There are many popular South Korean food stalls that have been featured on popular reality shows like Running Man or star-studded K-dramas. As such, it is getting increasingly difficult to differentiate between restaurants that truly famous for its food, or famous simply because of the celebrity storm.
We tried a few places, and would love to recommend the following 6 South Korean comfort food places.
Samgye-tang is a traditional Korean dish where a whole chicken is stuffed with glutinous rice, and is boiled with garlic, jujube, ginseng and other herbs. I have to say that this was pure bliss on a rainy day in Seoul.
The portions were HUGE, and one bowl would be sufficient for 2. However, every Korean actually ordered one for themselves, so you can go ahead and indulge in one yourself. While you’re there, do make sure to try out the Dakbaeksuk (original) and black chicken style! We topped it off with Cass Beer for the shioks 🙂
Address: 5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Walk through the street colourful street, and you’ll find the palace-like restaurant).
Price: 15,000won per bowl
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 11pm
Cha Masineun Tteul is a traditional teahouse in the Bukchon Hanok Village that serves warm and cold desserts. We chose to get the bestsellers, which included the red bean soup and steamed pumpkin cake. Definitely did its job in warming our bellies and making us feel really sleepy afterwards 😂
Address: Samcheong-dong 35-169, Jongno-gu Seoul
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 10pm
Chimeak is a compound word of chicken and meakju (beer and soju mixed together), and is often enjoyed over a large gathering. I actually had this meal for dinner after climbing the N Seoul Tower, and instantly took down the restaurant’s name when I bit into the freshly fried chicken. I’m not sure if it was ‘coz I was starving, or whether the place was just AMAZINGLY GOOD 😘😍
Address: 25, Toegye-ro 20-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04629, South Korea
Getting there: Myeongdong Station Exit 3. Turn left and walk past A Twosome Place, and towards Pacific Hotel. Go up the Two Two Chicken Road, and you should reach this place in ~5mins.
Price: 10,000won for 8 pieces of chicken
1. Pheasant Dumplings
I have a soft spot for dumplings, but these ones really topped all dumplings I’ve ever tried. It’s filled with meat, and is only prepared upon arrival so you will have to wait a while before the goodness is served. The skin is a little drier than most dumplings, but once you take a bite… damn girl.
The buckwheat noodles have a pretty interesting taste. The soup is very thick and unlike ordinary soups we have in Singapore. The closest thing I can imagine it tasting like is black sesame paste, but definitely not as sweet as the desert. The noodles are chewy and complimented the soup well.
Address: 56, Gasi-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
2. Tangerine Cake
This tangerine cake was an accidental find as we were heading off for Sisters Noodles just next door. It was freshly baked and smelled so sweet that we couldn’t resist trying out a few. I loved how it wasn’t too sweet, and tasted perfect right out the oven.
Address: 6 Wollang-ro 4-gil Jeju
Price: 3,000won for 8 pieces
There was such a long queue for the Sisters Noodles, and I was pretty excited to have a taste of what this noodles stall had in store for us. I wasn’t super impressed as the noodles was a bit bland, but this stall is a clear favourite amongst locals. Nonetheless, this would be a warm and comforting meal after a long day.
Address: 6 Wollang-ro 4-gil Jeju
Price: 6,500won (~S$8)
I love warm foods and I absolutely love a good bowl of soup. There is no lack of amazing broths, and heartily cooked soups here in South Korea, especially when many of these stalls are run by the experienced ahjummas!
Do you have any other recommendations for warm foods in South Korea? Share your experiences with me below!