Today I'd like to write about my experience at the popular Apgujeong-dong restaurant Sinmi Sikdang, which I visited on a recent business trip to Seoul.
Since Seong Si-kyung (a famous Korean singer) featured Sinmi Restaurant on his YouTube channel, it has gained a large following. I also visited on the recommendation of a friend, since Seong Si-kyung's recommendation, the number of people visiting Sinmi Sikdang has increased a lot.
Across the street from the Apgujeong-dong Hyundai Apartment is where you'll find Sinmi Sikdang.
Sinmi Sikdang looked and felt a little run down, both inside and out. The restaurant has a kind of historical vibe of a long-established eatery.
Thankfully, we didn't have to wait in line at all. There is, as I mentioned before, always a wait after the introduction of Seong Si-kyung.
Since we had read that both Samgyeopsal and Gamjatang are tasty, we ordered both. We decided to start with Gamjatang after considering between two menus.
There was Kkakdugi (radish kimchi), Jjang-ajji (pickled garlic), Yeoul-mu kimchi, and as a side. The Jjang-ajji (pickled garlic) was too delicious to me, I'll tell you more about it later.
Gamjatang 45,000 won
The meat was extremely tender, as Seong Si-kyung commented on YouTube. It came in huge portions, was plenty big, and had a tremendous flavor.
I like the harmony between the rich flavor of the Gamjatang soup and the fresh aroma of the perilla leaves.
Do you agree that the meat in the picture above looks tender? The tenderness was unlike anything offered in chain Gamjatang eateries. If you want dipping sauce with your meat, you'll have to ask the staff for it.
As I was saying before, the pickled garlic at this house is fantastic. It was delicious with both the Gamjatang meat and the Samgyeopsal that I'll describe later.
We finished off some of the Gamjatang and then ordered Samgyeopsal, so the staff brought the rest of the Gamjatang back to the kitchen to reheat in a pot.
It was like being served a new small bowl of Gamjatang.
Samgyeopsal 16,000 won / 200g
The raw meat appeared to be extremely fresh. Reasonably fatty and it looked good. (On YouTube, Seong Si-kyung also went to eat Gamjatang, but he requested stir-fried pork after seeing the owner prepare raw meat.)
The big pot's cover was the barbecue grill. Grilling food on top of a pot cover is one of my favorite ways to eat barbecue.
Samgyeopsal I ordered came with a side of over-fermented kimchi, which had been grilled alongside the pork. Samgyepsal isn't complete without some grilled kimchi on the side.
I thought the Samgyeopsal tasted fine, but I preferred the Gamjatang. Maybe it was because I ate Gamjatang first to satisfy my hunger and then Samgyeopsal when I was already somewhat full.
I missed my kids and husband while eating excellent food in Seoul on my own. I should come back with our family next time because Gamjatang is one of my husband's favorite dishes.
Address : 214 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-516-4900
Operation Hours : Sunday-Friday: 11:00 - 22:00 (Break time 15:00 - 17:00, Saturday closed)
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Writer : bboms0108
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