There are regular bunsik eateries you can easily find throughout Seoul, and then there’s this hidden gem that serves something I had yet to see until yesterday: gogi twigim (deep-fried pork rolls). It’s a thick roll reminiscent of a Chinese-American egg roll and it’s packed with ground pork, scallions, chives and onion. Super juicy and filling, I inhaled a single serving (two pieces) along with their gochu twigim (deep-fried stuffed peppers) in a matter of minutes and ordered more for take-out. Both orders were only 6,000 won, crazy cheap and eats like a full meal. Little sad they didn’t have tteokbokki and the sauce for dipping, but in lieu of tteokbokki, they serve a few noodle varieties that match perfectly with their crispy offerings.
I came during off-hours, as is the case when I do reviews, but this area becomes super crowded during weekends when the flea market opens up to the public. If you don’t like large crowds, it’s best to avoid that time and stop on weekdays, or conversely, get a quick bite to eat before perusing through the maze-like alleyways that quickly fill with unique vendors and shops.
One minor caveat: they close at 7 pm, the same time the surrounding industrial shops close down. Gogi Twigim can be reached by coming out Dongmyo Station exit 5; walk 300 meters until you reach Cheonggyecheon or Dongmyo Flea Market and a hook a left into the industrial alley.
Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Gogi Twigim 고기튀김
Changshin-dong 401-33 (서울 종로구 창신동 401-33)
Hours: Open every day 10:00 am ~ 7:00 pm
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