THE EULJIRO EULOGIES: Dongwon Jip 동원집

[The Euljiro Eulogies: Dongwon Jip]

Restaurant staff: “It’s nice to have more recognition, but after appearing on a popular food program, we’ve gotten a different set of customers that we didn’t have before. Now they’re younger adults, especially females, who are more into taking pictures than enjoying the food. We’re not complaining about this increase of customers, but it doesn’t always sit well with our regulars who have been coming here for years, if not decades. I tell them it’s just a temporary fad and they probably won’t return again, so I hope it will return back to normal. We’ll have to see, though.”

Dongwon Jip was one of the few mainstays in the ever-changing landscape of Euljiro, a haven for the printing press workers and small shop owners who wanted something cheap, delicious, and soju-friendly (ie. anju 안주). The shop delivered on those promises by keeping prices low and service friendly in exchange for regular clientele—running operations for an impressive 30+ years until redevelopment hit the district. As for the food, customers gravitated towards the gamjaguk 감자국 (aka gamjatang), a hearty bowl filled with meaty pork bones and potatoes in a spicy broth—nominally priced at 7,000 won for lunch and 13,000 for a two-person anju (pictured). Other standout dishes include jeopshi soondae 접시순대 (a plate of blood sausage) and meori gogi 머리고기 (head meat) priced at 10,000 and 18,000 won, respectively.

“Jason had a list. It was called the ‘one hundred oldest restaurants in Korea.’ He found it in a Korean newspaper, and he had been working his way through the list and writing about each place. The list was unofficial, and afforded no protection to the restaurants mentioned on it. Many of the places, Jason said, almost seemed to have a death date stamped upon then and the date read ‘coming soon.’” @noodlepie Eating Korea, p. 263

Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★ ½ out of 5 stars


Dongwon Jip 동원집

Euljiro 3ga 96-2 (을지로3가 96-2)

Phone: 02-2265-1339

Hours:  Open every day 7:00 am ~ 10:00 pm except Sundays

Click here for an interactive map:  http://naver.me/x6MFDtYw

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