Korea Food Guide – Top 10 Restaurants in Dongdaemun, Seoul Korea
Dongdaemun market is famous for selling good quality clothes, accessories and anything you want! Wholesalers across the country visit the market at night, forming an iconic night image in Seoul.
1. 진옥화 할매 닭한마리 (Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dakhanmari)
One of the most well know dish of Korean cuisine in Dongdaemun is Dakhanmari – a whole chicken cooked with a bowl of soup! You can dip the chicken in the special marinade sauce for a perfect meal combination! You can also a order Kalguksu (a noodle dish) as well as potatoes or Dduk (Korean rice cakes) and add into the bowl of soup!
Menu : Dakhanmari 20,000 won , Kalguksu 2,000 won
Hours : 10:30~01:00 (last order 23:30)
Address : 18 Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 종로40가길 18)
2. 창신동 매운족발 (Changsin-dong spicy pork feet)
A very common dish in Korean cuisine – Jokbal, which means pig’s Feet. Located at exit 3 of Dongdaemun station, Changsindong Maeun Jokbal has is a very famous restaurant that has been introduced in different TV programmes. Their most popular menu is Spicy Pig’s Feet, while you can also order the non spicy one!
Menu : Spicy pork feet 22.000 won Spicy pork belly 12,000 won
Hours : 10:30~24:00
Address : 23 Jong-ro 51-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 종로51길 23)
3. 호남집 (Honam-jip)
Next to Dongdaemun market, there is a Dongdaemun Grilled Fish Street (동대문생선구이골목), which is a street full of grilled fish restaurants. The most well know grilled fish restaurant is Honamjib (호남집), but it really doesn’t matter which one you visit as every place offers delicious food! Not only grilled fish, there are also a various of stews and small side dishes for you to choose!
Menu : Grilled Mackerel 7,000 won Kimchi-jjigae 6,000 won
Hours : 7:00~21:00
Address : 5 Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 종로40가길 5)
4. 큰집 보쌈 (Keunzip bossam)
Bossam (보쌈) is a pork dish in Korean cuisine. It usually consists of belly pork that is boiled in spices and thinly sliced. To eat, the meat and side dishes are wrapped together in vegetables, hence the literal meaning of bossam: “wrapped” or “packaged”. One of the most popular and biggest restaurant is 큰집보쌈. Served together with kimchi stew or spicy noodles will be perfect match! The price will be cheaper during lunch time.
Menu : Bossam 27,000 won Jumbo sized buckwheat noodles 9,000 won Bolied duck 31,000 won
Hours : 11:00~24:00
Address : 265-18 Jongno 5(o)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 종로5가 265-18)
5. 순미네 행복게장 (Soonmine Haengbok Soy Sauce Marinated Crab)
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In Korea, there are two different types of crab dishes that is very popular- crab spicy soup, and marinated crab. Gejang is a variety of jeotgal, salted fermented seafood in Korean cuisine, which is made by marinating fresh raw crabs either in ganjang (soy sauce) or in a sauce based on chili pepper powder. Soy Sauce Marinated Crabsoy+Spicy Marinated Crab+ soy sauce shrimp+Spicy chicken stew all together is only 15,900won per person!
Menu : Unlimited crab per person 15,900 won Pork cutlet 7,000 won
Hours : 10:30~22:30
Address : 38 Eulji-ro 43-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 을지로43길 38)
6. 유정식당 (Yujung sikdang)
Which opens 24hours in Dongdaemun market so you can visit anytime whenever you are hungry! There are many different kind of dishes here and the price is not high as well! Stews, grilled fish, fried rice, egg steam etc. If you are coming here with you friends then you can order a various of dishes and share together!
Menu : Seafood tofu stew 8,000 won stir-fried pork 7,000 won
Hours : 00:00~24:00
Address : 28-5 Majang-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 신당동 217-111)
7. 교촌치킨 (Kyochon Chicken)
Chicken & beer is one of those must-eat combinations when you are in Korea! Kyochon Chicken is one of the largest fried chicken chains in Korea, with over 1,000 locations! There are different flavours such as original, honey, garlic etc. The store near exit 6 of Dongdaemun station is big and opens for 24 hours!
Menu : Honey combo 18,000 won Kyochon original 15,000 won
Hours : 00:00~24:00
Address : 464-6 Changsin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 창신동 464-6)
8. 옐로우 카페 (Yellow Cafe)
Yellow Cafe, a unique cafe opened up by Binggrae, a Korean dairy company that produces the famous banana-flavored milk! If you are a fan of banana milk, you must visit this cafe! You can buy banana milk related goods here as well as banana drinks!
Menu : Banana latte 4,500 won Banana ice-cream 3,500 won
Hours : 11:00~22:00 (Wed-Sun) 11:00~23:00 (Thur-Sat)
Address :20 Jangchungdan-ro 13-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 장충단로13길 20)
9. 하남돼지집 (Hanam Pig)
This Korean BBQ restaurants 하남돼지집 is a chain restaurant that has 200 restaurants in Korea! The one in Dongdaemun is opening 24 hours. After eating BBQ, having a bowl of cold noodles or kimchi noodles would be perfect!
Menu : Pork belly 14,000 won Mother’s spicy stew 6,000 won Ice noodle soup with kimchi 5,000 won
Hours : 00:00~24:00
Address : 5-4 Eulji-ro 43-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 을지로43길 5-4)
10. 남이분식 (Nam-i Bunsik)
It is famous for Jajang Tteok-bokki (stir-fried rice cakes) and kimchi fried rice! The price is low and the amount of food if large!
Menu : Jjabokki 5,500 won Kalguksu 5,000 won
Hours : 7:00~17:30
Address : 3 Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 종로40가길 3)