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A “rice bowl” is eaten by putting various ingredients and dishes such as tempura, meat, and seafood on top of rice. A bowl of rice without a special side dish is enough for a hearty meal. Depending on the type of food that is uploaded, it transforms into a variety of shapes, adding to the fun of choosing and eating. Starting with a steak bowl generously topped with the top grade of Korean beef sirloin, a skewer bowl that is flavored with an addictive sweet and salty sauce, and even a deep-fried rice bowl that is freshly fried and crispy at the same time you order it! Here are 5 of the best rice bowl restaurants where you can enjoy a bowl of happiness.

1. 'Surin Hannam' in Hannam-dong, Seoul, where the rich flavor of Korean beef comes alive

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“Surin Hannam” offers a variety of dishes such as grilled meat, yakiniku, and gukbap using 1++ grade Korean beef. The signature menu, “Chae's End Steak Rice Bowl,” is topped with sirlop steak and naturally radiated yujeongran on top of rice cooked in a mixture of suhyangmi and chucheongmi within a week of Dojeong. A steak with a rich meat flavor and moist juiciness can be eaten with garlic flakes and raw wasabi in one bite with rice.

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â–²Location: B1F, 91 Hannam-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 11:30 — 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:30

â–²Price: Sirloin steak bowl 38,000 won, tenderloin 150g 57,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Group of 6): If you serve the sirloin steak bowl, it comes out nicely served with side dishes such as kimchi, salad, soup, and salted fish. It was nice that the steak was as soft as melting in the mouth.

2. “Tsukumo” in Bangi-dong, Seoul

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“Tsukumo” is a Japanese rice bowl specialty store run by a one-person kitchen. The signature menu, “Seaweed Rice Bowl,” is served by putting grilled yellowtail slices one after the other with egg zidan and soy sauce on top of the rice, then sprinkling chives on top of the rice. Deep sweet-and-salty condiments are mixed with savory egg zidan to create a perfect flavor. It's nice to eat a skewer as boneless meat and feel free to eat it with a spoon.

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â–²Location: 58 Olympic-ro 32-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:30 — 21:00 every day, B/T 14:30 — 17:30, early closing when materials run out

â–²Price: Yellowtail bowl 9,000 won, katsudon 9,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shakigin Jug): The skewer rice bowl comes out of agreement and has a luxurious feel. It didn't have any thorns, so it was easy to eat, and it was sprinkled with a slightly spicy sauce, so I was able to whip up a bowl without getting bitten.

3. 'Yamato Tendon' in Anam-dong, Seoul, a feast of crispy tempura

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At “Yamato Tendon,” you can enjoy tendon topped with freshly cooked rice topped with instant tempura. The signature menu is “gyutendon,” which includes lean beef and is topped with mushrooms, sweet pumpkin, eggplant, sweet potatoes, and shishito pepper fritters. Tendon sauce aged for 30 days was sprinkled to take advantage of the overall umami and flavor. The contrasting texture of the crispy batter and the tender sirloin stands out.

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â–²Location: 2 Goryeo-daero 28-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:00 — 21:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:00, closed on Sundays

â–²Price: Gyuten-dong 13,000 won, Ebi-ten-dong 10,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigami VerDeTe): The interior consists of bar seats, so it's fun to wait because you can watch the food being prepared. The main meat of Gyutendon is thick and chewy, and the savory flavor is amazing!

4. A layered meat tower, 'Yuksan' in Daehyeon-dong, Seoul

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“Yuksan” is popular among nearby university students due to its hearty sheep. The signature menu, “Roast Beef Rice Bowl,” further heightens the anticipation of the meal with the colorful visual of a yellow egg yolk placed on top of the reddish roast beef. At first, I recommend enjoying the natural flavor of the meat, then eating it with sauce and vegetables, and when you have about half left, add broth and wasabi to eat it in three steps.

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â–²Location: 42, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:30 — 21:00 every day

â–²Price: Roast beef bowl 9,800 won, steak bowl 12,800 won

â–²Review (Shikigami Minimi): There are so many heaps of roast beef rice bowls on top of each other! It looks just like the picture on the menu. If you dip a large piece of roast beef thoroughly into the wasabi mayonnaise that comes with it, the umami will come out even better!

5. How to enjoy eel rice bowl in four ways, 'Seosol' in Hoehyeon-dong, Seoul

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At “Seosol,” you can find a Japanese Nagoya-style eel bowl made by cutting grilled eel into small pieces and putting it on top of rice. The signature menu “hitsumabushi” is eaten by dividing a bowl of rice in a wooden bowl called “hitsu” into 4 parts. In the first one, you can enjoy its unique flavor without any seasoning, then add seaweed and wasabi in the second, pour in green tea, enjoy it like ochazuke, and finally eat it in the most delicious way.

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â–²Location: 46 Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

â–²Business hours: 11:30 to 21:00 on weekdays, 11:30 to 17:00 on Saturdays, 14:30 to 17:30 B/T (weekdays), closed on Sundays, early closing when materials are exhausted

â–²Price: Hitsumabushi (medium) 36,000 won, hitsumabushi (large) 45,000 won

â–²Testimonial (2): Eel meat is plump, and the more you chew it, the more savory it tastes. It feels like eating a variety of dishes with just one bowl of rice.

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