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.

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!

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

Dinner @ Jinmi Sikdang 진미식당 (Seoul, Korea)

February 11, 2019 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

The one dish one must have in Korea (in my opinion) is definitely raw crab marinated in soy sauce. You see, I tried the dish in Singapore but it was just bad; There was a strong fishy smell. And it was also from that bad experience that I realised the dish should be enjoyed at restaurants with high ingredient crab turnover to ensure its freshness. But having said that, not everyone may know how to appreciate the dish. So I was thankful when my (ex-)crossfitters were up for it.

Unlike the other restaurants which we went (during our trip) because of the Korean food show ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’, we went to Jinmi Sikdang because it came out top in my Google search. Keke. And I must say we were lucky to secure our reservation for 4 just 2 hours prior to our visit.

Featured on Michelin Guide Korea, blue swimmer crabs from Seosan area are prepared daily with the restaurant’s special soy sauce marinade recipe. And one shouldn’t drop by too late because they only prepare just enough crabs for daily consumption.

My (ex-)crossfitters and I had a day trip earlier in the day, so it was nice to have our local guide drop us off at the restaurant since we read it could be tricky to locate the restaurant. And for first-timers, the shop is identifiable with the words 真味. Short for 真味食堂.

Upon seated, we commenced our dinner with:-


1) Banchan, Complimentary (above) – Side dishes. I really liked how generous they were. Just when our side dishes were finishing, the staff would automatically come by and give us more. I couldn’t stop enjoying the 2 types of seaweed offered.


2) 간장게장, ‎‎₩38,000 per person (above) – Raw crab marinated in soy sauce (ganjang gaejang). Such a glorious sight! We were served 1 plump crab per person, and it was so good. From the smooth meat’s texture to how well the marinade brought out the crab’s sweetness. I enjoyed the dish in whatever ways I possibly could; Meat alone, meat with the various side dishes, and not forgetting… Rice mixed with crab roe and paired with seaweed. It’s indeed a ‘rice thief’ dish!

3) 누룽지탕, Complimentary (above) – Scorched rice soup (nurungji tang). As we neared the end of our dinner, the staff came up with a pot of scorched rice soup. And it’s interesting how the dish wrapped up our meal nicely. Its bland taste provided a nice contrast to the strong flavours from the crabs. And the soup warmed our stomach up, after finishing our cold dish of soy sauce marinated raw crab. This dish sent the message to our stomachs that it’s the end of our meal. Haha.

This would be my third time having raw crab marinated in soy sauce in Korea, and I have to say Jinmi Sikdang does it very well! I still think about it even though it has been 1.5 years since our meal. I strongly recommend Jinmi Sikdang.

186-6 Mapo-daero, Gongdeok-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울 마포구 마포대로 186-6)
+82 02 3211 4468, Website, Naver
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sat : 12:00 – 14:30 (L.O.)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sat : 17:00 – 20:00 (L.O.)
Value: 8
Service: 7
* Closed on Sun