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korean food / seoul / A hidden restaurant in the quiet East Ichon-dong – 1104

Dongbuichon-dong is located in the middle of Seoul, where you can see the Han River. It's a neighborhood where many Japanese people live, and it's also called “Little Tokyo.” Thanks to this, it's easy to find small izakayas and Japanese home-cooked restaurants all over the town. Compared to other areas in Seoul, it has the advantage of not being expensive and quiet, and there are many old restaurants that cater to residents in the neighborhood. The National Museum of Korea is nearby, so it's a great place to go out with kids.

1. “Momoya” is a combination of thick meat and crispy tempura

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“Momoya” is famous as a pork cutlet restaurant in this village, where Japanese menus are popular. The most popular menu item is “Hiregasu.” Thanks to using freshly ground bread, they are proud of their crispy batter. The rich juiciness of the meat adds to the flavor of the hiregas, which is thick and makes use of its texture. In addition to pork cutlets, nabe, rice bowls, and ramen are also available, and you can also find momoya in Hongdae, which was newly opened a while ago.

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â–²Location: 248 Ichon-ro, Yongsan-gu â–²Business hours: 11:00-21:00, BREAK TIME 15:00-17:00

â–²Price: Hiregasu set meal 12,000 won, Nagasaki Tangmen 12,000 won â–²Review (Shikigami Mokkham Mine): I think I went there every 2 weeks when I first learned about this house.

2. 64 layers of pastry bread, “Kyoto Marble”

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“Kyoto Marble” in this village is famous for its 64-layer Danish bread made by artisans at Bolognese in Kyoto, Japan. The signature menu is definitely “Danish white bread,” where you can find a total of 9 types of white bread. It has a moist and soft texture and is characterized by a deep flavor. Each bread comes out at a different time, and the business ends when all the bread is sold out. Please note that orders can also be ordered by courier.

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â–²Location: Park Tower 106-dong underground shopping mall, 69, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu â–²Opening hours: 08:00 to 20:00, closed on the 2nd Monday of every month â–²Price: Danish bread plain (half), 6,800 won â–²Review (eating sweet potato is stuffy): I went there because the texture of the bread was alive layer by layer… It really was

3. 'Hangang Chicken', the same taste for 35 years

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Since 1981, “Hangang Chicken” has been loved by the residents of Ichon-dong for its consistent chicken flavor. The characteristic of deep-frying chicken salted directly from the store is that the batter is not thick and is slightly intermittent. The fact that it provides moist meat such as legs and wings instead of the whole part of the chicken is also attractive. The fluffy french fries, which are made by cutting and deep-frying whole potatoes, are also good to go with beer.

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â–²Location: 12 Ichon-ro 75-gil, Yongsan-gu â–²Opening hours: 12:00 to 02:00 â–²Price: Hangang Chicken 19,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Pickled peanuts): At Hangang Chicken, they say they salt the chicken themselves, and they also make their own radish and sauce. It's neat.

4. Exotic Vietnamese Restaurant “Le Vern Me”

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“Le Bon Mee” in this village is a place where you can enjoy a different kind of Vietnamese food. The signature menu is “bunre,” a tomato seafood rice noodle soup with a spicy and sour soup, and “komga,” a rice bowl made by grilling dak-galbi in a salty barbecue sauce. “Le Banmi,” a sandwich made of oven-baked baguette bread with chili sauce, pork, vegetables, and fried eggs, is also one of the popular dishes. At mealtime, there may be a lot of people waiting because of the crowds.

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â–²Location: 19 Ichon-ro 77-gil, Yongsan-gu â–²Business hours: 11:00-21:00 â–²Price range: Tomato, seafood, rice noodles, 10.900 won, Le Banmi 7,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigami Jujutsu Bongjirorong): The tomato rice noodles are slightly spicy, so I feel like a relief! The banmi sandwich, which contains soft bread and salty meat, was a huge hit.

5. Cafe during the day, bar at night, “Hell Cafe Spiriters”

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“Hell Cafe Spirits” is the second branch of Hell Cafe famous as a coffee restaurant in Bogwang-dong. It is open as a cafe until 7 p.m., and then immediately until 2 a.m. The cafe's signature menu is “Hellate,” which has a savory and mild flavor. A “cheesecake” that combines the rich and sour flavors of cheese is also available. Note that there is an additional service fee of 10,000 won for customers visiting the bar.

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â–²Location: No. 208, 31-dong, Hangang Mansion, 248 Ichon-ro, Yongsan-gu â–²Business hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 20:00 BAR 19:00 to 02:00, Sunday 11:00 to 20:00, BAR 19:00 to 00:00 â–²Price range: Hellate 9,000 won, cheesecake 6,000 won â–²Review (The curse of Shikigin Seasoned Crab): Coffee is more expensive than Itaewon Health Cafe. If you take out, you can get a 4,000 won discount. The atmosphere is luxurious.



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