I’m going to make a point of getting some restaurant reviews posted up here every so often, for the sake of both visitors and locals. That said, my first pick to review is already a bit hit with the local crowd: Sangalae (선갈래) dakgalbi (닭갈비) restaurant. Sangalae is smack in the heart of Seonggeondong (성건동), the playground of local Uni. students. Thanks to it’s great food and low prices, it’s always packed. I hit up Sangalae yet again this last Wednesday with a couple of guy friends (purely for research purposes of course) and it didn’t fail to please.
If you ain’t had dakgalbi (닭갈비) before, it’s beautiful. Imagine a huge pile of cabbage, sweet potato, spring onions, chicken, deok (떡) or Korean rice cake and gochujang (고추장) or chili pepper paste, all fried up on a grill in the middle of your table. I’ve had it a few other places and, believe me, it’s never quite as good as Sangalae. Must be something in the sauce. And if you’re somehow still hungry after dakgalbi, ask for a couple of orders of cheese bokeumbap (볶음밥) or fried rice.
UPDATE (02-07-10): Sangalae changed venues about a month ago . Luckily it’s just a 5 minute walk from their old place and it’s 3 times the size, so you’ll never have to wait for a table.
To get to there from Dongdaesagori (둥대 사구리) Intersection in Seonggeondong (선건둥), go south on the main drag towards downtown and the bus stations for about three blocks. Take aright at your first light at the gas station. Go about six seven blocks towards the river, past the batting cage and GS-25, and it’s on your left, just past a Samgyeopsal joint.
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