Ramyeon (or Korean instant ramen) clearly seems to be the most popular Korean food at the moment and you may want to eat ramyeon when you visit Korea.
However, having a good quality of ramyeon is not so easy. Some people buy ramyeons from a local market and try to cook it by themselves but because there is no stove in their accommodation, they can’t cook it or they may not know how to cook it properly. Or because there are so many places to visit, they can’t even have time to go to a ramyeon restaurant.
Don’t worry about it! Here’s a solution for you.
WHERE TO VISIT
There is a stall that serves good quality of ramyeon in Gwangjang Market, the number 1 tourist attraction in Seoul, South Korea.
It may be a little difficult to find this place, but each store has its own number. Eastern Part of the market and store number 35, 성미찻집(Sung-mi-chat-jib)
A LITTLE TIP!
- If you enter the market from exit number 7 of 종로5가(Jong-no-o-ga) station, it’s easier to find this place. (Try to find the stall with a bunch of ramyeons.)
What is so special here?
There are so many good ramyeon restaurants that I haven’t introduced yet. They have their own special recipes. Compared to that kind of place, this stall has no special recipes or something like that. This ramyeon is just normal ramyeon that Korean people would enjoy at their houses. There are no special features, but it’s just home-made taste, but I think you guys would wonder that taste and that’s the reason why I’m introducing this place!
No matter what ramyeon you choose, the price is the same. They are all 3,000 won (USD 2.50) each.
#1 Shin Ramyeon 신라면
If you think of Korean ramyeon, I’m guessing the first thing that comes to your mind would be this shin ramyeon. It’s true that shin ramyeon was the best ramyeon in Korea.
#2 Jin Ramyeon 진라면
But these days, this jin ramyeon is becoming more popular. Personally, I think this jinramyeon is the most basic ramyeon, so even if you eat this often, you won’t get tired of it easily. If you visit here, you should try this jin ramyeon!
#3 Chapagetti 짜파게티
Ramyeon with spicy soup is delicious, but if you can’t handle spicy ramyeon, I would recommend this chapagetti. You can think of this as ramyeon version of Korean Black Bean Noodles called jjajangmyeon.
This chapagetti is so popular too, so it ranked as the third most popular ramyeon in Korea. Claire loves this so much, so when she cooks it, she always cooks two packets.
It used to come with a fried egg on top (and that is exactly how we cook it at home) but now, it comes with a hard-boiled egg. Since there are only noodles in the package but with this egg, we can still get some protein, too.
#4 Plum Tea 매실차
Actually, this place is a teahouse. Since there are so many delicious foods here in Gwangjang market, you have to digest the food you ate very quickly and get ready to eat other foods. What I would like to recommend for this situation is this plum tea (mae-sil-cha, 매실차).
Plum is known to help digestion, so when we eat too much, we always have this plum tea. Somehow, it would be a good experience to try Korean traditional tea, so after finishing your ramyeon, try this plum tea! It would be a good experience!
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- Jin Ramyeon 진라면: USD 2.50
- Chapagetti 짜파게티: USD 2.50
- Plum tea (Mae-sil-cha, 매실차): USD 0.85
GWANGJANG MARKET (광장시장)
- 서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 88 (예지동)
- 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- 성미찻집, 동부 A, 35호 , Eastern Part A, Stall #35, Sung-mi-chat-jib