The Euljiro Eulogies: Chosunok 조선옥

[The Euljiro Eulogies: Chosunok]

The last post was pretty depressing to write and this one is no different. It’s kind of like attending a funeral of a beloved friend or family member and you’re responsible for giving the eulogy. But funerals, at least in Korea, are a three-day celebration of life (with booze) and are a little less somber than American funerals. With that said, these historical shops don’t need a burial, just yet. From sources, sometime this year will be their last with final renovation completion set for 2023. It’s not much of a consolation, but at the very least, it still gives me a chance to celebrate (with booze) the few places I have yet to visit. Here’s the latest news via Korea Times.

Chosunok was one of those places where you could unwind with friends or family over delicious food and drinks. So delicious, in fact, they packed it in every night for an impressive 70 years, all wanting one thing: yangnyeom galbi. The marinated beef short ribs were grilled low and slow to accentuate the flavors of the marinade and prevent overcooking the meat. This resulted in perfectly balanced flavors — sweet, salty, smoky, and beefy — reminiscent of Seoseo Galbi on the west side but even better because you didn’t have to cook the meat and leave smelling like bbq. At 38,000 won (250 grams, bone-in), it was on the pricey side but nobody cared because exceptional food came at a premium. Daegutang (a mild version of yukgaejang using hanwoo) and gyeran jjim were also noteworthy dishes enjoyed by many customers.

It was as if foreigners had latched on to Korean food at a time when Koreans themselves were setting a course toward an entirely different culinary stratosphere. Just because foreigners like Jason and myself didn’t want them to change hardly seemed relevant. Indeed, it was of no relevance at all. Korea was Korean, and that meant it would never, it could never, ever stay the same. From the outside, Koreans had a very peculiar way of forgetting and moving on in almost anything. ~ @noodlepie Eating Korea p. 265

Food: ★★★★ ½ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★½ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★★out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★½ out of 5 stars

Chosunok 조선옥

Euljiro 229-1 (서울 중구 을지로3가 229-1)

Phone:  02-2266-0333

Hours: Open every day 12:00 ~ 9:30 pm, closed 2nd and 4th week of Sunday

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