Savouring Jeju Pork Ramen (Gogi-Guksu) at Jeju City Noodle Street (Guksu Geori)27 October, 2014
Jeju is known for its many great food and we have featured a few so far – abalone porridge, black pork tofu kimchi hotpot. One thing you notice in Jeju is the number of food streets they have – just at Jeju City itself, there are 3 popular food streets – Noodle Street, Black Pork Street and Raw Fish Restaurant Street.
Jeju Gogi-Guksu Noodle Street (Jeju Ramen)
We only managed to check out the Noodle Street during our 4D3N Self-Drive Jeju Itinerary. The noodles they sell at this noodle street in Jeju City is known as gogi-guksu – noodles cooked in pork broth.
We visited a gogi-guksu restaurant recommended on Korean Tourism Organisation (KTO) website – Manse Noodles Samseonghyeol. The address of Manse Noodles Samseonghyeol is 29 Samseong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do and it even has its own Korean website is: http://blog.naver.com/cktjrgh1
For us foreigners driving around Jeju, the most useful info is the restaurant’s phone number: 82-64-727-7056 as I can use the last 7 digits as coordinates to locate the restaurant and directions to get there using a Korean GPS that comes with the Jeju rental car. So to locate this restaurant, key in 7277056 in your Korean GPS.
The picture below is what the restaurant looks like from the outside – do note that the KTO website shows the restaurant as green and white but it seems that the exterior of the restaurant has changed colour.
We were reassured of where we were when we recognised the logo and color scheme of the restaurant in the signboard within the restaurant – see picture below for the green and white color scheme. Parking is free and you can park along the road beside the restaurant.
We were served with complimentary side dishes with the ubiquitous kimchi of course 🙂
Then comes the highlight of the meal – gogi-guksu (Noodles with Pork Soup) – 5000 KRW (about 5 USD). According to what’s described in their website, the broth for the gogi-guksu pork noodle soup is made by boiling the bones of Jeju pigs for 12 hours. The restaurant also comes highly recommended by the local Jeju city government – specifically the Jeju City municipal government named them a “beautiful restaurant” in September 2011 (this is according to them – I couldn’t verify this as everything is in Korean). Nonetheless, the gogi-guksu tastes really good. I strongly recommend eating here – the food is good, there is a simple English menu and it is quite a cheap meal.
If you don’t like having pork in your meal, you can opt for myeolchi-guksu (Noodles in Anchovy Broth) – 4500 KRW (about 4.50 USD)
A container of seaweed is provided on top of the table – feel free to add to enhance the taste of the gogi-guksu (Jeju ramen).
What I like about the restaurant and in fact most of the Jeju restaurants is the cleanliness, they sterilize all the cups using these UV sterilizer machines. Anyway, water is free flow too – they will provide jugs of water and sterilized cups.
Manse Noodles Samseonghyeol is open from 9am to 5am daily and closed on Lunar New Year and Chuseok holidays. The opening hours seemed very long – we arrived at 6pm for dinner and ate til 7pm and it was still open.
Other items on Manse Noodles Samseonghyeol’s menu include:
– Gukbap (Rice in Ox-blood Soup): 5500 KRW
– Sundae (Korean-style Pork Blood Sausages): 6000 KRW
We drove and navigated to this Manse Noodles Samseonghyeol using GPS coordinates: 7277056
If you are taking public transport from Jeju International Airport, according to the KTO website, you can take a City Bus No. 500, 36, 100, 887, or 37 >> Get off at the Samseong Elementary School Bus Stop >>Turn to the left at the 4-way junction of KAL Hotel toward Guksu Geori(Noodle Street). This route is estimated to take about 20 minutes (4.09Km) and approximate taxi fare is about 7,000 KRW
Heuk-dwaeji (Black Pork) Street
There is also a black pork street in Jeju City where you can try BBQ Black Pork or Black Pork prepared in many different ways. We tried a restaurant near Seogwipo – we will do a review of the Seogwipo Black Pork restaurant soon.
To get to Heuk-dwaeji (Black Pork) Street from Jeju International Airport by public transport, take a City Bus No. 500, 36, 37, 300, 100, or 887 >> Get off at the Bus Stop >>Turn to the Jungang-ro Sageori (4-way junction) >> Go straight for 200 meters (you’ll see Standard Chartered Bank on your left). This route takes about 20 minutes (4.54Km) and estimated taxi fare is about 8,000 KRW.
If you are driving, the approximate GPS coordinate to key in is 7217869 (unverified) and this will lead you to one of KTO’s recommended black pork restaurant.
Western Pier Raw Fish Restaurants Street – Seobudu (West Port) Hoetjip-geori
There are many raw fish restaurants along the Seobudu (West Port) Pier. When you order raw fish as the main dish, a number of side dishes are served for free. At the end of the course, either spicy fish soup or fish porridge is also served.
From Jeju International Airport, take a City Bus No. 38, 300, or 100 >> Get off at the Dongmun Rotary Bus Stop >> Walk to the seaside by following the Sanjicheon stream. This route takes about 20 minutes (4.46Km) and estimated taxi fare is about 7,000 KRW.
If you are driving, the approximate GPS coordinate to key in is 7525599 (unverified) and this will lead you to one of KTO’s recommended raw fish restaurant.
To find out more on where to go, what to eat and what to do during your Jeju trip, you can download our Jeju self drive itinerary here and you are going to Seoul too, download our Seoul itinerary too. 🙂
Hope this helps – let me know if you have tried these restaurants and what was your experience and also feel free to suggest other good Jeju restaurants in the comment box below 🙂