Sunday, 15 March 2015

Korean pork BBQ @ Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살), Seoul

When I finally made it to Seoul, only then did I realise how important wifi, name and address of the place of interest in English and Korean, and also a picture of the restaurant; because even city cab drivers may not know where the restaurant is (what more us foreigners @__@). Majority of the restaurants only have signboards in Korean, hence the importance of a picture of the place. We took a cab from Namsan Tower to Palsaek Samgyeopsal (samgyeopsal=pork belly) at Mapo-gu. This restaurant has a small entrance and you might find some tour busses blocking the entrance. From the entrance, you walk downstairs to quite a huge place with lots of people and servers bustling around the tables. I would think that this place cater more for tourist but we did see locals dining here as well.
Hi piggy! I should probably visit branch in Malaysia ;p
Even with the number of customers, there are lots of staff that were available to attend to you. Since their main signature dish is the 8 different marinated pork (palsaek samgyeopsal), the layout of each tables were more or less the same. Once seated, a staff or two will start to attend to you (all the vegetables, sides, and of course the meat). If it's your first time, just leave everything to the staff (don't be a pain and try doing it by yourself and getting everything messy) and watch them do it. 
The variety of leaves for the bbq pork wrap!
I read in a blog previously that said if you had only one chance to eat Korean BBQ, you should visit this place. My mum was complaining how plain and bland the pork BBQ were during her Korea trip. This would have been different because their signature menu comprised of 8 different kinds of marinated pork-curry, hot (probably red pepper paste), ginger, wine, pine-leaves, herb, soybean paste and ginseng.  I personally liked the pine-leaves marinated meat (although I'm not exactly sure what sort of marination?) whereas Panda preferred the spicy ones; basically meat marinated with red pepper paste (least favourite was the ginseng meat since I'm not a fan of herbal-ish stuff). It was pretty fascinating to see how the server arranged and worked on the grilled meat :) 
Loved the colourful spread on our table:))

This is how you eat Korean bbq (or more or less at least;p). A piece of leaf, a slice of pork, garlic, kimchi and paste; wrap them up and stuff the whole thing into your mouth! 
We loved this kimchi-bean sprouts side (refillable). We were also seated conveniently near the water machine.
Eventhough I had only one chance to eat BBQ pork meat in Seoul, I was quite contented with this place. A set would probably be enough for a table of 2. It might not be your conventional BBQ pork place, but it's definitely worth a try if you're in Seoul. 

Address: Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살), 18, Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Korean address: 서울특별시 마포구 백범로 18 (노고산동)
Website: Palsaek Samgyeopsal
Opening hours: 1100 - 2400
Directions: Sinchon Station (Subway line 2), Exit 6. Go straight along Baekbeom-ro for about 150m.
You will see Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살) across the street (provided by VisitKorea). Or just take a cab :)

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