Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun

Oh man, last week’s weather was almost unbearable! I can’t believe it reached over 100 degrees in Orange County! It was so hot that it actually hurt to be outside because of the sunlight beaming so harshly.

When it’s hot, the perfect meal to eat is Korean cold noodles also known as naeng myun in Korean. They’re these chewy buckwheat noodles in this refreshing cold broth with pear, cucumber, boiled egg, and slices of beef. The cold broth is what helps you cool down from the hot weather.

My friends have been telling me to check out a popular cold noodle house in Koreatown called Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun. They kept telling me how it’s one of a kind and you’ll just want more of it. Yelp rates it with 4 out of 5 stars with more than 400 reviews. With my friends going crazy about this place and those solid ratings, I knew I couldn’t be disappointed.

Some tips to keep in mind about this place.

  1. Cash. The restaurant only accepts cash and bring a little extra for parking.
  2. Parking. It is horrendous. Be ready to just drop your car off at the tiny lot and pay $2 for valet. You can try and look for street parking but you might not have that much luck especially during lunch or dinner time. Whether you’re going to valet or look for street parking, make sure to drop off your friend to put your name on the list.
  3. Time. It’s best if you go to the restaurant at an off hour so you don’t have to wait too long. My friends and I got there right at 6PM on a Friday and probably waited for about 15-20 minutes. Once we were seated, there was suddenly a long line after us.

Here’s a quick clip of how bad the parking lot can get:

Now that we got some of the logistical items out of the way, it’s real talk now. Make sure to try a cup of their broth. It’s a self-served drink. Though it was extremely hot outside and inside the restaurant because the AC wasn’t working, the broth was soothing. The MSG in it just made it all the better. Don’t drink too much of it though because it might fill you up.

For appetizers, you have to get their Kimchi Mandoo (dumplings). I’ve never seen such large dumplings before! They really stuffed the dumplings with a lot of vegetables.

Drum roll.

And now, what we’ve all been waiting for. The naeng myun that everyone has been raving all about. How did I like it? Well! It ended up being ok. Sorry for the let down. It was slightly above average compared to all the cold noodles I’ve tried out there in the world. It was a little more tangy and sweeter which is probably what sets it apart from other ones. Other than that, nothing too exciting. It definitely was perfect for the weather but I wasn’t at the point of addiction like my other friends. They may have hyped it up a little too much.

I’d have to say that the kimchi mandoo was probably better than the naeng myun. Next time I go there, I’m going to try their bibim-naeng myun which is their spicy mixed noodles with vegetables. Now, the bibim-naeng myun looked more appetizing than mine. You pour this cold soup over the spicy noodles and then mix it all around. In general, when you eat bibim-naeng myun, it’s only the noodles, vegetables, and the spicy sauce but this place had this soup for the spicy noodles! There was this soup, I tell you!

I’m getting a little too excited about this soup because I’ve always wondered if it was possible to have bibim-naeng myun in soupy form and this house made it possible. So you can compare this soup to the fish sauce when you’re eating vermicilli at a Vietnamese restaurant. It makes the noodles more refreshing and moist.

Next time, it’s all about the broth, kimchi mandoo and the bibim-naeng myun.

Shout out to Phil and Derek! Thanks you guys for taking me. Big thanks to Phil for driving and for suggesting the kimchi mandoo!

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