So I’ve been in Korea for a while now and honestly I’m a bit over the whole fried meat thing. One samgyeopsol (삼겹살) joint taste like another to me anymore… but then there’s Dweaji Sanyang (돼지사냥) . It’s downtown, just a stones through from the Daerungwon tombs and if you’re looking for a different experience with Korean barbeque, I suggest checking it out.
Dweaji Sanyang (돼지사냥) is ooooold school and looks probably about the same as it did 20 or 30 years ago. It’s definitely not a culinary experience for the fait of heart (the graffiti, sticky floors and pinup calendars add to the ambiance as far as I’m concerned). Heck, they even give you plastic bags to put your coats in so they don’t get splattered with grill grease.
They’ve only got three cuts of meat on the menu and each serving costs about 6,000won (I recommend ordering a couple of each). But the magic of Dweaji Sanyang is when they fire up the grill. Not only do they lay on the meat, but they pile on everything from tofu, potatoes, shrimp and onion to bananas and octopus. I never would’ve thought grilled spam could go down so well.
And if you’re still peckish after all is said and done (and eaten), they serve a mean doenjang chige (된장 찌개) that’s got a heck of a kick. Dweaji Sanyang is a popular spot with the locals so it does get busy, but the place is a maze inside. They always manage to squeeze us in some where.
Directions: Dweaji Sanyang is just a ten minute stroll from both the train station and Cheomseongdae Observatory (첨성대). From the train station, go out, turn left and follow the main road towards Anapji pond and the Museum. Turn right at the second light (a “T” intersection) , and it’s half a block down on the left. The entrance is a narrow doorway nestled among the string of haejangguk (해장국) restaurants, across from the little park.
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