-Cycle 2, Item 201-
25 (Mon) July 2011
at Pil-Dong Myeonok (필동면옥)
with Ka TY and Shin HS (fathers of Dominic's friends from daycare)
Pil-Dong Myeonok is a landmark Korean restaurant specializing in northern-style cuisine. Having previously described two other establishments with northerly leanings--Pyeonggaok (평가옥) (see generally 1.067 Mandu Jeongol) and Pyeongyang Myeonok (평양면옥) (see generally 1.286 Mul Naeng-Myeon), the first of which I would recommend, the latter not so much--Pil-Dong Myeonok may be the best of the three. All the dishes sampled this evening were quite good, albeit a bit southernized. For example, the mandu themselves were very simple, all white as per northern sensibilities. But then, the soup was served with a spicy/pungent mushroom and pork topping, very southern in feel--excellent, by the way. Even the broth was richer/meatier than the typically austere soups of the north. A great bargain at 9,000 won. As someone who grew up on northern fare but subsisted predominantly on southern grub outside the home, I found myself liking the stronger flavors.
Classic northern-style minimalist mandu: pork, tofu, bean sprout, salt, pepper.
Even the kimchi was white(ish).
Another example of northern simplicity + southern spice: mul naeng myeon (3.0).
Talk about simple: boiled beef (suyuk) and pork (pyeonyuk) (3.0).
While I would recommend this place for the food, I should warn that the service tends to be rude and abrupt--especially the owner/manager sitting behind the cash register, who's too busy counting the money to look up and say "Thank you."
Address: Seoul Jung-Gu Pil-Dong 3-Ga 1-5 (서울시 중구 필동3가 1-5)
Phone: (02) 2266-2611