Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong Korean BBQ at Myeongdong, Seoul

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong Korean BBQ (강호동 백정)

*Update. The Dongdaemun Branch that i went had apparently moved and therefore i will indicate the address of their most popular Myeongdong branch instead*

English Address (Google Map): 3-3 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga

Korean Address (Naver Map): 서울특별시 중구 명동2가 3-3

Introduction

Korean BBQ restaurants can be found at almost every corner of Seoul and the pricing can differs a lot depending on the shop, as well as the type of Meat ordered. Baekjeong is one of the popular and reasonably priced BBQ restaurant.

Baekjeong is a restaurant opened by a top Korean host Kang Ho-Dong (강호동/姜虎东). For Running Man fans, you may have heard of Yoo Jae-suk. Both Yoo Jae-suk and Kang Ho-Dong are said to be among the best comedian/host in South Korea. Kang Ho-Dong’s masterpiece includes X-Man (co-host with Jae-suk), Star King and Happy Sunday: 2 Days 1 Night. The unique thing about Baekjeong is they use charcoal stove for grilling instead of a gas one.

Menu 1: Click to enlarge

Menu 2: Click to enlarge

Marinated Pork Belly

I had my share of unmarinated meat at runningman Haha’s restaurant Paljamakchang already so I decided to try the marinated version this time. For marinated meat, remember to request for netted grill instead of a flat grill. Else the marinate will stick to the pan and the meat will be burnt very easily.

The marinated pork belly cost W$8900 ($10.90) for two slices (150g) . Their pork belly is really well flavored in a sweet spicy marinate. I am instantly hooked to the sweet BBQ fragrance of their pork belly. The crispy tender pork belly is especially enjoyable when wrapped in fresh lettuce, green onion and garlic.

Fresh and Crunchy Lettuce

Tada – The end product

Marinated Pork Rib W$9900 (S$12.00)

The Rib cut is always my must-order for Korean BBQ because of it’s tender and succulent nature. Baekjeong’s rib looks absolutely appetizing and taste equally good for it’s price. Although it’s not the best tasting rib I had, there is absolutely no complain.

The Rib cut.

I didn’t order alot because this is my supper meal. On top of the grilled meat, Baekjeong BBQ comes with a portion of Egg, which is serve in a hollow of the BBQ plate. The taste is actually quite ordinary, like our steamed egg, but it just feels kind of nice to grill your own hot plate egg and it’s complimentary.

Conclusion

The price of Baekjeong BBQ items are very reasonable so i can order without worrying too much on the price. The tables are very well spaced from each others and staff are friendly so it’s quite a good dining experience. The quality of the food is quite decent and I left the place feeling well satisfied with my Korean BBQ craving fulfilled.

The side dishes

Map and Directions

Actually the direction is exactly the same to Myeongdong Gyoja and it’s along the same street.

1. Come out from Exit 8 of Myeongdong Station, turn to your left and walk straight for three to five minutes

2. Past two cross junctions and turn right at the 3rd one

3. You should be able to see Baekjeong

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The Famous Yoogane Chicken Galbi at Myeongdong

Yoogane Chicken Galbi (유가네 닭갈비)

Myeongdong Branch 1 English Address (Naver Map): 서울 중구 명동2가 3-1

Myeongdong Branch 1 Korean Address (Google Map): 3-1 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga

Operating Hours: 10:45am to 12:00am

Myeongdong Branch 2 English Address (Naver Map): 서울 중구 충무로2가 66-6

Myeongdong Branch 2 Korean Address (Google Map): 66-6 Chungmuro 2(i)-ga

Operating Hours: 10:00am to 1:00am

Click here for my review and menu of Yoogane Singapore @ Bugis Junction

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Introduction

Yoogane, since 1981, had grown to one of the most popular galbi brands in South Korea. Galbi, generally refers to a variety of grilled dishes in Korean cuisine that are made with marinated meat in a ganjang-based sauce.  Yoogane’s signture dish will be their Yoogane Marinated Dak Galbi (닭갈비). A

Yoogane has a couple of branches in Seoul and i visited one of their two Myeongdong branches. This restaurant can be located very easily, especially the Myeongdong Branch 2, which is only about a couple minutes walk from Myeongdong MRT station.

Yoogane Marinated Dak Galbi

The classic Dak Galbi cost W$8500 (about S$10) per pax which is rather reasonable comparing to Singapore’s price. Refer to this menu for prices of other variations of Dak Galbi:

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Upon placing my orders, a huge pan (just the pan, as you can see from the photo) of marinated chicken was placed on the stove in the middle of the table.

Their supposed spicy chicken is not exactly spicy and it’s more like sweet chilli paste (I have a pretty high threshold for spicy food though). It is pan-grilled on the spot, with aluminum sheet circling the pan to prevent splattering.

Side orders

The unique selling point of Yoogane is for their add-on side dishes, that are to be added into Galbi Chicken to be pan-fried together. Side dishes generally range from W$1500 for a portion of rice or noodle, W$2000 for a plate of Mozzarella Cheese, and up to W3000 for a rice cake combination plate. I ordered their fried rice and noodle.

Noodle that comes with their home-made chilli sauce

I prefers the rice, mainly because of the seaweed that comes with it! W$1500 for 1 person’s portion

The fried rice/noodle is prepared by their experienced waiter using the remaining sauce in the pan. The slightly burnt sauce coats the rice/noodle while condiments like seaweed or cheese (at a cost) are sprinkled over to complete the dish.

Freshly prepared fried rice. Served within a couple of minutes.

Fried Rice – W$1500, perfectly coated with Ganjang sauce

Fried noodle, sprinkled with cheese.

Conclusion

Despite the great online reputation, i thought Yoogane is not the most fantastic chicken that i had in Seoul. Probably it’s a matter of expectation VS reality. However, if i have the choice again, i will probably still visit Yoogane.

Although Chicken Galbi can be found in Singapore, the taste and value of Yoogane’s far exceeded the one i had (clue: restaurant location is near Tiong Bahru). The best thing about this restaurant is for it’s ample space between tables.

This restaurant is so popular that it opened a second branch at Myeongdong, just a few minutes walk away. I believe there must be a reason for it’s popularity. My conclusion will be – not the most fantastic and unique meal i had in Seoul, but it’s good enough. No regrets.

And Yoogane is coming to Singapore! They are opening a branch at Bugis Junction! So exciting!

Click here for my review and menu of Yoogane Singapore @ Bugis Junction

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Map and Directions

I visited their 2nd branch in Myeongdong, that is within a few minutes walk from Myeongdong exit 8. Come out from Exit 8, to your left and walk straight. You won’t miss the shop.

One thing to take note is, you won’t see “Yoogane” on their signage, but the signage will be in Korean “유가네”. The most prominent feature of their signage is for it’s red, orange and yellow logo. Just keep a look out for this and you won’t be wrong:

유(Yoo) 가(Ga) 네(Ne)

PS: It had been a while that i last updated my Seoul post. I would like to thank miracler for sending me a message, to remind me that there are people who hope to read more on my Seoul posts. This is an encouragement for me to continue. It’s indeed not an easy task to blog on a regular basis, so my respect is out to all food bloggers, and i aspire to be able to blog regularly like some of them. Thanks all for taking the time to read this post!

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Paljamakchang – Running Man’s Gary and Haha’s Shop

Paljamakchang Hongdae Branch  (팔자막창) Haha’s Restaurant

Korean Address (Naver Map): 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 395-17 

English Address (Google Map): 395-17 Seogyo-dong (23 Jandari-ro)

Operating hours: 5:00pm to 5:00am

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*Important Update*

Apparently, as per this article, it seems like Haha’s shop is now going by the name “401” and had undergone some renovation. It’s still in the same location though so you can still refer to my map and directions.

According to one of my readers, he mentioned that the restaurant is still selling BBQ stuff but there’s no more Makchang (intestine) on the menu. Scroll to end of this article for direction to Gary’s Paljamakchang at Gangnam.

Introduction

Anyone who caught the recent Korean variety show craze would have heard of Running Man. And Paljamakchang was opened by one of the running man member Gary. Subsequently, another member Haha got the franchise from Gary and opened his franchised Paljamakchang at Hongdae area.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

I visited Haha’s restaurant and I walked past Gary’s shop at Gangnam, which I will indicate the direction to Gary’s shop as well. Though Paljamakchang offers BBQ pork belly, traditional Korean rice box, soup, they specialized in BBQ pig intestine. So don’t be surprise if GoogleTranslate translate Paljamakchang as something that is along the line of rectum.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

The table set up

Good thing i like about Paljamakchang is they offer big plastic bags for customers to store their jackets.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

Pig intestine / Pork Belly

There are two kinds of intestines as per their menu – large intestine (150g – W$9,000,) and fresh large intestine (150g – W$10,000). The fresh version is slightly more expensive, smaller in quantity but apparently the better quality.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

Click to enlarge. The waiter gave me a Chinese version menu so sorry to those who can’t read Chinese =\

I ordered the fresh version and this is the first time seeing a raw pinkish pig intestine getting cooked right in front of my eyes.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

Doesn’t look very appetizing, yet.

It doesn’t look very appetizing during the grilling phrase but it’s another story after it’s fully grilled. To be frank, I am not a big fan of internal organs but this grilled intestine works for me and I think it’s worth a try. Anyway, how often do I get to eat grilled pork intestines in Singapore?

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

Pig Intestines and Pork Belly

The intestines taste very very fresh and clean. The surface is grilled to crisp (by their waiters), texture is chewy but yet not to the extend of rubbery.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

I also ordered a portion of Pork Belly at W$8,000. It’s not out-of-this-world  but it’s still good, typically taste like how a typical Korean BBQ Pork Belly ought to be. The exterior is grilled to crisp with no marinate on the pork belly. As always, wrap it in the lettuce and sauce to enjoy!

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

Grilled intestine wrapped in Perilla Leaf. Not exactly a fan of this leaf from the mint family that has a hairy texture. I still prefer the lettuce.

Remember to dip the intestines and pork belly into the unique blend of Korean BBQ chilli paste. Paljamakchang’s version is rather different from chill paste from a typical Korean BBQ restaurant. The most evident difference is the added crushed peanut and the salty sweet paste.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

I like Paljamakchang’s Dip and Paste very much.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

Grilled pork belly wrapped in Red Leaf Lettuce, one of the most common vegetables used in Korean BBQ.

Korean Rice Box (Dosirak 도시락)

I also ordered the traditional Korean rice box at W$4000 that came with a portion of spicy tofu soybean paste soup (Dubu Doenjang JjiGae 두부 된장찌개). The Korean rice box is call dosirak (도시락) and don’t call it a bento.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

The lunch box, before shaking it. I took out the seasoned anchovies though.

The Korean rice box works like our Mcdonalds shaker fries. Hold the box and lid together and shakkkkeeeee it baby. Probably the shaking just add a little fun factor for a tourist like me. The portion is rather small but I guess the the rice cannot fill up the lunch box for this shaking thing to work.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

Rice Box after shaking. Well mixed and ready to fit into my stomach!

Among everything, I particularly like the mixed rice. I can finish the rice even without the rest of the ingredients. There’s slices of meat that looks like sausage/luncheon meat. It don’t exactly taste like one and it is not exactly to my liking. Still rather unsure what i’d eaten on that day.

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

The soy bean paste soup that comes as a set with lunch box

As for the spicy tofu soybean soup, to be honest, although it “comes with the rice box”, it’s one of the better one i had till date. Be warned that it’s rather spicy and that’s what i love about the soup and i love the crushed peanut that is mixed into the soup.

Conclusion

Probably a must-go for Running Man Fans out there. There’s a wall with a lot of signatures from various Korean celebrities including the members of Running Man but i can’t seem to be able to identify them.

Despite it being a restaurant opened by a Korean celebrity, i think that the BBQ pig intestine is good and unique enough to convince me to pay a visit again IF i have the chance to come back to Seoul. *pray pray*

Another table beside me was grilling some chilli-marinated pig intestines and looks GOOD. Can someone please try that and let me know whether is it nice? Hahaha~

Paljamakchang 팔자막창 Gary Runningman Haha Restaurant Seoul

The interior of Haha’s shop. We reached at about 5.30pm when it just open. No crowd! *Happy*

Directions and Maps

While doing research, i read from online that it’s not easy locating Haha’s shop and it’s even worst for Gary’s shop at  Gangnam. But it does not seems too difficult from the map and i am glad that i found Haha’s shop quite easily and i just happen to walk past Gary’s shop and seems rather easy to locate too.

Follow my directions and i promise you won’t be lost.

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Directions to Haha’s Restaurant

Actually the nearest station is not from Hongdae MRT station but from Hapjeong MRT station. But since i am staying in Hongdae, i took a short walk to Paljamakchang and it took about 7 to 10 minutes.

1. From Hongdae MRT, come out from Exit 9, turn to your left and walk straight and you will come to a T-Junction.

2. At this T-Junction,  turn right. As you can see from the map, after turning right, just follow the map direction and walk straight.

3. You will cross a couple (two major) of cross junctions and just continue walking.

4. After walking for about 5 – 7 minutes, you should be able to see this tall unique building at a cross junction as shown in my map which is known as the “KT&G Sangsang Madang”

5. You should be able to spot Haha’s shop Paljamachang at this junction by looking to your right. Tada, you are there.

Directions to Gary’s Restaurant (Gangnam Branch)

Korean Address: 서울특별시 서초구 서초동 1309-8

English Address: 1309-8 Seocho-dong (8 Gangnam-daero 69-gil)

Actually i think that Gary’s shop is even easier to find. Although it’s nearer to Sinnonhyeong station, i walked from Gangnam (강남) station as i was at that area anyway. It’s about about a 5 – 7 minutes walk. It’s actually just beside a very well known Korean Fried Chicken Restaurant, Kyochon Fried Chicken, which i will review on later.

1. Exit from Gangnam station’s exit 9. Turn to your right and walk straight all the way.

2. Walk for about 5-7 minutes. You should will cross two cross junctions along the way. And you should be able to see Gary’s shop Paljamakchang at the third cross junction.