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Seoul, Sillim – Makguksu (Buckwheat Noodles) Restaurant ‘Makbul Gamdong’

Sillim-dong in Seoul is known for being near Seoul National University and having relatively affordable real estate prices, making it a place where many young people, such as students and young professionals, live.

Thanks to this, Sillim-dong is also filled with various restaurants known for their delicious food. The place we visited this time, ‘Makbul Gamdong,’ is also a well-known restaurant in the Sillim-dong area, famous for its ‘Dongchimi Makguksu’ (Buckwheat Noodles in Radish Water Kimchi).

“Sillim Station Exit 5, Makbul Gamdong”

You can find ‘Makbul Gamdong’ in front of Exit 5 of Sillim Station. It is located on the basement floor of a building, and if you visit a little late, you can easily see people lining up at the entrance to the 1st floor, as it is always crowded with many people.

Fortunately, our group visited a little earlier than usual lunchtime, so we were able to reduce the waiting time by not having to wait in line.

“Makguksu, Memil (Buckwheat), Udon, Kalguksu (Knife-cut Noodles), etc…”

At Makbul Gamdong, they sell noodle dishes centered around Makguksu. The prices for all the menus are set at 9,000 won, regardless of the menu. The menu at Makbul Gamdong is as follows:

  • Dongchimi Makssam (Buckwheat wrapped in radish water kimchi): 9,000 won
  • Bibim Makssam (Spicy mixed buckwheat noodles wrapped in radish water kimchi): 9,000 won
  • Pan Memil (Buckwheat noodles in a chilled broth): 9,000 won
  • Naeng Memil (Cold buckwheat noodles): 9,000 won
  • Memil Shrimp Gyoza (Buckwheat shrimp dumplings): 7,000 won
  • Memil Jjim Mandu (Steamed buckwheat dumplings): 7,000 won

“The harmony of warm broth and Dongchimi Makguksu with meat”

When you are assigned a seat, warm broth is served. Filling your stomach with warm broth before eating the refreshing Dongchimi Makguksu might make the meal even more enjoyable.

If you order the “Makssam” menu, meat comes with the noodle dish. Since you may feel a bit unsatisfied after eating noodles, adding meat is a tactic to alleviate that.

This method may not look much different from meat-serving cold noodle restaurants like “Yukssam Naengmyeon,” but the combination of Makguksu and meat goes quite well together.

While having the meal, the shrimp gyoza we ordered also arrived. The gyoza was also filled to the brim, and it served as a menu that could fill the void left by the noodles and meat, making the meal even more satisfying.

“SINCE 2009”

The store has been steadily running since 2009, starting small and gradually expanding whenever there was an opportunity.

Despite being in the basement, the restaurant is quite clean, making it a good place to visit near Sillim Station when you crave Makguksu.

“Seoul, Sillim – Makguksu Restaurant ‘Makbul Gamdong'”

  • Address: B1, 1599, Nambusunhwan-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 08759, Korea
  • Phone number: 02-883-2110
  • Website: https://makbulgamdong.modoo.at
  • Operating Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM