It’s just like how we’d always Google for reviews before we decide to dine in any restaurants out there – we wouldn’t want to waste our money and calories, do we? Likewise in Korea, my go-to when looking for 맛집 in Korea will always be the trusty Naver.
맛 (Mat) meaning taste and 집 (Jib) meaning house = “Tasty House”, basically 맛집 refers to restaurants that serve good food that have been highly recommended and rated by customers.
And if you do a search for “삼청동 맛집” (Samcheong-dong Mat-Jib) on Naver, the first restaurant that comes out will be: 삼청동수제비 (Samcheong-dong Sujebi)
I’ve been to South Korea for erm, many many times and whenever I visit Samcheong-dong, there will ALWAYS be this crazy long queue sighted outside Samcheong-dong Sujebi. There must be a reason, right?
And you know this thing with most Singaporeans, that long queues mean good food? Yep, I know I have to try it.
Also featured in the 2018 Michelin Local Guide, this longstanding restaurant has been an integral part of Samcheong-dong’s history since 1982 and hey, even South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited the restaurant over the Chuseok holiday last year, how can we not give it a try?
It’s a pretty old and simple restaurant, nothing really fanciful or insta-worthy.
Once seated, the 이모 (ee-mo, also refers to auntie, a friendlier/nicer term as compared to ahjumma) would ask for your order almost immediately. And in order not to piss them off – cos you know, they’re not quite /ahem/ patient after all – it is better to be quick and decisive with your orders.
For the Sujebi, you can order them based on the number of servings you want. Since there were only the two of us, we ordered servings for 이인분 (ee-in-boon, which means two servings).
Sujebi served in a clay pot. The 반찬 (Banchan, Korean side dish) are usually refillable.
The noodles are made from handmade dough torn by hand and boiled in thick potato broth.
I’d call it the “Korean Mee Hoon Kuey” since it is pretty similar to the “Mee Hoon Kuey” that we have back in Singapore, except that the soup is much sweeter and the handmade dough pieces are super chewy.
Garnish your bite with kimchi and feel the taste explode in your mouth, hmmm~ Perfect comfort food for cold, rainy days that’ll warm that body and belly of yours!
It seems from the reviews on Naver, most people would also order 감자전 (Gamja-jeon or potato pancake). But since there were only the two of us and we were pretty stuffed from all that carbs, we decided to give it a miss this time round.
Well, there’s always a next time! We’ll definitely be back again ^^
삼청동수제비 (Samcheong-dong Sujebi)
Address: 서울 종로구 삼청로 101-1 (Seoul, Jongro-gu Samcheong-ro 101-1)
Operating Hours: Opens daily from 11am – 9pm
How To Get There: Subway line 3 (orange), 안국역 (Anguk Station), exit 1.