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