Myeongdong Gyoja (명동교자)

Monday, 15 February 2016



Myeongdong Gyoja (명동교자) is arguably one of the most popular restaurants in the Myeongdong. It specialises in dumplings (mandu 만두) and noodles (kalguksu 칼국수), and only has about 4 items on the menu. However, it wasn't the food that made the place special for us—it was the way the staff ran the restaurant.

We waited for about 10 minutes in line, but we were given the menu during our wait so that once we sat down, the waiter came to us immediately to take our order. It didn't even take long at all before the dishes were brought it us—I'd say, in less than a minute? (I'm not exaggerating!) Myeongdong Gyoja was definitely one of the fastest serving restaurants I've every been to—but they do only have 4 items on the menu and most people, if not all, order the same thing anyways.







We ordered: mandu, kalguksu, and spicy mixed noodles (bibimguksu 비빔국수). We originally wanted soy milk noodle soup (kongguksu 콩국수) instead of the bibimguksu, but it wasn't available.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed with the food. My cousin raved so much about it, but it didn't quite live up to expectations. The mandu was good, but not WOW; and I actually had better kalguksu in Namdaemun Market (남대문시장) and Gwangjang Market (광장시장). I do suggest trying Myeongdong Gyoja at least once though—to see what the hype is all about.



Note: There are actually two branches of Myeongdong Gyoja in Myeongdong, with the other one just up the road at 10, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동10길 10). So if the main branch is super busy, just go to the second branch.

Myeongdong Gyoja (명동교자)
29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울 중구 명동10길 29

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