김밥천국 Kimbap Cheonguk
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- 김밥천국 Kimbap CheongukMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure TravelersFirst to ReviewFeb 27, 2014
A chain of eateries so common that you can often see one whilst standing in the doorway of another, Kimbap Cheonguk (look for the orange sign reading '김밥천국') is delicious, dirt cheap, and probably the single best introduction to Korean food that you can find in Seoul. You'll never spend more than 5000W for a meal, but the menu is packed with favorites like kimchi jjigae (a kimchi and pork stew), kimbap (rice and goodies rolled up in dried seaweed), and donkasu (fried pork cutlet). Kimbap Cheonguk (the name means 'kimbap heaven') is everywhere, and you haven't really been to Seoul until you've eaten in one. Be forewarned, however, that not all outlets will have an English menu. For first-timers, an outlet like that near Anguk station's tourist environs is best.Recommended for:
- 김밥천국 Kimbap CheongukMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesVegetarianJul 05, 2012
These ubiquitous Korean restaurants are not only a great value, but also a great place for a vegetarian to get a full meal (not an easy feat in a country obsessed with pork and beef). Strict vegetarians should keep in mind, however, that even a seemingly vegetarian stew or soup most likely uses a fish stock as its base. If you can look past that, here are my vegetarian recommendations:
1. Sun Dubu: tofu and egg in a spicy red stew
2. Mool Naeng Myun: cold soba noodles, hard-boiled egg and vegetables in an iced broth...perfect for summer!
3. Kongguksu: cold noodles and shredded cucumber in a thick, creamy, iced broth made of white bean
4. Dweng-jong jiggae: Hot stew made of bean curd base, with tofu, vegetables and sometimes small clams (not as spicy as sun dubu)
5. Kimchi jiggae: Hot stew in spicy red broth with pickled cabbage (some places automatically put pork in this stew, but you can ask for it without)
**All of these meals come with white rice, kimchi and banchan (vegetable side dishes), and cost under 5,000 won (about $4-5 US)Recommended for:
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