âSambapâ is made by putting rice wrapped in vegetables such as lettuce and Chinese cabbage. Since vegetables can be eaten raw, loss of nutrients that occur during cooking or grilling can be reduced. Since the freshness of vegetables served as wrapped vegetables is vital, you can fully enjoy the fresh taste of vegetables. You can find a variety of vegetables, such as sesame leaves with a pleasant flavor that enhances the taste buds, bok choy, which has an attractive crunchy texture, and lettuce, which has a refreshing bittersweet flavor. It's also fun to put rice on fresh wrapped vegetables and then add hearty food such as sweet and spicy stir-fried pork, savory pork belly, and savory ginger miso. Here are 5 of the best sambap restaurants that will fill your mouth.
1. âMukgol Pollution-free Sambapâ in Munjeong-dong, the fun of eating a combination of various wraps
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âMukgol Pollution-free Sambapâ has remained a part of Munjeong-dong for 16 years. The signature menu is âpork sambap,â which is stir-fried pork with a sweet and spicy sauce, and comes with miso stew, steamed eggs, side dishes, and wrapped vegetables. About 6 kinds of wrapped vegetables are prepared, including lettuce, angelica, and green mustard. You can enjoy a rich wrap by putting stir-fried meat with a soft texture on the wrapped vegetables.
â²Location: 24-12, Munjeong-ro 4-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00 every day, B/T 16:00 – 17:00, closed on Mondays
â²Price: Pork sambap 10,000 won, octopus sambap 12,000 won
â²Testimonial (with speckled meat): I ate it with pork sambap, but this is the first place that gives so much meat! It's delicious whether you wrap it in vegetables or put it on rice. I also refilled the wrapped vegetables and ate them.
2. Enjoy unlimited wrapped vegetables, 'Infinite Sambap Shop' in Jamwon-dong
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âInfinite Sambap Restaurantâ offers unlimited refills of wrapped vegetables. The signature menu, âDaepae Samgyeopae Sambap Set Meal,â is filled with daipae samgyeopsal and various vegetables that fill the vertical side of the table. You can soak the pork belly in soy sauce, put it on a grill, sizzle it, wrap it in a wrap, and eat it. It's fun to eat rolls with various combinations, such as steamed cabbage, bok choy, and sesame leaves.
â²Location: 23-10, Gangnam-daero 93-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 00:00 â 24:00 every day
â²Price: Daepae three-layer sambap set meal 11,000 won, cold three-ply sambap set meal 11,000 won
â²Testimonial (Meal M&M): It's a good value restaurant because it has plenty of side dishes and you can eat an unlimited number of wrapped vegetables. If you put multiple wrapped vegetables on top of each other and eat it with daipai samgyeopsal, there are no rice thieves.
3. Fusion sambap made with kale, 'Nampo' in Seongsu-dong
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âNampoâ is a fusion Korean food specialty store operated by âNakwon Group Co., Ltd.â, a restaurant brand that has caught the taste buds of the public, such as âNakwon Snacks,â âNakwon Taco,â and âNakwon Te Sando.â The signature menu is âgang-miso sambap,â in which rice mixed with minced beef is wrapped in kale in a circle and topped with gang-miso paste. The savory flavor and umami of ginger miso are added to the spicy kale sambap, and they go harmoniously together.
â²Location: 18-8, Seoulsup 4-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 – 22:00 every day, B/T 15:30 – 17:00
â²Price: Kang miso sambap 8,000 won, seasonal sashimi roll 9,000 won
â²Testimonial (White Cloud Sweets): Be prepared to wait. There's a reason why kangmiso sambap is always on every table. The wrap comes wrapped so it's easy to eat, and it has a honey flavor when eaten with soy sauce.
4. The savory flavor of artisan-made tofu, Yejang-dong's âMokjeoksan Tigerâ
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â²Location: 627 Namsangongwon-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 10:00 â 21:30 every day
â²Price: Tiger's hand tofu wrap 9,000 won, Mokjeoksan soy sauce meat roll 10,000 won
â²Review (Wanna Bee Heidi): This is a sambap restaurant I found on a date in Namsan! Hand tofu wraps are firm and savory. It goes great with stir-fried kimchi served as a side dish! If you're looking for healthy food, I recommend it~
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âRich Restaurantâ offers dishes made directly from traditional markets in Seoul, such as Gyeongdong Market and Noryangjin Fish Market. The signature menu is âJumuluk Sambap,â which contains rice topped with a fried egg, side dishes, soup, miso paste, wrapped vegetables, and plenty of pork stew. Jumuluk, which has a moist juiciness and rich flavor, is seasoned with a soy sauce base and has a sweet and spicy flavor.
â²Location: 14, Daesagwan-ro 24-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 10:00 â 21:30 every day, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Cast iron sambap set meal 9,000 won, mackerel sambap set meal 10,000 won
â²Testimonial (Breakfast and McMorning): When you order a steamed rice sambap, put the ginger miso that comes with the rice and grate it, it's delicious even if you just eat the rice! The jumuluk was not salty, so I ate it deliciously!
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