Samgyeopsal (pork belly) lunch in Seoul, Korea

We stopped in Seoul for only two days after spending Christmas and New Year in Vietnam and the cold Korean winter was like a slap in the face.   It’s been a while since I have been that cold, but the food was worth the icy sidewalks and the Siberian winds.

My wife found a pork place near our hotel in Dongdaemun and we decided to brave the cold and walked toward Sindang station which turned out not to be too far from our hotel.  Dongdaemun is the wholesale area of Seoul and I was sad that the Zaha Hadid huge architectural complex which is at the heart of the whole neighborhood is still not completed.

Let me start by saying that I have no idea what  the name of this restaurant is and I can only roughly pin point it on a map. I would be greatful if anybody could tell me the exact name and the location of this little restaurant.

The area around the restaurant is most definitely not touristy, if you want flashy with English menu, you better stick to Myeongdong.

The restaurant is a single room with a little kitchen in the back.

It all start with a regular gas stove.

Than a stone is placed on the gas stove.

The star of the show are large slices of pork belly.

The second role goes to a nice choice of side dishes

And of course a bottle of soju.

The pork goes on the hot stone.

And the result is pretty amazing: crispy fatty pork.

Apparently, samgyeopsal is a popular meal in Korea and I understand why. I dipped mine in gireumjang,  a sauce made with sesame oil and salt.

This turned out to be a really fun meal with really good service. The lady didn’t speak a word of English or Japanese which is pretty rare in Seoul. It took a while for me to find the toilet which was located in a side alley outside the restaurant.

When I finished this meal, I sat there slowly drinking the rest of my bottle of soju and the owner who was eating with her own family got up and brought me some of her meat so I would have something to nibble on.  Like I said, amazing friendly service.

I don’t know the name of that place, but I just wanted to share a really fun meal I had in Korea.  Now, I really want to go back to Seoul, partly to see the finished Zaha Hadid  building, but mainly to eat samgyeopsal.


Not sure about the address, but it’s on Dasan-ro 42-gil