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Ramyeon Convenience Store | Cashierless Ramyeon Store In Jongno, Seoul

You Can't Miss Korean Instant Noodles When Visiting Korea, So Why Not Try It At This Cashier-free Shop!

HiSunday
a year ago

Koreans love to eat noodles, which is why you will find ramyeon sold almost everywhere, such as convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants, etc. Something unique you can find in Korea are cashierless ramyeon stores.

Today I will take you to review one of those stores, Ramen Convenience Store (라면편의점)! This particular noodle shop has already been featured on KBS.


Information

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, exterior

Address: 서울 종로구 돈화문로 11
11, Donhwamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Hours: 24/7


Menu

Menu
Price (KRW)
Spicy Buldak Noodles
불닭볶음면
3,700
Sesame Ramen
참깨라면
3,700
Chapagetti
짜파게티
3,500
Shin Ramyun
신라면
3,500
Instant Rice
1,500
Egg
200

Our Visit

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store

Korea has a lot of delicious varieties of noodles and they are a familiar daily dish for many people.

If you have the opportunity to come to Korea, try visiting the cashier-free Ramen Convenience Store! It's guaranteed to give you a very new experience.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, featured on KBS

This little shop is located right near exit 14 of Jongno 3-ga station and is open 24/7, so you can come anytime. Like I mentioned earlier, the special thing about this shop is that their is no cashier or staff. You order, pay and prepare the ramyeon all on your own.

This store has even been aired on TV on KBS! 

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, seats and shelves inside

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, shelves of noodle packages

Even though there are two floors, the space inside the restaurant isn't that big. On the first floor is a kiosk where you order, a station to cook your noodles, and high shelves filled with all the different noodles you can buy.

This noodle cabinet looks really impressive, right? You can take a look to decide which type to eat.

They also sell instant white rice for you to eat with the noodles. Koreans often eat rice with the leftover soup. 

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, drinks in fridge

There is also a refrigerator with drinks for those who need it.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, seats on second floor

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, seats and cooking machines

If you want, you can sit on the second floor too. There is also a noodle cooking area and a few seats there.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, kiosk to order

After checking out the restaurant, we ordered our food. You can order and pay on your own at the kiosk on the first floor.

Since the machine displays the names and pictures of the noodles, you can choose easily. You can also order extra eggs to put in the noodles.

In addition to ramyeon noodles, they also sell porridge, soup, white rice, and soft drinks.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, ordering at kiosk

After choosing what to order, click on the card image at the bottom right and insert your card to pay. 

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, receipt

Once you pay, the machine will print a receipt for you. Then, you just need to get the type of noodles you bought from the shelf.

We ordered Spicy Buldak Noodles (불닭볶음면, 3,700 won), Sesame Ramen (참깨라면, 3,700 won) and 1 egg (200 won). Now, let's start making noodles. Remember to read the posted instructions on how to use the machines. 

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, self-service counter with bowls and side dishes

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, making sesame ramen

At the self-service counter, there is an area for bowls, paper plates, toppings, and banchan (side dishes).

First, we opened the ramyeon packages and put them in the provided paper bowls. For Spicy Buldak Noodles, all you have to do is put the noodles in the bowl and add water. Once the noodles are cooked, pour out the water and mix in the sauce packet.

For Sesame Ramen, you add the seasoning powder into the water and boil it together.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, containers of toppings

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, containers of toppings

At the counter, you will find containers of fresh bean sprouts, onions, fish cakes, chili powder, and cheese that you can freely add to your ramyeon. If you buy eggs, you can get them here to cook them with your ramyeon!

Many people like to put cheese on their Spicy Buldak Noodles to help with the spice, but sadly, they did not have cheese the day we went.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, making noodles, boiling water from machine

After you have added all the ingredients, put the bowl of noodles on the machine and press the M1 button (for 1 package of ramyeon). The M2 button is for soups and the M3 button is for Neoguri noodles (너구리).

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, machine boiling noodles

The machine will automatically pour water, boil water, and set the timer for you.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, machine boiling and cooking noodles

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, trays and cups and bowls on counter

After about 3 minutes, your ramyeon will be done. On the side, there are trays and chopsticks for you to use. You can also take pickled radish and kimchi to eat with the noodles.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, buldak and sesame ramen on trays

Now, here are the Spicy Buldak Noodles and Sesame Ramen we made. Don't they look tasty?

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, buldak and sesame ramen

Because of the green onion, bean sprouts, and fish cake toppings, the ramyeon has more flavor than what you eat at convenience stores. Moreover, the experience of eating at a cashierless store was very new.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, spicy buldak noodles ramen

Spicy Buldak Noodles (불닭볶음면)
3,700 won

Everyone knows these noodles are very spicy, right? However, because I added fish cakes, it helped with the spice. If you can't eat spicy food, don't order this!

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, sesame ramen noodles

Sesame Ramen (참깨라면) & Egg
3,700 won + 200 won

Sesame Ramen has a very fragrant sesame flavor. Because the machine sets a timer when cooking, the noodles are cooked just right. It's great eating it with all the toppings.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, trash cans

Once you're done eating eating, pour the leftover food into the steel container for food trash. Then, put the bowl in the paper box on the left. Other trash is thrown away in the black bin and recyclables are thrown away in the white bin!

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, sticky notes on wall with messages

Overall, I think this is an interesting experience for those who want to try Korean ramyeon noodles in a new way when in Seoul. You can see a lot of sticky notes with cute messages from visitors on the wall. Do you want to try eating ramyeon here?


How To Get There

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, jongno station exit 14 street

Go out of Jongno 3-ga Station Exit 14 and turn right.

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store, directions, walking on street

jongno seoul cashierless ramyeon shop Ramen Convenience Store

Go straight for about 5 minutes and you will see Ramen Convenience Store on the right.


Above is a review of the cashierless ramyeon store, Ramen Convenience Store (라면편의점). If you don't know what to eat, refer to our post on the top instant noodles in Korea.

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