Nakji Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-Fried Octopus) is one of the spiciest dishes in Korean cuisine and it happens to be a weekly favorite of mine, especially when I’m feeling sluggish and need a wakeup call. After becoming addicted to the original served in Mugyo-dong, Seoul, I didn’t expect to find a comparable one in my little town — that’s until I came across a chain restaurant called Chakhan Nakji (loosely translated as “Good Octopus”).
Instead of being doused in a simple gochujang-based sauce, this version includes different chili pepper varieties
I’m not sure where this chain restaurant originated, but I’m happy that they’ve expanded to all corners of Korea, including multiple locations in Seoul. Although I hesitate to promote any franchised eateries, this one gets the nod because it’s that good.
Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Chakhan Nakji 착한낙지
Dunbangnae-ri 132-1, Dunnae-myeon, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon Province (강원 횡성군 둔내면 둔방내리 132-1)
Hours: Open every day 9 am – 11 pm except Sundays
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Chakhan Nakji (Seoul locations)
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