I remember having an appointment near Yongsan Station last summer but didn’t want to go for one simple fact: there’s really not many dining options around that area unless you head inside the station or adjacent IPark Mall for food court type of meals. Fortunately, I was able to spot a unique place–which looked more like a HOF (bar) than a restaurant–on the main street in front of the station. And with the name “That Handmade Donkkaseu Place,” I was confident that this would be a matjip in an area with limited eating options.
I’ve had my fair share of deep-fried pork cutlets, one of the best ones being Hansung Donkkaseu in Gangnam, but this terrific handmade donkkaseu was deeply satisfying, especially after talking to the friendly owners. The shop is run by a lovely couple whose passion for life is clearly evident with an impressive photo wall montage and the home-style food they proudly serve every day. The pork cutlets here are handmade (not the frozen varieties) and fried in clean oil, as evident in the beautiful golden brown crust and the absence of any rancidity. The meat is tender and moist while the covering is flaky yet crispy. Overall, just a quality meal at a respectable price point: 7,000 won. But the owners told me they’re also well-known for their udon and kimbap combination, which is even more impressive at 5,500 won. If you find yourself near Yongsan Station and want to avoid the commercial areas, you’ll love this mom-and-pop restaurant.
Since my last visit, they changed their name to “That Udon Place,” which was disappointing because I much prefer donkkaseu over udon. But since both are primarily what customers order here, I guess they’re going with udon thinking it will attract more customers in the long run. No matter what name they choose, I know for a fact that their donkkaseu ranks up there with the best of them in terms of quality, taste, and price.
Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
TThat Udon Place 그집우동
Hangang-ro 2ga 224-1 (서울 용산구 한강로2가 224-1)
Hours: Open every day 8:00 am ~ 9:00 pm
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