62-1 Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu
HOURS: Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
COST: Entrées ₩10,000-25,000
SUBWAY: Sinchon (Line 2)
This is the slick, polished Sinchon outlet of a nationwide chain that specializes in dalkgalbi, a tongue-numbing dish of chicken and vegetables in a potent pepper sauce that’s stir-fried on a hot plate at the diner’s table.
Dalkgalbi may be about the only thing on the menu, but there’s a surprising number of ways to introduce variety to the dish—optional additions include rice cakes, thick or thin noodles, sweet potato, even cheese topping.
Make sure to order rice near the end of the meal—the servers will mix it with what’s left on your hot plate and a few additional toppings, such as sesame leaves and seaweed, for a flavorful (and hearty) finish.
© Jonathan Hopfner from Moon Seoul, 1st Edition