This is a little background about the person who stands over the stove in the restaurant kitchen and boils your ramyeon.
In 2011 he was a judge for a ramyeon contest on the Korean TV show Man’s Qualification. He was a judge for a Nongshim sponsored ramyeon contest and another contest which led to the creation of Kkokkomyeon. He also oversees an online community with some 64,000 members on Daum’s Ramyeon Heaven and manages Naver’s Ramyeon City too.
Now do you know enough about Han Chang-guk who has loved ramyeon from a young age?
However it was from 2005 when things really got going with his discovery of Ramyeon Heaven. As part of this community they would serve ramyeon at old people’s homes and orphanages. Han hasn’t done that on Jeju Island yet, but hopes to in the future.
In fact Han came to the island in September of 2011 for travelling and decided to stay. At that time he didn’t have any plans to open a ramyeon restaurant, but found the job situation difficult. He thought creating a ramyeon restaurant would be quite challenging.
“I don’t like crowded places,” Han said of his decision to open in the relatively peaceful setting of Hallim. “If I set up in Jeju City then I might as well have set up in Seoul’s Gangnam area.”
He opened for business in March 2012 and at that time the menu changed every day. Now his menu has three kinds of ramyeon to choose between after many customers asked for a set choice.
You better get there early because Han, along with his wife, only makes enough broth for 100 bowls a day. When that is all gone he closes the doors of the restaurant. As there are only two people working for the restaurant he feels this is a limit to which they can put in all of their effort.
Sometimes they are closed by 2 p.m. and on weekdays you’ll usually find them open until about 6p.m. At the weekends by 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. the ramyeon is sold out.
The three types of ramyeon on the menu include hwangtae (dried cod), chadolbaki (beef), and bajiltteok (basil rice cake).
Also on the menu is mayak gimbap (drug rice roll) and tteokmanduguk (rice dumpling soup).
Even though the restaurant has a short history you can feel the deep experience that goes into making your bowl.
Some ramyeon tastes clean and simple. Some are complex.
When you’ve finished eating it’s possible to get a drip coffee too. However don’t be disappointed if you’re not able to get one during busy periods.
Doing a job you like is happiness. Doing a job you’re good at is happiness. Doing a job you like and a job you’re good at while giving other people happiness is an even bigger happiness. This is the force one feels from Han and his restaurant.
Address: Jeju-si, Hallim-eup, Daerim-ri, 1820-6 Jeongdaun apt, first floor
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closes when ingredients are sold out).
Holiday: Every Monday.
Map: dmaps.kr/ak25 (don’t click – type directly into your browser)