by Michael Jones
South Korea has many incredible pork dishes, and Bossam (보쌈) is one of the best. Most foreigners are familiar with Samgyeopsal (삼겹살), but many have never heard of Bossam and that’s unfortunate. Bossam is made by boiling pork belly and then slicing it into thin strips. The meat is extremely tender and it’s served with kimchi, rice, and side dishes. It usually comes with cabbage leaves, lettuce, and/or parilla to wrap the meat with. I prefer to wrap the succulent pork in Kimchi. At Jangsu Bossam (장수 보쌈) the kimchi is packed with flavor. We ordered the Bossam Baek ban (보쌈백반) for 9500 won for one person, and it includes pork, rice, kimchi and other side dishes. I’ve lived in Seoul for the last two years and this kimchi is the best I’ve eaten. The sauce is marvelous and the kimchi makes a great companion to the juicy pork. The fattiness from the pork melts in your mouth and mixes perfectly with the rich, slightly sweet and spicy, kimchi. It’s a true mom and pop establishment and it’s always packed with Korean people. Follow the locals, they always know where the best food is. The fact that it’s popular despite being neighbors with Gwangjang Market is an even better indicator of its quality. This small restaurant has two floors and is operated by a friendly group of old women. Every time we go there, the restaurant chatter stops when the foreigners walk in, but speak a little Korean and their faces light up, the conversations resume, and you will be well taken care of. The restaurant is authentic as it gets and they serve an outstanding example of a dish that is unknown to a lot of foreigners. If you want to try delicious Bossam and have an authentic dining experience then Jangsu Bossam (장수 보쌈) is a great place to go.
Go to Jongno 5 ga station, exit 6.
Walk a little ways and cross over the Cheonggyecheon stream.
Keep walking and the restaurant will be on your left.
by Ashley Heil.
The Damatori Makgeolli bar, or "ㅎ" Makgeolli bar, is our favorite place to go for Makgeolli in Seoul. Located in Haebongchon, or "HBC", it serves Makgeolli from all 8 of the different regions of South Korea (they are listed by region on the menu). They also serve awesome Pajeons and Dubu Kimchi to accompany your Makgeolli. Usually they insist you buy some food to go along with the Makgeolli, but if you don't want to spend a lot of money, you can get a tomato salad for 5,000 won. If you're new to drinking Makgeolli, they offer a sampler of 5 small cups of Makgeolli for 3,000 won. You can choose the 5 you'd like to try, or the bar can give you their recommendations. This is a great way to see which Makgeollis you like. The prices range from about 5,000 won to 20,000 won a bottle, so it usually ends up being much cheaper to come here with some friends and enjoy a few bottles of Makgeolli than it would be going out for cocktails or craft beer. If you've never tried Makgeolli other than the ubiquitous Seoul Makgeolli, this is the bar to come to!
Here are some of our recommendations of Makgeolli to try:
1. 복순도가 (Boksundoka) A premium, champagne-like Makgeolli. It was very bubbly and slightly sweet. Really different from other Makgeollis we've tried!
2. 느린 마을 (Neurin Maeul): One of our go-to Makgeollis we order almost every time. This one is great because it uses no aspartame like other Makgeollis, only natural sweeteners. It's pretty balanced, has a slight apple taste, is a little sweet, and refreshing.
3. 알밤 (Al-bam): This one is a creamy, chestnut-flavored, sweet Makgeolli. This one was one of our original favorites and we recommend it to people new to drinking Makgeolli!
Directions: Go to Noksapyeoung station, exit 2.
Come out and walk a ways down the road, and turn left when the road veers off, and walk past the kimchi pots. Keep walking until pass Bonny's pizza, and it'll be on your left. Look for the ㅎ sign.
by Michael Jones
I’ve always loved the rich flavors of Indian cuisine and thankfully Seoul has some wonderful Indian restaurants. One of our favorites is called Jyoti, and it’s located near Sinchon station. The atmosphere is comfortable and the smell of intoxicating spices hits you as soon as you enter the restaurant. They have a large menu, but I can never resist ordering the Chicken Vindaloo (11,000 ). It’s my favorite Indian dish and I love to dip flaky strips of garlic naan (3,000 ) into it. The garlic and butter mixes wonderfully with the spicy creaminess of the Vindaloo. We also ordered two sides of basmati rice (4,000 ). We splurged on this trip and ordered two of everything, but it was well worth it. Everything I’ve ordered at Jyoti: palak paneer, saag paneer, tandoori chicken, has all been delicious. They also have a great lunch set at only 9,000 won on weekdays. If I had one suggestion, it would be that no matter what you order, make sure to order naan. This oven-baked flatbread is simple, yet incredibly delicious. Naan is truly one of the best breads in the world. The outside is flaky and the inside is soft and warm. If you like it as much as me, you will use it like a utensil and soak up all the incredible flavors from your main dish. No matter what you decide to order, Jyoti is a great place to satisfy your craving for Indian food. Check out their website at http://www.jyotifood.com/index.php#20160707033702 to see more information and a full menu.
Go to Sinchon station exit 5.
Make the first right.
The restaurant is on the 3rd floor on the right. You should see some signs.
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