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Galbi restaurant reviews located in Seogwipo, Jeju, South Korea

24 August 2008 No Comment

Dave and Liz The next time you find yourself in the mean streets of Seogwipo with a hunger for galbi, be sure to check out these local favorites.

Tong Kun Tong Galbi | 통근통 갈비 | ☺☺☺☺

Tong Kun Tong (or “Spicy’s” as it’s known by area expats) has been a favorite with locals as much for it’s great galbi as for its friendly service. The house specialty is galbi served in a spicy marinade. The owner, Mr. Lee, is always happy to have foreign guests and has been studying English so as to better accommodate them. One order of spicey or regular galbi here costs 9,000 won. Look for it just a half block west of Il-Ho Gwang-ja. You’ll find it by a vertical orange sign with a black pig on top.

Haeundae Garden | 해운대 가든 | ☺☺☺☺☺

Few galbi restaurants on the island can match Haeundae Garden for pure atmosphere. It’s situated on Jeju’s southern coast, just east of the Seogiwpo Girls Middle School on Susamno (coastal) road. Guests have the option of dining outdoors, where they’re treated to a breathtaking ocean view. Haeundae Garden is also known for having some of the thickest, leanest cuts of galbi in town. And if all that weren’t enough for you, the restaurant has actually lowered its prices. An order of galbi now costs just 9,000 won. They also have a bus service, and will drive you to and from town free of charge. Just call 739-7347 or ask for the bus at the front counter.

Jang Won Sik-tang | 장원 식당 | ☺☺☺☺

When people in Seogwipo want their 닭 갈비(chicken galbi) fix, they usually head to Jang Won Restaurant. It’s cooked before you in your choice of spicy or regular sauce. When you’ve finished the first course, a waitress will mix what’s left with rice, dried seaweed and vegetables and (upon request) top it with ‘pizza cheese.’ They cook it for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt, and the result is one of the most spectacular meals you’ll ever have in Hi Five City. One order of regular costs 7,000 won, while spicey costs 8,000. It’s located one block west of G Bar in downtown Seogwipo, across from the batting cage. Its sign has a cartoon chick on it.

Um-ma neh Dae Po Jeep | 엄마네 대포집 | ☺☺☺

Um-ma neh Dae Po Jeep has galbi so succulent and juicy, you won’t even notice how small the orders are or how much you’re paying for them (one order here costs 9,000, but you may find yourself ordering extras on account of their small size). It’s known for its ribs, which you eat with a cotton glove wrapped in a plastic glove. Be sure to order the bamboo wine (대나무 술) to go along with it. The restaurant serves it in actual bamboo. You’ll find it just across the street from G Bar downtown.

Sae Sum | 새섬 갈비 | ☺☺☺☺

A local favorite is Sae Sum Galbi. Set on a hill above the eastern side of Seogwipo harbor and overlooking the entrance to Cheonjiyeon Falls, Sae Sum is a large restaurant with a very rustic feel. Although the galbi and sides don’t match the quality and taste found in places like Haeundae Garden, it remains a fun and unique way to dine out in Hi-Five City. An order of galbi here costs 10,500 won. The easiest way to get there is by cab (the cabbies in Seogwipo all seem to be familiar with the restaurant-just tell them “Sae Sum Galbi ga-juseyo”).

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