Dinner @ Jungsik 정식당 (Seoul, Korea)

October 28, 2020 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

My trips to Korea were mainly visiting family-owned restaurants. I follow a few Korean food shows, and would hunt down the restaurants that appear on the shows. Uh huh, hunt. But when Michelin Guide Seoul was (first) launched in November 2016, it got me curious. It made me want to check out the fine dining scene in Korea. And I was lucky that one of my (ex-)crossfitters (from my Korea trip 2017) was keen too. And thus, we went to Jungsik and La Yeon.

Reservation at Jungsik was made through email with 1.5 months advanced notice. Dinner almost failed to materialise because Jungsik was closed for private event on our 2 preferred dates. But after adjusting our itinerary, we secured our reservation by returning a completed reservation form which included a credit card guarantee.

Jungsik was a short 5 minutes walk from Apgujeong Rodeo metro station. We were greeted by a receptionist who led us to our table at level 2. And with 2 options on the dinner menu, we each ordered the 5-courses, ₩120,000:-

1) Welcome drink, Complimentary (above) – With grapefruit jelly, the staff told us to drink it just like how we would down a shot. Keke.


2) Welcome dish, Complimentary (above) – Introduced as banchan (side dishes), we were told this was Jungsik’s style. And we were served scallop, truffle capellini, snapper with kimchi (to be eaten as a wrap), smoked salmon in a cone, rice ball with oyster, and fried burdock.

3) Appetiser with options of:


  

(A) Gujeolpan ver. 3 (for 2) (above) – Raw tuna. The ‘+2’ on the menu meant the dish was for 2. And so, my friend and I had to choose the same dish for our choice of appetiser. The staff explained gujeolpan meant ‘9 types of food’, and the 9 on our dish being sour cream, sprouts, seaweed, yam, wasabi, kimchi, minced tomato, jelly and tuna. I wouldn’t recommend stacking a bit of everything onto the piece of crispy seaweed. I tried and ended up dirtying the floor when I tried putting my tall ensemble into my mouth. Sob.

(B) Octopus (+ ‎₩10,000 supplement) (above) – Gochujang aioli. So glad my friend was a glutton like me. We decided to order the octopus dish although we had exhausted our appetiser option with the Gujeolpan ver. 3 (item #3A). And as an add-on, this a-la carte order cost us ₩25,000.

4) Rice with options of:


(A) Sea urchin (+ ‎₩10,000 supplement) (above) – Fried millet. We were told to mix the black rice, fried millet, puffed rice and sea urchin together. I liked the crunchy bits within. Just like scorched rice if I ain’t wrong. So good.

(B) Grilled rice (above) – Barley, duck. I really enjoyed this dish. Could taste the strong smoky aroma.

5) Sea with options of:

(A) Ok dom (+ ‎₩10,000 supplement) (above) – Namul. And was told that the red snapper was Jungsik’s signature from Jeju island. Served with vegetables and rice cake.

(B) Black cod (+ ‎₩10,000 supplement) (above) – Classic, dried radish. Cooked by pouring hot water over slowly to keep it tender inside, and placed on a base of acorn jelly and assortment of vegetables which included cucumber and onion.

6) Land with options of:-

(A) Tenderloin (+ ‎₩20,000 supplement) (above) – Deodeok.

(B) Duck 2017 (above) – Aging, brocolini.

7) Pre-dessert (above) – Palate cleanser. Jungsik’s take on Korea’s cinnamon tea. With pear, ginger pudding and cinnamon juice.

8) Sweet with options of:-

(A) Dolhareubang (above) – Green tea mousse. Dolhareubang, the large rock statues symbolic to Jeju Island. Served alongside milk ice cream.

(B) Cheongdam pie (above) – Apple pie. With apricot jam and jasmine ice cream.

(C) Rose of versailles (above) – Blueberry cremeux. Again, another dessert which we ordered as an add-on for ‎₩20,000. Blueberry (used to make the rose), lychee ice cream, rose meringue cookie (as the crown), and blueberry cheese cake.



  

9) Tea/Coffee – And after our meal, we were given the option to go with tea (peppermint, chamomile, mugwort and buckwheat) or coffee. I usually would go with coffee, but decided to try the tea instead.

10) Petit fours – Black sesame biscuit, chocolate cube, and earl grey choux.

My friend and I enjoyed our dinner thoroughly. Got to thank the staff who was attending to our table. My friend and I were trying to take notes of the ingredients and made him repeat himself a few times. But he was so nice and patient. Thumbs up! Could definitely see why Jungsik was awarded 1 Michelin star. Food, tick. Service, tick. Ambience, tick. And as a bonus, my friend and I even got to see a Korean actor!

I definitely recommend Jungsik for upscaled Korean cuisine.

JUNGSIK 정식당
서울 강남구 선릉로158길 11
+82 2 517 4654, Website, Naver
Overall: 8
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 17:30 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 8
Service: 8

Lunch @ 진미통닭 Jin Mi Tongdak (Suwon, Korea)

March 13, 2019 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

As mentioned in my previous post, my (ex-)crossfitters and I took a day trip to Suwon from Seoul. And for lunch, we headed up to Jin Mi Tongdak as seen in episode 36 of ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’.

Located in Suwon’s chicken alley, the restaurant was easily identifiable by its huge logo. And arriving during lunch hour, the tables on the ground floor were fully occupied. It’s also on the ground floor that the kitchen was at. One could catch glimpses of the frying action since windows separated the kitchen from the dining area.

The staff pointed us to the staircase where there were more tables at second storey. And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Side dishes, Complimentary (above)

2) 반반 (후라이드 + 양념), ₩16,000):


(A) Fried chicken (half) (above) – Fried in traditional cast iron pot (gamasot), these were finger-licking good! The batter was crispy, and the meat (within) was juicy. And what’s unique at Jin Mi Tongdak was that fried chicken gizzard was given too. A must try!

(B) Spicy chicken (half) (above) – Coated with a sweet yet slightly spicy sauce, the spicy chicken was good too. Although if we had to choose, our votes went to the original.

3) 후라이드, ‎₩15,000 (above) – Fried chicken. After trying the half-half, we wanted more and unanimously went with full portion of the original. Every table was also given a bottle of the ‘spicy chicken’ sauce. So we figured we can have the best of both worlds by ordering the original-flavoured chicken and also enjoy it as ‘spicy chicken’ with the sauce provided on the table.

4) Draft beer (above)

Said to be the original and number 1 fried chicken restaurant in Suwon, Jin Mei Tongdak is highly recommended. I am craving for their fried chicken as I pen my thoughts of this place. I wonder if they do delivery to Seoul… I would definitely order if they do, since I doubt I would be making any day trip to Suwon when I am next back to Korea.

JIN MI TONGDAK 진미통닭
117-1 Namsu-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기 수원시 팔달구 정조로800번길 21. [지번] 남수동 117-1
+82 31 255 3401, Naver
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Sun : 12:00 – 00:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 8
Service: 7
* Closed on Mon

Dinner @ 365붉은대게공판장 (Sokcho, Korea)

March 10, 2019 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

Besides heading to Suwon, the other day trip my (ex-)crossfitters and I went from Seoul was to Sokcho.

  

If one had been following my ‘Korea trip 2017’ food posts, one would have already guessed it’s through the Korean food show ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’ that I got to learn about the restaurant 365붉은대게공판장. Feature in episode 84, the restaurant sold 2 types of crab; Bakdal snow crab and red snow crab.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Side dishes, Complimentary (above)


  

2) 홍게찜 (2마리부터), 싯가 (above) – With a minimum order of 2, we ordered 3 steamed red crabs since there were 4 of us. We were charged ‎₩90,000 for the 3 crabs. And eating these was such a breeze. The skilled staff would do the necessary preparation works such that we required no utensils at all. Like the crab legs, the meat slid out easily just by pushing the tip into the shell.


3) 밥, Complimentary (above) – And with every order of the crab, one could get a complimentary fried rice. Now… The restaurant didn’t present us with the fried rice automatically as seen on the Korean food show ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’. But since I watched the show and vaguely remembered Mr Baek enjoying the fried rice, we enquired about it. And that’s when the staff asked us for the quantity. Having forgotten that it was complimentary since I watched the episode months before our actual trip, we ordered 2 instead of 3. A real pity cause the fried rice was so good! A must try.


  

4) 홍게라면, ‎₩15,000 (above) – Crab ramyeon.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at 365붉은대게공판장. I would definitely recommend one to come for their crabs if one is in Sokcho. Just remember one should be ordering their red crabs!

365붉은대게공판장
1341-1 Cheongho-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
강원 속초시 설악금강대교로 11. [지번] 청호동 1341-1
+82 33 636 1125, Naver
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 22:30
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 7