Jeolla-do is a place where you can enjoy everything from marine to land sightseeing, such as the blue sea of Yeosu, the wetland of Suncheon where nature lives and breath, and Mihutsaji Temple in Iksan, which preserves the history of Baekje. Since ancient times, Jeolla-do has had all three natural environments: land, sea, and mountains, and was full of rich food. If you're a Korean, you've probably heard the phrase âAfter all, the food is Jeolla-do.â Food made with high-quality ingredients, such as grains grown on fertile land, fresh seafood caught fresh from the sea, and vegetables full of nutrients from the mountains, developed and became Korea's representative taste town. Here are 5 of the best restaurants in Jeolla-do that have continued for 100 years.
1. âYeosu Deogyang Eunhye Gopchangâ in Deogyang-ri, Yeosu, which sells only 100% domestic offal
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âDeogyang Eunhye Gopchang Deogyang Branchâ started in Deogyang, where the largest rural farm in Yeosu opened, under the name âHaenam Restaurant.â It began when they developed and sold offal hot pot as a by-product of cows and pigs from slaughterhouses near the market. Since then, it has continued for the third generation by developing various dishes using internal organs. The signature menu is the âpork mince roastâ, which has an attractive chewy texture and a soft, crunchy texture, all at once. 100% of domestic entrails are completely removed, making it a great place for first-time entrails to enjoy. After grilling, I like to enjoy the âassorted hot potâ that soothes the fatty flavor. âFried rice,â which is eaten by tasting the flavor of the intestines in beef bone broth that has been simmered for 4 hours or more and then stir-fried in the leftover broth is also a delicacy.
â²Location: 7-1 Hasedong-gil, So-myeon, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 20:00 every day, closed on the first and third Wednesday of the month
â²Price: Grilled pork 10,000 won, assorted hot pot 10,000 won, grilled pork cub 12,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Love Recipe): As a visceral enthusiast, it's a place I love very much, because it deals with various parts of the intestines, such as giblets, pork mince, and baby gibbons. Even though it's an offal dish, it's a good value for money, so it's not burdensome to order a lot. Each part of the grilled dish is fresh, so it's not chewy, and the savory flavor spreads as you chew it! After eating the hot pot, refill the vermicelli and vegetables once, so you can eat even more.
2. 'Miju Farm' in Deokwol-dong, Suncheon, made the most of the flavor of meat with double-grilled charcoal
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âMiju Farmâ is an eco-friendly restaurant made entirely of logs, from the exterior of the store to the floor, walls, and stairs. The small items scattered all over the yard, such as trees surrounding the building, pots, millstones, and stone harbans, make you feel as if you are in a mountain lodge. The signature menu is âCharcoal-grilled raw duck,â where multi-flavored duck raised on green tea leaves on Namwon duck farm is grilled over charcoal. It is characterized by the fact that the meat is grilled with charcoal that has been completely cleaned of impurities by grilling it twice to make use of its subtle charcoal flavor. The duck, which is cooked brown with the fat on the sides, has an excellent combination of tender meat and chewy skin. If you order a bowl of rice after eating the meat, you will be served a free duck soup made from duck bones in broth for a day to add a hearty feeling.
â²Location: 120 Sangsaho-gil, Suncheon, Jeollanam-do
â²Opening hours: 10:00 â 22:00 every day
â²Price: Charcoal-grilled raw duck 47,000 won, charcoal-grilled local chicken 55,000 won, mizutaki duck 55,000 won
â²Testimonial (It's a raw duck lightly sprinkled with salt): I felt fresh even when I saw it with my own eyes. Ripe meat is delicious even if you just dip it in salt, and it's fun to combine it with various side dishes such as chives, kimchi, pickled plums, etc. As for the side dishes, I feel like the boss's ingenuity wasn't a joke. When the meat was grilled, sweet potatoes were added to the charcoal grill, and after eating it all, I finished it sweetly with roasted sweet potatoes as a dessert.
3. Enjoy a variety of Chueo-hyang dishes, 'Chueo-hyang' in Ssanggyo-dong, Namwon
âChueo-hyangâ has maintained its place near the main gate of Gwanghan Tower since 1994. It is a restaurant specializing in chur cuisine where you can find a variety of foods using chugar, such as soup, sukkae, tempura, and teokgalbi. The signature menu, âChuertang,â is made by adding Namwon chugo and hot radish shiraegi to a soup flavored with homemade broth and miso, and simmered for a long time. I finely ground the chugo and put it in the soup to make the most of the deep flavor. The savory soup spreads all over the mouth and fills the mouth with heat. After enjoying the natural flavor of chuertang, you can add salt, pepper, wild sesame powder, and zeppi on the table to your liking. I also like âchuer tempura,â which is a deep-fried chugar wrapped in sesame leaves and covered with tempura batter. The deep-fried batter wraps the fragrant sesame leaves and savory chugo crispy.
â²Location: 1455 Yocheon-ro, Namwon, Jeonbuk
â²Opening hours: 08:30 â 21:00 every day, closed irregularly
â²Price: Chuertang 9,000 won, Chua fried chicken 20,000 won, Chua herb teokgalbi 13,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami HaribotheLove): It's a place I always go to take care of myself when the cold wind blows. The soup in Chuertang is so rich that I feel energized after eating the whole bowl. I like to add wild sesame powder, roll up rice, and eat it thick. If you scoop a large spoonful of kimchi and eat it, there's no health food. Tteokgalbi made from chugo was amazing, so I tried it, and it was absolutely juicy.
4. Iksan Donggodori's 'Water House Garden', a flavor that has captivated the Geummasan area
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âMulberry House Gardenâ offers healthy food with ingredients such as free-range chicken, duck, rabbit, pheasant, and catfish. What started as a freshwater spicy soup restaurant went viral, and now it has become a regular restaurant for tourists visiting Geummasuji and Mount Geumma. When you order a meal, you'll stand out for the delicious side dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients and the owner's taste. The signature menu is âduck soup,â which contains plenty of ingredients such as large pieces of duck meat, freshwater prawns, shiraegi, and spiny lobster in a cool broth. I added wild sesame powder to add a rich flavor and thick consistency. The soup thoroughly wraps duck meat, which is proud of its chewy texture, and brings out the sharp flavor to the fullest.
â²Location: 56-5, Godo 1-gil, Geumma-myeon, Iksan, Jeonbuk
â²Opening hours: 10:00 â 21:00 every day, closed every fourth Tuesday
â²Price: Duck soup 45,000 won, Megitang (large) 40,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami WARNING223): The duck soup is full of freshwater shrimp, so the refreshing yet sharp flavor of the soup is very rich. The duck is also plump, but it comes out well cooked and doesn't get tough. If you roll the buttercup on duck meat and eat it with the soup, a cup of sake will go to the temple. Like a health food shop, alcoholic beverages such as pufferfish soup, mulled wine, and wild samju are healthy (?) There's alcohol
5. âJumong Garden Gourmetâ in Jangsan-ri, Naju, a 100-year rib soup with five hours of sincerity
âJumong Garden Restaurantâ opens its doors early in the morning for customers who have breakfast. It is a place that boasts such a high reputation that it has received many awards in recognition of improving food culture. The signature menu, ârib soup,â is served with plenty of ribs in a broth made from carefully selected Korean beef bones, backbones, and beef ribs. My favorite things are âHyakunen Rib Soup,â which contains fresh abalone, and âUgeji rib soup,â which contains the good nutrition of woogeji. The thick, fleshy ribs and the soup, which has a pleasant meat flavor, go together harmoniously. âOriental medicine samgyetang,â which is made from a recipe made after a long period of research and thought, is also popular. You can enjoy the tender, crunchy texture of chicken and at least 10 kinds of herbal ingredients for at least 5 hours.
â²Location: 3683 Yehyang-ro, Wanggok-myeon, Naju, Jeollanam-do
â²Opening hours: 08:30 â 19:30 every day, closed irregularly on Sundays
â²Price: Oriental medicine samgyetang 15,000 won, hundred year rib soup 12,000 won, beef rib soup 10,000 won
â²Testimonial (sweet tiramisu): The soup has been simmered for a long time, so the flavor of the soup is really different. The soup wasn't greasy, so I drank every last drop of the soup. I ate samgyetang as a Chinese medicine, and there are various types of rice, abalone, etc. There's also a mizutaki menu, but you have to make a reservation for the mizutaki menu, so I'll try it next time!
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