Sohojeong specializes in gukshi, a noodle dish traditionally eaten by the Korean gentry from the southeast city of Andong. Sohojeong's gukshi is also known as “Cheongwadae kalguksu," named for the presidential residence since the owner of the restaurant used to cook for former president Kim Young-sam. Thanks to his famous clientele, Sohojeong has many loyal patrons from political and business circles, so don't be surprised to see suits alongside blue jeans. Perhaps this is why unlike most Korean noodle restaurants that have been around for a while, Sohojeong's interior has a distinctly upscale feel. Started in 1985 in Apgujeong-dong and now located in Yangjae-dong, there are a total of 11 branches in Seoul and its suburbs. For those expecting the typical kalguksu noodles with clams and seafood broth, gukshi's meaty broth made with hanwoo may be an unexpected flavor. But there's a first for everything, and after a few more spoonfuls, you'll find yourself craving even more of that meaty yet clean flavor. Sohojeong's side dishes, like Korean leek kimchi and steamed ggaenip (perilla leaves), are tasty too (we recommend wrapping a ggaenip around some noodles and popping it all into your mouth). And their hearty portions are a plus. For those with smaller appetites, ordering one main dish, be it suyuk (boiled pork) or jeon (savory pancake), along with one bowl of gukshi will be more than enough.
|Opening hours:||Daily 11:30am–10pm|
|Transport:||Yangjae Citizen's Forest Station (Shinbundang LIne), exit 2, 3|
|Price:||Noodle 10,000 won|