Lunch in Myeongdong like a local Korean! – Cheap and Delicious
TOP 10 Local lunch restaurants in Myeongdong, Seoul, Korea
BnBHero Office is located in Myeongdong! So everyday we have to choose what to eat at Myeong dong. We are introduce typical lunch for office worker in Myeong-dong now!
1. 생구전 (Saenggujeon)
생구전 means grilled fish restaurant. Local Korean love to eat grilled fish for lunch.
Most of the Korean restaurant serve side dishes for free. If you want, you can refill the side dishes.
This is the heart of Korea 🙂
Mix Grilled fish set (7,000 won for weekday lunch, 9,000 won for weekend and dinner)
Consist of 3 different fishes, Mackerel, Saury and Cero. There is fun to choose the fish.
If you don’t like fishes, don’t worry! They also have stir-fried pork rice(spicy/not spicy).
If you order pork rice, you can enjoy hotstone pot rice(돌솥밥). You can make 누룽지(Scorched rice) after you take out the rice and pour hot water to the pot. Korean love to eat 누룽지 after a meal.
MENU: Grilled fish, pork rice, abalone hot stone rice, Spicy seafood stew, etc.
ADDRESS: 35 Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동8나길 35)
2. 꽁시면관 (Gongxi noodles bar)
One of the best Korean office worker’s lunch is Jjajjang-myeon(black bean noodles,짜장면)! Do you know Chinese embassy is located in Myeongdong? So there are lots of Chinese restaurant near embassy.
Gongxi noodles bar is one of the Chinese restaurant in Myeongdong. There is a long line during a lunch break.
Signature menu is 꿔바로우(Guobaorou). Most Korean order 1 meal for each person, and 1 dishes for share.
MENU: Guobaorou 17,000 won Black bean noodles 5,000 won Dumpling 7,000 won
ADDRESS: 45 Myeongdong 2-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동2길 45)
3. 유가네 닭갈비 (Yoogane Dakgalbi)
There are four Yoogane Dakgalbi in the Myeongdong. You can find this restaurant easily.
Dakgalbi is a popular Korean dish made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken in a gochujang-based sauce with cabbage, sweet potatoes, rice cake, scallions, and other ingredients.
Normally, Korean choose Dakgalbi fried rice for lunch. It is more cheaper than Dakgalbi and suitable for lunch. You should bring some side dishes in the Self Bar.
You can add some topping beside the fried rice. We choose sticky noodles today. But they have lots of topping to add, sweet potatoes, rice cake, ramyeon, udon, cheese.
You can’t eat spicy food? Don’t worry! They also serves chicken bulgogi and seafood pancake. It is not Spicy at all!
MENU: Dakgalbi(Spicy Stir-fried chicken) 9,500 won Dakgaibl pan-fried rice 6,500 won
ADDRESS: 8 Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동4길 8)
4. 명동교자 (Myeongdong Gyoja)
Each person can get own portion of Kimchi. The kimchi have a lot of garlic and hot pepper.
Main menu is Kalguksu(hand-made noodle soup). They have 4 mini dumplings in the noodles. The soup is chicken based, harmonized with stir-fried pork and vegetables.
If you like dumpling, you should order Mandoo. Mandoo is steamed 10 big, juicy dumplings.
After the meal, you should have a chew of gum which the restaurant give you for free. Gum will keep your breath fresh from garlic smell.
MENU: Kalguksu 8,000 won Spicy noodles 8,000 won Mandoo 10,000 won
ADDRESS: 29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동10길 29)
5. 화포식당 (Hwapo Sikdang)
Hwapo sikdang is well known for pork BBQ restaurant. But they serves lunch special menu at lunch time!
During the lunch hour, this place is full of office worker near Myeongdong and Uljiro district. You have to line up if you arrive at noon.
They have 2 type of main menu. Stir-fried spicy pork and Sausage stew.
The bowl of rice covered with fried egg. You can mix the rice with the butter and soy sauce. This is Korean style egg and soy sauce rice. Butter is offered free.
They have side dish self bar at lunch. You can eat anything you want for free. Side dishes varies from day to day.
That is why Hwapo sikdang is so pupular at lunch time.
Today’s side dishes are tteokbokki, boneless chicken, salad, tofu, muk. All of those are 7,000 won per person.
MENU: Lunch menu 7,000 won Grilled pork belly 13,000 won
ADDRESS: 22 Myeongdong 7ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동7가길 22)
6. 맘스터치 (Mom’s touch)
Mom’s touch is famous fast food brand like Mcdonald in South Korea. You can easily find the Mom’s Touch Myeongdong branch in the main street.
Mom’s Touch main products are fried chicken, chicken burgers, and hamburgers.
Their french fries are not normal one, it seasoned well and crispy!
Signature hamburger menu is Thigh burger, patty is made of Chicken thigh. The patty is so thick, you should open your mouth widely 🙂
MENU: Burger set 4,900~6,200 won Chicken 5,000~17,000 won
ADDRESS: 26 Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동8길 26)
7. 자연별곡 (Nature Kitchen)
Nature kitchen is a Korean food buffet restaurant managed by E-land group. It serves a variety of Korean menus, including meat, seafood, rice, dessert, etc.
You can eat everything you want unlimited! The dishes are changed every season. Price is reasonable, too. So Nature kitchen is one of the highly recommend buffet restaurants.
MENU: Weekday lunch 13,900 won Dinner and weekend 19,900 won
ADDRESS: 25 Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동4길 25)
8. 봉추찜닭 (Bongchu Jjimdak)
There are 3 type of chicken dishes famous in Korea. Fried chicken, Dakgalbi(Stir-fried chicken), Jjimdak(Braised chicken). In myeongdong area, you can easily find many Jjimdak restaurants.
One of the popular jjimdak brand is Bongchu jjimdak.
Jjimdak is a chicken dish mixed with vegetables marinated soy sauce.
There special menu is 2 types cheese topping. If you are cheese lover, you should add cheese topping!
After you eat chicken, you can order 누룽지볶음밥 (crust of overcooked fried rice). Mix the rice with the sauce and enjoy it!
MENU: Jjimdak 22,000~45,000 won Rice 1,000 won Cheese topping 3,000 won
ADDRESS: 47 Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동8나길 47)
9. 사이드쇼 (Side show)
떡볶이 Tteokbokki (Stir-fried rice cake) is korean traditional food that women like. SideShow is tteokbokki restaurant in myeongdong. They serves various types of tteokbokki.
The tteokbokki is cooking at your table so can add topping like noodles, dumpling, egg, etc.
After you eat tteokbokki, we recommend you to order fried rice.
MENU: Tteokbokki 14,000~20,000 won French fries 6,000 won fried rice 2,000 won
ADDRESS: 27 Myeongdong 3-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동3길 27)
10. 육쌈냉면 (Yookssam naengmyeon)
Do you like Korean BBQ? Most Korean likes to eat Galbi with naengmyeon. You can enjoy bbq and cold noodles at the same time inexpensively!
BBQ and buckwheat noodle is the best combination!
They serves 2 types of noodles, spicy noodles & cold noodles. Cold noodles are a traditional Korean summer food. But you can have it in winter!
MENU: BBQ pork+noodles 7,000 won BBQ pork+bibimbap 7,000 won
ADDRESS: 10 Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동4길 10)