If you’re familiar with the drinking culture in Korea, you already know that notorious drinking sessions (broken down into rounds called 1-cha, 2-cha, 3-cha, etc.) are the norm and can easily take you into the wee hours of the night (or morning). I can’t handle late-night sessions as I did in my heyday, but I will make exceptions when in the presence of good company and delicious food, both of which were present during an Euljiro outing a few weeks back.
Starting at Jeonju Jip (see previous post) for some solid barbecue and fried rice, some friends and I made the short trek over to Manseon Hof 만선호프 for our second round. One of several well-established venues in famed Nogari Golmok 노가리 골목 (Dried Fish Alley), their specialties include pints of beer and nogari 노가리—flat pieces of dried pollack that are hand-grilled and sold for a budget-friendly 1,000 won. But don’t order the nogari here (way too dry and tough) and do order the garlic fried chicken 마늘치킨 (way too flavorful and addicting). It was a consensus favorite despite it being drenched in a watery garlic sauce.
Other notable items of interest are golbaengi muchim 골뱅이 무침 (spicy snails and scallions) and one of my favorite childhood snacks called jwipo 쥐포 (fish jerky), which I have to thank @Hahna Yoon for recommending. Most importantly, the beer was passable at best, but at least service was prompt and the raucous atmosphere added a little more revelry to our evening. For quality maekju, you’d be better off at their neighbors OB Bear, one of the oldest hofs in Korea. Their beer is crisp, hoppy, and not watered-down because it’s brought straight from the brewery, not distribution channels. Search “OB Bear Euljiro” on Google for more info. 😉
Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Manseon HOF 만선 호프
Euljiro 3 ga 95-1 (을지로3가 95-1)
Hours: Open every day 12:00 pm ~ midnight
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