Gisa sikdang (aka taxi driver restaurant) never ceases to amaze me. I’ve written and raved about them for the longest time, but when I visit one that attracts more regular customers than their targeted clientele (ie. taxi drivers), I have to share my discovery.
Seopyeong Gisa Sikdang is a popular 24-hour eatery located south of the river (ie. Gangnam). They specialize in a handful of dishes, most notably hearty bowls of dak-gomtang (chicken stew) and dak-kalguksu (chicken with hand-cut noodles), but I’ve never had one like this before.
For the large version (7,500 won) of dak gomtang, you get half a chicken with rice and glass noodles, bathed together in a rich, invigorating broth that’s similar to a mild beef bone broth (aka sagol yuksu). The chicken itself was tender yet meaty while the slippery noodles were texturally fun to eat. Add the self-serve, unlimited fresh kimchi and pickled garlic bulbs (one of my favorites and quite hard to find) and you might have one of the better meals all for under 10,000 won ($10 bucks). The special rock salt and dadaegi (spicy paste) were also nice touches to add more flavors and heat to the already solid meal.
The only downside dining here is that it gets busy during peak hours. Although I didn’t have to wait on this particular visit, I didn’t enjoy the slightly cramped space in the main dining area. Thus, I requested the “deck” area where red plastic tables and stools awaited me. Besides this minor issue, the food was absolutely fantastic with a price point that you can’t find elsewhere.
Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Seopyeong Gisa Sikdang 서평기사식당
Ilwon-dong 624-4 (서울 강남구 일원동 624-4)
Hours: Open every day 9 am – 11 pm except Sundays
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