[KOREA] FOOD GUIDE – What to Eat in Seoul

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Raise you hands if you love Korean food!! Sahabat Jajan, what do you know about Korean cuisine? Besides Kimchi, Ramyun, Bibimbap and BBQ, Korean cuisine is actually very diverse and rich. In this post AnakJajan gonna show you wide variety of Korean cuisine that you can find in Korea especially Seoul. We’ll explain and show you what kind of food are Jimdak, Sundubu, Mandu, Kimbap, etc actually.


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korean food

AnakJajan visited South Korea in November 2015 during the peak season of autumn and this trip was one of our most memorable trips in 2015. Scenery was awesome, food was even more awesome! Everyday was happy tummy day!

korean food

korean food

During our trip, we notice the high and positive responses from all of you on our #AnakJajanKOREA posts on instagram. I guess maybe because many of you can relate it to the Korean movies/ shows/ music that you guys enjoy.

myeong-dong area
myeong-dong area

Following the Korean Wave, Korea has been growing rapidly to become one of the popular tourist destinations and many of you that are planning to go Korea are requesting for Korea travel post, sooo, here you go, the most requested and anticipated travel post, Korean Food Guide. Hopefully it could be a complete guide to help you plan your trip to Korea.

sinchon area
sinchon area

In this post, we’ll going to take you on a virtual culinary tour at Korea. Let’s start the tour, shall we?? 🙂


1. BIBIMBAP
Bibimbap is one of the most common Korean food that you can find easily in Jakarta. It’s a signature Korean mixed rice bowl dish. Bibimbap normally consists of rice topped with various vegetables plus meat, egg and gochujang (red pepper) paste. You have to mix it well before enjoying it.

Where to get Bibimbap:
Gogung – Myeongdong Branch (고궁 – 명동점)
37, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 명동8가길 27 (충무로2가)
Menu:
– Jeonju Traditional Bibimbap KRW 11.000
– Grilled Pork Jeonju Style KRW 18.000
You can find Bibimbap anywhere in Korea easily. AnakJajan had our bibimbap at Gogung where they provide genuine taste of Jeonju Bibimbap, besides Bibimbap they also serve other signature Jeonju dishes just the the spicy Jeonju Grilled Pork.

Gogung - Myeongdong Branch (고궁 - 명동점)
Gogung – Myeongdong Branch (고궁 – 명동점)
Jeonju Traditional Bibimbap KRW 11.000
Jeonju Traditional Bibimbap KRW 11.000
Grilled Pork Jeonju Style KRW 18.000
Grilled Pork Jeonju Style KRW 18.000

2. MANDU
Mandu is Korean version of dumplings. You can find steamed, fried and grilled version of Mandu in Korea, normally they filled the dumpling with minced meat and green onions.

Where to get Mandu:
Myeongdong Kyoja (명동교자)
29, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (Myeong-dong 2-ga)
서울특별시 중구 명동10길 29 (명동2가)
Menu:
– Mandu KRW 10.000
– Kalguksu KRW 8.000
Myeongdong Kyoja is a noodle restaurant located in Myeongdong that is specialized in handmade kal-guksu (noodle soup) and Mandu. Thin elastic dumpling skin with juicy meat filling and elastic noodle with comforting broth, both dishes are must try!

Myeongdong Kyoja (명동교자)
Myeongdong Kyoja (명동교자)

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Mandu KRW 10.000
Mandu KRW 10.000
Kalguksu KRW 8.000
Kalguksu KRW 8.000

3. JJANGMYEON or JAJANGMYEON
I guess lots of you who love to watch Korean drama are familiar with this black noodle. It’s Korean Chinese cuisine, a simple yet tasty noodle dish seasoned with thick rich black bean sauce. Normally the best dish to pair with Jjangmyeon is Tangsuyuk or deep fried pork with sweet and sour thick sauce.

Where to get Jjangmyeon:
Gaehwa (개화)
52-5, Namdaemun-ro, Jung- gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 남대문로 52-5 (명동2가)
11:00 – 21:30
Menu:
– Jjangmyeon KRW 5.000
– Fried Mandu KRW 5.000
– Fried Pork with Hot Pepper Sauce KRW 28.000
– Sweet and Sour Pork (Tangsuyuk) KRW 20.000
You can find Jjangmyeon in any Korean Chinese restaurant and Gaehwa with more than 50years of experience is one of it. Noodle was elastic but we found the black bean seasoning was a bit boring and not rich enough. To accompany the noodle, we opted Fried Pork with Hot Pepper Sauce instead of Tangsuyuk because we were curious and it was a bad decision, the whole fried pork dish tasted like chili oil, luckily fried mandu were delicious.

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Jjangmyeon KRW 5.000, Fried Mandu KRW 5.000, Fried Pork with Hot Pepper Sauce KRW 28.000
Jjangmyeon KRW 5.000, Fried Mandu KRW 5.000, Fried Pork with Hot Pepper Sauce KRW 28.000
Jjangmyeon KRW 5.000
Jjangmyeon KRW 5.000
Fried Pork with Hot Pepper Sauce KRW 28.000
Fried Pork with Hot Pepper Sauce KRW 28.000

Please check the Gimgane restaurant below where we had a recommended and delicious jjangmyeon.


4. KIMBAP
Kimbap stands for kim/gim (sheets of dried seaweed) and bap (rice), it is a simple Korean seaweed rice roll with various ingredients inside. (Please check Gimgane Myeongdong at point no. 5 for recommended place and  more picture of Kimbap)

kimbap from street vendor
kimbap from street vendor

5. SUNDUBU JJIGAE
Warm spicy stew consists of uncurdled tofu with various vegetables and seafood/ meat (optional)

Where to get Kimbap, Sundubu Jjigae and Jjangmyeon:
Gimgane Myeongdong (김가네김밥 명동본점)
45-1 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Menu:
– Jjangmyeon KRW 6.000
– Mandu KRW 4.500
– Assorted Kimbap KRW 4.500
– Sundubu Jjigae (Spicy Tofu Stew) KRW 6.500
We found this small restaurant randomly at Myeongdong, I think they are specialized in Kimbap since they have lots of variety of kimbap but they also offer wide variety of Korean dishes such as ramyun, udon, bulgogi, tteokbokki, bulgogi, odeng, etc.

Gimgane Myeongdong (김가네김밥 명동본점)
Gimgane Myeongdong (김가네김밥 명동본점)
Jjangmyeon KRW 6.000
Jjangmyeon KRW 6.000
Jjangmyeon KRW 6.000
Jjangmyeon KRW 6.000

We were very hungry and almost over ordered (plus it was raining), Kimbap was very delicious with generous filling, mandu was very juicy and yummy, sundubu jjigae was very comforting but the winner would be their jjangmyeon with fantastic rich black bean sauce, one of the best jjangmyeon we’ve ever had! Period! If you guys are going to myeongdong, we highly recommend you to visit this small little eatery, great food, wide variety and affordable.

Assorted Kimbap KRW 4.500
Assorted Kimbap KRW 4.500
Sundubu Jjigae (Spicy Tofu Stew) KRW 6.500
Sundubu Jjigae (Spicy Tofu Stew) KRW 6.500
Mandu KRW 4.500
Mandu KRW 4.500

6. KOREAN TEA
Korean tea normally uses various ingredients such as fruits, grains, roots or herbal plants infusion and you can find it in modern or traditional tea house.

Where to get Korean Tea:
Osulloc Tea House – Myeong-dong Branch (오설록티하우스 – 명동점)
12, Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 명동7길 12 (명동1가)
Menu:
– Greentea Latte Hot KRW 5.500
– Roasted Greentea Caramel Latte Hot KRW 6.000
– Greentea Roll Cake KRW 5.000
Osulloc Tea House is a true heaven for green tea lovers. They serve various green tea based drinks and dessert that are delightful.

Greentea Latte Hot KRW 5.500 Roasted Greentea Caramel Latte Hot KRW 6.000 Greentea Roll Cake KRW 5.000
Greentea Latte Hot KRW 5.500
Roasted Greentea Caramel Latte Hot KRW 6.000
Greentea Roll Cake KRW 5.000
Greentea Latte Hot KRW 5.500
Greentea Latte Hot KRW 5.500

Where to get Korean Tea:
Gahwadang
Address: 16-1 Samcheong-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 13:00–21:00 on weekdays (closed on Mondays)
Menu:
– Omija Tea KRW 8.000
– Kyeong San Jujube KRW 9.000
(both teas come with traditional dessert)
– Roasted Rice Cake & Fried Honey Cake KRW 7.000
We enjoyed our visit to Gahwadang, a traditional Korean cafe situated in a small alley of Samcheongdong area. You’ll fall in love with the traditional feel from this cafe once you entered the building.
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Omija Tea KRW 8.000, Kyeong San Jujube KRW 9.000 (both teas come with traditional dessert)
Omija Tea KRW 8.000, Kyeong San Jujube KRW 9.000
(both teas come with traditional dessert)
traditional dessert
traditional dessert
Roasted Rice Cake & Fried Honey Cake KRW 7.000
Roasted Rice Cake & Fried Honey Cake KRW 7.000

Where to get Korean Tea:
Luden Loquen SPACE (Cafe LN) (카페LN)
Menu:
– Rice Cake Waffle KRW 10.000
– Grain Latte KRW 7.000 (Hot)
– Wildberry Shake KRW 9.000
Cafe LN is one of the coziest cafes we’ve ever visited. Situated in the traditional Korean house or Hanok at the end of the alley where Bukcheon Hanok Village starts, one of the must try menu is Rice Cake Waffle, a unique modern waffle ice cream dessert made from traditional rice cake with chewy texture. For unique nutty flavored drink, try the Grain Latte, a fragrant nutty drink made from roasted multi-grain called Misugaru.

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Luden Loquen SPACE (Cafe LN) (카페LN)
Luden Loquen SPACE (Cafe LN) (카페LN)
Grain Latte KRW 7.000 (Hot)
Grain Latte KRW 7.000 (Hot)
Rice Cake Waffle KRW 10.000, Wildberry Shake KRW 9.000
Rice Cake Waffle KRW 10.000, Wildberry Shake KRW 9.000

7. ICE CREAM
In Seoul, you can find lots of cute and tasty ice cream, so if you are an ice cream lover, make sure you don’t miss it.

Where to get Ice Cream:
SOFTREE 소프트리 명동점
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Menu:
– The Good Affogato KRW 4.300

SOFTREE 소프트리 명동점
SOFTREE 소프트리 명동점
The Good Affogato KRW 4.300
The Good Affogato KRW 4.300

Where to get Ice Cream:
Line Friends Store & Cafe
535-15, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
Seoul, Korea
Menu:
– Brown Choco Cupcake KRW 5.900, Macaron KRW 3.000, Ice Cream KRW 3.800, Cold Brew KRW 6.000 and Brown & Friends Latte KRW 5.900
Visit https://anakjajan.com/2015/12/21/korea-line-friends-store-cafe-seoul/ for full review of Line Cafe

line

Where to get Ice Cream:
Kiss the Tiramisu 키스더티라미수
79-1 Eoulmadang-ro Mapo-gu Seoul (hongdae area)
Menu:
– Tiramisu Ice Cream KRW 4.900

Kiss the Tiramisu 키스더티라미수
Kiss the Tiramisu 키스더티라미수
Tiramisu Ice Cream KRW 4.900
Tiramisu Ice Cream KRW 4.900

8. BANANA MILK
This iconic banana milk in Korea is a must have for milk or banana lovers. The milk is very light and not overly sweet we enjoyed it very much. Besides banana, they also have strawberry and melon flavors.
Where to get: 7-Eleven, Lawson, any supermarket or minimarts in Korea
Menu:
– Binggrae Banana Milk KRW 1.300

Binggrae Banana Milk KRW 1.300
Binggrae Banana Milk KRW 1.300

9. BINGSOO or PATBINGSU or BINGSU
Bingsu is a popular Korean shaved ice dessert, normally they topped the shaved ice with various sweet toppings such as fruits, cakes, nuts/beans, syrup and condensed milk.

Where to get Bingsoo:
Sulbing 설빙
설빙 명동 2 호점
서울 중구 명동 10 길 20 (중구 명동 2 가 32-17 2 층)
20 Myeongdong 10-gil (32-17 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga)
Jung-gu, Seoul
Menu:
– Melon Bingsu KRW 13.000
– Mango Cheese Bingsu KRW 9.500
Sulbing is one of the most popular dessert cafes chain based in South Korea and also one of the best places for bingsu. You can easily spot this cafe anywhere in Korea, for example in Myeongdong they have 3 outlets.

Melon Bingsu KRW 13.000
Melon Bingsu KRW 13.000
Mango Cheese Bingsu KRW 9.500
Mango Cheese Bingsu KRW 9.500

Where to get Bingsoo:
Beans Bins Coffee
50-1 Hangangno 1(il)-ga, Yongsan-gu, 서울특별시,
South Korea
Menu:
– Grapefruit Ice Bingsu KRW 6.900 (Small)
– Sweet Potato Latte KRW 5.000 (R)
– Triple Chocolate Waffle KRW 8.900
Beans Bins Coffee is a popular coffee shop chain in Korea as you can easily find it anywhere, besides coffee they also serve bingsu or Korean shaved ice. I found most cafes in Korea serve various unique drinks such as corn latte, mixed grain latte, sweet potato latte etc. If you love to explore new drinks, don’t forget to visit cafe or coffee shop in Seoul and try it.

Beans Bins Coffee
Beans Bins Coffee
Grapefruit Ice Bingsu KRW 6.900 (Small)
Grapefruit Ice Bingsu KRW 6.900 (Small)
Sweet Potato Latte KRW 5.000 (R), Triple Chocolate Waffle KRW 8.900, Cappuccino KRW 4.500
Sweet Potato Latte KRW 5.000 (R),
Triple Chocolate Waffle KRW 8.900,
Cappuccino KRW 4.500

10. DOSIRAK
If Japan has bento, then Korea has dosirak or packed lunch box. Classic dosirak usually uses this type of old school metal box where children used to shake the content of lunch box to mix all ingredients well before eating it.

shake2~
shake2~

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Where to get Bingsoo, Dosirak & Tteokbokki:
Miss Lee Cafe 별다방 미스리
Myeongdong Seoul Jung-gu 199-12
Menu:
– Classic Korean lunch box or Dosirak KRW 6.500
– Tteokbokki KRW 6.000
– Original Bingsoo KRW 12.800
Miss Lee Cafe is a popular cafe in Seoul specialized in old school classic menu such as bingsu, tteokbokki, dosirak, etc.

Miss Lee Cafe
Miss Lee Cafe
Classic Korean lunch box or Dosirak KRW 6.500 Tteokbokki KRW 6.000
Classic Korean lunch box or Dosirak KRW 6.500
Tteokbokki KRW 6.000
Original Bingsoo KRW 12.800
Original Bingsoo KRW 12.800

11. TTEOKBOKKI
It is the most popular Korean snack made from tteok or rice cake usually seasoned in red chilli gochujang sauce.

Where to get Tteokbokki:
Most streets of South Korea, for example Myeong-dong or Gangnam, etc
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Where to get Tteokbokki:
Mukshidonna Tteokbokki 명동 明洞 먹쉬돈나
19-1 Anguk-Dong Jongno-gu, Seoul
Menu:
– Cheese Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Bulgogi Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Ramyeon KRW 1.000, Dumpling KRW 1.000, Fried Rice KRW 2.000
This is what I call messy messy good!! Mukshidonna Tteokbokki Samcheongdong is one of our most fav places in Seoul, their tteokbokki was the best we’ve ever had! Unlike other tteokbokki with thick rich sauce, here the sauce was more watery or soupy, it goes really well with ramyeon noodle. And please pleaseeee don’t forget to order their fried rice for an uhhhmazing ending! (Definitely the best fried rice we’ve ever had in Korea)

Mukshidonna Tteokbokki 명동 明洞 먹쉬돈나
Mukshidonna Tteokbokki 명동 明洞 먹쉬돈나
Cheese Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Bulgogi Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Ramyeon KRW 1.000, Dumpling KRW 1.000, Fried Rice KRW 2.000
Cheese Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Bulgogi Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Ramyeon KRW 1.000, Dumpling KRW 1.000, Fried Rice KRW 2.000

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Cheese Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Bulgogi Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Ramyeon KRW 1.000, Dumpling KRW 1.000, Fried Rice KRW 2.000
Cheese Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Bulgogi Tteokbokki KRW 4.500, Ramyeon KRW 1.000, Dumpling KRW 1.000, Fried Rice KRW 2.000

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12. BEEF CROQUETTE
Well, this isn’t typical Korean dish but we just haveeee to put it in the list because it’s sooo good and recommended!! AnakJajan randomly bumped into this croquette shop in the hip Hongdae area. At first I was unwilling to try it but Mr. Jajan insisted so we ordered the Hamburg Steak, it’s a deep fried beef patty with mozarella cheese inside and surprisingly it tasted heavenly!! Meat was seasoned perfectly and very juicy, it tasted even better with the melted cheese, oooh sooo good!!
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I’m sorry I couldn’t give you the detailed address as I didn’t know the exact address, as far as I remember it’s not very far from the Kiss the Tiramisu ice cream place in a small alley, so if you happen to find this shop, please please try it!


13. CHIMAEK or KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN
Chimaek stands for Chicken and Maekju (beer), it’s popular snack during the night. Most korean fried chicken restaurants open from evening 5pm till late night. There are so many Korean Fried Chicken vendors in Seoul, here are some that we have visited.

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Where to get Chimaek:
BHC 치킨 (Better & Happier Choice)
Hoehyeondong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Menu:
– Half & Half Chicken KRW 18.000 (Soy Sauce & Sprinkle flavor)
– Cass Beer 500ml KRW 4.500
BHC is a popular Korean Fried Chicken franchise in South Korea, hence you can find it easily anywhere. Their fried chicken was one of the best we’ve ever tasted. Chicken was seasoned nicely and fried till perfection, even the chicken breast was incredibly juicy. Very recommended!!

Half & Half Chicken KRW 18.000 (Soy Sauce & Sprinkle flavor), Cass Beer 500ml KRW 4.500
Half & Half Chicken KRW 18.000 (Soy Sauce & Sprinkle flavor), Cass Beer 500ml KRW 4.500

Where to get Chimaek:
Two Two Chicken
Menu:
– Beer 500cc KRW 3.500
– Half & Half (Original & Spicy) KRW 19.000
– Soju 3.000
We found KFC at Two Two Chicken was disappointing, chicken was not juicy, seasoning was also mediocre. We won’t put detailed address since it’s not very recommended honestly.

Beer 500cc KRW 3.500, Half & Half (Original & Spicy) KRW 19.000, Soju 3.000
Beer 500cc KRW 3.500, Half & Half (Original & Spicy) KRW 19.000, Soju 3.000

Where to get Chimaek:
Hanchu 한추
68 Nonhyeon-ro 175-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South
Menu:
– Fried Chicken KRW 17.000
– Fried Green Pepper KRW 15.000
– Beer KRW 3.500
Hanchu 한추 at Gangnam area has won an award as The World’s Tastiest Fried Chicken by Chowtzer Award. Their fried chicken was nice, it has this kind of classic home cook taste but the main star would be their Fried Green Pepper with juicy minced pork stuffing inside, yum!!

Fried Chicken KRW 17.000
Fried Chicken KRW 17.000
Fried Green Pepper KRW 15.000, Beer KRW 3.500
Fried Green Pepper KRW 15.000, Beer KRW 3.500

14. GYERAN BBANG
Gyeran means egg and bbang means bread/cake. It’s a warm soft fluffy bread topped with egg that you can easily find in most streets of Korea.

Where to get Gyeran Bbang:
Most streets of South Korea, for example Myeong-dong, Ewha, etc

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gyeran bbang
gyeran bbang

15. BIBIM NAENGMYEON
Besides hot noodle, Korean people also enjoy ice cold noodle of Naengmyeon and Bibim Naeongmyeon is the spicy version with gochujang or red pepper paste. The noodle used in Naengmyeon is long and thin buckwheat noodle, they usually serve it in large stainless-steel bowl with icy cold broth. (Please check Yoogane at point no. 16 for recommended place and  more picture of Bibim Naengmyeon)


16. DAK-GAKBI
Dak-galbi is a popular Korean dish generally made by stir-frying marinated chicken in a gochujang (chili pepper paste) based sauce with various vegetables such as cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions, and tteok (rice cake) in a large cast iron pan.

Where to get Dak-Galbi & Bibim Naengmyeon:
Yoogane
3-1 Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Menu:
– Chicken Dakgalbi KRW 9.000
– Chicken + Octopus Dakgalbi KRW 10.000
– Fried Rice KRW 2.000
– Combination additional KRW 4.000 (tteok, mushroom, noodle)
– Cheese KRW 2.000
– Bibim Naengmyun (cold noodle) KRW 5.000
Yoogane is a very famous restaurant chain in South Korea specialized in Chicken Dak-galbi. It has so many outlets, you can find it easily anywhere. Even in Myeong-dong they have couple of outlets. I love that in Yoogane we can have tteok or rice cake filled with cheese or sweet potato. FYI, Yoogane has already opened their outlet in Jakarta, visit https://anakjajan.com/2015/12/30/yoogane-korean-dak-galbi-jakarta/ for detailed review
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bibim naengmyeon
bibim naengmyeon

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Chicken Dakgalbi KRW 9.000, Chicken + Octopus Dakgalbi KRW 10.000, Fried Rice KRW 2.000, Combination additional KRW 4.000 (tteok, mushroom, noodle), Cheese KRW 2.000, Bibim Naengmyun (cold noodle) KRW 5.000
Chicken Dakgalbi KRW 9.000, Chicken + Octopus Dakgalbi KRW 10.000, Fried Rice KRW 2.000, Combination additional KRW 4.000 (tteok, mushroom, noodle), Cheese KRW 2.000, Bibim Naengmyun (cold noodle) KRW 5.000

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tteok or rice cake filled with cheese
tteok or rice cake filled with cheese

Where to get Dak-Galbi:
Chuncheonjip Dakgalbi Makguksu (춘천집닭갈비막국수)
1, Yonsei-ro 5ga-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 서대문구 연세로5가길 1 (창천동)
Menu:
– Kimchi Dakgalbi for two + 2 portions of cheese + noodle + fried rice, total KRW 27.000
Chuncheonjip Dakgalbi Makguksu is the only restaurant we visited that has no english menu at all, however the server is able to communicate in simple basic english. The dakgalbi was simply delicious, don’t forget to order cheese and fried rice for extra yummy sensation.

Chuncheonjip Dakgalbi Makguksu (춘천집닭갈비막국수)
Chuncheonjip Dakgalbi Makguksu (춘천집닭갈비막국수)
Kimchi Dakgalbi for two + 2 portions of cheese + noodle + fried rice, total KRW 27.000
Kimchi Dakgalbi for two + 2 portions of cheese + noodle + fried rice, total KRW 27.000
Kimchi Dakgalbi for two + 2 portions of cheese + noodle + fried rice, total KRW 27.000
Kimchi Dakgalbi for two + 2 portions of cheese + noodle + fried rice, total KRW 27.000

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17. ODENG 오뎅
Odeng is Korean fish cake that is normally cooked in hot warm savory broth. It is one of the most common street food in Korea, the street vendors normally put it in skewer and provide paper cup for customer to drink the hot warm broth.

Where to get Odeng:
Most streets of South Korea, for example Myeong-dong or Gangnam

odeng
odeng
odeng
odeng

18. ANDONG JJIMDAK
Originated from Andong, Jjimdak basically is a dish consists of chicken and various vegetables marinated in ganjang or Korean soy sauce based sauce or I must say Korean version of ‘semur’. It tastes surprisingly delicious, we love the balance combination of savory yet sweet flavor with a lil bit of spicy kick.

Where to get Jjimdak:
안동찜닭 (New Andong Jjimdak)
2-22 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Menu:
– Jjimdak KRW 21.000 (half portion)

안동찜닭 (New Andong Jjimdak)
안동찜닭 (New Andong Jjimdak)
Jjimdak KRW 21.000 (half portion)
Jjimdak KRW 21.000 (half portion)
Jjimdak KRW 21.000 (half portion)
Jjimdak KRW 21.000 (half portion)

19. SAMGYETANG
Samgyetang is a chicken and ginseng soup. This dish consists of whole young chicken filled with sweet rice, ginseng, spring onion, jujube, garlic and then boiled in a stone bowl.

Where to get Samgyetang:
Tosokchon (토속 촌)
5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno- gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 자하문로5길 5 (체부 동) 10:00-22:00
Menu:
– Sansam Baeyanggeun Ogolgye Samgyetang (black chicken with wild ginseng roots) KRW 21.000
– Samgyetang KRW 15.000
Tosokchon is one of the most popular places for samgyetang or ginseng chicken soup. They are famous for their rich and thick broth. Inside the chicken you will find rice, ginseng and other ingredients.

Tosokchon (토속 촌)
Tosokchon (토속 촌)

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Sansam Baeyanggeun Ogolgye Samgyetang (black chicken with wild ginseng roots) KRW 21.000 Samgyetang KRW 15.000
Sansam Baeyanggeun Ogolgye Samgyetang (black chicken with wild ginseng roots) KRW 21.000
Samgyetang KRW 15.000
Sansam Baeyanggeun Ogolgye Samgyetang (black chicken with wild ginseng roots) KRW 21.000
Sansam Baeyanggeun Ogolgye Samgyetang (black chicken with wild ginseng roots) KRW 21.000

The chicken was cooked nicely till very tender and fall of the bone easily. This whole dish is very comforting, delicious and nutritious at the same time. Don’t forget to enjoy their homemade kimchi that is very delicious (one of the best kimchi I’ve ever had to be honest)

korean food

korean food

Samgyetang KRW 15.000
Samgyetang KRW 15.000
ginseng liquor
ginseng liquor
Sansam Baeyanggeun Ogolgye Samgyetang (black chicken with wild ginseng roots) KRW 21.000
Sansam Baeyanggeun Ogolgye Samgyetang (black chicken with wild ginseng roots) KRW 21.000

20. JAPCHAE
Japchae or stir-fried glass noodle, is a common fried noodle dish in Korea made from sweet potato noodle that has elastic chewy texture a bit similar with Indonesian Sohun or tapioca vermicelli. They usually stir fry the noodle with sesame oil, soy sauce and vegetables. You can find it easily in most restaurants in Korea.

japchae
japchae

21. KOREAN BARBECUE
Korean BBQ seems to be the most common Korean restaurant that you can find in Jakarta. Usually the meat is grilled on top of charcoal and served with fresh vegetables, ssamjang or spicy dipping sauce, sesame oil plus salt and various banchan or side dishes such as kimchi. The best way to enjoy Korean BBQ is to wrap the meat with a bit of ssamjang, kimchi and rice with vegetable such as lettuce.

Where to get Korean BBQ:
Grilled Salted Pork Barbeque 돼지저금통 수정 옥돌 생소금구이
331-1 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
16.00 – 02.00
Menu:
– Beef Ribs KRW 16.000
– Salted Pork Meat KRW 12.000
Found this cool barbecue restaurant at Hongdae with more than 40 years of experience where they grill the meat on top of hot stones. Meat quality was also great as they use local pork.

Grilled Salted Pork Barbeque 돼지저금통 수정 옥돌 생소금구이
Grilled Salted Pork Barbeque 돼지저금통 수정 옥돌 생소금구이
Beef Ribs KRW 16.000, Salted Pork Meat KRW 12.000
Beef Ribs KRW 16.000, Salted Pork Meat KRW 12.000

korean food

Beef Ribs KRW 16.000, Salted Pork Meat KRW 12.000
Beef Ribs KRW 16.000, Salted Pork Meat KRW 12.000

Where to get Korean BBQ:
Seomhyanggi – Nami Island
198, Bangha-ri, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Menu:
– Spicy Marinated Chicken KRW 12.000
– Pork Barbecue KRW 12.000
Seomhyanggi is a self-service restaurant located inside Nami Island that is specialized in Chicken BBQ. AnakJajan tried both chicken and pork bbq and both were equally delicious, meat was very tender and juicy yet marinated well with balanced sweet savory sauce.

Seomhyanggi - Nami Island
Seomhyanggi – Nami Island
Spicy Marinated Chicken KRW 12.000, Pork Barbecue KRW 12.000
Spicy Marinated Chicken KRW 12.000, Pork Barbecue KRW 12.000
Spicy Marinated Chicken KRW 12.000, Pork Barbecue KRW 12.000
Spicy Marinated Chicken KRW 12.000, Pork Barbecue KRW 12.000
Spicy Marinated Chicken KRW 12.000, Pork Barbecue KRW 12.000
Spicy Marinated Chicken KRW 12.000, Pork Barbecue KRW 12.000

korean food

Where to get Korean BBQ:
James Cheese Back Ribs 제임스치즈등갈비
7-6, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04537, South Korea
Menu:
– Cheese Back Ribs Small KRW 14.000 x 2
– Fried Rice with Fish Roe KRW 3.000
James Cheese’s bbq is more fusion type of barbecue where they seasoned ribs with American style BBQ sauce and serve it on top of melting cheese with jalapeno and corn in it. The ribs were sinfully delicious and finger licking good, Mr. Jajan enjoyed it so much. Don’t forget to order fried rice for amazing ending.

Cheese Back Ribs Small KRW 14.000 x 2
Cheese Back Ribs Small KRW 14.000 x 2

Fried Rice with Fish Roe KRW 3.000
Fried Rice with Fish Roe KRW 3.000

Well, that’s all, thank you for joining our virtual Korean food culinary tour. Check the newest post for Seoul itinerary guide about what to do and where to go in Seoul https://anakjajan.com/2017/03/24/korea-itinerary-travel-guide-best-places-to-visit-go-in-seoul/

Check link below for more travel post about Korea  https://anakjajan.com/category/location/south-korea/

Nami Island
Nami Island
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21 thoughts on “[KOREA] FOOD GUIDE – What to Eat in Seoul”

  1. I’m planning to go to Korea some time later this month and I’ll sure be using this list as a guide. Thank you so much for this post 🙂

    Cheers!

  2. Hi, Mr & Mrs Jajan. Thanks a lot for writing down recommended places to eat in Seoul. A great reference for those who is going to visit Korea soon, like me! But, I thought you are also going to write another post about your Seoul trip (what to see and do). Hope to see it soon. Can’t wait 🙂 Enjoy your jajan trip.

    Thanks again.

  3. hi! been following your instagram and instantly fall in love with your feeds 😘 anyway, I’m planning to go to Seoul next month. Can you please share to me where did you stay when in Seoul? Hongdae/Gangnam/ Myeongdong? which is the neariest to tourist spot?
    Thanks in advance btw 🙂

    1. Hello, thank you for following our story 🙂 we stayed in Myeongdong area and we loved it! Lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and streetfood there, a very touristy area, to go everywhere you can easily use their subway 🙂

  4. nice post, nice food, nice information. I would note this as my reference as I am going to there this Oct. Keep posting 🙂

  5. found this really helpful for our upcoming trip to korea this Sunday! hope we can try a few of your recommendation. Cheers! 🙂

  6. hello, can you tell me the direction to tosokchon restaurant (samgyetyang)? is it walking distance from gyeongbukgung palace?
    thanks

  7. thank you so much for writing this!!! aku bakal ke korea bulan november dan ini sgt membantu bgt hihihi liat fotonya aja udah laper dari skrg, god bless!

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