A place at Insa-dong to eat some traditional Korean food. This is just a random pick.
100-4, Insadong 14 Road, Seoul Special City
Tel: +82 734 1970
Subway: Anguk Station (Line 3)
Side dish starters – Kitchen’s special (KRW10,000 per person)
If you want the side dishes, you have no choice but to eat what they cook on that day and it’s unlimited refill. How much can you refill, seriously?
Beef bulgogi (KRW26,000)
It’s fried with mushroom and garlic. It’s tender and juicy. Very good with rice.
Each person comes with a bowl of rice and a soup. Beancurd soup to share at KRW5,000.
This is a chain restaurant selling Jjimdak, a dish originated from the city of Andong. Jjimdak is a Korean steam or boiled dish made with chicken and various vegetables marinated in a Korean soy sauce.
163-11, 2nd Floor, Mapo-Donggyo, Seoul
Tel: +82 3142 6618
http://www.bongchu.com/ (In Korean only)
Subway: Hongik University (Line 2)
If you’re not tolerable with spiciness, be prepared for “sausage” lips. :p
Bongchu jjimdak (Large) (KRW35,000)
This is a very appetising dish although spicy! The chicken is very deeply marinated with the sauce and tender. There are various vegetables such as potato, carrot, dried chillies and spring onions and also with noodles. All enough for 6-7 persons.
I was told that the original jjimdak is many times much more spicy than this. “-_-
Don’t let them take away the remaining sauce and add the next dish!
Gonggibap (Stone rice) (KRW1,000)
It’s just a normal crispy rice but it’s superb when it’s added on to the remaining sauce.
After all the spiciness, you can cool it with a bowl of cold kimchi (non-spicy).
A place for “special” ginseng chicken soup. A type that I’ve never tried before until now.
342-134 Singil-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82 831 4111
Subway: Sinpung Station (Line 7), Exit 4
This restaurant has Chinese speaking people which you don’t need to worry about conversing. Actually, you don’t need to converse much with them as well because they only serve one dish which is the ginseng chicken, the one of its kind which only they sell.
How to get here by subway …
After 15-20 minutes walk, you’re rewarded…
The meal started with appetisers (as usual) served with chili, kimchi and cucumber. The cucumber is very crispy and it’s really a cooling snack after your walk from the subway.
On samgyetang’s first taste, it tasted like chicken or mushroom cream soup but I was told that the soup is made of sesame. By knowing this fact to taste again, yes, there is a very mild sesame taste. The chicken is tender that you can easily tear the meat from the bone. The chicken is stuffed with some ingredients such as glutinous rice, ginseng, and water chestnut which are some of the usual ingredients you can find from other samgyetang. This is new and delicious, very worth a try.
Experiencing the local “Military Pot”. This dish came about after the Korean war where food was scarce and they were made from surplus food from the US Army base.
Level B1, Time Square
Tel: +82 02 2638 2077
http://www.nolboo.co.kr/ (if you know korean language or google for other outlets)
Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Subway: Yeongdeungpo Station (Line 1)
Many choices of everything in a pot…
Brisket Casserole Pot 흥부 부대전골 (KRW7,000 per person)
This is the most popular pot of this restaurant consisting brownie, sarami, dark, pepperoni, sausage, etc. Adding ramyuen (instant noodle) for KRW1,000. It’s like kimchi soup but not too soury taste of the kimchi. It’s a very appetising soup that can keep you drinking although it’s spicy. The ramyuen is put into the pot to cook together.
Peppermint sweet (Free)
This is free to take from the cashier counter. I think it’s rather nice but some of my friends think it’s too sweet.