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Noodles to make even monks crack a smile

[Recommended Local Eateries] Noodle Restaurants


Noodles to make even monks crack a smile


Makguksu is made with buckwheat noodles that are eaten with a cold, refreshing broth. It is a summertime favorite among Koreans. 


Noodles are sometimes called "smiles of monks" at Korean Buddhist temples. This nickname is given because noodles, called guksu in Korean, have the power to make even these often stoic religious figures visibly happy. 

In our continuing series, Dynamic Busan offers restaurant recommendations from the dongjang, community heads of each neighborhood. This month, we're highlighting two popular noodle restaurants to make the inner monk in you smile from ear to ear.

■ Cheonseori Lee's House Buckwheat Makguksu (천서리 이가네 메밀 막국수)


Cheongseori Lee's signature makguksu 


According to the Jangjeon 3-dong (neighborhood) community head, Cheonseori Lee's House Buckwheat Makguksu is the place for proper makguksu (buckwheat noodles).  

The owner of the restaurant reportedly learned a secret recipe from the famous Cheonseo-ri in Gyeonggi-do (province) and has reproduced that restaurant's amazing flavor for Busan.

Cheonseori Lee's menu is filled with buckwheat-focused foods, including makguksu (6,000 won), suyuk (boiled pork slices) with buckwheat sprouts and buckwheat mak-geolli (rice wine). 

Noodles here are made in-house and carefully placed among dong-chimi (water-based radish kimchi) broth and garnished with buckwheat sprouts before serving. 

The marriage of dongchimi and broth provides an excellently-balanced sweet and sour combination. Chilli powder can be added to individual taste.

The community head recommends ordering the restaurant's buckwheat sprout suyuk. Wrap a slice of the suyuk in baekkimchi (white kimchi) with seasoned buckwheat sprout for an extraordinary culinary experience you'll want to share with your friends. 


- Address: 27, Singmurwon-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 

- How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 5. Walk about 10 minutes from the exit. Take bus 51, 100, 121, 131, 144 or 183 and get off at the Geumjeong Elementary School bus stop. 

- Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

- Information: 051-517-2226


■ Original No. 18 Wandang House Balguksu (원조 18번 완당집 발국수)


Balguksu on bamboo-weaved bal 


Bumin-dong is steeped in Korea's pre-modern and modern history and is home to the Provisional Capital Memorial Hall. Original No. 18 Wandang House Balguksu, the Bumin-dong community head's favorite dining destination, fits in perfectly with the area's traditional theme.  

The restaurant, well-known throughout the city for its original wan-dang (dumpling soup, 6,000 won), has carried on its family business across three generations, opening in 1947.


The interior of Original No. 18 Wandang House 


Its main menu items are guksu and wandang, which originated from Chinese dumpling soup, arriving in Busan through Japan. This very thin-skinned dumpling is served in a deeply-flavored broth, offering a satisfying meal.

Also on the menu is balguksu (6,000 won), buckwheat noodles ser-ved on bamboo-weaved bal with thin ice in an accompanying broth. Dipping the buckwheat noodles in this icy broth before eating provides both a filling and refreshing repast during hot summer months.

The community head recommends customers order both wandang and balguksu to achieve the ultimate ex-perience. Spicy mustard is provided for those who want to turn up the heat.

- Address: 6, Gudeok-ro 238beon-gil, Seo-gu, Busan 

- How to get there: Toseong Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Walk straight from the exit for about 10 minutes. It is located across from the Bumin Campus of Dong-a University. 

- Hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; closed Mondays

- Information: 051-256-3391