Seoul Cheap Eats: 미정국수 0410 (Mijeong Guksu 0410)

Looking to grab a late night snack Korean style? Look no further than 미정국수(Mijeong Guksu)0410. Why the awkward name? Perhaps this place is so popular that there are at least 410 chains? I have no idea, but what I am sure about is that this place serves delicious noodles on the cheap 24 hours a day. This place is the go-to restaurant for everyone, anytime, unless you have a gluten allergy of course. I’ve always wanted to share these type of noodle shops as I’ve been a regular to a similar restaurant 5 years ago. There are TONS of chains, but I’ll be talking particularly about the Hongdae location (홍대점). 

Here’s the address: 서울 마포구 서교동 486번지 서교푸르지오상가 141~2호

Mijeong Gugksu MapMijeong Guksu 미정국수0410 EntranceThese types of establishments are the definition of Korean fast casual food. Reminiscent of Japan, it’s quite unique in that you buy your food at a computer terminal and pick up a ticket to redeem your order. It’s surprisingly easy and automated, while providing a high quality product.

Mijeong Guksu 미정국수0410 station
Order through the computer.

Mijeong Guksu 미정국수0410 InteriorThe menu is pretty simple. Either hot soup noodles, cold soup noodles, mixed noodles, dumplings, or something in between them all. All the dishes are pretty much focused on what they do best, which is of course noodles.

Mijeong Guksu 미정국수0410 국수 menu
A very simple menu.

Once you pick up a ticket, they get the order and find your table. The system is a tad inefficient though as the worker almost gave us another party’s food.

멸치국수 (Noodle Soup) – 3000 wonMijeong Guksu 미정국수0410 국수 far shotThe cash cow of this establishment. Thin flour noodles in an anchovy-stock broth topped with fried thin strips of tofu, seaweed, green onions, and red pepper powder served at just the right temperature make for an enjoyable experience at any time of the day. This dish is filled with ample noodles that are thin, but are relatively chewy in that regard. The soup tastes very clean and not fishy at all, and the toppings bring it all together. The red pepper powder might be a bit irritating for those who don’t like spicy foods. I’m a big fan of this. You can order a larger size for an additional 1000 won.Mijeong Guksu 미정국수0410 국수 closeup

비빔국수 (Mixed Spicy Noodle) – 4000 wonMijeong Guksu 미정국수0410 Bibimguksu 비빔국수Similar to the ubiquitous bibimbap, this is a combination of veggies, eggs, and nuts with a reasonably spicy pepper sauce. The noodles are just as chewy as in the basic soup and while good, I found it a bit too spicy to be enjoyable. Perhaps not mixing in all the sauce would be ideal if you can’t take spicy dishes.

The idea behind these kind of establishments is simple. An in-and-out approach to a relatively high-quality meal. It proves a lifesaver for those on a budget and/or those in need of a good meal when most places are closed. Of course, those looking for something with a bit more complexity may be a little disappointed, but the few things that this restaurant does; they do very well.

Advertisements

Author: Ryan Mar

Just a guy simply making the most with life abroad. Love travel, photography, food, and just enjoying life. Currently blogging about beautiful places in Seoul, Korea, along with food, culture, and observations at findingtheseoul.com.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s