7 Best Restaurants to Enjoy Pyeongyang Naengmyeon in South Korea

It’s summer, and Pyeongyang Naengmyeon, which is refreshing and not overly stimulating, is a delicacy in Korea. It’s a food that tends to have mixed reviews, with many people unable to appreciate it.

What Is Pyeongyang Naengmyeon?

Pyeongyang Naengmyeon (평양냉면) is a traditional dish from Pyeongyang, North Korea, made by topping buckwheat noodles with various garnishes and pouring chilled meat broth and dongchimi (radish water kimchi) broth over them. In the past, pheasant broth was used, but nowadays, broth made from beef and other meats is used. It was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on November, 2022. It is known to have first developed during the Goryeo dynasty and evolved differently in North Korea and South Korea after the Korean War and subsequent division of the peninsula. In Pyeongyang Naengmyeon restaurants in Seoul, run by displaced people from Pyeongan Province after the division, beef broth and ox bone broth are often used. The broth is seasoned with salt instead of soy sauce, resulting in a clear broth. Toppings typically include slices of meat, boiled eggs or fish roe, radish kimchi, cucumber, scallions, and pear.

Here Are 7 Pyeongyang Naengmyeon Restaurants In South Korea

They Have Deep Histories And Were Selected By Michelin Bib Gourmand This Year For Offering Excellent Food At Reasonable Prices.

1. Nampo Myeonok (남포면옥)

24, Eulji-ro 3-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Famous for its Pyeongyang Naengmyeon and Galbitang (soup made primarily from beef short ribs), and it is also known to be a favorite of former South Korean presidents

2. Damiok (담미옥)

#103, 15 Bokji-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea
You can ennjoy the Pyeongyang with a clean and refreshing flavor, made with broth prepared solely from beef, pork, and chicken.

3. Buda Myeonoak (부다면옥)

2nd Floor, Eulji-ro 3-gil, 36, Jungdong 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
You can ennjoy the Pyeongyang cold buckwheat noodles made out of 100% buckwheat flour at Buda Myeonoak!

4. Jungin Myeonok (정인면옥)

10, Gukhoe-daero 76-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
At this place, you can taste traditional Pyeongyang Naengmyun passed down from parents who are from North Korea.

5. Jinmi Pyeongyang Naengmyeon (진미평양냉면)

305-3, Hakdong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Recommended place for those trying Pyeongyang naengmyeon for the first time. Besides noodles, the hot noodles and mandus(dumplings) are also delicious.

6. Pildong Myeonok (필동면옥)

26, Seoae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This place offers Pyeongyang Naengmyun with red pepper powder sprinkled on top, offering a very clean taste.

7. Woo Lae Oak (우래옥)

62-29, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
At this place, you can taste Pyeongyang Naengmyun featuring a broth rich in meaty flavor.

Photos by Michelin Guide

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