Celebrate your special day in the most delicious way
[Recommended Local Eateries] Hangjeongsik
There are some special moments in life that require the family to come together and share a meal. Whether it's two families meeting before their children are married, a first birthday party (dol) or a birthday party for someone turning 60 (hwangap), food is so ingrained in culture that getting together to eat is of the utmost importance. And at times like these, it's customary for Koreans to eat plenty of meat and other dishes served in courses at a type of restaurant known as a hangjeongsik.
△You won't go hungry with this kind of spread from a hangjeongsik, a traditional restaurant often used to celebrate life's most memorable moments.
Here, traditional Korean cuisine is offered with a Western spin and served in three separate courses.
First, the appetizer, which is served beautifully and flavored even more so. Porridge is the name of the game here, particularly ones that use pine nut, black sesame and pumpkin. You can also take a look and see what a hangjeongsik offers in the ways of tangpyeongchae (mung bean jelly salad), vegetable rolls, spicy noodles and exotic jellyfish.
Next, the main course. Classics like kimchi, boiled rice and soup and namul (seasoned vegetables) are a must. This is also the chance for Korean meat to shine, so dig into some suyuk (slices of boiled pork), neobiani (slices of marinated grilled beef), galbijjim (braised short ribs) and amazing jeyuk-bokkeum (stir-fried pork).
Fish is also plentiful, both grilled and braised, and served in a delicious soy-based sauce. Mackerel, pollack and nakji-bokkeum (stir-fried octopus) are yours for the taking. Dig into some gujeolpan, a platter of nine different delicacies that look and taste great!
Hoe (raw fish) and additional premium seafood is available, too. If you're into international cuisine, fusion Chinese and Japanese dishes can be also be enjoyed through some delicious portions of tangsuyuk (fried pork in a sweet sauce).
Dessert naturally comes next, so take advantage of the fruits, sujeonggwa (cinnamon punch) and sikhye (sweet rice drink) at your disposal.
Prices range anywhere from about 15,000 won to over 100,000 won per person, so choose the restaurant that's right for you!
◆ Naedang (내당)
Naedang is a gorgeous restaurant run by Nongshim Hotel. Take a look at the relatively inexpensive menu on offer during the week: For lunch specials, you can select two options costing 28,500 won and 34,500 won. Dinner specials cost 45,000 won and 50,000 won. Premium courses cooked with the highest-quality ingredients cost 65,000 won to 120,000 won.
In addition to the food, the ambiance of Naedang displays all the tranquil beauty of Korea through traditional architecture, ponds and gardens.
Address: 23, Geumganggongwon-ro 20beon-gil, Dongnae-gu
How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Go straight for 10 minutes.
△The superb architecture of Naedang.
◆ Yeije (예이제)
Not to be outdone, Yeije is a Korean restaurant located near Haeundae Beach and is famous for being the location of the first meeting between the families of the bride and groom. The restaurant uses seasonal ingredients and vegetables that the owner diligently picks and grows himself.
There are three lunch courses at Yeije that run 19,000 won, 29,000 won and 39,000 won, respectively. The premium course costs from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.
Address: 29, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 298beon-gil, Haeundae-gu
How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight for 10 minutes.