In my opinion, this is Seoul's best Dakdoritang (spicy chicken soup) restaurant. Honestly, I don't believe in restaurants shown on television, but this one is amazing.
It can be found within Bukchangdong's food alley.
Poongnyeon Dakdoritang is located in this narrow alley.
Formerly located in Seosomun-dong, I frequently dined there and continue to do so at its new location here. Established in 1975, that makes 50 years in business.
In the warmer months, the store's front tables are set up outside.
I can't sit down in the winter because of the cold, but I'm looking forward to the return of the outdoor terrace dining once the temperature rises.
As I work nearby, I went there around 6 pm, but there were already a lot of people. I was lucky enough to find a table to sit at, but by 18:30, they were all taken.
It's a restaurant that exclusively offers Dakdoritang. It comes in three sizes, and that's the only option. We shared a small-sized Dakdoritang with a bottle of Soju.
As it is open during lunch hours, I frequently eat lunch here. It's a great option for workers with limited time for lunch because everything comes out fully prepared.
Next to it was a kitchen where people were busily cooking Dakdoritang.
Dakdoritang (small) 30,000 won
Today's soup was especially tasty. Since the chicken came out fully cooked, we can skip the lengthy cooking process and get right in. Excellent for impatient people like me.
Kkadugi (radish kimchi)
The kkakdugi was fantastic, by the way. The flavor of kkakdugi was unique and refreshing compared to other restaurants. Kkakdugi appears to originate from the southern Korean province of Gyeongsang-do. A perfect complement to Dakdoritang.
Like me, the person at the next table appeared to place their order before the rest of the group arrived. One simple waiting strategy is to have the person in your group who can go first come and take a seat.
Only glancing at the photographs makes your mouth water, but once you take a bite, you will be blown away by the flavor. Dakdoritang has a mildly spicy broth and the combination with soju is superb.
You'll want Soju as soon as you take that first spoonful of soup.
"A bottle of soju, here, please"
We were both full after eating this meal because the portion of chicken was fairly huge.
Chicken drumsticks are my favorite. Even the potatoes tasted great.
The meat on the chicken drumsticks was so tender that it almost melted in my mouth. Soju pairs well with well-seasoned meats and broths.
The flavor of the Dakdoritang makes me want to drink and drink. Cheers… Cheers… The toasts just kept on coming.
Even though I'm not a big potato fan, the potatoes served here really complement the soup.
We asked for more of that tasty kkakdugi.
The soup reduces and disappears gradually as you eat it. Ask the staff for more broth and he'll bring it right over.
Adding extra broth
In other eateries, the flavor changes when you refill the broth, but here, for some reason, the flavor remains rich and satisfying even after you've done so.
After eating them all, we considered whether or not to get more fried rice, but were already too stuffed to do so.
There were still a lot of diners inside, and even more people waiting outside. If you're craving Dakdoritang, this is one of the best places to get it in all of Seoul.
Address : 17-5 Sejong-daero 14-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-755-5278
Operation Hours : Monday-Friday : 11:00-23:00 (break time : 14:00-16:00)
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Writer : banniyy
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Updated : Mar 24, 2023
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