Korea: Samcheongdong Sujebi

CK, her sister, and I finally tackled Seoul the latter half of my second week in Korea.  Our first day in the big city was spent walking through Samcheongdong and then Insadong.

We had one mission in Samcheongdong: find the famous sujebi restaurant.  (If you don't know what sujebi is, you'll find out soon enough.)  CK had been there just a week before, so we figured it wouldn't be too difficult.  We should have known better.  We're experts at making things difficult.

We passed by this place, but CK swore up and down that the restaurant she went to had a large white sign:

She finally stopped by a convenience store to ask for directions.  The store clerk pointed us across the street...to the same restaurant.

We decided to go in, since we had no clue where else to go.  Turns out we had the right place all along.  When we walked through the door, CK turned back to us and sheepishly admitted that the interior was familiar to her.

No Korean meal is complete without kimchi:

We ordered a potato jun (pancake) to split:

Compared to the one we had at the Korean Folk Village, this one was DIVINE.  It was thicker and more potato-y and actually CRISPY.  Yum.

And of course, the whole reason why we went in the first place, the sujebi:

That pot contained two orders of sujebi.  It turned out to be a bit too much food, but CK was afraid of angering the restaurant by ordering too little.  Apparently it's a cultural thing.  I dunno.

So for those of you who are wondering what the heck this sujebi that I keep mentioning is, here's a close up:

Sujebi is essentially soup with noodles...in sheet form.  From our table, we could see into the kitchen where people were tearing dough by hand and dropping the pieces directly into a boiling pot.  Since it's all handmade, every dough sheet is different in size and shape.

The soup was very flavorful and the "noodles" were UH-MAY-ZING.  My mom would've loved it.  She's a big fan of anything noodle-like.

After the good food drought that was our 4-day and 3-night tour, things were definitely looking up.  Thank you, Samcheongdong Sujebi!

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