Popeye Gisa Sikdang 뽀빠이기사식당 (Gunja-dong, Seoul)

It’s been a hectic month working full-time (which I haven’t done in over two years) and trying to spend quality time with Becker, so seeking out matjips haven’t been a high priority. But an impromptu appointment near Gunja Station led me to another excellent gisa sikdang, curiously named Popeye Gisa Sikdang. Their specialties are Bossam (Boiled Pork Belly w/ Lettuce Wraps), Yukgaejang (Spicy Beef Soup), and Donkkaseu (Fried Pork Cutlet). It would have been nice to order all three, but since there was only two of us we ordered the bossam and yukgaejang for 9,000 and 6,000 won, respectively.

In short, the bossam was excellent in every way–exactly 11 pieces of tender pork belly with equally delicious bossam kimchi, both having a hint of cinnamon spice, which was refreshing. The yukgaejang (6,000 won) was passable but lacking that spicy kick and, more importantly, stringy beef brisket that the soup is known for. It’s hard to find yukgaejang at that price point, so it’s not a bad deal overall if you’re into spicy soups. Bossam is hard to get in a single serving, especially at 9,000 won with rice, soup, and decent sides, so this is definitely a winner that I could come back for regularly. And who knows, I still need a bossam recipe, so if the stars align I might be able to kills two birds with one stone. If you live in Seoul and enjoy one of Korea’s favorite meat dishes,  I am confident you won’t be disappointed here.

Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Popeye Gisa Sikdang 뽀빠이기사식당

Junggok-dong 239-82 (서울 관진구 중곡동 239-82)

Phone: 02-467-2445

Hours: Open 24 hours every day

Click here for an interactive map:  http://naver.me/5A8ZBXGS


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