Went to Pho 36 Street in Goshichon area for some delicious pho!
Goshichon 고시촌 is an area in Seoul where hopeful future diplomats live and prepare for the diplomat exam.
It is also pretty close to Seoul National University (and the SNU Language Institute dorms), so there are plenty of students around, too.
Pho 35 St is kind of a chain (there are a couple of stores in Seoul...at least one other in Edae).
I really like it because the food is plentiful and the broth is highly flavorful.
The location in Sillim is the original store.
I have eaten at the Edae store, too, but the location in Goshichon serves a much more flavorful broth. The one in Edae was a bit too black peppery for my liking...and too salty.
The pho I ordered is P3...which is a combination of the thinly sliced steak and the briskets.
The Goshichon location's menu is very simple.
P1: Thinly sliced steak
P2: Beef brisket
The base price is very cheap for pho in Korea! 6500KRW
You can upgrade the size, topping, or meat for an extra 1500 KRW each.
Since Korean people do not care for cilantro, you will have to ask for it (no extra charge). The Korean word for cilantro is 고수 gosoo.
P8: Seafood soup (7000KRW)
P9: Spicy mussel and seafood jjamppong (7500KRW)
P11: "Adventurer's choice" Tom Yum Goong (8000KRW)
P12: Cold mixed noodles - Pork
P13: Cold mixed noodles - Chicken
P15: Fried noodles - Seafood
P16: Fried noodles - Beef
별미 메뉴 (Special Menu)
Hot stone pot beef rice soup (7000 KRW)
Vietnam Rice with Grilled Pork and Chicken
R1: Buckwheat sauce - Pork 7000KRW
R2: Buckwheat sauce - Chicken 7000KRW
R3: Gochujang sauce - Pork 7500KRW
R3: Gochujang sauce - Chicken 7500KRW
- Additional rice for 1000 KRW
Kid's Menu: (3500 KRW)
Charcoal grilled pork rice bowl
Cola or Cider 1500 KRW
Soju 3000 KRW
Can beer (Cass) 4000 KRW
The interior is a bit cramped. There are seats for about 16~20. If you try to go on main eating times, you'll likely have to wait outside for a bit. There's a little bench outside the store.
What is pho without sauce?
Oh, also a really great thing is they give you slices of lemons in a really cute little lemon squeezer, so you don't get your fingers messy.
Also, instead of water, you are served a nice jasmine green tea. Sadly, it's cold tea...which doesn't totally help in the winter, but it's nice nonetheless.
From SNU Main Gate you can either walk or take a bus. It'll be about a 20~25 minute walk.
Take the bus in the direction away from Seoul National University Station.
5517, 6515 - Exit at Samsung-dong Community Center (3 stops)
5528, 6514, 6513, 6512, 5516 - Exit at Sinseong Elementary School (3 stops)
For 5517 and 6515, you'll need to cross the street and walk straight after crossing the street at the crosswalk. Walk straight past the first two roads. The restaurant will be on your right.
For 5528, 6514, 6512, 5516 - Cross the street at the crosswalk and then walk straight to the street right before the big intersection. Turn left and walk straight past the first two streets (you'll pass the big mart) and at the third street, turn right.