It was 10:30 a.m - I flung my arm frantically at the incoming, speeding cab and thank God for Korean drivers - it screeched and stopped right in front of me. I was in a hurry because the place I was heading to is constantly packed with people, like sardines in a can.
The place we were headed to was famous for it’s ‘납작만두’ and ‘쫄면’, literal translation: Flat Dumplings and Chewy Noodles. It was a small, old restaurant located right in front of the road called 미성당 납작만두 “Mi Seong Dang Flat Dumplings”. The interior gave off a homey Korean house vibe – it was the epitome of Korean dining and culture with its menu nailed on to the walls and water was self-service.
The flavors were simple but complex at the same time...
The flat dumplings (small: 3,000 Won, big: 3,500 Won) are mostly just dumpling skin with a teeny bit of glass noodles as its filling, but so satisfactory. It is also a local Daegu food. It’s like ordering a pumpkin pie with 70% crust and just 30% filling. Don’t give me that look, please.
The flavors were simple but complex at the same time, you have that salty taste from the soy sauce that you pour to your liking, then comes the smoky, fried taste of the dumplings with the perfect chew to it.
It was refreshing and the combination of the two dishes is simply genius.