NOM Trip in South Korea, Part 2 – Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살), Mapo-gu, Seoul

3 cheers for BBQ meat! Yay! gNOMe 2 has never been a big fan of pork (she prefers mutton, beef and lamb more) but when it comes to Korean BBQ, pork BBQ-ed meat always win hands down.

Both gNOMes’ trip to South Korea gave them the opportunity to explore towards the Mapo-gu side, where most young adults are, thanks to Hongik University and Ewha Women’s University.

A brief ‘googling‘ returned searches for this place, particularly famous for the Palsaek Samgyeopsal. Palsaek Sampgyeopsal basically serves fresh local pork belly meat, which has been marinated intensely with 8 different flavours, namely ginger, wine, ginseng, pine leaves, herbs, curry, soybean paste and pepper paste.

Photo courtesy of Visit Korea website 😉

We arrived roughly at 2000 hours, went down (yes the shop is actually located in the basement area), and there was a multitude of people waiting, and a fanfare of people chomping down their BBQ meats. Thankfully, the queue was relatively fast, and we were seated after 15 minutes of waiting.

Every single table looks like this. Filled with greens and more greens. And a hot pot of seafood jjigae to pair with the meats.

Crabs, squid, prawns, tofu, and MORE GREENS.

The meats in its’ splendour and glory (KRW 34,000 per set). Alternatively, one may only purchase a single flavour of Samgyeopsal for KRW 9,000. From left to right : Ginseng, Wine, Pine Leaves, Garlic, Herbs, Curry, Miso Paste, Hot (Pepper) Paste. 

If you and your friends are pretty much big meat eaters, perhaps you would want to have 2 portions of these.

The waiter/waitress will be cooking the meat for you, so just sit back and relax. The atmosphere is lively, with the sound of sizzling meat, jolly and occasionally rowdy patrons after a whole night of soju. If you are looking for a quiet place to unwind and chill, no, this is not the place to be.

Meats ready, wrapped them in those greens, raw garlic and chilli paste and pop them in your mouth. Or rather, just the meats alone without the greens. Each meat carried its own unique flavor which was apparent from the first bite. The marination made for a tasty, juicy meal for the gNOMes to chow down. The gNOMes were rather impressed by the curry flavor, herbs, and miso paste.

Verdict : A nice place to strike off your must-eat list if one travels to South Korea. Come for the BBQ, leave satisfied!

How to get there :

Address :18, Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 마포구 백범로 18 (노고산동)

Directions : Get off at Sinchon Station (Subway line 2), Exit 6. Go straight along Baekbeom-ro for about 150m. You will see Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살) across the street.

Contact Number : +82-2-719-4848

Opening Hours : Daily. 1100 hours till 0000 hours.

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