When talking about Korea's representative food, âkimchiâ comes to mind first. It shows the ethnic side of kimchi by showcasing not only well-known ingredients, but also unique kimchi menus such as eggplant, Japanese mustard spinach, and sweet potato stalks. It's delicious even if you put a kimchi on white rice, but there are foods that enhance the flavor of kimchi with a variety of recipes. From kimchi stew made with sliced pork and highland kimchi to gimbap, which has an attractive refreshing flavor of jelly, and kimchi fried rice made by finely chopping ripe kimchi and stir-frying it with rice! Here are 5 of the best kimchi restaurants synonymous with K-food.
1. 'Kimbuk Sunken Nambi House' in Sinsa-dong, Seoul, filled with the heavy flavor of pork
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âKimbuk Sunken Nambi Houseâ is full of pot lids with celebrity signatures written on them. The signature menu âPork Kimchi Jjigaeâ is served in beef bone broth with ingredients such as shoulder meat, tofu, and green onions, and highland kimchi supplied from Jeolla-do simmered lamb in a pot. The soup, which combines softly torn kimchi and thickly sliced pork neck, adds richness, is easy to eat on rice.
â²Location: 15, Apgujeong-ro 2-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: Weekdays 10:20 â 22:00, Saturday 10:20 â 21:00, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Pork neck kimchi stew 8,000 won, red bean earthenware pot soup 8,000 won
â²Testimonial (Please marry Shikigami): The soup has just the right amount of weight because it's made with pork bones as a base. I was able to enjoy the flavor of the delicious ripe kimchi, and it was hearty because it contained a lot of chunks of pork.
2. The moment I think of home-cooked meals, 'Seomjip' at Yongsan Station in Seoul
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âSeomjipâ is loved by nearby office workers because of the hearty side dishes that come out like home-cooked meals. The signature menu is âsteamed pork kimchi,â where pork cut into large pieces is thoroughly steamed with deliciously ripe jelly. If you roll kimchi on softly cooked meat and eat it in one bite, the umami will come out even more. In addition, various meal menus such as crab, stew, and spicy soup are also available.
â²Location: 3 Hangang-daero 14ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 â 17:00, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Steamed pork with kimchi 8,000 won, crab crabs 20,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Busana): It's a local restaurant I often go to because every food is clean and hearty. If I go here, I always order steamed kimchi, but the combination of sour jelly and thick meat comes to mind even when I go home!
3. 'Hearttime' in Jamwon-dong, Seoul, where old memories come back to life
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âHeart Timeâ is a Japanese-style restaurant located in the underground shopping district of Banpo. The interior and exterior of the restaurant are decorated in a 90s style and have a nostalgic atmosphere. The signature menu, âKimchi Fried Rice,â uses long rice with an unnami-like flavor, and stands out for its smooth texture. Fried rice, which has a subtle margarine flavor that enhances the taste buds, has an addictive flavor because the seasoning is deeply soaked between the grains of rice.
â²Location: 195 Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 â 01:00 every day
â²Price: Kimchi fried rice 6,500 won, pork cutlet 7,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami: Cullet Fondue â¡): Every food and interior accessory brings back memories of the past. If you eat the yolk of the fried egg on top of the kimchi fried rice, the savory flavor comes out even more, making it even more delicious! After the meal, give them a soda as a dessert.
4. The fresh flavor of jelly, 'Naan' in Hapjeong-dong, Seoul
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âNanâ is a place where you can enjoy a limited meal that changes daily along with a packed meal such as gimbap and ramen. The signature menu is âGimbap with jelly,â made by rolling the rice in a circle on a brightly washed jelly paper and then sprinkling sesame oil and sesame seeds on it to finish. Gimbap, which is appetizing with the rich flavor of sesame oil, is an excellent combination of the crunchy texture of the jelly and the light yet sweet rice.
â²Location: 22 Tojeong-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 02:00 every day, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Gimbap with jelly is 4,000 won, today's naan is 8,000 won
â²Testimonials (Digimon friends of Shikigami): At lunch, they have a dinner bar where you can have a drink in the evening. The most popular menu item, jellyfish, has a pleasant acidity, and the savory flavor of sesame oil goes very well together.
5. 'Hanmaru' in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, with the refreshing flavor of kimchi
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âHanmaruâ offers a variety of dishes using high quality meat, such as pork from Jeju and 1++ grade Korean beef. The signature menu, âKimchi Bossam Hot Pot,â is leek and pork belly wrapped in Chinese cabbage leaves and cooked with ingredients such as mushrooms, tofu, bok choy, and deep-fried pork. The combination of the sweetness of Chinese cabbage and pork with the aroma of chives added to it, and kimchi broth, which boasts a refreshing flavor, is fascinating.
â²Location: 19, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 â 22:00 every day
â²Price: Kimchi Bossam Hot Pot 8,000 won, Kimchi Bossam Assorted Hot Pot 12,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin iCan Call Europe): When the hot pot is half cooked, they add somen sari, and the broth seeps between the noodles to enhance the flavor. It's stewed in kimchi broth, so the refreshing and refreshing flavor of the soup is amazing.
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