Posted by ean1994 Friday, September 1, 2023

Experience Authentic Korea: 7 Traditional Restaurants You Can't Miss


If you're yearning to savor the authentic flavors of Korea, embarking on a culinary journey through its traditional eateries is a must. Beyond the global popularity of kimchi and bulgogi, Korea's rich culinary tapestry offers a myriad of dishes that have been perfected over centuries. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor to the Land of the Morning Calm, these top-notch restaurants are guaranteed to provide a memorable gastronomic experience. So, when charting out your next trip to Korea, ensure these culinary gems are high on your itinerary.

1. Myeongdong Kyoja: Serving some of the best kalguksu and mandu for fifty years, this place is one of the best places you want to go, especially because their knife-cut noodles are handmade.

2. 853: Although this restaurant takes traditional Korean cuisine in a more modern take, the basis is based on some of the most traditional Korean dishes, such as tteokgalbi and bibimbap.

3. Tosokchon Samgyetang: A traditional chicken soup that is famously known for just how healthy and beneficial it is to one's immune system. This chicken soup is made with ginseng and other medicinal herbs. If you're looking for something to revitalize your body, then you want to go to this restaurant.

4. Jihwaja: You can't get any more traditional than this local restaurant. Located right in the Bukchon Hanok Village, Jihwaja serves many dishes from galbi jjim, dakgalbi to even doenjang jjigae.

5. Jinmi Sikdang: This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're looking for the best raw soy sauce crab, you want to quickly head over to Jinmi Sikdang. The tender meat of the crabs that's been marinated in a yummy soy garlic sauce and a bowl of hot steaming rice. This is a dish that will speak for itself. 

6. Onjujeong: Have you ever tried some homemade tofu? Well, Onjujeong is well-known for their homemade tofu dishes and haemul pajeon—a great combination, especially when it's raining outside.

7. Choonsamwol: You'll be in for a surprise at this restaurant as their menu changes weekly based on what's in season. From soy sauce soaked raw shrimp to nurungji, this place is definitely one that you won't want to miss.

Food is a big part of a country's culture, and it's incredible to see just how popular Korean dishes have become in recent years, so if you're looking for more of the taste of traditional Korea, try out these places.

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