Categories: Restaurants

Neighborhood: Jugyo-dong

118-1 Jugyo-dong


South Korea

Local Language Address: 서울시 중구 주교동 118-1 우래옥 (을지로점)

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Woo Lae Oak translated to Korean means "The House of Many Returns." The rich history of the restaurant is reflected in the authentic Korean dishes being featured on the menu. Chang Won-il founded the restaurant in 1946 when he migrated to Seoul from Pyongyang after World War 2 hence the restaurant specializes in Pyongyang-style preparation of naengmyeon noodle dish. Woo Lae Oak has multiple locations in Seoul and even has a branch in Chicago and Washington DC in the United States. The first to be established was in Jung-ku and the other location is in Kangnam. Woo Lae Oak naengmyeon uses a pure buckwheat noodles that are made to order making the texture amazingly soft and served in a rich beef stock that is truly flavorful. Sliced tender beef, picked cabbage and cucumbers are served with the noodles with a choice of chili paste or mustard for seasoning. Varieties of kimchi are offered as side dishes. Bulgogi or Korean Barbeque is another house specialty at Woo Lae Oak. Diners can enjoy cooking the slices of beef at the grills that are installed on the tabletops. Their bibimbap (meat and vegetables mixed with rice and topped with fried egg) and bok jaeng ban (steamed thinly sliced beef in broth) are also worth mentioning. It is no wonder that patrons often “return” and enjoy good Korean cuisine at the house of many returns or Woo Lae Oak.


MEALS: Lunch,Dinner

Price Range: $11-$30

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Parking: Street

Takeout: No

Delivers: No

Accept Credit Cards: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good For Kids: No

Waiter Service: Yes

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