Gaemijib Gwangalli – 개미집 광안리점 (Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea)

Gaemijib Gwangalli (개미집 광안리점) was a restaurant recommended to me by my high school friend and her brother when we decided to visit Busan they took us to this restaurant, and we arrived quite early. The restaurant was still closed, but the staff inside kindly let us in despite it being outside of their regular operating hours. The restaurant is located within walking distance from Gwangalli Beach (광안리 해수욕장) but is tucked away in a small intersection behind the main road.

The majority of the menu offered various octopus dishes, indicating that this was their speciality. We ordered two sets of 낙곱새볶음, which translates to Octopus Tripe Shrimp Stew. We were provided with an overwhelming array of side dishes, including seaweed, stir-fried anchovies (멸치볶음), garlic chives kimchi (부추김치), mung beans, and a cold, slightly spicy, and sweet side soup with radish. These side dishes were not the usual ones we’d find in other Korean restaurants, but it was quite interesting to see the contrast from Seoul restaurants.

Despite being named Octopus Tripe Shrimp Stew (낙곱새볶음), the dish didn’t contain any shrimp. Instead, it had rice cakes (떡), octopus, tripe, and a generous amount of chives, all served in a stone pot and cooked on a stove at our table. We were also given rice on the side, which my friend instructed us to mix in, creating a dish similar to bibimbap but with seafood. It was a hearty, savoury, and delicious meal.

The Gochugang (고추장) was already mixed into the dish, so we couldn’t adjust the spice level, but it was at a tolerable amount and not too overpowering. My friend gave us a suggestion to add in the side dish seaweed (김) into our bowls to help with the spice. One serving was sufficient for at least five people, but in our case, we shared one serving among three people, which was quite a generous portion.

The restaurant appeared to get terribly busy during peak hours, given the number of tables and staff. This made sense because the dish itself was simple yet still very flavourful. They were also generous with the variety of side dishes they provided.

개미집 광안리점 (Gaemijib Gwangalli)
Address: 9 Gwangnam-ro 130beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea
Phone: +82 51 758 7172

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2 Responses

  1. Hannah says:

    What unique dishes, definitely not the standard sort you’d find in American Korean restaurants, too. I love your adventurous spirit to try everything!

  2. I had no idea there were so many different ways to prepare octopus! Some of the best restaurants are the ones that are tucked away off the beaten path.

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