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korean food / seoul / A paradise in a gorgeous city center, a hidden gourmet restaurant in Myeongdong – 1548

Myeongdong is the center of Seoul and a tourist attraction that has been loved by many people for a long time. Not only are there many tourist attractions nearby, such as Namsan Tower and
Myeongdong Cathedral, there are many
places to see and do. It's a popular spot that
foreigners must stop by because it's perfect for enjoying shopping, such as the many stores and department stores and shopping malls
by. There are many restaurants of all nationalities, from long-established stores that are decades old to brunch cafes that have been on social media for several years.

“Hadonggwan”, “Myeongdong Gyoza ”, “Bobber Lounge”, “Exquisite Hyang”, “Din Tai Fung”, “Bicolor”, “Ranjurameen”, “Miseongok”, “Myeongdong pork cutlet”, “Myeongdong croquette”, “Gaehwa”, “Taj”, “Hyangmi”, “Ho Kyungjeon”, “Gogung Palace” There are many famous restaurants, such as “Shandong gyoza,” and “Myeongdong halmae octopus.” Among the hustle and bustle of people, each alley in Myeongdong has hidden restaurants that have kept their
unique taste in the same place for many
years. Let's take a look at restaurants hidden in
Myeongdong Alley, a paradise in the
gorgeous city center.

1. An image full of sincerity, Samho-jeong

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*Source: Samho-cho's official website

“Samhojeong” has an old-fashioned
exterior located in the back alley of Myeongdong
. The signature menu is “sirloin stew”, which has
a savory and salty flavor and is eaten grilled over charcoal
. The cast iron
that comes mixed with the sauce at the same time as ordering has a bright red color
. It's nice to enjoy the natural flavor of the meat, which is both light and savory. The cast iron furnace, which has a convex shape, is a round cast iron plate that brings out the juicy meat flavor unique to “Samhojeong.” “White rice,” which is as hearty and hearty as eating
at home
, is also a popular menu.
Note that the soup and side dishes change every day.

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▲Location: 26, Toegye-ro 16-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

▲ Business hours: 11:00 – 21:30 on weekdays

▲ Price: sirloin steak 34,000 won, raw pork belly 13,000 won, home-cooked white rice
6,000 won

▲ Testimonial (87): The boss is kind and very helpful. A yakiniku restaurant that looks
like a jewel in an alley

2. “Original Hanchi” in Hoehyeon-dong, a variety of hanchi dishes at once

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It is a Korean cuisine specialty restaurant that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, from “hanchi sashimi” to “hanchi sukkae ”, “hanchi yakiniku”, and “hanchi tempura.” The signature menu is “Hanchi Bulgogi,” where you stir fry a variety of vegetables and pork belly in a spicy sauce. The sweet and spicy seasoning is evenly mixed with the
tender, soft texture of a freshly cooked slice and the chewiness of fire-flavored pork, making it a great side dish for rice or as a snack
. If you order a set menu, you can enjoy a hearty meal, including the refreshing and refreshing taste of “Agu Clear Water.” Please note that only a la carte menu can be ordered at lunchtime.

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▲Location: 14-5, Myeong-dong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

▲ Business hours: Weekdays 10:00 – 22:00

▲ Price: Hanchi sashimi 15,000 won, Hanchi
15,000 won

▲ Testimonial (Shikigami Xuper): Now it's a place that has been broadcast and has become a famous restaurant; for me, it's a place where I can still fill up with memories and delicious meals~!

3. The originator of stew cuisine, “Geumgang mixed stew” in Myeongdong

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*Source: Gumgang mixed stew official website

“Geumgang Mixed Stew” is a stew specialty store in Myeongdong that has been in operation for 3 generations. You can enjoy the affectionate atmosphere with small items from all over the store,
such as signboards and cashiers, which show all the ages
. It is
a place that regulars never stop visiting for its authentic and rich flavor of the soup
. It's a spicy flavor that can be thick, but
Chinese cabbage is added to finish off the refreshing flavor
. The uniquely shaped rice bowl is designed so that it can be easily mixed with soup and eaten. From ramen and udon sari to sausage, offal, squid, tuna, etc., you can enjoy it according to your taste.

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▲Location: 20-8, Myeong-dong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

▲ Opening hours:
10:00 – 22:30 every day, 7 days a week

▲ Price: Spongebob
stew mixed with
rice, 13,000 won, mixed with offal stew 12,000 won, mixed soup stew 13,000 won

▲ Testimonial (Gobong-min Shikigami enthusiast): I always eat a bowl of masked
rice and stew without a trace
. It was hard to find a restaurant in Myeongdong, but it was nice to be able to enjoy a hearty meal.

Dak-galbi is popular among foreign tourists
, Myeongdong “Eun & Jeong Myeongdong Dak-galbi”

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“Eun&Jeong Myeongdong Dak-galbi” is a
teppan dak-galbi restaurant located near Euljiro
Station. This dak-galbi restaurant is popular among foreign tourists
. It is
famous for its special sauce made by aging it for 24 hours or more, and its dak-galbi menu that
uses only eco-friendly, antibiotic-free domestic chicken thighs
. The signature menu is “cheese dak-galbi,” which is topped with lots of mozzarella cheese in the center of an iron plate.
You can eat dak-galbi with plenty of chewy, savory mozzarella cheese.
The crunchy cabbage pickle served as a side dish enhances the flavor of dak-galbi with its sweet and sour flavor. Please note that you can also enjoy new dak-galbi menus such as “cream dak-galbi” and “garlic-soy dak-galbi.”

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▲Location: 19, Myeong-dong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

▲ Business hours: 11:00 – 23:00 every day

▲ Price: Dak-galbi: 10,000 won, cheese
13,000 won, cream dak-galbi 13,000 won, garlic-soy sauce dak-galbi
13,000 won

▲ Review (Shikigin Yuji Mi-chan): I ordered cheese dak-galbi, but it's wrong with cheese
dak-galbi at other regular restaurants ~ Once it
's all stir-fried, the cheese path opens! The amount of cheese is really high! The
amount of makguksu was also delicious because it made me hungry, but it was a pity
. Personally, I'd love to stop by again when I go to Myeongdong!

5. 'Myeongdong Grandma Noodles' in Myeongdong, just like grandma's hands

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“Myeongdong Grandma Noodle” , which
opened in 1958 as a small noodle
shop of about 3 square meters
, is now a noodle specialty store with franchise
stores all over the country
The signature menu is a menu with three types of traditional noodles. These are “grandma noodles” with a deep and refreshing soup and chewy noodles , “bibimguksu ” mixed with a spicy sauce that feels good on the mouth, and “grandma noodles ” with a light flavor that contains plenty of soft tofu. It's a good value for money for a meal with a reasonable
price and a hearty portion
. There are also various noodle dishes such as black bean noodles and chogye noodles that can only be enjoyed during the summer, as well as meal dishes such as various rice bowls, so be sure to check out.

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▲Location: 17-3, Myeong-dong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

▲ Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00 every day, closed on holidays

▲ Price: Grandma noodles 4,000 won, tofu noodles 5,000 won

▲ Review (Florence Shikigami): The interior isn't spacious, but
it's clean, and since it's the main store, there were a lot of people. As for the tofu noodles, the tofu was almost like sundubu
I think it would be good to
eat it when the inside is bad, and the soup has a really refreshing taste
. It's delicious!



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