Korea Travel Tips

Just another WordPress weblog

Samsung Guksu Korean style noodles

23rd May 2007

Do you want to experience the great flavor of Korean style noodles? You can feel a wonderful Korean noodle restaurant in Samsung-Dong, Seoul. The restaurant, Samsung- guksu, is a small restaurant, but it is comfortable to have lunch or dinner, and it has reasonable price. Samsung-guksu will give you a good experience of traditional Korean noodle’s taste, traditional Korean alcohols, and beautiful night view of Samsung-Dong.

To begin with, The tastes of traditional Korean noodles in Samsung-guksu will fascinate you. The restaurant was renovated, so it is new, but the main chef of that restaurant keeps the place and the noodle’s taste for more than 30 years. In Samsung-guksu, the chefs make noodles and dumplings by hand every morning, and they know the best ratio of flour to water when they knead , so the noodles and dumplings are really soft and smooth. When you bite them, you may be stunned by the their tenderness. And to make the soup they boil chicken bones for a long time; it makes the taste of soup very rich. This milk-white colored soup will give you much more plentiful taste than light soup made of anchovies. This Korean traditional noodle is much less salty than Japanese noodle, and has more delicate flavor. The noodles are served in ceramic bowls and these bowls can keep the warmth of soup very well, so they can keep the best taste of noodle until when you finish the meal. I believe that this noodle’s deep taste will be great impact to you who are familiar with that of Italian noodles or Japanese noodles.

Next, if you like to drink alcohol, you should not miss the chance that you can meet the traditional Korean alcohols sold by Samsung-guksu. The Samsung-guksu has several traditional Korean alcohols that tourists must experience. Especially, the Ginseng alcohol and Bokbunja, a kind of mountain berries alcohol, are what I want to recommend you to drink. These drinks are made by the owner of Samsung-guksu, and take about 1 year to make. The bright yellow color of Ginseng alcohol and dark purple color of Bokbunja alcohol are enough to enchant people. These are as strong as a wine, but the tastes are totally different. Ginseng alcohol is a little more bitter than white wine, but I am sure that you can enjoy its bitter taste, and Bokbunja alcohol is a little sweeter than red wine, but not as sweet as ice-wine. So, you may drink these drinks during your meal, as you drink wine, and Both have sweet smell, so this will give you the appetite. Having experience of these two drinks will be the finishing stroke of Korean food travel, and I assure you that you will find those drinks some time again.

Finally, you can meet a beautiful, and modern night view of Samsung-Dong there. The restaurant is located on 3rd floor, but the building is on a hill, so I think its height is as high as 5th or 6th floor. And one side wall of the restaurant is made of glass, so people can enjoy the view of Samsung-Dong very well. You can see the Youngdong way that is the biggest road in Samsung-Dong, and many buildings around the way. Because of the streetlights, you can see the people walking the streets or taking buses, and you can see the light from buildings is decorating the dark sky of Samsung-Dong lovely. Many people and cars are moving vigorously on the street, but the street is rather quite than crowded. This view gives me a peaceful feeling even though we are living in a very busy and crowded society. It is not a traditional or sightseeing place, but the clean, wide way, a lot of cars, energetic people and the lights from up-to-date buildings will change you the shabby and poor image of Seoul that you have seen at an old films of 1950s to the very modern and prosperous image.

In conclusion, you should not miss the chance to visit Samsung-guksu for having an excellent traditional Korean noodle and Korean alcohols. Moreover, you can enjoy a wonderful night view that shows you the remarkable development of Korea there. Samsung-guksu opens daily at 11:00 AM and closes at 11:30 PM, but you can only order meals until 10:30. Meals range from 5,000 won for Cal-guksu to 20,000 won for Su-yuk which is sliced steamed pork meat. Drinks range from 3000 won for Soju to 12,000 for Bokbunja or Ginseng alcohol. To get to Samsung-guksu, take subway line 2 and get off at Samsung subway station. Then come out of the subway station through gate 5 and walk along Youngdong way to the north, the direction of Bongeun Temple. You can find Samsung-guksu about two hundred meters away from the Samsung subway station.

이재호 (Lee, Jaeho)

Comments are closed.