Songlim Sikdang 송림식당 (Konkuk Univ., Seoul)

I probably sound like a broken record, but gisa sikdangs are truly magical. In general, they serve quality food at modest prices and their portions are always on the larger side. However, the best ones specialize in a few select dishes–maybe even one–that will eventually spread by word of mouth until it becomes a must-visit destination. Only a handful of gisa sikdangs have that distinction in Seoul, which makes Songlim Sikdang near Konkuk University such a special restaurant.

Housed in a strange-looking 4-story building with ample parking, the restaurant uses two spacious floors to satisfy hungry clientele, which consists of taxi drivers, locals, and nearby college students. Although the menu reads four items, there’s only one dish that takes center stage: dweji bulbaek (bbq pork set meal). But this isn’t your usual pork bbq where the marinated pork is grilled table-side and eaten with lettuce wraps and banchan. Over time, regulars have tweaked and improved the recipe by creating the ultimate bokkeumbap with the pork. Pure genius.

Barbecue pork is pretty darn good by itself, but this decadent mash-up of fried rice with pork, lettuce, garlic, and anything your heart desires is truly genius. It’s hearty, filling, and sound-inducing deliciousness–akin to a suped-up bibimbap served in a hot iron grill. This alone was heaven and all for only 7,000 won per person (pictured is the two-person serving) plus complimentary haejangguk that’s refillable at no extra charge. At no extra charge! If you like Korean pork bbq or bokkeumbap or bibimbap, you’ll surely have no problems being delighted and probably amazed at this one-of-a-kind gisa sikdang.

Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★★ out of 5 stars


Songlim Sikdang 송림식당

Jayang-dong 227-36, Gwangjin-gu (서울 광진구 자양동 227-136)

Phone: 02-457-5473

Hours: Open every day 6:00 am ~ 11:00 pm

Click here for an interactive map: http://naver.me/IIF8NQ9b

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