Knight Restaurant Road
The cherry blossoms, which were proud of their majesty for several days, have fallen, and spring is nearing its peak. Now it's really nice to walk because it's not chilly even on the evening when the sun has completely set. With the pleasant weather, I'm going to walk from the subway station to my house today. It's some distance from the station to my house, and I don't walk around much even though I took the bus under the pretext that it was cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The bus number that goes to my house from far away slowly stops as it blinks, but today I boldly pass by the bus.
Wear a thin cardigan and sneakers and go âon the way home.â Every alley where the lights of the stores light up like broad daylight, there are chicken houses that lure customers passing by with an irresistible smell spread like booby traps.
When a savory smell sticks to my nose, I naturally think of âa glass of beer that has been washed until it foams about 1 cmâ like Pavlov's dog. As I walk past one place and keep walking, another chicken house pops up over and over again. I think I walked for about 30 minutes. I met a whopping 11 chicken restaurants.
I've heard that there are many chicken houses in Korea, but it's amazing to experience this firsthand. I mean, I eat chicken every 1 to 2 weeks, so there's nothing strange about it. If you include not only chicken but also my favorite chicken dishes such as mizutaki, chicken feet, dung house, bulgogi, and fried chicken soup, it seems like once every 3 days. In fact, according to the results of a survey of 500 housewives between the ages of 20 and 69 in the metropolitan area and 480 adult men and women in single households, more than half of the respondents (52.6%) ate chicken at least once a week.
Chicken has many recipes and is eaten a lot, thanks to its low cost and low smell. I usually like Chogye-tang to enjoy the tangy taste of mustard by eagerly standing in front of a steaming mizutaki restaurant in the summer, or pouring frozen chicken broth on my own. Also, in the winter, I walked in and out of the chicken house where the greasy chicken was wrapped in two layers of yellow paper until the threshold was worn out. Also, I couldn't miss the chicken gomguk soup restaurant where rice was rolled up in an immaculate soup and slurped off.
There is a knight restaurant near Daecheong Station that has been making and selling chicken gomguk soup since 2007. This was originally a small flower shop, but at first, a young couple started a âchicken gomguk soupâ business. Then, when the business was more difficult than I had anticipated, I opened the store 3 months after opening it. It is said that the current boss was working as a supplier of foodstuffs at the time and accidentally took over.
âWhen I think about it now, I think the day I blindly took over the store was the most decisive moment in my life.â
When you walk into the store and sit at a table, there's something unique that you can't find anywhere else. A side dish container was inserted through the center of the table. If you open the stainless steel lid gently, it contains a small amount of pickled whole garlic and kimchi marinated in the skin. While the menu I ordered comes out, I peel the pickled garlic and wait. When laying the shell, use tongs and scissors on one side. (The smell of pickled garlic comes out of my fingertips all day long after being hard on my hands)
| The exterior of Seopyeong Kisa Diner
Located on a quiet side of the road.
| Busy restaurant
There is a side dish in the middle of the table.
Seasonings that can be combined to suit your taste
Chicken gomguk soup is served really fast, and kishimen takes a little longer because it takes time for the noodles to cook. âChicken noodles take about 10 minutesâ is written on the wall on one side of the store, which is a small consideration for time-sensitive taxi drivers.
Put chicken that has been properly cooked in chicken broth that has been stewed for a long time, and pre-torn chicken is placed as a garnish and sprinkled with green onions. After taking a bite, I was bored as if I hadn't eaten it at all. For my taste, I wanted to sprinkle plenty of salt on one side of the table, but my companion says this flavor is perfect for my taste. As I often eat out, my tongue seems to have become insensitive to salt, and my heart suddenly feels bitter.
The broth of the chicken gomguk soup was light and casual. It feels like you won't feel it even if you inhale the soup, so if you put air in the rice, roll it up gently with cutlery, and make it big, it comes with chicken, rice grains, and vermicelli. Close your face to the bowl and start slurping, slurping, and making a sound. While adding pickled garlic that had been pre-picked in the middle, one by one. The inside quickly becomes âhot.â
The chicken used as a garnish for chicken gomguk soup uses size 12, which is a relatively large chicken. Compared to mizutaki, which is made by boiling a whole chicken, it maintains a low price even though it requires more of a process of boiling, cooling, and removing the flesh. When I was curious and asked, the answer came back, âAfter maintaining 5,000 won for a long time, I raised 500 won in March of this year after worrying too much about prices and wages.â There is also a saying, âEven though the parking space is limited, the prices are kept low because the drivers who visit us are grateful.â
According to the boss, the parking space here was a bit disappointing. However, they have dedicated staff to help with parking, and sometimes they pay that fine for cars that remove tickets.
| A bowl of chicken gomguk soup (5,500 won)
4 plenty of soup
Contains chicken, vermicelli, and sliced green onions.
Roll up a bowl of rice
The other menu, chicken kal noodles, is comparable to the popularity of chicken gomguk soup. Rather, chicken knife noodles are becoming more popular among regular customers. I was also very excited about noodles, so I ordered chicken noodles without worry.
Compared to chicken gomguk soup, the soup is more yellow and rich and contains plenty of kishimsu noodles. It uses the same broth as chicken gomguk soup, but the viscosity increased as kishimen noodles were added to the broth. When I asked the boss, they said that the broth for kale noodles uses chicken broth that has been brewed for less time than chicken gomguk soup. (It is said that adding kishimen noodles to chicken broth that has been cooked for a long time will make the flavor too strong.)
Sprinkle an appropriate amount of pepper on the noodles and stir to begin inhalation. I think the order of one bite of noodles, one slice of kimchi, another bite of noodles, and a grain of garlic was repeated several times, but the food ran out.
Overall, the liver was a bit weak, but it was perfect with kimchi and pickled garlic. At the table next door, along with cheongyang pepper, they put plenty of sauce, commonly called âda-ki,â and ate it in a cool way. Seeing that scene reminded me of memories of eating barley rice and kishimen noodles at the entrance of Namdaemun Alley, I laughed sadly.
The noodles aren't very thin, but I recommend keeping a reasonable speed because they seem to swell a bit by the time you finish eating the kishimen noodles. When I finish my meal, I feel that the noodles blow in my stomach and fill my stomach, making me feel better.
Chicken Noodle Soup (6,000 won)
| Plenty of kishimen noodles
| I'll eat it all~
ï¼ If you put kimchi on it and eat it, it will be clean
Finish with a fresh clove of garlic
While pounding my stomach and walking out of the store, I asked about the secret of chicken gomguk soup stock. The boss smiled and thought for a while, âIf you make one at home, it won't taste good,â and soon gave me a tip, so be sure to check it out if you're preparing the food you've seen for the coming summer.
âBe sure to add chicken feet when adding broth. This chicken foot plays a big role in thickening the soup.â
Tips for eating
â¢Address: 624-4 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â¢ Menu: Chicken gomguk soup 5,500 won, special gomguk soup (half mari) 6,500 won, chicken knife noodles 6,000 won
â¢ Opening hours: 24 hours (closed from 9 a.m. on Sunday to 9 a.m. on Monday morning)
â¢Add rice: free
â¢Vending machine coffee: free
â¢Parking space: Street parking