âChungcheong-doâ combines Chungnam, which has preserved the history of Baekje, and Chungbuk, where natural beauty unfolds. Starting with Banguri Village in 'Geumsan', a hidden island village on land, Chungcheong-do is a great city where you can enjoy history, culture, and nature all at once, such as' Cheonan 'Samgai Park, which has a panoramic view of Sokli Mountain, Uilimji of' Jecheon ', the oldest reservoir in Korea, and Chungju Lake in' Chungju ', which boasts a vast scale. Chungcheong-do, which has a laid-back charm, also shows its characteristics in food. Instead of being prepared in a hurry, they create a piece of food with all their heart from the selection of ingredients to the process of making it. Here are 5 of the best restaurants in Chungcheong-do that have plenty of time to spare for 100 years.
1. 'Namchon Garden' in Cheonnae-ri, Geumsan, where the flavor and nutrition of freshwater fish melts in
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âNamchon Gardenâ is located within Wongol Amusement Park and is crowded with tourists from all over the country. The Gumgang River flowing in front of the store and the surrounding mountains add to the beautiful atmosphere. The signature menu, âPagaman congee,â has a rich flavor of soup that uses only pagasari broth without using minced meat. Fish paste made by adding rice, noodles, homemade rice, and fish meat to the pagasari broth sticks firmly to the tongue and descends down the throat. The savory flavor of the soup penetrates deep into each grain of rice, and the rich umami that comes from it is exquisite. Freshwater fish and âpaga spicy soup,â which makes the most of its refreshing flavor with well-dried radish, are also popular dishes. The chewy freshwater fish meat and sharp broth soothe the inside.
â²Location: 34-5 Nakan-gil, Jewon-myeon, Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
â²Opening hours: 10:30 â 20:00 every day, 7 days a week
â²Price: Pagaman Porridge 9,000 won, Paga Spicy Soup (medium) 50,000 won, Dori Bang Bang 12,000 won, 5 year old ginseng tempura 15,000 won
â²Review (Shikigin seaweed ramen): A great place to go to fill your stomach after a drive in Geumgang! There is no place that Dad has loved for a long time, and there is no place that is impeccable in terms of both taste and quantity. Fish porridge that gently passes through alcohol is so nutritious that it can be eaten as an aphrodisiac. Dori bangbang baked in a pan is also delicious because it's crispy, but if you put it on fish porridge and eat it in one bite, the texture is preserved, and the seasoning flavor is added, so it's honey-flavored!
2. âOriginal cornâ in Sajik-dong, Cheonan, a piece of beef that melts softly
âOriginal cornâ has maintained its commitment to high-quality ingredients such as eco-friendly vegetables and domestic pork for the second generation. It is a place that has solidified its high reputation with only two menus: pork and kishimen noodles. The signature menu is âsuyuk,â which features pork ribs purchased on the same day from a butcher shop that has been traded for a long time. Beef that has been thoroughly boiled over a long period of time melts the light lean meat and savory fat gently. The special sauce made by adding wild sesame powder, honey, plum juice, and ginger to gochujang captures the fatty flavor of the meat, which may be greasy, and enhances the sweet and spicy flavor. âKishimasu,â which contains clams and oysters in meat broth and contains the smell of the sea, is also popular. They are divided into regular sizes to keep you full and dessert sizes that are easy to enjoy with beef.
â²Location: 25-3, Yeongseong-ro, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do
â²Opening hours: 11:40 â 20:30 every day, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Beef (medium) 35,000 won, Kalguksu 7,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Mamamama 987): The timing was right on this day, so I went when the meat had just been boiled, but the meat itself was so delicious that I could eat it without seasoning. If you soak the gochujang sauce thoroughly on top of the Chinese cabbage, then put garlic, red pepper, and green onions on top of it and wrap it around, you won't feel it, and it will go in infinity. The noodles are soft and have an egg in them, so the soft flavor is amazing.
3. Boeun Sanae-ri's 'Kyung Hee Diner, 'a hearty Han Sang filled with health
âKyung Hee Restaurantâ makes healthy Korean food with homemade berries and organic wild plants grown on the farm. The focus is on making the most of the pure taste and flavor of each ingredient without using irritating condiments. The signature menu, âHanjeongsik,â is full of about 40 kinds of food, starting with yakiniku hot pot, pebble sauce, yellowtail fish sauce, Japanese flower mushrooms, steamed fish, and bellflower sashimi. You can find a variety of cuisines, from everyday food to court food and casual food. You can also enjoy bibimbap style by adding various herbs and gochujang to a large serving after eating side dishes to suit your taste on top of shiny rice. Packaging containers are also provided so that you can pack the side dishes left over from the meal.
â²Location: 11-4 Sanae 7-gil, Sokri-san-myeon, Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
â²Opening hours: 09:00 â 19:30 every day
â²Price: 30,000 won for a limited meal
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Chocolates): A table showing what it means to have a crooked upper leg! There are so many gajitsu, so I tried them all one after the other, and I really felt the natural flavor in my mouth. If you eat rice with a variety of side dishes, it's really easy to eat two parts of rice. For dessert, serve sweet ice cream with red pepper for a sweet finish.
4. âMugunghwa Restaurantâ in Jecheon Jungang-ro 2-ga, the taste of homemade sundae that has continued for the second generation
âMugunghwa Restaurantâ is a sundae cuisine specialty restaurant that has been making sundae using traditional handmade methods for the second generation. They visit slaughterhouses in person and bring in fresh entrails and meat. When you order food, a âearthy sauceâ made by mixing thick sliced pork ears with spicy sauce comes as a service to enhance your taste buds. The signature menu is âDagai Gukbap,â which contains only domestic pork and pork bones and simmered over a long period of time to create a deep soup flavor. The broth, which shows off its immaculate appearance, contains plenty of homemade sundae, head meat, and entrails, adding a hearty touch. The soup, which has a subtle pork flavor, stands out for its flavor, which falls cleanly without any impurities. âGopchang sukgol,â which is eaten by mixing various ingredients such as sundae, mushrooms, chewy noodles, and offal with gochujang seasoning, is also popular as a snack menu due to its cool flavor.
â²Location: 91-4 Doksun-ro, Jecheon, Chungbuk
â²Opening hours: 10:30 â 20:00 every day, B/T 14:00 â 16:30, closed on Sundays, early closing when materials are exhausted
â²Price: All-you-can-eat gukbap 8,000 won, offal hot pot (medium) 30,000 won
â²Review (Rapunzel Shikigami lol): The store was recently remodeled, so you can eat in a more pleasant and comfortable atmosphere than before. Sundae is also homemade, so the more you chew it without being chewy or fishy, the more intense the savory flavor becomes. You can also eat a variety of offal, so on days when you think of hot soup, it's really fun to choose between gukbap and hot pot or stir-fried food when you want to eat a cup of sake.
5. 'Onggi Market' in Daegok-ri, Chungju, is a hearty black goat dish that will make you take responsibility for taking care of yourself
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âOnggi Marketâ is a stylish combination of a well-groomed garden with a quiet hanok building. They serve a variety of dishes such as soup, hot pot, beef, and stir-fried entrails with domestic black goats raised on a 100-square-meter private farm and 10 contract farms. The signature menu, âHot pot,â is served in a large stone-plate pot topped with black goat meat, sesame leaves, chives, green onions, garlic, and fresh mushrooms, then sprinkled with plenty of wild sesame powder. As the hot pot boils, the sweetness of the vegetables and the flavor of the black goat soak into the soup to complete the soup. If you wrap vegetables that are out of breath in goat meat and soak them in soy sauce, you can experience the saltiness of sesame seeds, soft and crunchy goat meat, and spicy and sour soy sauce. I also recommend trying the âfried rice,â which is savory stir-fried with gongikimbap and seaweed powder in leftover broth from the meat and vegetables.
â²Location: 2238, Chungcheong-daero, Judeok-eup, Chungju, Chungbuk
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 21:00 every day, 7 days a week
â²Price: Hot pot 30,000 won, soup 18,000 won, beef 35,000 won
â²Testimonial (Hanayuri Shikigami): It was amazing to be able to make such a variety of dishes with black goat. I usually eat noodle soup, but it's packed so full that you don't lose the amount even if you eat meat or not. Even on soy sauce, if you sprinkle wild sesame powder on it to make it thick and eat it with meat, the aroma will vibrate throughout your mouth. The food is delicious and the weather is getting colder again these days, but I'll have to go with my parents to take care of myself soon.
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