[The Euljiro Eulogies: Eulji OB Bear]
I had written (and raved) about Eulji OB Bear many times before, well-known for their crisp, fresh, hoppy beer and ridiculously priced nogari (young dried pollack) for 1,000 won, but they also served another classic street food that’s become obsolete in Korea: beondegi (silkworm pupae). A once-popular snack commonly seen in traditional markets in the past, they are much harder to come by unless you frequent older establishments, such as OB Bear (circa 1980), that keep it on the menu for nostalgic purposes.
Although I don’t personally enjoy beondegi as they taste a little gamey and have a questionable texture, I wanted @mykindofeats to experience them. To my surprise, he impressively cleaned house on the entire bowl of silkworms and the rest of the anju. I can’t remember exactly what he said about them, but his experience traveling all throughout Asia probably expanded his palate and appreciation for local cuisine. A real trooper imo.
Per custom in the very lively nogari alley, we really enjoyed drinking, eating, talking, and being merry outside with the rest of the raucous crowd. There are very few places that will see you people congregate outdoors mid-afternoon drinking and eating like it’s Octoberfest. Coincidentally, nogari alley will hold its annual beer festival this weekend, including a good ol’ beer-chugging competition. If you haven’t been, this is a good time to visit.
For the original post on Eulji OB Bear and the kind owners, click here and make sure to check out Max’s YouTube channel. He’s very talented and passionate about showcasing local cuisine (without the fluff) and I’ve really appreciated the few meals we’ve had together during his time in Korea. Who knew a random meeting in Dongdaemun’s fish alley would turn into friendship?! Safe travels brother and see you on the other side!
Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: 5 out of 5 stars
Eulji OB Bear 을지오비베어
Euljiro 3ga 95-4 을지로3가 95-4 (Euljiro 3ga Station, Exit 4)
Hours: Open from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Click here for an interactive map: http://naver.me/FfG6b2i0