Located on 337 Hwangsaeul-ro in Seongnam near Bundang-gu, Geu Jip means “That House,” and they’re famous for their buckwheat noodles. If you’re looking for delish but affordable eats in the area, this place is a must try. Like most Korean restaurants, their menu’s short but sweet, and you can only really get three things: soba, udon and dumplings.
I went with my family so we got one of everything. Dumplings were only 5,000 won an order (around $4), and we got 10 pieces total so it was super affordable. These morsels of nomness came out piping hot, and the filling was juicy and flavorful. I was actually really impressed with how thin (but still chewy) the wrapper was. I may or may not have gotten a second batch for myself, ha. Sorry not sorry.
There were two types of udon available, regular and udon in stone pot. The former was 7,000 won and the latter 9,000 won. I went with the stone pot udon, but I regretted it because the soba was SO much tastier. I mean, there’s a reason why they’re known for those noodz instead of these. This was mediocre at best so I recommend passing on this.
Here’s a shot of their soba noodz, cooked to chewy perfection and priced at 8,000 won. They’re made of buckwheat so you get a nice, nutty flavor. Udon noodles are made with wheat flour, and they’re significantly thicker than soba noodles.
They’re great for soups and stir-fries because of their size and texture. Like udon, you can enjoy soba both hot or cold, but Geu Jip only offers chilled noodz at the moment. Dip it in dashi goodness for a serious flavor explosion, and down some pickled chili peppers for heat.
Alright guys, I hope you enjoyed reading all about Geu Jip. If you find yourself in Bundang-gu, definitely make sure to stop by to enjoy some bamf noodles and dumplings. Heads up, it gets crazy busy so you want to get there earlier than later because you will most definitely have to wait for a table. Also, if you’re looking for ambiance? This is not the place for you. It’s loud, hectic BUT delicious and affordable so you decide. Happy eating, frands!