It’s getting cold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice cold bowl of noodles. 만빙고제면서 is famous for the Mil-Myeon they serve, a popular dish in Busan. With the Gwanganli beach just across the street, you can still act as if it’s summertime and enjoy a refreshing cold broth.
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만빙고제면서 is located right in the middle of Gwanganli beach in Busan. It’s close by to the Aqua Palace Sauna or Coffee Smith. It’s located on the 2nd floor of a commercial building, so be sure to look up as the entrance to building is off of the main road.
From Busan Station:
- Take line 1 (orange) towards Seomyeon station
- Transfer to line 2 (green) at Seomyeon station
- Take line 2 towards Suyeong station
- Get off at Gwangan station
- Take exits 3 or 5 and walk towards the beach on Gwangan road
*Subway map below
만빙고제면서 essentially only has two real full meals on the menu. Both priced at 5500 won ($6.36 CAD or $4.70 USD), the first is Mil-Myeon, and the second being Bibim-myeon. Both are cold noodles served in slightly different ways. For each of these you can decide to up-size it for 1000 won more, or add extra noodles for an additional 2000 won.
Other additions to your meal include dumplings at 4000 won, and fried tofu balls priced at 2000 won for 3 pieces, and double that for 6. A seasonal dish takes the menu to three full meals with hot beef noodle soup at 5500 won. An assortment of instant mix coffee completes the menu. While I do like my coffee black, the instant mix and all the sugar is sometimes a nice dessert coffee to end a meal.
Mil-Myeon might seem like an odd dish to a few. Serving a cold dish isn’t common, given that noodles are typically served piping hot. Mil-Myeon is made with flour turned noodles in a cold chicken or beef broth. The ice in the broth is typically textured like a slushy, much more favorable than whole ice cubes.
There isn’t typically any rule for the rest of the ingredients that go in. The one here was made with strips of cucumber, hard boiled egg, Korean pear, and spicy pepper sauce.
- Flour based noodles
- Chicken or beef broth
- Asian pear
- Hard-boiled egg
- Spicy pepper sauce
Served in a stainless steel bowl it comes unmixed as in the picture below. So how do you eat this exactly? You need to add a bit of mustard sauce and vinegar to taste. I’ll say to add a bit at first even though you may not seem to taste it, because later on the taste does come out a bit more. After that just mix it and enjoy.
The drink in this cup here is actually hot broth as they do recognize there’s a limit in pretending its summer on a freezing winter day.
The restaurant’s receiving/”bar” area, along with the elevated seating space by the windows give a wonderful view of the Gwanganli beach and bridge. The restaurant itself is medium sized and can fit about 20 groups of people. Simply decorated, the brick wall continues the brown theme with black accents. The white ceiling and lighting, along with the simple signs give it a bit of an artists/loft touch. If it weren’t for the lack of a true coffee maker you could mistake this for a cafe with the hipster look it gives off.
The staff were very friendly, being one of the only customers at 9 am on a weekday.
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