Korean BBQ doesn’t get any better than this place that sells only one spectacular dish: Dweji Galbi (BBQ Pork Ribs). I’ve mentioned it time and time again that places courageous enough to serve one dish probably won’t disappoint. Gyeongsangdo Jip is no exception.
In the back alley of Euljiro, Gyeongsangdo Jip is a 48-year-old institution that’s not only hardcore pocha-style but the service is suspect, comfort is subjective, and you’re at the mercy of the fluctuating weather. But none of that matters if you’re in the business of bomb food because you have arguably the best BBQ in the city. Best BBQ in the city partly because I’m impatient when it comes to Korean BBQ and they do all the hard work for you by hand-grilling the lovely meat over charcoal briquettes.
From the halmoni owner herself, she says a whole section of pork ribs are meticulously cut down and then bathed in an aromatic marinade for no less than 24 hours. After being slowly grilled over yeontan, the final result is tender, smoky pork ribs with perfect flavoring and caramelization. It was so delicious that I had no problem inhaling the minimum 2-person order, which ended up costing a respectable 24,000 won with accompanying lettuce leaves for ssam and chojang sauce, a pleasant surprise replacing the more common ssamjang. For those who love Korean BBQ but don’t want to end up smelling like BBQ, this is a must-visit destination with a lot of charm.
I was fortunate to meet and talk to the aging owner, who gave me some insight about her food. She says, “There’s no real secret to the dish except we hand-select the entire pork rib section from the butcher and cut it down ourselves. Not only does this reduce the overall cost, but the quality will be equal or above other pork BBQ restaurants.” I couldn’t agree more.
Pictured is their two-person serving at 24,000 won. Beer and soju run 4,000 won. And in true pocha-style fashion, they don’t accept credit cards so make sure to bring cash!
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Gyeongsangdo Jip 경상도집
Eulji-ro 6ga 1-1 (서울 중구 을지로 6가 1-1)
Hours: Open every day 11:00 am ~ 10:00 pm except Sundays
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