Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Arirang Handmade Noodles

Fleurise, Huiwon, and I went to this secret Korean handmade noodle place based on a tip from one of Huiwon's co-workers.

It is one of those third story restaurants that would have been impossible to find without insider information. The staircase up to the restaurant was narrow and generated a feeling very similar to the feeling you get walking up the staircase to Bon Chon Chicken - like you were the only ones in Manhattan walking into this hidden eatery. However, unlike Bon Chon, the restaurant was not super trendy; thankfully, it is just a normal, down-to-earth family Korean restaurant. We ordered a seafood scallion pancake and a bowl of Seafood and Kimchi Noodle/Dumpling Wrapper Soup as well as this milky-sweet rice alcohol beverage called makguli.

The portions were huge! The three of us were full on just the soup and the pancake. The pancake was pretty good, although the scallion to batter ratio might have been a little high. It was good soup. The noodles were good, but even better were those dumpling wrappers; they looked like random, thin bits of dough that might have been leftover from making the noodles. Next time we want to get a bowl of soup filled with just those wrappers.

We got a basket full of sauces for the pancake. Fleurise thought the basket looked like one that Baby Moses might have slept in as he floated down the Nile.

The walls surrounding the staircase had these fun, bold murals.

Fleurise liked this mural in particular.

Note the dog (cat?). The world is replete with funny representations of animals.

Arirang Handmade Noodles
32 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 967-5088

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