by Michael Jones
Korean cuisine is much more than samgyeopsal, bulgogi, and soju. There are countless dishes to discover and kimchi jjim is one of our favorites. It is often overshadowed by kimchi jjigae, but every food lover should try kimchi jjim. Kimchi jjim (김치찜) is served in a scalding earthenware bowl and paired with white rice and side dishes. The pork, but it can also be made with other meats, is slow cooked with the kimchi. The fat drippings mix with the tanginess of the kimchi which makes a creamy, rich broth. The bowl is filled to the brim with tender chunks of pork on the bone and large strands of pungent kimchi. This Korean comfort food is the perfect companion on a cold or rainy day. It is also more filling, usually, than kimchi jjigae, so for big eaters it is a great option.
The ddukbaegi kimchi jjim (뚝배기김치찜) at Usoon Daega (우순대가) is inexpensive and savory. For 7,000 KRW you can enjoy a steaming bowl of pork and kimchi stew. Usoon Daega also sells delectable Korean pancakes, made with beans, called kong jeon (콩전) for 5,000 KRW. The softness of the warm pancake goes perfectly with the tangy crunch of the kimchi and juicy pork. Next time you crave some comfort food, grab some friends and visit Usoon Daega.
Go to Hoehyun station (line 4) and go to exit 6. Take a right and walk through Namdaemun market. Take a right when you come to the big road, 남대문로. Walk a little ways and the restaurant will be on your right.
Address: 서울 중구 남대문로 30 1층
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