Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, is located in the center of the Korean Peninsula. From 'Bukchon Hanok Village', 'Deoksugung Palace', and 'Gyeongbokgung', where the quiet traditional beauty of Seoul lives and breathes, to 'Garosu-gil, 'which is full of trendy sensibility, and 'Seongsu-dong CafÃ© Street', each space has eight different charms. It's a hip city where you can enjoy culture and art at the same time, such as a park where you can relax while looking out at the Han River and a theme park that offers special fun. As diverse as its appeal, there are restaurants recommended by foodies hidden all over the place. Stop eating common restaurants that everyone knows! I recommend the 5 best steamed restaurants recommended by a native born and raised in Seoul.
1. The majesty of the first generation in Jangchung-dong Pig's Foot Alley, Jangchung-dong's 'Fat Grandma's House'
Grandma Jeon Sook Yeol, a native of Gwaksan, Pyeonganbuk-do, opened âFat Grandma's Houseâ after the 6th and 25th War. In the early days, they dealt with North Korean food such as gyoza and mung bean paste cake, but pig's feet were developed in response to the needs of customers looking for snacks. Pig's foot made in memory of a favorite flavor in my hometown spread word of mouth, and pig's foot shops sprung up one by one, forming the Jangchung-dong Pig's Foot Alley. The signature menu, âpig's foot,â has maintained a consistent flavor for the third generation using seed soy sauce broth that has been used since the beginning of the business. The contrasting texture of the chewy skin and the softly melting lean meat enhances the rich texture. There is also a set menu where honbap people can enjoy pig's feet and makguksu at a reasonable price.
â²Location: 174-1 Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 00:00 â 24:00 every day, closed on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
â²Price: Set of 3 (large pig's feet+small tray of makguksu +chazen) 59,000 won, pig's foot (medium) 35,000 won, tray makguksu (small) 10,000 won, bedae-mochi 8,000 won
â²Testimonial (Happy Dancer): I've been going to a pig's foot shop since I was a kid, but the taste hasn't really changed. I ordered makguksu as well, but on the day I went, they prepared it myself and they were very kind! If you wrap the tender pig's feet in makguksu and eat hororoku, you'll be amazed by the sour sauce of makguksu and the savory flavor of pig's feet!
2. A delicious Jeolla-do limited meal, Naeja-dong 'Grape Tree'
âGrape Treeâ moved up to Seoul after settling in 1994 next to the Gwangju (former) Metropolitan Government Office in Jeolla-do. This is a limited restaurant that specializes in Namdo food such as red fish samgak, Beolgyo komak, and Yeonpo-tang. It stands out for its delicious side dishes, such as salted fish, chives, and herb sauce, which seem to spoil the rice. A hearty meal is completed when the order is placed and even freshly cooked hot pot rice is prepared. The signature menu is âchangchuotang,â which is made with fresh chantu fish brought from the pristine tidal flats. The miso broth, made by adding finely ground chanjutsu and beef broth to the base of the miso broth, has a rich savory flavor. When you eat rice full of seaweed wrapped in soup, it makes you feel like you've eaten a hearty health food. Jeolla-do style kimchi, which the boss tears apart with his hands, is also a delicacy.
â²Location: 108-3 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 – 21:20 every day, B/T (Monday to Friday) 15:00 – 17:00
â²Price: Chanchutang 15,000 won, Maesang 15,000 won
â²Testimonial (Apple Mini Shikigami): The interior is all made up of room spaces, so it's perfect for a meal these days. It's headquartered in Jeolla-do, and you can really enjoy the taste of eating it in your hometown. Basically, the ingredients are really fresh! The soup is really rich and the beef is cooked well, so it's smooth to slurp through.
3. Carefully selected handmade noodles, 'Hyangho Myeonok' in Ogeum-dong
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âHyangho Myeonokâ offers a variety of foods such as kishimen noodles, homemade rice noodles, and gyoza using wheat dough made in-house. If you ask the boss before the authentic food is served, it's a good idea to spice up your taste buds with the mini barley rice that is provided. The signature menu, âClam Kalguksu,â contains plenty of noodles picked directly from the store in a broth made with a refreshing flavor of clams. The clams add a chewy texture to the softly flowing noodles and make it fun to chew. Kimchi, which is sweet and has a rich flavor of garlic, plays a strong role as licorice that enhances the umami of kishimsu. Along with kishimen noodles, I also like to make my own âking dumplingsâ every morning. The thin dumpling skin that is completely full of dumpling adds moisture.
â²Location: 79 Macheon-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 21:30 every day, B/T (weekdays) 14:00 â 16:00, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Clam Kalguksu 7,000 won, Wangmandu 7,000 won
â²Testimonial (Good food in Gabon): It's a restaurant that everyone in the town knows! Overall, the food comes in a generous portion at an affordable price. The kishimen soup is made from clams, so even if you just eat the soup, it feels like your stomach feels completely relaxed. On days when I want to eat a little more, I order gyoza or chijimi together, and the quality isn't a joke!
4. Pork ribs with a special sauce, 'Cheongsu Jang' in Jeongneung-dong
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âCheongsu Jangâ has a cozy yet warm interior that makes use of the structure of a hanok. As a result of local redevelopment, Cheongsu ribs and Cheongsu Myeonok have been combined and operated as a single store. The signature menu is Cheongsu Jang's best seller âCheongsu Pork Ribsâ in '37. The characteristic is that they are grilled with authentic ribs and shoulder loin with Cheongsu Jang sauce, which can only be enjoyed here, and then dipped again in the sauce and eaten. The sauce adds a sweet and salty flavor to the meat's natural chewy texture and tough juiciness that can be felt when the meat is not marinated in sauce. âWatercress noodles,â which make the most of their rich flavor with a broth made from Korean beef bones and miscellaneous bones 24 hours a day, is a favorite meal menu. The chewy noodles made from sweet potato starch and the cool broth are great for a clean finish.
â²Location: 237-2 Jeongneung-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 22:00 every day, 7 days a week
â²Price: Cheongsu pork ribs 16,000 won, watercress noodles 10,000 won
â²Testimonial (Gishinggonggodo): The pork ribs are dipped in soy sauce on top of the ribs and served separately so that they can be eaten, and this sauce is really a hit! If you soak the meat thoroughly and eat it, the flavor will be a hundred times more delicious! I left a little bit of meat and put it on cold noodles, and it was nice that the noodles were so firm!
5. 'Pyongyangok' in Mieun-dong, filled with the savory flavor of free-range chicken
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'Pyongyangok' makes healthy health food using only domestic chicken and natural ingredients. The right side of the store is a hanok, and the Scandinavian style interior on the left has a mysterious charm. From early in the morning, medicinal ingredients such as local chicken, astragalus, ginseng, ogapi, and motherwort are put in a cauldron and boiled for 24 hours to make the broth from a rich country. The signature menu, âChicken Gomtang,â is served with plenty of free-range chicken torn by hand in a white broth. Chicken oil is removed from time to time during the process of cooking the broth, so you can enjoy a light and savory soup that is not greasy. In a bowl of chicken gomguk soup, you can enjoy 12 types of local chicken, from thigh fat to leg meat, tenderloin, breast, neck, and wing meat. After fully enjoying the natural flavor of the chicken gomguk soup, it's also a good idea to unwind the spicy chicken broth for a cool twist.
â²Location: 107-23, Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 10:00 â 22:00 every day, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Chicken gomguk soup 9,000 won, luxury haesintang 160,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Dajungi): It's a hanok, but it has gorgeous chandeliers, so the mysterious interior where tradition and modernity coexist is so beautiful! I love chicken gomguk soup, but it's been a long time since I've been able to cook it properly! It's made with only good ingredients and boiled, so the soup is really rich! Using free-range chicken, it definitely has a nice texture, and the chicken gomguk soup with mushrooms has just the right flavor.
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