Restaurant: Chick Dang (Clam Noodle) Restaurant – I don’t know the exact name.
Last visited: April 8, 2010
Location: Seoul, Korea
Price Range: $10CAD or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
- Very local
- Located away from city
- Popular for noodles
- First to introduce clam noodle soup
- Popular for giving lots of clams
- Cheap, fast, comfort food
**Recommendations: Clam Noodle Soup
This is my Korean friend’s most favourite restaurant in Korea. It’s a local neighbourhood favourite located away from the city but still in Seoul. It’s childhood comfort food for her and she looks forward to it every time she goes back to Korea. Without her bringing me I would have never discovered it.
Apparently this restaurant was the first to introduce the clam noodle soup. Not long after other restaurants started to copy them, but according to my friend it’s the best here. When you dine here it’s THE thing to order and rarely do people order anything else.
This is the drink menu that is also served.
On the table:
- 2 different kinds of kimchi and green chili peppers for the noodle soup
- The kimichi on the right is a root vegetable kimchi. It was almost like cooked zucchini and then fermented in the spicy marinade.
- Kimchi is the most common and traditional Korean side dish. It’s Korea’s national dish.
- It’s pickled cabbage marinated in lots of garlic, chili and other seasonings.
- The kimchi was served in a big clay pot and you actually pull out massive cabbage leaves and cut it yourself into a smaller bowl.
- It’s definitely made in house and it’s unlimited – pretty much all restaurants in Korea serve unlimited Kimchi though…and make it in house.
**Clam noodle soup – 4/6
- Noodles, clams, leeks in a clam broth $6CAD/person
- For me it was 4/6, but it is the best for what it is…so it could be a 6/6 for Korean standards.
- It’s definitely very good and very cheap but it wasn’t my favourite food from the trip.
- The clam noodle soup came out in a massive bowl and this was an order made for 3. I think they do individual serving as well, but I’m not sure.
- It was steaming hot and made fresh upon order. I got several facials and so did my camera trying to get a picture.
- The noodles are almost like the Korean version of the Japanese Udon noodle.
- It was very fresh and chewy and I think most of the cooking is done in the soup as they serve it.
- It was served with these really fat leeks and pumpkin slices that looked like zucchini.
- The soup is a clam and onion broth. It was thickened from the starch of the noodles too. It almost tasted like sea salt, but in a good way. It was definitely a flavourful soup.
- Part of the reason these noodles are so famous here is because they are LOADED with clams. There pretty tiny clams but they’re fresh and perfectly cooked.
- I ate at least 40 clams – no joke. There were 3 of us and I was not the only one eating them either.
- There weren’t that many empty shells – some of them just slipped off the shell and sunk to the bottom of the bowl.