MYEONG-DONG & NOO NA HOL DAK: Korean Fried Chicken Dinner @KTOManila

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When in Korea, you’ve got to taste the authentic Korean Fried Chicken, so we visited NOO NA HOL DAK Chicken while shopping in MYEONGDONG — The 9th Most Expensive Shopping Street in the World.

Here’s a photo essay of our experience…


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Myeongdong,  which literally means “bright town” is the best high-end shopping destination in Seoul. 

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The beauty stores have their own gimmicks like this pink bubble bath to lure customers in.

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Myeongdong street is also full of street food stalls, like this one for a pastry topped with egg. 

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Check out the Dakkochi, skewers of grilled chicken and vegetables…

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…white dumplings…

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…and empanada-shaped dumplings.

I don’t know much about Korean Street Food, so I would love to hear your suggestions on the must-tries. Do you agree with this list of Top 10 Korean Street Food?

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The police station is very visible so it feels safe walking along the streets.

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Make sure to check out Jinsadaek near the alley beside the Police Station.

Related Post: JINSADAEK: 14-Course Traditional Korean Food Experience!

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One of the best pasalubong from Korea are the Korean Beauty Products!

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You can also find one of the biggest Lotte malls housing the Duty Free shop for Cosmetics.  

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Here are the recommended brands by the Korean beauty experts to buy as pasalubong

  • O HUI Super Anti-Aging Essence
  • SU:M Flawless Regenerating Eye Cream
  • LANEIGE Perfect Renew Night Treatment & Emulsion
  • SNAIL MASK by Etude House

Let me know if there are other Korean cosmetic brands you recommend.

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1-2 hours is not enough to go shopping around Myeongdong area. It’s best to shop around late afternoon to dinner time. (Tip: Restrooms are located on the top floors.)


Noo Na Hol Dak

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For dinner, our guide Helen brought us to a favorite chicken shop by locals — Noo Na Hol Dak.

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Noo Na Hol Dak Menu: Set Menu, Appetizers, Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken 2, Salads, Drinks

The entire menu is in Korean but they have photos so you can just point to what you want.

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The fried chicken is best paired with local Korean beers like Cass.

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They serve hot soup, popcorn, and pickled vegetables as appetizers.

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I love their healthy serving of salad with their signature black sesame sauce.

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I like the Korean Fried Chicken which is very juicy inside and crispy on the outside.

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The soy garlic version is the best — it’s sweet and has a very nice chili kick. 

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We had to order another serving just to satisfy our cravings! Budget is about KRW14,200 or P600/pax.

Myeongdong- KTO - Our Awesome Planet-59.jpgA great meal indeed…Gunbae “건배”! 

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Live an Awesome Life,


P.S. Thank you to Korean Tourism Organization of Manila for the Asian On Air Program: Asia Power Bloggers Tour of South Korea! 감사합니다 Kamsahamnida!

P.S. Myeongdong is also one of the best places to exchange your dollars into Korean Won.

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8 thoughts on “MYEONG-DONG & NOO NA HOL DAK: Korean Fried Chicken Dinner @KTOManila

  1. We were in Seoul exactly a year ago, and we’re going back this December. I didn’t know this existed in Myeongdong — we’d definitely TRY this one out!!

  2. There are a lot of places in Manila that offers Korean chicken. One that comes to mind is Kulpy Chicken. They have a branch in Banawe and SM North Foodcourt. They claim that they’re authentic but I can’t be sure because I haven’t tried the real thing. You might want to check it out and let us know how Kulpy fared.

  3. I enjoy this blog about Myeongdong area and NOO NA HOL DAK Restaurant. I suddenly remember the scene in “You’re Beautiful” where Go Mi Nam goes around Myeong-dong. 🙂

  4. Thanks Ron! Sige, will check Kulpy out. After this Korean series in OAP, planning to go around Manila and feature the best Korean places 🙂

  5. Yey, I’ve been waiting for you to feature Korean restaurants in Manila for so long. I shall look forward to that. Please visit Korean cafes too. They’re so cute even if coffee isn’t that good. 🙂
    Btw, aside from Kulpy, there are other Korean chicken places you might want to try for comparison like “Hol-dak” at Mezza Residences in Sta Mesa.; “BBQ Chicken & Beer” with branches in Greenhills, Eastwood, etc.; “Smoper’s” at BGC. Enjoy!

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