It's summer in Seoul now.
Which means, it's time for some of my favorite things - bingsoo (see these posts for some of my favorites in Seoul Peony, Pop Container, Maman Gateau) and naengmyun.
The restaurant I am introducing today is a fast service naengmyun (cold noodles) eatery.
There are only like four options on the menu, but the great thing is that the noodles come with a board of charcoal-grilled meat.
You can choose between the moolnaengmyun and bibimnaengmyun.
On hot days, I prefer to order moolnaengmyun (물냉면) - pictured above. The noodles are topped with sliced cucumbers, a hardboiled egg, and some strips of Korean pear.
Bimbim naengmyun doesn't have the water/soup with ice part. It is just the buckwheat noodles with the Korean red paste. The soup is served on the side. To eat it, you should mix the noodles and the sauce and then pour some of the broth in the bowl.
You typically add vinegar and mustard to the bowl before eating, but that is up to your personal preference. The soup broth here is beef and Korean radish/pear broth. It's pretty good, not the best I've ever had, but better than the broth found at some other places that are even cheaper (like kimbap cheonguk).
They will also likely give you some scissors to cut the noodles. Cutting the noodles will help you with eating the noodles more gracefully, but I learned that in the early days, the noodles were eaten without cutting because they symbolize longevity.
It is also sometimes refreshing to drink the broth separately. I like doing that if the broth is really good flavored and not too watery.
What I ordered is 육쌈냉면+고기 (You can choose between mool 물 or bibim 비빔). It costs 6,000KRW (about $6USD).
The meat is great. It's charcoal-grilled and marinated.
The broth/soup for the 물냉 is really refreshing and comes with some crushed ice.
They also sell mandu (Korean dumplings) and bibimbap, but I would recommend just sticking with their claim to fame.
The original store is near Sillim station (line 2), if you really enjoy going to original stores. I don't know, some people are really into that.
Otherwise, I'm sure you'll be able to find a store anywhere you happen to be.
The outside tends to look like this, but sometimes, you need to look up, because the stores are sometimes on the second floors.
FYI, the water is self-serve typically.