On a small alley across from the Lotte Department Store in Seomyeon, Sariwon has been a staple of the community for around 60 years.
Considering the name, it seems that a family came down from Sariwon, Hwanghaebuk-do to Busan after the Korean War and started a business with their hometown naengmyeon (buckwheat noodles).
As the popularity of Pyeongyang naengmyeon has grown over the years, Sariwon opened up a second location at Shinsegae Department Store in Centum run by their next generation.
The prices are around 2,000 won more expensive than the Seomyeon location and the menu is slightly different compared to the original restaurant, however, if you are around Haeundae, you can save the trip downtown if you want to try North Korean-style naengmyeon in Busan.
They offer Hamheung naengmyeon and Pyeongyang naengmyeon, both of which are served in two varieties — a noodle soup for 9,000 won and bibim for 11,000 won.
Almost everyone orders Pyeongyang naengmyeon, so I went with something different and ordered Pyeongyang bibim naengmyeon with bibim mandu, jjin mandu which are steamed dumplings (5,000 won in the main photo), and nokdujeon, a mung bean pancake (4,000 won in the main photo).
The chewy noodles with their custom spicy sauce were quite tasty and tease your tastebuds while the jjin mandu was an excellent choice to have with the spicy naengmyeon, soothing the spiciness and adding the richness of pork.
Nokdujeon, a kind of Korean pancake (jeon), can be a totally new experience if you have had only pajeon style Korean pancakes. It is somewhat different but it brings its own interesting texture and taste.
If you’re not in the mood for noodles, their mandu soup is recommendable for around 10,000 won. Boiled pork or boiled beef is from 9,000 won to 20,000 won. Additional rice is served for 1,500 won per bowl.
It can be packed during lunchtime depending on the season and occasion. The menu is easy to navigate with photos and is in English, so ordering is not a problem.
Sariwon Naengmyeon (사리원 냉면)
Open: 11:00 – 21:30 daily (except Shinsegae Department Store off days)
Address: 9F, 35, Centum nam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Take-out: Available for certain kinds
Reservation: Not possible
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