Lunch @ 진미통닭 Jin Mi Tongdak (Suwon, Korea)

March 13, 2019 in Korean

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