Much to my dismay, I had no choice but to take on a full-time job recently to pay for my “research” on Korean cuisine, which is coming to a close in terms of old-school restaurants that I still need to visit. If you remember from my previous posts, my ultimate goal was to visit the 100 oldest restaurants in Korea and try to obtain their original recipes–creating an authentic cookbook of sorts with interviews and anecdotes from the restaurant owners. This winter season will give me a chance to become a full-time recluse on weekends to start writing a draft for publishers in the States. Long story short: I am praying that my visits to all those restaurants are no in vain and I can release a book that’s never been put out before. Fingers crossed! Anyways, back to the new job thingy, here’s a recent post that I wrote during one of my long morning commutes taken from my Instagram acct.
To make my 1.5 hr feel-like-herded-cattle morning commute a little more bearable, here’s another early morning post. The only place I find myself drinking an unhealthy amount of alcohol during the daytime (known as naht-sool 낮술 in Korean) while inhaling a unique stew called Jjageul Jjageul or Jjageuli 짜글짜글. It’s a hybrid of the more popular kimchi jjigae and it’s spicy, intoxicating, and, as you can see, overflowing with delicious oyster mushrooms. I’m usually a chicken and beer type of guy and don’t fancy soups with alcohol, but all that changes here. Ironically, you can find this inexpensive stew—along with kimchi jjigae—in Cheongdam-dong, part of the wealthier, larger district known as Gangnam.
Despite visiting this restaurant a handful of times, I had no idea (until rummaging through photos to write this post) that this restaurant is a gisa sikdang, an eatery predominantly aimed at taxi drivers but just as popular with locals. All of my meals at a gisa sikdang have been great, so I highly recommend you visit one for some delicious, inexpensive eats.
Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Cheongdam-dong 52-6 (강남구 청담동 52-6)
Hours: Open 24 hours every day
Phone number: 02-543-7754
Click here for an interactive map: http://naver.me/G9EFj04w