Last week was Julianne’s birthday and I decided that we’d try to find a good dakgalbi place in Seoul.  Now this might seem like a fairly easy mission but factor into this that Julianne and I lived in Chuncheon for nearly 2 years and kind of consider ourselves to be connoisseurs, lol.  A while back Julianne and I were in the Sinchon station area of Seoul and we came across Chuncheon Myungdong Dakgalbi restaurant . . . and we made a mental note to try it sometime.  I took Julianne here for her birthday dinner last week.

The restaurant is only a few blocks away from Yonsei University (one of the top 3 in Korea that all students want to go to) so there were mostly university students in the restaurant.  The wait staff were very good and constantly checked on us to see that everything was okay.

When the platter of dakgalbi ingredients was brought to our table and put in the pan Julianne and I exchanged puzzled looks . . . the amount of food we saw was maybe 40% of what you’d see for two people in Chuncheon in a dakgalbi street restaurant (yes, there actually is a street of dakgalbi restaurants in Chuncheon).

After our server left we talked it over and decided to get a third serving added because we were both hungry.

After our server added the extra serving and mixed it up we were chatting about how long it had been since we’d eaten dakgalbi when we both realized that there were no rice tube cakes in the dakgalbi . . . apparently at this restaurant you have to individually add ingredients like the rice tubes versus in Chuncheon they just automatically put them in for you.  Hmmm . . .

Here are the ‘rice tubes’ as I call them.

Eventually the dakgalbi was finished cooking, and I served Julianne and I our first bowls of dakgalbi.  It was really good . . . but unfortunately not as good as authentic Chuncheon dakgalbi.  Julianne and I, however, both enjoyed the dakgalbi at this restaurant and would recommend anyone in Seoul who wants to try dakgalbi to come here.

All that being said, though, if you have the time we’d suggest that if you want the AUTHENTIC Chuncheon dakgalbi experience that you should jump on an express bus to Chuncheon (it only takes about 50 minutes now to get there from Seoul with the new expressway) and go to dakgalbi street restaurants . . . here are two posts of mine from when Julianne and I were in Chuncheon.

Chicken dokgalbi in Chuncheon, South Korea–up close and personal

2008 September Chicken Dokgalbi Dinner

Yikes . . . after looking at the pictures in those two posts I realize that my photography skills have improved just a wee bit, lol.  Anyways, here’s a closeup shot.

Two guys sitting next to us had rice and cheese after they were done their dokgalbi so we decided to follow suit.  The cheese was real mozzarella and tasted fabulous!

After dinner we decided to walk around the area a bit as the streets were lined with cherry blossom trees.

This guy was walking towards me as I was taking this picture.  He paused, stared up at the tree, and then started rapping, lol.  Yeah, he was practicing while walking around . . .

The neon lights of the shops and restaurants made the cherry blossoms take on some interesting tints.

After about 20 minutes of walking around taking pictures Julianne and I were ready to head home and relax.  I was happy that Julianne enjoyed her birthday, and that the dakgalbi satisfied her cravings (and mine too).

Now we just have to pick a weekend to do a run down to Chuncheon . . .

J

Directions: Walk out of Sinchon Station towards Yonsei University.  About four blocks from the station you’ll come to an intersection, turn right.  About two blocks down you’ll see the restaurant on your left.

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