Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hwangjang Market and naengmyeon

This post took place on June 13, 2010.

On our last day in Korea we went to Hwangjang market early in the morning before checking out.

We were looking for something to eat.

Luckily there were a few bindaeduk places open for business. This one stone ground their mung beans on the premises.

We watched the cook fry the pancakes in gobs of oil.

The bindaeduk was great. We all liked the stone ground texture. It was all held together with bean sprouts.

Dad’s friend picked us up in his car and we stopped by this naengmyun place on the way to the airport.

It was in a small enclave of naengmyeon places that popped up about the time of the Korean War. Naengmyeon was unheard of in Seoul until refugees from Hamhung brought it to the city. Dad found out on the trip that his mom’s business used to supply the naengmyeon shops in the Hamhung region.

The restaurant was really crowded and really good. They gave us a kettle of warm beef stock to pour into cups and drink as water.

The broth was really flavorful. The naengmyeon was fantastic, a nice final meal in Korea.


Crystal Baik said...

I love these photos and your stories, Dave! I hope you and your parents had a great time:)

David said...

Thanks Crystal! We had a great time.