At Namdaemun Market in Seoul there are two very famous food alleys namely kalguksu alley (kalguksu 칼국수 means handmade knife-cut noodles) and galchi jorim alley (galchi jorim 갈치조림 means braised hairtail fish). I went to kalguksu alley on day 11 of my South Korea trip for an early lunch around 11.30am.
Map of kalguksu alley at Namdaemun Market:
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At Hoehyeon subway exit 5, walk few meters ahead until you come to this makeshift plastic door below:
Enter into the door and you will come into an amazing alley full of kalguksu stalls.
Well actually in this alley there are 2 kind of food you can try namely kalguksu and boribap. Boribap 보리밥 means barley rice with mix vegetables. As soon as you enter this alley, all the ahjummas (aunty/married ladies) will start
yelling at you talking to you with the most sincere and smiley face in the hope you choose their stall.
We settle for one right at the back. That’s the kalguksu dough on the chopping board.
Ahjumma cooking kalguksu.
Kalguksu @ 5,000 won (RM15.00). Consist of knife-cut noodles, tofu pok, seaweed and spring onions. Very basic but delicious. This kalguksu dish is definitely very different from the one we had at Veteran in Jeonju in terms of taste and texture.
This row of vegetables is the ingredients for boribap.
Boribap @ 5,500 won (RM16.50). It’s sorta like bibimbap. Yummeh!
Wonderful atmosphere and what an experience to be able to dine here. I ticked ‘eating at Namdaemun’s kalguksu alley’ off my bucket list. 🙂