Japanese Ramen Restaurants in Seoul: 가도야 (Kadoya)

Saw this tiny Japanese ramen shop along one of the main roads of Hongdae. Since it was one of the only restaurants that wasn’t a Korean BBQ joint open at 1am, my buddy and I decided to give it a shot. It was pretty satisfying, but had its own unique quirks that could be a deal breaker for some. I was just happy to find something that wasn’t going to clog my poor arteries that late at night.

You can find this place by going out of Hongdae exit 9 and heading south for 2 blocks before you make a left. It will be on the left side of that street.

Kadoya Map

Kadoya 가도야 Entrance

Atmosphere and Menu

The restaurant is small, probably only able to accommodate 16 people at the most, if that. It definitely has a very local feel, despite actually being a chain. The dishes seem reasonably priced with most costing around 7000 won.However, the portions seems somewhat on the small side(I’m comparing this to America, so it might be my standard that’s not right). They do have a larger size for an additional 2000 won.

Kadoya 가도야 3
Looks like pretty much every other Japanese ramen place in Korea with anime memorabilia everywhere.

Kadoya 가도야 2

Kadoya 가도야 Kimchi
The kimchi suited my taste very well as it didn’t have any hint of sourness and relied more on fire to stimulate the taste buds.

Kadoya 가도야 MenuThe only problem about the menu is that there’s no English, granted there is Japanese. The waiter that served me seemed to have proficient English, which should be adequate for most foreigners.

쇼유라멘 (Shoyu Ramen) – 7000 won

Kadoya 가도야 Shoyu RamenThe shoyu ramen comes with a thin slice of fatty pork, bean sprouts, a salted egg, green onions, and of course ramen noodles, in a nice soy sauce-based broth. The pork was nice with a larger ratio of lean meat to fat than I was used to. I was a bit disappointed that they only offered one slice, but I enjoyed it quite well.

Kadoya 가도야 Pork SliceThe egg was room temperature, which was better than a cold egg, but I still prefer an egg that is the same temperature as the soup. The noodles were somewhat limp and soft, but still had a unique chewiness to them. I personally liked them. They worked very well with the broth, which was actually a little bit blander than I was used to for shoyu. In fact, I couldn’t really taste the soy sauce compared to most places I’ve had. On the good side, it’s most likely healthier, but it does lack that saltiness that I was craving.

Kadoya 가도야 Ramen ExtraThe amount of noodles was a bit disappointing, so I ended up getting an extra serving for 1000 won more. They offered a ramen challenge consisting of 5 servings which made me think I might actually stand a chance of completing.

While not the best ramen, there were certain unique aspects that made it stand out. The decent quality was somewhat overlooked by the meager portions. If you’re not a complete glutton like me, this place might be a decent ramen place to try.


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.

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