When you have only a few dishes on the menu, chances are you’re making them well enough to attract and maintain a regular set of clientele. Well, here at Eunju Jeong in Bangsan Market, they’ve been doing it so well over the past 30 years it’s considered one of the top kimchi jjigae restaurants in all of Seoul—and deservedly so.
Despite the long lines, my friends from out of town were more than happy to wait it out — mainly because we had already stuffed our faces earlier at nearby Bogunok for our first round meal and we anticipated going at least three rounds (nogari golmok was saved for last). The wait was a minimal 15 minutes, despite it being during peak dinner hours on the weekend.
Once seated, service was fast and we were greeted with a lovely spread that featured samgyeopsal, banchan, and five different kinds of leafy vegetables for wrapping. Where’s the kimchi jjigae, I asked, eagerly? Well, if there’s anything such as a post-meal dessert, here they serve kimchi jjigae in place of it. In a perfect world, having both samgyeopsal and kimchi jjigae would have been heaven, but due to limited table space and waitstaff (?), I understand why they couldn’t entertain both at once. Nevertheless, the pork belly was high-quality and delicious, the jjigae had some heat and plenty tart coming from the aged kimchi, and the different leafy varieties made me (us) feel less guilty about all the food and drinks we consumed. Just an unbelievable meal that comes at a ridiculous price of 12,000 won per person.
Out of all the traditional restaurants that I’ve been to, there isn’t a place more raucous, energetic, and cheerful than here at Eunju Jeong. It’s as though customers discovered some magical hidden place and, for that short period of time, nothing else mattered except good food, drinks, and company. Definitely my type of place.
Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★★ out of 5 stars
Eunju Jeong 은주정
Jugyo-dong 43-23 (서울 중구 주교동 43-23)
Hours: Open every day 11:00 am – 10:00 pm except Sundays
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