Ttukbaegi Jip 뚝배기집 (Jongro, Seoul)

The first few times I came to eat here at Ttukbaeggi Jip was a disappointment–long lines and not enough seats for a solo diner like myself. But, thankfully, that didn’t deter me because, little did I realize at the time, this would be the place to reassure me that Korean soups are the epitome of soul-comfort food at its best. How a simple soup can be packed with so much flavor, specifically umami (the fifth and best taste), just astounds me.

Here at Ttukbaegi Jip, you have four different soups packing big flavors in a bubbling earthenware bowl called ttukbaegi. The emo (auntie) who runs the burners is a sight to behold, automatic yet so natural from decades of experience. The soup tastes even better with the excellent banchan and create-your-own bibimbap. Soondubu jjigae is my personal favorite because the silken tofu doesn’t break during cooking and it matches perfectly with the bibimbap. The spicy, briny broth is that addicting quality where you’ll easily finish off two bowls of rice–aptly named bap doduk or “rice thief” in Korea. Very efficient production and service allow for cheap eats–nothing over 6,000 all across the board. Highly recommended if you like soups or need something to keep you warm this winter.

Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★★ out of 5 stars

Ttukbaegi Jip 뚝배기집

Gwancheol-dong 5-1 | (종로구 관철동 5-1)

Phone: 02-2265-5744

Hours: Open every day 7:00 am – 9:30 pm except Sundays

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