We went to Mi Galmaegisal BBQ, which is on the famous Galmaegisal (special pork cut - skirt meat) Alley in the Jongno district (city center).
Perhaps because it was a Saturday night, there were a lot of people.
The restaurant was quite busy, so there was a slight wait; nonetheless, we were fortunate enough to enter after only fifteen minutes of waiting.
If the main location becomes very busy, they will direct customers to the other. Right adjacent to the first store is where you'll find the second one.
While we missed out on eating it at the original main location, we loved being able to dine outdoors nevertheless.
Our table was already prepared with the side dishes and the charcoal fire. As always, Korea is super fast, haha.
Its accompanying Perilla seed powder and Soybean powder make a delicious dip for the Galmaegisal (special pork cut -skirt).
Fresh veggies to make a Ssam (Korean-style wrap with BBQ)
Kimchi bean sprouts soup was absolutely delicious to me.
This past week I'd been trying not to drink, but as soon as I got here, I really wanted to. Even before the meat was served, we raised our glasses in a toast. Outside is always a better place to drink.
We ordered Hangjungsal, Galmaegisal, and Gabrisal!
Gaburisal (Pork kaburi) 19,000 won / Hangjungsal (Pork Jowl) 19,000 won
Due to the high volume of customers, our meat was slightly delayed. The meat appeared to be of excellent quality, however, we had to grill it ourselves.
Instead of turning the meat over several times, it was suggested that we grill one side completely and flip it over once. Each meat order came with a substantial portion of mushrooms, which was a nice touch.
The serving of Galmaegisal in such a big chunk, rather than in slices, was a bit of a surprise to me.
The sight of the grilled pork turning a beautiful golden brown over a briquette fire made me crave Soju (Korean liquor).
The grilling time was longer than normal, but I didn't mind because it had been a long since I had dined in such a gorgeous outdoor setting.
The first cut I tried was Galmaegisal. I believe the meat tasted even better since it was cooked over a briquette fire.
Galmaegisal pork can sometimes have a musty smell, but this BBQ was really delicious—chewy, flavorful, and odorless.
The meat came out in chunks, which made me a little worried that it might be too tough. However, surprisingly, the meat was incredibly tender.
Galmaegisal (Pork skirt cut) 17,000 won
While both the Gaburisal and the Hangjungsal were tasty, my favorite was the Galmaegisal.
I could see why it has maintained its reputation as a popular barbecue eatery for so long. The overall good quality of the meat made it feel that way, I think.
We ordered two more Galmaegisals because we loved them so much.
They also brought us complimentary Gyeranjjim (steamed eggs) to go with the meat.
I didn't anticipate much friendliness because the store was quite crowded. But, we were able to eat without much hassle because the staff carefully responded to all of our needs.
Mi Galmaegisal was a well-known eatery in the Jongno district where the energetic youth of the area mixed with the airy atmosphere of an antique restaurant. There is usually a line at this restaurant on weekends and weeknights, but I recommend it nevertheless.
Address : 7 Donhwamun-ro 11ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-3672-0081
Operation Hours : Monday-Sunday : 15:00 - 22:30 (1st&3rd Sunday closed)
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