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“Pocha” sells a variety of street food and alcohol in a tent. There's no perfect place to quench your hunger after working late at night or to relax with friends. I'm not envious of any good restaurant for a simple table with a bar of snacks. Whether it's a cold day with a sore nose or in the middle of summer when you're sweaty, Pocha enjoys the simple and nostalgic atmosphere that only Pocha has, regardless of the four seasons. Jongno Pocha Street, one of Seoul's representative pocha streets, is bustling with people of all ages, from middle-aged and elderly to young people. The story of many people is told in the pocha that has silently guarded the streets of Jongno. Here are 5 of the best Jongno pocha restaurants where you can soak up the sensibility of a long-established store.

1. Jongno 3-ga Station's “Miso Seagull Meat” showcases only raw meat prepared on the same day

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“Miso gull meat” is a special part of pork that you can enjoy as fresh raw meat. The signature menu, “Seagull meat,” is prepared by hand every day and has a fresh flavor without any residue. Seagull meat was grilled in chunks to keep it moist and juicy. The sour onion sauce enhances the flavor of the meat. The combination of meat with bittersweet fresh kimchi is also popular.

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â–²Location: 7, Donhwamun-ro 11ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 15:00 — 22:30 every day, closed on the first and third Sunday of every month

â–²Price: Seagull meat 14,000 won, beef ribs 15,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigin, incandescent lamp, fluorescent light): I went to see it at a dinner party! Using a water-cooled grill, you can grill meat deliciously without burning it. Seagull meat has an excellent chewy texture.

2. Jongno 6-ga “No. 1,” where you can feel the long-standing tradition

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“Ichibanji” is a Chinese restaurant where the owner from China has kept his place for about 30 years. The signature menu is “jajangmyeon,” which has the flavor of traditional jajangmyeon by pouring rich jajang sauce on instant noodles. The jajang sauce soaks into the chewy noodles, and the sweet flavor spreads as you chew. I also like “deep-fried meat,” which stands out for the crunchy texture of the tempura batter and the tender meat.

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â–²Location: 10, Jong-ro 41-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:30 — 23:30 every day, closed on Sundays

â–²Price: Jajangmyeon 5,000 won, deep-fried meat 19,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Good Food): Even a friendly boss at an affordable price! It's a regular restaurant I often go to when I think of a relaxing drink because it's indoors. Jajangmyeon is a sweet old-fashioned jajang style! It's delicious even if you sprinkle it with red pepper powder!!

3. Just like the old supermarket memories, 'Hayoung Supermarket' at Jongno 5-ga Station

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“Hayoung Super” has tables inside and outside the supermarket, where you can feel the spirit of the past. You can enjoy simple snacks sold at supermarkets together with snack menus made by the owner. The signature menu, “ramen,” is served by putting eggs and green onions in a pan and cooking them yourself. The chewy noodles of ramen and the soup mixed with the refreshing flavor of green onions go well together.

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â–²Location: 10, Jong-ro 36-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 08:30 — 22:00 every day

â–²Price: Ramen 3,000 won, grilled spam 8,000 won

â–²Testimonial (7 pills): A unique experience of having a drink at a local supermarket~ A completely retro gamakjip!! It's a really nice and familiar feeling. It would be perfect for a second or third time! Taking out alcohol and sweets to eat was amazing and fun.

4. Jongno 5-ga Station's “Ewhapo tea” with an attractive chewy texture

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“Ewha pocha” is a late-night pocha full of friendly snacks such as grilled fish, fried chicken soup, and stir-fried meat. The boss's warm hospitality, who offers fried eggs as a basic snack service, is also a secret to its popularity. The signature menu is “dung house grill,” where you grill large pieces of rice brisket directly over a briquette fire. Guan, which has an excellent chewy texture, boasts a strangely addictive flavor that spreads as you chew it.

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â–²Location: 18 Yulgok-ro 14-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 17:00 — 04:00 every day, closed on Sundays

â–²Price: Grilled dung house 15,000 won, grilled Spanish mackerel 15,000 won

â–²Review (Shikigami Windows2): It's already famous for the pocha Wanna One went to. The chewy texture of the grilled dung house is amazing!! You can grill it in a brazier to eat it in a more pleasant way, and the sake gets in!!

5. “Jongno Fire Pig” at Jonggak Station, where you can enjoy the taste of hot fire

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“Jongno Fire Pig” has spacious indoor seats from the 1st basement floor to the 3rd floor above ground and outdoor tables. The signature menu, “Fire Pork,” uses the spicy flavor of pork with gochujang sauce. The smoky scent that fills your mouth when grilled over a briquette fire is fascinating. Boiled pork, which boasts tender meat, can be eaten casually because the gochujang seasoning is not irritating.

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â–²Location: 67 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 11:30 — 01:00 every day

â–²Price: Fire pork 12,000 won, liver pork 12,000 won

â–²Review (take it easy): It's a place known to be visited by many celebrities. I ordered 1 serving of ground pork and 1 serving of bulgogi and ate them together. Onigiri are also essential! If you make rice balls by putting a ball of fire on it and wrapping it in a roll, it tastes like honey!!

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