Stopped by The Corner place on James Wood near Vermont today, after hearing good things on this board about their mul neng myun.
At lunch time today (Friday), the place was practically empty. Very nice, considering how packed all of KTown can get on the weekends.
Service was prompt, and the bowl of noodles was HUGE. Easily twice the size of the chik neng myun I had last week at Yuchun, and I dare say even more noodles than the typical #1 large bowl of pho has at a Vietnamese restaurant. I'll say this: after half a bowl of mul neng myun I was full, and I hadn't eaten anything all day. And I LOVE noodles (my old handle on this board wasn't nooodles for no reason!).
The texture of the noodles was perfect. Does anyone know if they make the noodles themselves? It reminded me of Taiwanese mien xien, thin pulled noodles usually used for oyster/innards soup. The versions here are always insipidly soft. Maybe the Taiwanese restaurants need to start buying their noodles from the Koreans.
The not so good:
I can't say enjoyed the broth very much. There's something in it that gives it a particular funk that I don't enjoy. And don't get me wrong: I love stinky tofu, doenjang, gochujiang, miso, bean curd, and any number of other foods that have their own funk. I just didn't like the way this soup tasted. I also am not a fan of the 7-up sweetness and fizziness. I much prefer the light spiciness and vinegary tang of Yuchun's broth.
The napa kimchi was just okay, and not nearly crunchy enough, and they only brought out three panchan.
And despite how much I liked the mul (wheat-somen?) noodles, I think I prefer the chik (arrowroot).
But the reason I probably won't be hurrying back to The Corner Place is this: they wouldn't let me take the remaning half of my noodles home! Here's the conversation:
Me: Check, please, and could I have a box?
Server: For what?
Me: the noodles
Server: We don't do that to go
I was too flabbergasted to ask why, or whether I could pay for a to go box, or whether I could bring my own to go box next time. It just seemed so bizarre to me. I've never been to a restaurant--other than a buffet--that refused me a to go container! So I had to leave behind what could easily have been tomorrow's lunch (or at least afternoon snack!). Very irritating. So if you do try The Corner Place and don't want to waste food, bring a friend or make sure you're very hungry!