Among the places I had been planning to try for a long time is Noodle House, located in the heart of Lambrate area. I took the opportunity to test it for lunch during the "yellow zone" and it was really nice to return to taste genuine dishes in a simple and convivial place!
As the title suggests, the house specialty here is noodles, which are made fresh daily. Here the noodles are a serious and family affair: for seven years Mr. Li has been preparing food in the kitchen, while his wife Kim has taken care of the room.
The dishes on offer all seem very popular with the Koreans themselves, given that almost all of the customers are Koreans, but also some Italians from the area on their lunch break.
The place is rustic, in fact more than a restaurant it is a diner. A sincere place to enjoy a huge portion of cold or steaming noodles, perhaps accompanied by some other house specialty.
I start the meal with the classic mandu (steamed meat ravioli), very light and tasty, and the kimbap with tuna, also very good. Then I continue with the tasting of two dishes of noodles: jjampong (fresh homemade noodles in spicy broth with seafood and vegetables) and pokkeum jjampong (the same version of the previous ones but without broth).
The portions are both simply huge - a true paradise for noodles lovers! Do not be intimidated by the fiery red of the broth: you can ask Mrs. Kim to decrease the dose of spiciness in case. However, I underline the authenticity of the flavors, preparations and condiments: if you want to have a feast of traditional noodles this is the place for you, even if you have never tried this type of cuisine.
The menu features other dishes each more inviting than the other: different qualities of ramyeon, the classic bibimbap, complete rice-based dishes (with meat or fish), jjigae (hot soups), jeon (a sort of salty pancake), tteokbokki (Korean rice dumplings), the famous jjajangmyeon (homemade noodles with dark black soy sauce, mixed vegetables and pork loin), ssam (fresh lettuce rolls with various grilled meats) and house specialties, including fried anchovies and kkanshoseau (fried shrimp with spicy sauce).
But I am almost full, but not to the point of not being tempted by the two desserts on the menu: rice cake filled with sweet red bean jam and hotteok (hot pancake mashed with honey and dried fruit). A worthy conclusion, both excellent!
I can't wait to go back as soon as possible to try many other dishes, but if you live in the area you can opt for take away or delivery managed by them. Finally, the competitive prices make this small diner a very pleasant diversion.
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