The nation's national holiday, Chuseok, is here. Going to meet family and relatives in distant places where it was difficult to see due to busy daily life, or going on a trip during the holidays is full of excitement. However, looking at the jammed road from inside a cramped car is quite overwhelming. When this happens, the place you just can't pass by is an expressway rest stop. Among them, some rest stops have gone beyond simple rest facilities and are gaining popularity as restaurants due to word of mouth from visitors. This time, the SNS Food Appraisal Group will introduce famous rest stop restaurants.
Okcheon Rest Area has rest stops in both Seoul and Busan, but the rest stop in the direction of Seoul is famous as a gourmet restaurant. The reason for this is the herbal chicken gomguk soup here. The Chinese herbal chicken gomguk soup here does not contain any condiments and is made with herbal ingredients such as angelica and ginseng. The herbal medicine grabs the fishy smell of the chicken and adds depth to the flavor, leaving it to faithfully fill the gaps in condiments. It also contains plenty of shredded chicken to make it easy to eat, so even just one bowl is filling. It became even more famous when it was selected as a âGood Korean Chicken Gomdang Restaurantâ by Food X Files.
â²Shikigami (Cherry Blossom Ending) review: Once you catch it, a taste that reminds me of 365 days a year â²Business hours: 24 hours
â²Price range: Korean chicken gomguk soup 7,000 won â²Location: 43-8, Maehwa-ri, Okcheon-eup, Okcheon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
2. The aroma of charcoal-grilled meat ~ Okcheon Rest Area (Busan direction) Stone-grilled charcoal-grilled meat bibimbap
If the Okcheon Rest Area in the direction of Seoul is famous for its Chinese herbal chicken gomguk soup, the Okcheon Rest Area in the direction of Busan makes stone-grilled charcoal-grilled bibimbap stop for a while as it heads south. Even if you look at it at a glance, fresh vegetables are placed on it, and the aroma and flavor unique to charcoal grilling are still alive. The broth and schisandra that come with bibimbap are also excellent value for money. Although the rest area is small, the quality of bibimbap is as good as any luxurious restaurant.
â²Shikigami (Sushi King) review: Ah, I want to eat it again… Real honey flavor â²Business hours: 24 hours â²Price range: Stone-grilled charcoal-grilled meat bibimbap 7,000 won
â²Location: San 43, Maehwa-ri, Okcheon-eup, Okcheon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
The Maninsan Rest Area, located near Maninsan Natural Recreation Forest with beautiful trees, is so famous that visitors planning a driving course will definitely stop by once, and the reason for this is âBong Yi Hoteok,â a snack unique to this place. Unlike regular hotteok, the representative hotteok of Daejeon, which has a 20-year tradition, Bong Yi Hoteok is mixed with glutinous rice, flour, and corn starch and then aged for about a day. For this reason, the texture of the dough is firm yet crispy. Rice cake baked in a Mcbanseok is also one of the popular dishes.
â²Rey0911 (rey0911) review: It's delicious, the dough is different and delicious, it's crunchy and delicious, hehehe, it's not a waste of money~:) â²Business hours: 11:30 ~ 20:30 â²Price range: Bong Yi Hoteok 1,000 won â²Location: Maninsan Natural Recreation Forest, 460-1 Haso-dong, Dong-gu, Daejeon
4. A simple and rich Namdo-style Korean buffet, a Korean buffet at Gungye Rest Area
If you go to Gungye Rest Area in Naju, Jeollanam-do, you can find a Korean buffet in Jeollanam-do style. There are over 20 kinds of Namdo-style side dishes and dishes prepared, such as stir-fried meat, steamed kimchi, and bamboo shoots, etc., and after eating without expecting it at the price of 6,000 won, I was amazed by the unexpected taste and quality. I run into phrases like âIf you just go there, you'll regret itâ and âYou shouldn't ignore the cheap price of food,â all over the store, but it doesn't seem like an unfounded rant.
â²Heejin (Heejin) review: I stopped by without thinking, and it was beyond my expectations! â²Business hours: 08:00 to 21:00
â²Price range: 6,000 won â²Location: 801-3 Songje-ri, Seji-myeon, Naju-si, Jeollanam-do
At the Kowloon Exploration Support Center in Jirisan National Park, there is a gazebo built hundreds of years ago. Also, there is a small shop called Naechon Restaurant nearby. The name is a rest stop restaurant, but rather than a rest stop for car travelers, it can be said that it is a restaurant and supermarket for visitors to Jirisan National Park. Seemingly small and shabby, this place is known as a chicken soup and chicken gomguk soup restaurant among hikers visiting Mt. Jiri. Free-range chicken is put in a pressure cooker, thoroughly cooked, but it has almost no fishy smell, and the soup is very cool. However, chicken soup takes about 1 hour to cook, so it's best to make a reservation in advance (reservation inquiries: 063-626-1033).
â²Pigeon review: This is a hidden restaurant that is not well known. It's a place where chicken soup is cooked in a pressure cooker using local chicken, and the soup is light and cool, and the chicken doesn't have a fishy smell, so it's easy to eat.
â²Opening hours: 10:00 to 21:00 â²Price range: 35,000 won to 45,000 won â²Location: 110 Hogyeong-ri, Jucheon-myeon , Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do