Lao Piak (라오삐약)
Adorned with colorful lanterns and quirky knick-knacks that punctuate the edges of an open-air kitchen, Lao Piak brings a little bit of Laos to Seoul’s Mangwon-dong neighborhood. Featuring a selection of Lao cuisine and beverages, the restaurant was opened by a few young Korean women who fell in love with the Southeast Asian country during their travels there. Everything on the menu here is worth trying, but the beef tendon noodle soup (9,500 won / $9) is our favorite. Flavorful broth and ultra-tender beef make the dish incredibly addictive, and the refillable noodles make it one of the best deals in the area. Wash it down with a cold Beer Lao and you’ve got yourself the perfect dinner.