Cheonggiwa Town (Euljiro)
When I was in Myeong-dong with some pals, we stopped here at Cheonggiwa Town (Euljiro). It's a chain of Korean barbecue restaurants with locations all across Seoul.
It's just a minute's walk from Euljiro 1-ga Station exit 5 (Line 2). The use of bright colors to form the characters makes for a striking visual.
Once entering, you'll be transported to a Korean restaurant in the 1990s Korean town of Los Angeles. At the front, you'll find a wide selection of reasonably priced wines that pair well with beef.
A private room is available with advanced reservation.
Bags, coats, and other items of luggage can be stored in your locker. If you go to Cheonggiwa Town at peak hours, you will have to wait in line.
Meat is more reasonably priced if you visit during lunch.
We ordered Yukhoe (raw beef) and two LA Galbi (seasoned ribs) Jungsik and two Suwon Wang Galbi (big-size seasoned ribs). In addition to the already low prices, the lunch menu includes Stew and Naengmyeon (cold noodles).
Corn salad, Mugeunji (fermented kimchi), Gejang (seasoned crab), Mu-saengchae (radish), special sauce, perilla leaf pesto, potato pickles, and more!
The crab in the side dish known as Gejang (seasoned crab) was both sweet and spicy.
Yukhoe 28,000 won
Our Yukhoe came with a layer of avocado at the bottom and a sprinkling of truffle mushrooms atop the raw beef.
The truffle mushrooms complement the sweet and savory flavors brought out by the combination of avocado, crisp pear, and raw beef.
Suwon Wang Galbi 27,000 won
Kindly, the staff grilled for us while we sat back and watched the meat sizzle to perfection. The flesh is cut off the big ribs, grilled till it gets nice golden brown, and then served in little pieces.
The trick is to cook it quickly and to a golden brown without burning the seasoning.
Even without the sauce, Suwon Wang Galbi is wonderful, but the taste is magnified and you can taste the rich charcoal flavor when you dip in the sauce.
With some pesto made from perilla leaves.
It pairs nicely with these Mu-saengchae (radish), too.
Mugeunji (fermented kimchi) is great when topped with beef, potato pickles, and wasabi.
I love this Dongchimi because it has a tangy and refreshing flavor that makes me feel less oily after eating Galbi.
The staff is removing the remaining meat from the ribs.
Peeling off the meat that had been attached to the bone and grilling it is another delicious option.
LA Galbi Jungsik (Lunch) 25,000 won
It looks delicious and different from the LA galbi I used to buy at Costco.
Perfectly grilled LA galbi
It is delicious when dipped in the sauce
And also good when paired with wasabi and perilla leaf pesto sauce.
Bibim naengmyeon (spicy cold noodles)
This is the bibim naengmyeon that was included. Spicy, sweet, and sour red seasoning blends perfectly with cold noodles.
Mul naengmyeon (cold noodles)
Let's go to Cheonggiwa Town for some of their excellent Suwon ribs and seasoned ribs and experience what it was like to eat barbecue at a restaurant in Koreatown, Los Angeles, in the 1990s.
Address : 54 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-507-1395-9970
Operation Hours : Monday-Sunday : 11:30 - 22:00 (Last order 21:15)
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