Location: Sinchon (신촌)
How to Get There: From Yonsei’s main gate, walk across the street into Sinchon. Cross the street where the pharmacy is to Beans & Berries. Enter the first alley you see there & Noodle Box will be on your left (it used to be a coffee shop).
Date Visited: December 11, 2010
I went to this place with my friend Hannah during my first night back in Korea. We went on a whim because we heard from her friend Mark that it was and I quote “THE BEST PLACE EVER FOR CHINESE TAKE-OUT!” What? Chinese take-out in Korea?? Hannah & I ventured here in hopes of chowing down on some chow mein & orange chicken. However, we got there, we found that the only thing remotely “Chinese take-out” about this place were the boxes the noodles came in. The menu consisted of pad thai, mi goreng, fried pho, bun bo xao, and some other thing. Mi goreng was a big surprise. I ordered that expecting to get the instant noodles I used to eat in California. Hannah ordered pad thai since that sounded like the safest thing there.
The mi goreng was “fresh” and included an array of seafood such as mussels, octopus, & shrimp. The noodle was a wider version of pho’ much like the kind they use for pad see yoo. The flavor was different from the one I usually ate in California. It was spicy with a hint of soy sauce. Included in this mix was also bean sprouts, green onions, white onions, & chilli pepper. I liked it because I naturally love noodles but it did get too spicy for me halfway through. Hannah’s pad thai was good though. It had shrimp & chicken I think. It wasn’t too spicy & had a nice nutty taste to it.
Overall, this place isn’t bad. Actually, it was pretty good. Each carton of noodles was about 6,000 won. I didn’t even finish mine & I was full. You don’t have to wait long for your food & the atmosphere is really cute as well. Just don’t expect any Chinese food here. The closest thing to Chinese food is some Mongolian noodles. But it’s still a decent place to dine. Plus it’s down the street from all the happening places in Sinchon. Great for pre or post-gaming 😀