Yoogane is one of the most popular eating places in Seoul, and there are branches everywhere. It has chains all over Seoul, like in Myeongdong and Hongdae. It’s famous for it’s fried rice (bokkeum bap), and it even has a store in Singapore.
Fresh Cheese Chicken Galbi stood out to us on the Korean menu. It’s served different from your regular order at Yoogane – the hot plate is different, there’s meat in the middle and cheese surrounding the rims of the hot plate.
We were extremely excited and couldn’t wait for the cheese to melt. It took about 5 minutes to warm up and melt into its gooey goodness.
It felt like we were having a premium dish and people kept looking at our table. It was slightly more expensive (I can’t remember how much) but still affordable.
LOOK!! DAT STRETCHHHH. It’s like pizza cheese!! It does not come with rice or noodles but you can order it on the side. We ordered ramyeon (instant noodles) and rice. I don’t think you’ll be full if you don’t order at least rice to add in.
We actually finished half the cheese before the noodles were cooked.
This is one of those dishes where you just want to eat again.. and again. Overall, I find it pretty normal and just like any other Yoogane sets, but LOOK. AT. ALL. DAT. CHEEEZE. Ugh makes me crave it again.
There’s also a squid + chicken version for people who prefer that. This is also available in Singapore.
I’d also like to note that generally, Yoogane is much cheaper in Korea compared to Singapore, so if you’re in Korea, this is most definitely one of the places that you should try out.
Jeju Island is known not only for the famous Black Pork, but also its fresh seafood. There’s an extremely famous Jjampong (spicy seafood noodle soup) place in Jeju Island called 감사합니다. We were speaking to our tour guide about how we wanted to eat Jjampong and he strongly recommended that we come here.
I’m actually surprised by how little this place is covered online. I can only find Korean blogs talking about it and no foreigners blogging about this. I guess it shows that this place is a really rare find, or maybe people just focus on black pork when they go to Jeju haha. If you love seafood, read on.
If you’ve seen my previous post on the spiciest Jjampong in Korea, you’ll know that I’m a lover of Spicy Food, especially Jjampong.
When we stepped in, we were greeted by celebrity signatures plastered all over the walls. We went off-season to Jeju where the restaurants and streets were reallyyy empty, but this place still had people visiting.
I ordered Jjampong (5500KRW), while my brother ordered the Pepper Jjampong (6000KRW) and the girls went with Jajangmyeon (4000KRW). Not covering the Jajangmyeon ‘cos it was pretty normal to me. Typical offerings from a Chinese Restaurant in Korea.
We were expecting the ordinary Jjampong ingredients (like in Seoul) we were SURPRISED when we saw how generous the toppings were.
Like, jaw dropping surprised. At approx S$6.50, this bowl is INCREDIBLE value.
Each bowl consisted of:
1. A generous portion of noodles & beansprout
2. 1 whole crab(!!!) sliced into 2
3. 1 whole squid
4. A few mussels
The bowl of Jjampong came with scissors and tongs for you to eat the seafood more easily. It also came with an extra empty bowl for you to eat your seafood/dump the seafood there as it really piles up on top of the noodles.
In contrast to my brother’s order of Pepper Jjampong, mine looks ridiculously awesome due to the insane amount of toppings. His had the normal toppings which you see everywhere. Just like any other bowl, just spicier. It was pretty spicy, but cannot be compared to the spiciest Jjampong in Korea which I had in Seoul.
Damn, even as I’m writing this post, I’m really craving for it right now. They also have Oysters Jjampong (6500KRW), Abalone Jjampong (8000KRW) etc. The next time I go, I’ll definitely try the Abalone Jjampong. Only 8000KRW!!
It’s also healthy to eat here. Above picture:
“We use original bay salt which contains enormous minerals, and soup boiled with chicken, cow bones, some Korean medical herbs so our dishes are delicious and also good for health.
Additionally, nationally authorized chef cooks our dishes to make the best flavour. We will continuously try to make good foods for our health -Thank you-“
This place is for the true seafood lover. In comparison to Singapore, the seafood given is REALLY generous, fresh and cheap.
If you’ve watched the popular Korean Variety show Roommate, then you’ll definitely know of the spicy Jjampong featured in one of their episodes. This place was also featured on multiple variety shows like Infinity Challenge, and has idols like SNSD going to try it out .
The various cast members went around Seoul searching for the spiciest food to bring back home. Their conclusion was that Singgil’s Spicy Jjampong was the number one spiciest Jjampong and food overall in Seoul.
Being a spicy food lover, I knew I had to head there. So we planned this in our itinerary and went out of our way to have a taste.
And our minds were blown.
My family LOVES spicy food. Like, spicier than what the average Singaporean eats. We have weekly Mala Steamboat sessions and our family has our own spicy chilli created. That’s how much and how often we love/eat spicy food.
Located at Singgil-Dong (1 stop away from Yeuido, near 63 City/Hangang Park), it was my first time going to this area although I’ve been to Seoul multiple times. It was pretty easy to find with a map kindly drawn by my Korean friend Hyun-Woo.
The interior of this place was covered with photos of celebrities and post-its, attesting to the popularity of this place. I went at around 4:30pm.
The friendly staff warned us of the insane level of spiciness we would be facing. We ordered a bowl to share between two persons but he told my parents to take the normal noodle soup without spiciness as he said it was “dangerous”. They followed his advice after being briefed on the various spices being used here.
We were given a bowl of delicious broth in case we couldn’t take the spiciness. The idea is that we could take some soup and noodles and wash it in the clear broth to wash the spiciness level down. This was how it was served.
The chef/owner did a quick brief on how we should eat it. First, we should start with the noodles, followed by ingredients and finally, the soup. We were strongly advised against drinking too much soup.
My dad asked if the staff themselves tried it. We got heads shaking with them repeatedly saying “dangerous!”
On the first mouth, I thought I could take it. Honestly, it was one of the most delicious Jjampong I had in Seoul even with the levels of spiciness. I couldn’t stop eating. The spiciness level was okay for me until it started to build up slowly. When I stopped for awhile, I regretted immediately as tears started forming in my eyes and I rushed towards the fridge to grab a carton of milk. (2000KRW for Banana Milk!)
My girlfriend was wiping my sweat non-stop. There is a huge toilet roll in front of you for you to wipe your sweat/tears. There is also a water cooler for you to refill your cups, and a toilet. Trust me, you’ll need it. Oh, and she gave up after a mouth and ordered Kimbap to eat instead.
I’m ashamed to say that I ran out repeatedly to get a cold blast of the winter winds to help fight my perspiration and internal flame from the sheer spiciness of the Jjampong. And I’m proud to say I’m a finisher.
For its value-for-money price, novelty factor and deliciousness, I strongly recommend every spicy food lover to try it. I know I’m definitely going back.
1. Take the subway to Singgil Station
2. Exit from Exit 1
This is what you should see when you exit. Walk on the pavement on your right beside the main roads.
3. Walk straight past the parking lot on your left.
4. Keep walking down for about 200m until you see a CU Convenience Store on the left.
5. Cross the road towards block 402.
6. When you cross the road, you should see ICOOP building in between block 402 and MS Tower Hill. Walk on the right road, in between ICOOP Building and MS Tower Hill.
Walk straight down this path.
7. Walk down for about 50M until you see this figurine outside the shop.
Getting there is a 5-10 minute walk from Singgil Station.