Last weekend, I visited Jamsugyojip (No.5) in Apgujeong-dong, and I enjoyed it so much that I recently went back to another Jamsugyojip, one in Seongsu-dong which is close to where I live.
Even though it's already famous as a Naengsam (frozen Samgyeopsal) restaurant, I decided to write a review after eating there for two weeks in a row and being completely happy both times.
There is always a wait at the famed Naengsam (frozen Samgyeopsal) restaurant.
Although I am familiar with the Jamsugyojip restaurant, this is my first time visiting the Seongsu location after having previously visited at Apgujeong (No.5) location last week.
I got there at approximately 4:40 on a Saturday afternoon, but the store was packed and there was a queue out the door, so I had to wait about twenty minutes.
Simply add your name to the queue and wait for your turn. You should wait in a chair outside the business because you can be skipped if you aren't there when the staff calls your name.
It is recommended to call ahead and make a reservation if you plan on visiting with a group larger than four persons.
Opens until 5 a.m.
It's not easy to find a Korean Barbecue restaurant that opens until 5 a.m. without a break. You can get Samgyeopsal there if you are hungry late at night. I need to go out for some nighttime Samgyeopsal soon!
Although Jamsugyojip Seongsu was relatively large, the tables were surprisingly close together and partitioned only by screens. There are a lot of people, so long stays may be challenging for those who prefer quiet environments.
It is said that Jamsugyojip only uses pork produced in Korea, specifically premium raw pork belly. If the meat has too much fat, let them know immediately and they will switch it out for a cut with less fat.
Two servings of Naengsam (frozen Samgyeopsal), Cheonggukjang (fermented soybean stew), two servings of Fried rice, and an extra order of Naengsam (frozen Samgyeopsal) were ordered for the two of us.
The Jamsugyojip Seongsu location also had a highball promotion. A single cup will cost you 8,000 won, while a four-cup order will set you back 24,000 won.
Try one out if you're into highballs.
Banchan (side dish)
Complementary side dishes (Banchan) that are served with Samgyeopsal. It has all the tasty accompaniments you need for Samgyeopsal.
When grilled, the egg rolls in the center retain more softness. I had it as is the last time I visited, but after grilling it this time, it tasted much better.
The staff places all the meat on the grill, and when that's done, he returns to add the vegetables.
Meat and vegetables taste even better when grilled together. I never had Naengsam before since it seemed too thin and pricey, but now I crave it more than I do regular Samgyeopsal.
Raw egg sauce is served as a condiment; to enjoy it, simply break up the egg, pick up some Samgyeopsal and grilled scallions, and dip them in the egg, like you would with Sukiyaki. Raw egg sauce is a must for dipping!
Wrapped in lettuce with grilled white kimchi, raw egg sauce, chili peppers, and garlic, naengsam is a must-try.
Tell them you prefer paper foil for grilling and they will switch to it.
Cheonggukjang 9,000 won
The tofu and chili peppers within are plenty, and the serving size is large enough to share with a group of three to four. I preferred the Cheonggukjang I had at the Apgujeong location before, but this was still quite tasty.
We ate both servings and found that there was still something missing, so we added a third serving of Naengsam.
The combination of Naengsam, Cheonggukjang, and steamed rice was the highlight of my weekend meals.
Fried rice 5,000 won
We finished the pork and then ordered two portions of fried rice, the staff mixed the leftover vegetables with the rice and sauce and wrapped it in foil for us. Just wait patiently until the staff comes back.
He eventually returned and made a dish of fried rice shaped like a rabbit. The fried rice was delicious as well, especially with the fried eggs on top.
The Jamsugyojip (No.5) in Apgujeong-dong, which I visited just last week, looks like this. Although both locations provided a similar quality of Samgyeopsal, I found that the Cheonggukjang to be more flavorful and tasty at the Apgujeong location.
For two weeks in a row, I went to the Jamsugyojip Seongsu and Apgujeong (No.5) on the weekends. It doesn't matter if you've had samgyeopsal before or if this is your first time experiencing it; this restaurant is one that everyone will enjoy. Please consider making a trip to Jamsugyojip in the Seongsu area.
Address : 137 Achasan-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-507-1326-0434
Operation Hours : Monday-Sunday : 11:30 - 05:00 (Last order 03:30)
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Writer : yr1028
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