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Gwangmyeong, Pyeongyang Naengmyeon Restaurant “Jeongin Myeonok”

Near Gwangmyeong Market, you can find a famous restaurant known for “Pyeongyang Naengmyeon” called “Jeongin Myeonok.” Despite being a small establishment, it has gained recognition for its exceptional taste and is well-known nationwide.

“Gwangmyeong Pyeongyang Naengmyeon Restaurant, Jeongin Myeonok”

Jeongin Myeonok has been in operation since “1972,” located near Gwangmyeong Market. It became famous for its Pyeongyang Naengmyeon, and the original owner expanded to Yeouido. Currently, it has been taken over by a friend and continues its legacy.

In 2018, the Yeouido branch was listed in the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand and received the Blue Ribbon award for four consecutive years in Korea’s Blue Ribbon Guide, which can be considered the Michelin Guide of Korea. (As the Michelin Guide is currently only published for the Seoul area in Korea, restaurants outside of Seoul cannot be featured in the Michelin Guide.)

“Pyeongyang Naengmyeon Specialty Restaurant”

Here, they specialize in Pyeongyang Naengmyeon. They offer “Mul Naengmyeon” (Cold Noodles in Broth), “Bibim Naengmyeon” (Spicy Mixed Cold Noodles), “Deulkkae Memil Myeon” (Buckwheat Noodles with Sesame Oil), “Nokdujeon” (Mung Bean Pancake), and “Chadolbagi Suyuk” (Thinly Sliced Beef Brisket) as their main menu items. The menu options are limited, but it exudes the atmosphere of a true hidden gem that focuses on a single field. The menu can be found below. (Prices are based on 2021 and may have increased.)

  • Mul Naengmyeon: 9,000 KRW
  • Bibim Naengmyeon: 9,000 KRW
  • Deulkkae Memil Myeon: 9,000 KRW
  • Additional Serving: 4,000 KRW
  • Nokdujeon: 6,000 KRW
  • Chadolbagi Suyuk (Large): 30,000 KRW
  • Chadolbagi Suyuk (Small): 16,000 KRW
  • Yukgaejang (Spicy Beef Soup): 9,000 KRW
  • Deulkkae Memil Kalguksu (Sesame Buckwheat Noodle Soup): 9,000 KRW

“Mul Naengmyeon: 9,000 KRW, Suyuk (Small) 16,000 KRW”

Prices start from 9,000 KRW, which is relatively affordable compared to other famous Pyeongyang Naengmyeon restaurants. On this day, two of us visited and ordered one Mul Naengmyeon each, along with a serving of Suyuk (Small). It’s a place where you can experience the unique refreshing taste of Pyeongyang Naengmyeon. The restaurant is relatively small, accommodating about 20 people at a time, so during busy meal times, you may need to wait before being seated.

“Gwangmyeong Pyeongyang Naengmyeon Restaurant, Jeongin Myeonok”

  • Address: 27-1 Mokgam-ro 268beon-gil, Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do (Postal Code: 14219)
  • Phone: 02-2683-2612
  • Business Hours: (Tue-Sun) 11:30 – 21:00 / Break Time: 15:30 – 17:00
  • Website: Link to Website