MyeongDong Buddae Jiggae – 명동부때지개 (Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea)

MyeongDong Buddae Jiggae (명동부때지개) was tucked away in a dark alley, hidden from the main street of MyeongDong. The restaurant was reasonably sized, neither too small nor too large. It’s worth noting that nothing in the restaurant was in English, so having our friend who suggested the restaurant with us was quite helpful.

Their menu consisted of only 7 main items and 8 variations of Jokbal (족발) dishes and set menus. Our friend ordered two Jokbal (족발) dishes and the Set Menu Buddae Jiggae (부때지개) to share among the six of us.

As usual, we were provided with multiple Banchan, such as Kimchi (김치), Gamja jorim (감자조림), garlic, Ojingeo bokkeum (오징어볶음), and 2 dipping sauces: Ssamjang and a sweet vinegar dip with baby shrimp for the Jokbal (족발).

The Jokbal (족발) was very tender, and the meat easily fell off the bone. It had a sweet, juicy flavour that was addictive.

The Buddae Jiggae (부때지개) was also excellent, consisting of Udon, instant noodles, Ddeok (떡), green onions, Spam, sausages, tofu, and baked beans. The meal itself wasn’t too spicy, so even my friends who weren’t fond of spicy food were able to enjoy it. The portions were quite large, more than we expected, so one of each dish would have sufficed. However, we still finished everything because the meal was very moreish.

Most of the customers were locals; I didn’t see any foreigners with us at that time. It was a hidden gem of a restaurant and one of the best we’ve been to so far. That being said, we’d only been in Korea for a day, and our expectations were already high.

명동부때지개 (MyeongDong Buddae Jiggae)
Address: 54-7, Myeong-dong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 752 6800


2 Responses

  1. suituapui says:

    The Jokbal looks like to die for! Yumsss!!!

  2. Hannah says:

    What a find! I’d go for the banchan alone.

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