There’s never a shortage of seolleongtang restaurants in Seoul as it originated here, but finding quality ones that serve a proper beef bone soup is another issue. Some of the more memorable ones (and in no particular order) that come to mind are the following:
- Imun Seolleongtang 이문설농탕 (Jongro)
- Dawoori Seolleongtang 다우리설렁탕 (Sangsu)
- Yonggung Seolleongtang 용궁설렁탕 (Sogang Univ.)
- Okcheonok 옥천옥 (Sinseol-dong)
- Poongjeonok 풍전옥 (Seoul Station)
- Jangsu Selleongtang Haejangguk 장수설렁탕해장국 (Jamsil)
Now, I can confidently add Bonghui Seolleongtang to this list.
First off, their ox bone broth isn’t diluted with water nor does it include “whiteners” to give it that necessary milky coloration. The broth here is rich and invigorating with just enough pieces of tender meat to make it a hearty meal. Next, their housemade kimchi and kkakdugi await every customer in self-serve glass jars. Staple seolleongtang banchan such as these should always be equal to or better than the soup itself and they were. Lastly, their recommended boiled beef (aka suyuk) was even better than the soup—not only satisfying taste-wise but visually appealing compared to other restaurants that just pile on meat on a plate. Here you get thinly sliced brisket and tripe on a pile of enoki mushrooms served piping hot on a stone plate. So so good by itself or wrapped with cabbage leaves (aka ssam).
Whether you come for the soup or suyuk, rest assured you’re getting one of the best the city has to offer—which is no surprise as they’ve been running operations 24 hours everyday, non-stop for nearly 40 years.
Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Bonghui Seolleongtang 봉희설렁탕
Address: 35-20 Sinsa-dong Eunpyeong-gu (35-20 신사동 은평구)
Hours: Open 24 hours every day
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