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Myeongdong Gyoja, 명동교자 明洞饺子

Thursday, 18 October 2012

By the time we reached the shop, it was just before noon, and already a queue was forming. However, turnover rate was very decent, and within 5-10 minutes we were seated down and perusing the menu. The decision making process was simplified as there were only 4 options: soupy noodles, milky broth noodles, cold noodles, gyoza, and they each cost KRW8,000.

Starting with the gyoza, each order comes with 10 of these, and there is no such small/regular/large option. The skin was actually very light, and it didn’t stick to the plate. The filling was really delicious, and densely filled with pork; the green vegetable within shall remain a mystery, although it may be spring onions or chives.

Myeongdong Gyoja, 명동교자 明洞饺子

The gyoza were already tasty enough to eat on its own, but we spied condiments by the side of the table. There was a thick almost syrupy savoury garlic and spring onion concoction, which tasted so good I suspect would have made even cardboard palatable.

Myeongdong Gyoja, 명동교자 明洞饺子

Seeing as this was our second lunchtime meal, we shared a gyoza and a noodle soup between the four of us. The noodles were also really good, with a clear yet aromatic broth. The dumplings in the noodles were more like wontons, but probably had the same filling as the gyoza.

Myeongdong Gyoja, 명동교자 明洞饺子

We enjoyed it so much, we went back again a few days later. This time I tried the cold noodles, which was good and tasty and all, but a lack of other ingredients within meant it became a bit boring after a while. I suspect it didn’t help that I couldn’t do my customary swap with wifey halfway through a plate.

Myeongdong Gyoja, 명동교자 明洞饺子 -cold noodles

Before ending, its also worth mentioning the kimchi here. Most dining establishments have their own “home-made” version. Each restaurant’s kimchi therefore, varies slightly in taste (more/less fermented, salty, spicy etcetera) and style, but they are by and large relatively similar. However, Myeongdong Gyoza’s kimchi was an outlier amongst all the meals we had, in that it was incredibly spicy and garlicky. I loved it, but it’s not to everyone’s tastes. I also noted that the waitress tended to give us less kimchi compared to the locals, as they probably found that we had difficulty coping with it.

Myeongdong Gyoja
29 Myeongdong 10-gil (Myeongdong 2-ga) (Opposite M Plaza)
Location: Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4), exit 8
Tel: +822-776-7384
Operating hours: 10:30-21:30

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