Today, we'll take a look at Guldari Sikdang, a popular eatery not far from the Gongdeok subway station.
This eatery is well-known for its Kimchi-jjigae (stew), Jeyuk-bokkeum (stir-fried pork), and Gyeranmari (egg roll). There were no excuses not to go, as the restaurant offers three menus consisting of Korean comfort foods.
Guldari Sikdang is the name of the eatery, although "Specialized in Kimchi-jjigae" is much more prominent on the sign.
Guldari was written a little towards the bottom of the sign, which I only noticed as I got closer. The outside looks and feels quite vintage.
The eatery's atmosphere is more retro and cool upon entering, with its cherry-colored decor.
As previously stated, you can choose between Kimchi-jjigae (stew), Jeyuk-bokkeum (stir-fried pork), or Gyeranmari (egg roll).
As soon as we took a seat, the owner asked, "Every single one?" and then disappeared without waiting for a response. It seems very typical here to order one of everything on the menu.
Due to the limited selection of just three menu items, our food arrived promptly. When you take a seat and set your cutlery, your main and side dishes will arrive at the same time.
Jeyuk-bokkeum 12,000 won
It's not the typical lean pork; rather, it's pork neck meat prepared in a unique thick cut.
It had an appetizing appearance, and the flavor was excellent as well.
Kimchi-jjigae 9,000 won
The taste wasn't something special, but the thick, juicy meat inside made for a satisfying mouthfeel. The meat wasn't as tough as I expected it to be.
It looked like my grandmother's Kimchi-jjigae, which I ate whenever I visited her in the countryside.
From the color, it seemed like Mugeunji (long-time fermented kimchi) was used.
The soup had a sour flavor and was well-seasoned. Unfortunately, it was disappointing because it did not remain hot in the standard silver pot.
Gyeranmari 10,000 won
The egg rolls were quite sizable.
The texture was excellent. I don't like mushy, watery egg rolls, but this one was quite substantial and satisfying.
Each table has a container of seaweed. This restaurant appears to have a thorough understanding of what we desire, from egg rolls to seaweed.
We finished all three of our menu selections. None of the three menus at Guldari Restaurant were especially amazing, but they were all true to the originals in terms of flavor. This flavor is probably what comes to everyone’s mind when you think of Kimchi-jjigae, Jeyuk-bokkeum, or Gyeranmari.
But, keeping that flavor consistent over time is difficult and this appears to be the key to Guldari Restaurant's success.
Address : 8-1 Saechang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-712-0066
Operation Hours : Monday-Sunday : 08:00 - 22:00
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Writer : kimzmo0413
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