We were considering between a Kalguksu (Korean noodle) restaurant and Mugyo-dong Bugeo-guk (dried pollack soup) in Euljiro but ultimately decided to go to the Bugeo-guk place so that my husband could experience something he hadn't before.
Even on weekend mornings, lots of diners wait in line to recover from their hangover with this soup. I also visited to recover from my hangover from last night.
There's no need to worry about the quality of the food here because it has been served food at the same location for over 50 years.
Reviews indicate that there is a wait even on weekends at 7 a.m when it opens., and also an incredibly long queue during the lunch hour on weekdays.
We visited on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and there were three other groups ahead of us in line.
You can also order food to go. They pour the soup into plastic containers, let it cool somewhat, and then seal them.
Soup appears to be boiled in a huge pot like this and then served in individual bowls when orders come in.
To enter, you must have all members of your group present.
My husband and I ordered 2 bowls of Bugeo-guk. Due to the restaurant's single menu, orders are placed automatically based on the number of diners.
There were containers of side dishes at the table, so feel free to put as much as you like onto the given plate.
Seasoned chives and Kimchi are on the table.
Bugeo-guk 9,500 won
Food comes out quickly.
If you like salted shrimp, add some to your soup (I plan to do this once I finish eating half).
I overheard at the table next to me that if you ask for more of anything, they will serve it to you. I don't normally eat much, so I didn't feel the need to request more.
It was mentioned that Hanwoo (Korean beef) bone broth is used specifically for the soup.
I can tell the broth is unique and it makes sense why there's always a wait for the food. Beef bone broth with dried pollack fish and tofu; it was totally to my liking
3 Side dishes
Cucumber pickle has a mild sweetness and pairs well with the soup. However, for me, kimchi was the best.
At 11:30 a.m., the line of customers waiting outside was already quite long. Everything was great, but the mul-kimchi was particularly tasty.
Even though I was there to get rid of my hangover, I almost ordered a bottle of Soju.
Mugyo-dong Bugeo-guk as the Seoul future Heritage? Yes, I absolutely agree.
Address : 38 Eulji-ro 1-gil, Mugyo-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-777-3891
Operation Hours : Monday-Friday : 07:00-20:00 , Saturday-Sunday : 07:00-15:00)
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Writer : gimtansan
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