Since its opening in 1985, Eunjujeong (Onjujeong) has been a go-to for delicious Kimchi-jjigae (stew). This eatery was featured on a popular TV show when I first started blogging eight years ago. There was a lot of meat in it back then, and I was interested to see how it would taste now.
On a weekday after lunch, when I stopped by, many diners were still at their tables. Up until late lunch, it's crammed with people working in nearby Bangsan Market. Popularity doesn’t shift quickly.
There is only the Kimchi-jjigae available for Lunch, and for Dinner; there is the Samgyeopsal (Korean pork belly barbecue) and the Kimchi-jjigae. The Kimchi- jjigae wrapped in Ssam (vegetable) at Eunjujeong is the specialty, and the restaurant always serves up crisp, fresh Ssam vegetables.
Rice and banchan (side dish) are served together. Vegetables used in Ssam are served up crisp and fresh. Since the Kimchi-jjigae is the main dish, I doubt I'll not eat much of the side dishes.
Kimchi-jjigae 11,000 won
Kimchi-jjigae requires additional boiling time at the table. The rich flavor can be toned down with a quick boil, so that's something to keep in mind.
Kimchi-jjigae at Eunjujeong has so much meat in it that it can be wrapped with Ssam (vegetable). The pork is fresh and tasty with no unpleasant smell when you take a mouthful, and even the fat is chewy.
The meat is completely submerged in the broth, and the consistency of the soup thickens. The broth and meat are tasty and go wonderfully with the rice, but the kimchi falls a little short which is the biggest letdown for me at Eunjujeong.
Even though it has been a while since I last ate at this restaurant (my first visit was in 2015), I still fondly recall that Eunjujeong's Kimchi-jjigae was amazing.
It's convenient to get to, as it's just next to Euljiro 4-ga Station, and it's right across the street from Gwangjang Market.
More and more trendy eateries have opened up in Euljiro as the area has become increasingly popular. Although I enjoy such types of eateries, I think it would be interesting to explore some of the more classic and historic ones.
The Kimchi-jjigae here is plentiful, and the restaurant is great overall. Highly recommended as one of Seoul's more well-known eateries.
Address : 32 Changgyeonggung-ro 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-2265-4669
Operation Hours : Monday-Saturday : 10:30 - 22:00 (Sunday closed)
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Writer : osb524
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