Lunch @ 시골의맛 손칼국수&열무국수 (Busan, Korea)

October 12, 2017 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

During my July 2017 trip to Korea, one of our day trips from Busan was to Gyeongju. And because we had private transport, my crossfitters and I were able to drop by 시골의맛 easily!

시골의맛 was featured on episode 41 of my favourite Korean food show ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’ where Mr Baek introduced cold dishes to forget the summer heat. Yeah! My crossfitters and I were in Korea at the right timing; Hot, hot summer. Keke.


As the restaurant is not centrally located in Busan, it’s a 1-hour metro journey from Busan metro station. But because my crossfitters and I were dropping by 시골의맛 for breakfast enroute to Gyeongju, it was a 40 minutes car journey from our accommodation (that’s located near Busan metro station) to 시골의맛.

But really, one can say we were thankful that the restaurant opened early at 8am. I was reeking my head really hard for a good breakfast place till I found information of 시골의맛 (as the show does not disclose the restaurant’s name). And 시골의맛’s location fitted perfectly into our itinerary. Keke.

We arrived at 시골의맛 pretty early in the morning at 8.45am which allowed my crossfitters and I to beat the queue. Phew.

And from the menu, we ordered:-



1) 열무국수, ‎₩6000 (above) – Yeolmuguksu. To enjoy this dish, one should cut the crunchy yeolmu kimchi (made with matured young radish from Ilsan in Gyeonggi) into smaller pieces onto the noodles before pouring in the slightly vinegary broth. And this was light and refreshing on the palate. Slurping the cold noodles was a good way to beat the summer heat.


2) 손칼국수, ‎₩6000 (above) – Sonkalguksu. But this warm bowl of chewy hand-knife noodle won our hearts and warmed our stomach (better). I guess we were more accustomed to eating warm food in the morning.

My crossfitters and I were satisfied with our meal at 시골의맛. If one is heading up to Gyeongju from Busan or even heading down to Busan from Gyeongju via private transport, I would recommend putting 시골의맛 on one’s itinerary.

However, if one plans to come by public transport, I say it’s not worth the 1.5 hours journey. Make that 3 hours since one has to travel back too.

시골의맛 손칼국수&열무국수
820-3 Icheon-ri, Ilgwang-myeon, Gijang, Busan (부산 기장군 일광면 일광로 132)
+82 51 723 5689, Naver
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 08:00 – 15:00
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 16:00 – 20:00
Value: 7
Service: 6
* Closed on 2nd & 4th Tues