Jjajangmyeon (짜장면), or noodles in black bean sauce, is Korea’s answer to General Tso’s Chicken or sweet and sour pork, in that the dish in its current iteration is what most Koreans think of when you say, “Chinese food” even though it’s anything but authentic.
As far as Koreanized Chinese food goes, though, jjajangmyeon is definitely a winner: cheap, delicious, and extremely common. But if you’re looking for something a bit more special, pay a visit to Park Young Su Handmade Noodles, near Dogye-dong.
What makes the jjajangmyeon and jjampong (“Chinese” seafood noodle stew) special is that the noodles are homemade and handmade — you can watch the chefs prepare it through the window to the kitchen. The noodles are called sutamyeon (수타면), which means that the dough is carefully stretched by hand. Park Young Su and his noodle-making family (including his young son) have been featured in a number of Korean food television shows. Celebrity visitors to his original shop in Geoje are featured in photographs along the walls.
At the newly-opened Changwon branch, the atmosphere is clean, bright, and efficient. Service is quick and the portions are ample. One large jjajangmyeon for 6,000KRW will fill you up for dinner, but if you want more, you can also get dumplings, fried rice, and tangsuyuk. A full meal will run you just 5-10,000KRW!
Location & Directions:
Address: 경남 창원 중동 원이대로56번길 2-75 (Jung-dong Woni-daero 56beongil 2-75)
Park Young Su is located in Jungdong, just on the border of Dogye-dong and Sodap-dong. It is between Geumho Oncheon (사단앞 bus stop) and Seobu Sports Center (도계동 bus stop).
From northern Changwon: take buses 36, 40-42, 44-46, 105, 109, 113, 122, 210, 703, or 757 to Sadan-ap (사단앞). Walk east, and then turn south onto Woni-daero (원이대로). You will soon see the two-floor restaurant on your right.
From central/southern Changwon: take buses 10-14, 20-32, 34-35, 100, 102, 105, 122, 155, 213, 751, or 752 to Dogye-dong (도계동), next to the Seobu Sports Center. Walk north for about ten minutes, and the two-floor restaurant will be on your left.