Haenari Haemul Sotbap (Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province)

Gorgeous is not a word that I would generally use to describe Korean food, but food coming out of this local restaurant in Yangpyeong fits the description. Beautifully balanced and almost Buddhist temple food in appearance and taste, the self-taught emo serves up some amazing rice bowls cooked in pressurized stainless steel vessels (aka dolsot). Since I’m not on any carb restrictions during the bike season, I made several visits to sample as many as her of dishes.

Pictured are the seafood (haemul) and mountain green (gondeure) versions. The haemul is seafood-heavy and briny as the ocean–the owner uses a rich seafood stock to cook the rice–while the gondeure was very earthy, almost medicinal in taste (but in a good way). Each is served with deliciously fresh banchan that’s perfectly seasoned and balanced. In true dolsot bap fashion, the rice is transferred to a regular bowl, you take your dolsot to the nureungji station and add as much scorched rice as you like, then fill it with hot water/tea. Your post-meal dessert of sungnyung will be ready to eat at the end of the meal. Every visit is a deeply satisfying, healthy meal that it feels like a few years are added to my life. Highly recommended for people looking for something light, clean, and delicious!

The restaurant is accessible by train, taking approximately an hour and a half from Seoul to Guksu Station, the aqua-colored line (Gyeongui-Jungang) that heads out to Yangpyeong. Walk straight out of exit #1 for about 300 meters to Bokdae-gil and turn left. Follow the small stream on the right until you see Otwo Hotel. The restaurant sits on the right of the hotel.

Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★★ out of 5 stars


Haenari Haemul Sotbap 해나리해물솥밥

Bokpori 361-2, Yangseo-myun, Yangpyeong-gun (양평군 양서면 복포리 361-2)

Phone: 031-774-4877

Hours: Open every day 11:30 am ~ 9:30 pm except Sundays

Click here for an interactive map: http://naver.me/xisg2yaT

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