There're only 4 items in the whole menu, and no worries if you don't speak a word of Korean cos the full colour pictures are self-explanatory. Basic restaurant layout and you will find rubbish bins on the outer leg of each table as you will probably need to blow your nose after devouring the spicy kimchi , savouring the fresh dumplings and slurping the piping hot noodles. The delectable dumplings come in plastic steamers, unlike the bamboo steamers commonly found in Chinese restaurants. Instead of the usual lettuce leaves that hold the dim sum, Myeongdong Kyoja uses a thin sheath of lightly greased paper to line the base. Dumplings are healthy cos the minced pork isn't fatty and the proportion of chopped veggie is bigger. Their wrapper texture is different from the wonton wrappers , not too thin and not too thick, just about right to hold the moist & tasty morsel. Noodles and dumplings were delicious with just the right amount of seasoning, so you wouldn't be very thirsty afterwards. Noodles were snowy white; silky smooth and remained still slightly chewy even if they're steeped in the broth for a while, without turning soggy. In the midst of the meal, a waitress walked up each table offering free rice, which nobody seemed to take. Service was efficient but don't expect warm smiles from the all-women team, just adequate eye-contact to be polite. You need to pay right after your order, so the staff has one less thing to worry about when the place is constantly packed and traffic is busy. This is a no fuss eatery where one will leave feeling satisfied. They have a 2nd branch also in Myeongdong so now the waiting time in the main store is less, but you know it is good and popular cos there's always a long queue throughout their business hours. A trip to Seoul won't be complete without patronising this kyoja store at least once per visit.
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