It’s been over three years since I did a west coast food trip in Taean County, but each and every restaurant is still vivid in my memory (good food will do that to you). From a restaurant specializing in ganjang gejang to a course-like meal featuring hanjeongsik, I am reminded that the best food will always be outside the big city.
Ddandduk Sikdang 딴뚝식당, located on the island of Anmyeon (called Anmyeondo in Korean), is a terrific seafood restaurant specializing in ggot-gae 꽃게 (blue crabs) and a traditional dish found only in these parts: gae gukji 게국지 (seafood hotpot). While I usually gravitate towards regional dishes, especially ones that I’ve never tried before, blue crabs weren’t in season at the time (winter) as they peak in spring and fall). And further research showed that they do other dishes exceptionally well, specifically dishes featuring oysters, which were thankfully in season.
My eating partner and I opted for the young-yang gul bab 영양굴밥 (oyster rice in
Now that spring has officially sprung in Korea, this would be a great time to make another visit for their blue crab, which is considered a delicacy in these parts. Pictured spread is a modest 33,000 won; oyster rice at 10,000 and oyster fritters at 20,000 and makgeolli for 3,000 won.
Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ddandduk Sikdang 딴뚝식당
Seungun-ri 3025-21 Anmyeon-eup, Taean County, South Chungcheong Province (충남 태안군 안면읍 승언리 3025-21)
Hours: Open every day 7:00 am ~ 10:00 pm
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