[Seoul] While Mukshidonna is commonly known to serve delicious Budae Jjigae (Army Stew), they have branded themselves as a “Toppoki” restaurant. Their most popular outlet is at Samcheong Dong, near Gyeongbokgung.
Note: Even though this review is based on the Mukshidonna 먹쉬돈나 in Myeongdong, I couldn’t find the restaurant anymore in a return visit during September 2017. (Let me know if you have any leads)
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The term Muk-shi-don-na means Eat (Muk), Rest (Shi), Pay (Don), Leave (Na) when translated in English, meaning “Have your food, pay and leave”.
Toppoki / Tteokbokki is a type of cylinder-shaped boiled rice cake, and is a quintessential Korean traditional street food.
Finding this restaurant in Myeongdong can be tricky for first timers, as there is no clear signage. I would suggest looking out for Din Tai Fung first, then look at 2nd storey of the next building.
Your treasure is there. Mukshimyeongdong would just serve that one dish in a hot stove with various toppings.
Here’s how to order:
– Choose from one of the 5 main bases of Seafood, Vegetables, Ham & Sausage, Bulgogi Beef, or Cheese. (6,500 Won, SGD$7.80 per person)
– Add one type of noodles from Korean Vermicelli, Ramen, Korean Noodles or Udon (1,000 Won, SGD$1.20)
– Pick a topping or more which includes Boiled Egg, Tempura, Oden, Grilled Dumpling, Seaweed Roll, Or Ham (1,000 Won, SGD$1.20)
If you are keen, you can also add a topping of cheese, or fried rice at the end (2,000 Won, SGD$2.40) where rice will be cooked together with the remaining sauces.
Perhaps there was the factor of ‘Winter’, this turned out to be an enjoyable, comforting pot (despite that half of the ingredients that went in were the ‘cheap’ type).
I won’t know how best to describe this to a foreigner, but its base sauce was part-sweet-spicy with a mixture of Korean Gochujang sauce (red pepper paste) and baked beans, semi-thick like a stew.
The cheese added a touch of saltiness, and enveloped the springy instant noodles. There is something about Korean instant noodles which had the added bouncy quality.
Its signature rice cake, were light and chewy, unlike the average ones you find on the street which could be more elastic on the texture.
[Updated] Mukshidonna has also arrived in Singapore with its first outlet located at Downtown East, Pasir Ris.
Muskshidonna’s first franchise outlet in Singapore is also the first Korean restaurant in Singapore solely specializing on army stew. There is the option to customize your own pot with 5 different flavors to choose from: Cheese, Mussels, Bulgogi, Sausages and Mushroom.
The basic tteokbokki base is at SGD$13.90 a portion, per pax.
Unlike other army stew base, Mukshidonna’s mild spicy yet sweet signature sauce will thicken as it boils. Do not forget to leave some sauce in your pot for the fried rice if you do order.
This leftover thick gravy will be use to fry the sizzling fried rice which contains sweet corn and seaweed. For cheese lovers, choose the fried rice with cheese.
74-7, Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03061, South Korea
Tel: +82 2 723 8089
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 8:30pm Daily
Google Maps – Mukshidonna
Market Square @ Downtown East 1 Pasir Ris Close, E!Avenue #02-324 Singapore 519599
Tel: +65 63868562
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00pm Daily