Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village, it was time for lunch. The past few hours of the day had been hot and humid, so I was craving something cold and refreshing. The first thing that came to mind was Naengmyeon (냉면), so we went on a search to find the nearest restaurant that offered this dish.

My friends and I ended up in a small alleyway that was within walking distance from the train station and saw a poster that caught my attention: 냉모밀. I wasn’t sure what it was, but it looked similar to Naengmyeon (냉면), which I thought would be enough to satisfy my cold noodle cravings. Despite the staff’s limited English proficiency, they promptly attended to us and offered us seats. We ended up ordering six items: 생돼지 두리치기 (Stir-Fried Pork), 2 치즈김치전 (2 Cheese Kimchi Pancakes), 2 치즈계란말이 (2 Cheese Rolled Omelettes), and, of course, the 냉모밀 (Cold Soba Noodles).

The Stir-Fried Pork (생돼지 두리치기) was decently sized, enough for all six of us to share. Since I tolerate spice quite well, it wasn’t too spicy for me. However, my friends who weren’t accustomed to spicy food found it on the spicier side. Nevertheless, we managed to finish everything.

The Cheese Kimchi Pancakes and Cheese Rolled Omelettes were just as expected, perfect for cheese lovers. The pancakes were freshly made, so the crunchiness of the pancake and the stringiness of the cheese were a delightful combination, providing a pleasing texture.

The omelette had the perfect balance of egg and cheese, with the egg not being too thick and the cheese being mild enough not to overpower the flavour of the egg. It was a light and satisfying side dish.

I was excited to try Cold Soba Noodles (냉모밀) for the first time. At first glance, Cold Soba Noodles (냉모밀) had a darker sauce compared to 냉면 (Naengmyeon), which is commonly made with beef broth. Cold Soba Noodles (냉모밀) has a base consisting of Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes), Wasabi, Soy Sauce, and Cooking Sake. In terms of taste, they definitely have a less “meaty” flavour due to the absence of the beef base. Personally, I think Cold Soba Noodles have a sweeter taste compared to Naengmyeon, but they still provide the same satisfaction of being a refreshing and filling dish.

북촌김치개 (Bukchon Kimchijae)
Address: 84-10, Jae-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 3673 0011

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3 Responses

  1. Eha Carr says:

    You found a very pleasant place indeed and the dishes are nicely presented. Now you have made me curious about the cold soba noodles I have not enjoyed . . . reading the name I may not find it exciting tho’ I have had soba boodles on quite a few occasions – something to keep in mind !! Thank you !

  2. Gina says:

    They only give 4 banchan? Our area, considered Koreantown of MidAtlantic, if they give less than six, one has to complain. What’s funny, decades ago, first time we ate at a Korean restaurant they have potato salad as banchan. They said back home, this salad is much beloved in Seoul. There’s one restaurant before COVID-19, they give 9 banchan, specially, if one orders BBQ but I’ve never seen ketchup in Korean restaurants here. What’s popular here is Korean BBQ restaurants with BBQ tables, charcoal, electric or gas. If one doesn’t see a BBQ table when you enter that means it’s just grilled in the kitchen which cuts off the fun of watching the server grill the meat while feasting on their banchan.

  3. suituapui says:

    Not a fan of kim chi but the ladies in the house love it so much that they even make their own all the time!

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