Dawoori Seolleungtang 다우리 설렁탕 (Sangsu-dong, Hongdae, Seoul)

Here’s another solid, small mom n pop restaurant that I got to visit during my short time in Seoul. They specialize in hearty Seolleungtang (Beef Bone Soup) and Someori Gukbap (“Cow’s Head Rice Soup”), the latter being a more adventurous eat for those unfamiliar with this type of soup. The terrific broth is lovingly made in a traditional iron pot called gamasot overnight, resulting in a rich, milky-white soup with the accompanying banchan (fresh gutjeori kimchi and kkakdugi) being just as good as the main.The husband and wife duo have been around for over 10 years and it’s a favorite among the locals on the quieter side of Hongdae near Sangsu Station (Line 6, Exit 4).

On this particular visit, I ordered the more “adventurous” dish while my girlfriend’s sister ordered the Seolleuntang (both @ 7,000 won each). Simply put, both perfectly hit the spot on a chilly afternoon in Seoul. Both soups had an equal amount of meat and somyeon (thin noodles), further balanced out with the addition of rice, shaved leeks, and self-seasoning salt n pepper. Needless to say, I finished off the entire bowl in record time despite sweating up a storm (served in a ttukbaeggi hot pot) and burning the roof of my mouth in the process (don’t you hate that?). For my dish, if you can get over the fact that you’re eating parts of a cow’s head, you’ll love this hearty, protein-n-nutrient rich soup filled with gelatinous fatty tongue, cartilage, cheek, and other indiscernible pieces. Give the place a try if you’re in the area! 🙂

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~Luciano Pavarotti

Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

 

Dawoori Seolleungtang 다우리 설렁탕

337-6 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 

Phone: 02-333-3346

Hours of Operation: Open daily 6am ~ 9pm

Directions via Naver: http://me2.do/5c46npaB

 

 

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Someori Gukbap (“Cow’s Head Soup Rice”)
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Can’t tell you for sure what piece of the cow’s head this is. Cheek? Tongue? Fatty collagen?
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Here’s another fatty, gelatinous piece of goodness.
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Here’s the more simple and humble Seolleungtang (Beef Bone Soup w Brisket).
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No beef soup is complete without shaved leeks and banchan.
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Fresh geotjeori kimchi and kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi) that hit the spot with the hot soup.
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Salt and pepper ready for use. Use sparingly to savor the beefy broth.
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The gamasot on the left used for making the beef bone stock.
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Simple, plain, and humble – just the way I like it.

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