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Tuesday, 27 January 2015


When it comes to Korean food, or in fact, anything Korean at all, you'd definitely have 삼겹살, Korean BBQ meat in mind.

It isn't one of the most traditional dish from the Korean culture, but is certainly one that is crazily popular worldwide. 

So my recommended choice of 삼겹살 (pronounced Samgyeopsal) in Seoul is, 팔색삼겹살 (Palsaek Samgeyeoksal)!


18, Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 

서울특별시 마포구 백범로 18 (노고산동)

삼겹살 literally means 3 layers of meat (usually thick and fatty), so it usually is pork belly. However, sometimes pork ribs or beef are served as part of the menu too.

The meat is usually neither marinated nor seasoned, and cooked on a grill right in front of you.

The most common accompaniments for 삼겹살 are lettuce and sliced raw garlic, sliced green chili peppers, shredded green onions, sliced raw onions, and Kimchi, of course. Most people will grill the garlic, onions and Kimchi together with the meat. When the meat is done, dip the cooked meat in Korean chili paste, and wrap it with the accompaniments in lettuce and put the entire thing in your mouth. That's how the locals do it, and definitely the best way to enjoy 삼겹살 too!

Here's what regular 삼겹살 looks like.

팔색삼겹살 which literally means 8 different flavors of marinated meat, is however, the real deal when it comes to grilled meat!

Check out their menu here.

From left to right, starting from the top row:

1). Ginseng Sauce
2). Wine Sauce
3). Pine needles Sauce
4). Garlic Sauce
5). Herb Sauce
6). Curry Sauce
7). Soy Bean Paste Sauce
8). Hot Pepper Sauce
9). Regular Pork Belly

A single portion of the meat is priced at 10, 000 KRW (~10 USD).

That works well if you're in a small group and can't eat too much but I'd really suggest you get the set meal at 30, 000 KRW which has all 8 types of meat in it.

Or you can go for the more expensive set at 43, 000 KRW which includes seafood/chili pepper paste soup.

This was served before the meat so I guess it's like an appetizer sort of dish. We finished it all, though we're both not huge fans of spicy soup.

Here's the highlight!

Dug into the food even before I managed to snap a picture of it. Who could resist fatty meat sizzling hot on the pan?

We started from the more mild flavoured ones. 

The best part about eating in Korea restaurants is that the staff always help you to cook the meat. Be it 삼겹살 or 닭갈비, doesn't matter what it is, as long as it's something that cooks at your table, you'll never have to worry about your food getting burnt. The waitress/boss/staff will definitely see to it themselves that your food is done!

More often that not, side dishes are not only refillable, drinking water and paper serviettes are also provided. 

And giving tips is NOT part of the culture. How awesome is that?! :)

We also ordered 냉면 (naengmyeon), a cold dish made of buckwheat noodles. 

I LOVE 냉면 because the soup is sweet and icy! It has a really refreshing taste and the noodles are chewy and thin so you don't really get full from it. I always order it as an appetizer. 

팔색삼겹살's 냉면 was rather good!

So chewy you need scissors to cut the noodles. keke

Check out the Instavid I posted of this place!

Oh yeah, 팔색삼겹살 is located in the Hongdae district which is famous for it's nightlife, so it's a perfect place for supper after hitting the club!

We didn't though. Went straight for the food.
#gettingold #boringmuch