âHot potâ is eaten by putting ingredients such as vegetables, meat, and seafood and broth in a wide pot and simmering it yourself. In the cold and windy season like these days, more and more people are looking for a hot hot pot. The hot pot transforms into various shapes depending on the main ingredients it contains, such as gyoza, offal, kimchi, octopus, and tofu. From gyoza hot pot, which contains plenty of gyoza made every morning, to offal hot pot with the savory flavor of giblets, and black goat hot pot, a health food that exudes strong energy! Here are 5 of the best hot pot restaurants in the country, the warmth of ingredients that will continue for 100 years.
1. Hand dumplings made with care every day, voice âTowayu Dinerâ
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Every morning, âTowayu Restaurantâ begins a daily routine by making about 1,000 dumplings. The owner carefully makes food using vegetables and rice grown by himself. The signature menu, âDumpling Hot Pot,â is a beef bone broth topped with lots of ingredients such as gyoza, mochi, deep-fried tofu, fish paste, bean sprouts, mushrooms, and beef.
The broth is simmered and the marinated soup blends in the flavors of various ingredients and boasts a sharp yet deep flavor. Chungcheong-do style kimchi dumplings made with minced kimchi and meat and filled with beef are not irritating and have a light flavor, so they go well with spicy soup. In addition, they also enjoy meal menus such as âmochi dumpling soupâ and âkale dumpling,â which use hand dumplings.
â²Location: 6-1, Mugeok-ro 308beon-gil, Geumwang-eup, Eumseong-gun, Chungbuk
â²Opening hours: 09:00 â 21:00 every day, irregular holidays 3 times a month
â²Price: Dumpling hot pot (medium) 29,000 won, mochi dumpling soup 7,000 won
â²Testimonial (I grow edible moss): It's a restaurant in Muji Market, and the dumplings are really delicious. These dumplings have a nostalgic feel as if my parents made them at home. It's even more delicious if you cut the gyoza in half and pour in the hot pot broth once. Hehe, and if you make a reservation, you can eat at around 7 o'clock in the morning, so it's a great place to eat early in the morning.
2. âJangheung Hallâ in Icheon, a rich soup with the flavors of various ingredients
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âJangheung Hallâ is a Korean food specialty store that has focused on hot pot and stew, such as offal hot pot, mushroom hot pot, ecological stew, and kimchi stew. Each ingredient in the food is managed according to strict standards, as is the use of freshly squeezed perilla oil and sesame oil. When you order a meal, you'll be spoiled with 11 homemade side dishes, such as salad, grilled fish, and herbs.
The signature menu is âoctopus giblets hot pot,â where vegetables, octopus, and offal are simmered together in a cool broth to complete the flavor of the soup. The soup infused with the sweetness of the vegetables and the greenness of the offal fills the stomach as it runs hot down the throat. Other popular menus include âChanakkop Hot Potâ and âMarbled Octopus Hot Pot,â which feature marbled meat, octopus, and offal as the main ingredients.
â²Location: 8-1 Jungnicheon-ro, Icheon, Gyeonggi
â²Opening hours: 09:30 â 21:30 every day
â²Price: Octopus giblets hot pot (small) 45,000 won, Chanakgob hot pot (small) 55,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Hyungang): I ordered octopus giblets and ate it, but it was nice that it contained more octopus and offal than I expected, so the amount wasn't too bad. As I continue to cook and eat it as a snack, many bottles of sake are piled up before I know it. If you add ramen sari to the soup left over after eating for a while, you can eat it completely full.
3. Tangy offal mixed with sharp sauce, 'Haman ribs & offspring' in Changwon
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âHaman Galbi & Gopchangâ has been in place for 46 years next to the Yangdeok Police Station. At the beginning of the opening of the business, it has continued to sell to nearby workers at reasonable prices and in large quantities until now. The signature menu, âKorean Beef Giblet Hot Pot,â is characterized by maintaining a warm feeling throughout the meal using a gibble pot that spreads the heat evenly.
The Korean beef offal brought from the Gimhae livestock factory on the day the cow was caught was aged at a low temperature for a week in a special sauce to clearly capture the flavor and make the most of its savory flavor. You can enjoy a richer flavor and texture by putting seaweed powder and bean sprouts on top of the rice, then adding the chewy offal and rich broth and eating them together.
â²Location: 2F, 15, Bongyang-ro, Masanhoewon-gu, Changwon, Gyeongnam
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 22:30 every day
â²Price: Korean beef giblets hot pot (1 serving) 12,000 won, octopus hot pot (1 serving) 12,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Rakhubarit*): I definitely use raw offal, so the offal doesn't smell bad. My parents, who are sensitive to offal, also enjoyed it very deliciously. The offal is also quite large in size, so it's chewy. Also, the amount is so large that it keeps coming out even after eating, and if you grate it with rice, it's a perfect bowl.
4. âTulbo Hallâ in Hwaseong, a powerful health food that exudes strength
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âFurubo Hallâ is a place that offers healthy food using ingredients such as black goat, chicken, and duck. More than 10 side dishes that are not irritating and contain healthy flavors like home-cooked meals will enhance the taste buds before the meal. The signature menu is âblack goat hot pot,â which is seasoned with thick black goat meat, vegetables, and wild sesame powder in a rich broth.
It's fun to pick and eat whatever you like, from the tender, crunchy meat like beef brisket to the chewy texture of the skin. If you roll chives in tender black goat and soak them in perilla sauce, the umami will come out even more. In addition, various black goat dishes such as beef, soup, and sauce are also available.
â²Location: 19, Pulmugol-ro 106beon-gil, Hwaseong, Gyeonggi
â²Opening hours: 10:00 â 21:00 every day
â²Price: Black goat hot pot 25,000 won, Neungi mizutaki (chicken, duck) 75,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami Yellow Pencil 134): In spring and fall, I went for a drive to Jungli Reservoir, and when it got cold, it was a restaurant where I went to take care of myself as a black goat with my parents. There are so many side dishes that look like a broken leg, but they are not meant to be used as a gajisu filling; each one is clean, so it's delicious. There's no smell unique to black goat, and the sauce made from perilla oil and wild sesame powder enhances the flavor! I think my body feels energized once I eat it.
5. 'Karma Garden' in Chungju, the refreshing flavor of seafood
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The green trees surrounding the store add a fresh atmosphere to âKarma Garden.â For over 30 years, we have continued our commitment to quality ingredients such as organic vegetables grown in the kitchen garden, homemade tofu, and special enzyme condiments. The signature menu, âSeafood Dumpling Hot Pot,â is served in a spacious hot pot that neatly contains seafood, kimchi dumplings, tofu, and vegetables, then topped with red sauce.
The soup, which is simmered while the sauce is loosened, has a deep flavor that combines the freshness of seafood with the subtle sweetness of vegetables. The combination of gyoza, which has the rich flavor of kimchi, and drumfish broth, which has an attractive aftertaste, is excellent. âNaengmyeon,â which uses a higher content of kudzu and makes the most of its flavor than regular kudzu cold noodles, is also gaining popularity.
â²Location: 45 Yongcheongalma-gil, Salmi-myeon, Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do
â²Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 to 21:00, Wednesday (closed from September to March, normal business from April to August)
â²Price: Seafood dumpling hot pot (2 people) 18,000 won, watercress noodles 7,000 won
â²Review (Goodbye, Shikishin Yeongdoya): Along with Unjeong Restaurant and Daewoo Bunsik, this restaurant is known as one of the top three restaurants in Chungju. It's well known to tourists that cold noodles are famous, but the local staple menu is seafood dumpling hot pot! Dumplings have a thin skin and full filling, so if you cut them in half and soak them in broth, you can enjoy them even more.
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