4.295 Pyongyang Mul Naeng Myeon

-Cycle 4, Item 295-
27 (Sun) October 2013

Pyongyang Mul Naeng Myeon


at Kangseo Myun Oak

-Sinsa, Seoul-

with Wife

Got back from Wuhan safe and sound (see previously 4.294 Yabozi).

The No (International) Credit Cards Accepted at the Duty Free Store Incident.  At the duty free store in the airport this morning, thinking prematurely that, whatever crap that I'd endured throughout the trip, at least I'd be going home with a trunkload of Scotch, I carefully selected 6 bottles--technically, Korean customs allows 1 liter per person, but I was traveling with several people, most of whom weren't buying anything themselves, so I could hand the additional bottles to them if customs got picky--waited in line, waited while the cashier hand-wrote each serial number into a ledger (no scanner) and wrapped each bottle in plastic and tape (no bags), only to be told as I handed over my credit card that they accept only domestic credit cards.  WHAT THE FUCK KIND OF DUTY FREE STORE ONLY ACCEPTS DOMESTIC CREDIT CARDS?  I'd imagine that this kind of incident occurs with foreigners on every out-going flight, every day of the week.  And yet, that's the way it remains.  Goodbye, Wuhan.  Don't expect me back anytime soon.  While yesterday evening's bug in the food did indeed represent the climax, this was the coda.

Upon my return to Seoul, the only thing that I wanted for dinner was CS-PYS MNM (see generally .  Best way to wash away the whack of Wuhan.  My personal tradition of eating the dish both on the evening before a flight has now extended to the evening of the return (see generally 4.261 Pyongyang (Mul) Naeng Myeon).

The array of sides was provided because the Wife ordered a rice dish.

Kangseo Myun Oak is part of a Korean multi-generational restaurant group.  From the original landmark location (A) (see generally 4.185 OKRKL/2 Kangseo Myun Oak), the son of the founder went off and established a secondary branch (B), independently owned/operated, but under the same name and logo and menu, and with ingredients supposedly from the same source.  (The daughter also has her own place, quite nearby, though for some reason under the truncated name Kangseo (C).) 

The MNM here at B seemed somewhat different than at A (and at C).  Either the claim of common sourcing is bogus, or a lack of quality control is to blame--or example, the boiling time, a minute shorter/longer, for the same raw noodles, can make/break the dish.  I've found discrepancies in the food from other similarly apportioned restaurants (see for example 4.290 Mul Naeng Myeon).  Here, in contrast to A's "sweet and savory," the broth was outright sweet.  And the noodles had a floury aftertaste, while A's had been bland and chewy.  Granted, I admit that my recollections could be off.

Not a very impressive showing of CS PYS MNM, which demands a dry broth.  

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