금호식당 / Geumho Restaurant (Dong-Gu, Busan, South Korea)

Located within walking distance of Busan Station, Geumho Restaurant was a place that gave a traditional feel. With only limited seating and a single Halmoni (할머니) managing all the cooking and serving, it created a homely atmosphere. Since it was peak lunchtime, it was quite busy, but we were fortunate to secure a seat.

The Halmoni (할머니) couldn’t speak English, but she had an English menu hidden away, which she gave to us. Most of the dishes on the menu were reasonably priced, all under 10,000원. We ended up ordering Bibimdangmyeon (비빔당면), Mandu-guk (만둣국), and 3 Galbi-tang (갈비탕).

Bibimdangmyeon (비빔당면) originated in Busan. The portion size could be considered a good snack, and overall, it was a nice and satisfying dish. It was simple, consisting of fish cake, spinach, dried laver, radish, sesame seeds, and, of course, chewy noodles. It wasn’t too spicy, and the sesame oil added a nice flavour to the dish. I was also served some soup, which I found to be somewhat bland.

Mandu-guk (만둣국), translated to dumpling soup in English, as the name suggests, was primarily dumplings. Personally, I’m not a fan of Korean dumplings; perhaps it’s the abundance of chives and the chewy skin. The dish itself was just average, neither particularly good nor bad, but a comforting choice if you’re looking for something warm.

The Galbi-tang (갈비탕) had a small portion of meat in the dish. My friends mentioned that it was a bit tough to chew, but the flavour of the dish itself was quite hearty without being too overwhelming. As sides, we were served four dishes, including Kimchi, Radish Kimchi, green peppers with ssamjang, and a seaweed and carrot mixture.

금호식당 (Geumho Restaurant)
Address: 5 Jungang-daero 209beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan, South Korea
Phone: +82 51-467-2370

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2 Responses

  1. Sorry, Raymund, but the more I see Korean food, the less I like it. Bring some more Filipino foods!!

    • Eha Carr says:

      May I utterly and fervently disagree!!! In Australia the health and excitement and variety of Korean food methinks has overtaken all in SE Asia! I am European-born but, these days, prepare and/eat the fabulous variety a couple of times a week – FANTASTIC! It is just unfortunate your daughter does not comment back . . . I have given up responding only for that reason!! I have nought against Filipino dishes as you know but would prefer Korean for my likes a dozen times over, if only!

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