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Saembat Makguksu

Restaurants, Traditional Korean Seocho-dong
3 out of 5 stars

Seocho is lucky to have its very own branch of Saembat Makguksu, one of the three best loved makguksu (buckwheat noodles in icy broth) restaurants in Chuncheon, where the dish originates. Makguksu is often seen as a side dish to Chuncheon's other famous food, dakgalbi (spicy stirfried chicken). But here at Saembat, makguksu is the star of the menu, drawing lines of buckwheat noodle aficionados. Makguksu's supporting cast on the menu includes bossam (steamed meat), savory pancakes, rice wine and more. After getting your bowl of makguksu, add a dash of mustard and soy sauce according to your preferences, or even some dongchimi (radish water kimchi) juice for a saltier, more sour taste. Once you've mixed it all up, it's time to move: Makguksu has a high percentage of buckwheat, meaning the noodles will become soggy if not eaten quickly. A side dish of nokdu-jeon, mung bean pancakes, complements the meal very nicely.


Venue name: Saembat Makguksu
Address: 34, Seocho-daero 58-gil
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–9pm
Transport: Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Education Station (Line 2, 3), exit 1
Price: 9,000 won
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