Jangun Jip (장군 집)

Name: Jangun Jip (장군 집)

Location: Bongcheon

Reviewed by: Mama’s and Papa’s on: October 15th, 2013

Thoughts: Tucked away in a back alley not far from Bongcheon station is  a collection of average looking Korean restaurants, and that’s where you will find the two locations of ‘The General’s House’ on opposite sides of the street to each other.  It doesn’t look like much, but it’s one of the few places we have found that offer a taste of Jeonju style makgeolli  (an overwhelming showing of side dishes that come out as a matter of course when you order your makgeolli kettle) in Seoul.  Bring your appetites and your sense of adventure, as there are foods here not on the regular makgeolli anjou circuit.

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LOCATION

Overall: ***1/2(3.5 stars)

FOOD
Jeonju Side Dish Selection: (Interesting, plentiful, tasty, varied) ***1/2 (3.5 Stars)

MAKGEOLLI

Sasan Makgeolli (사산 막걸리): (milky, basic, refreshing, bland) *** (3 Stars)

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Jangun House is one of the few places we have discovered as yet that offers the Jeonju style of serving makgeolli (the other being Jeonju Makgeolli in Hongdae).  The atmosphere is made by the people there, which at this time was just us, but the owners soon warmed up to our large group and were quite friendly.   The quality of the variety of food ranged from average to good, and was more than plentiful.  There is also a separate menu which you can order from if you have room.

What Mamas & Papas liked: The dubu kimchi. Most Mamas & Papas made some kind of comment as to thickness of the tofu and the deliciousness of the kimchi.  Mamas & Papas also liked the sheer range of food on offer to try, with one Mama exclaiming ‘I should have fasted so I could eat more!”

What Mamas & Papas didn’t like: The Hongoh (skate fish).  Shock horror, this notoriously smelly fish did not wow our Mamas & Papas, with one Mama commenting ‘Tough, tough, tough!”. pouring However the owners did ask us if we wanted to try it or not, which was nice to have the option.  Mamas & Papas were also not overly impressed by the makgeolli.   One Mama remarked ‘It’s not amazing, but it will do in a pinch’.

Mama Julia’s Note:Saseon mak  There are two kinds of makgeolli on offer at this place, one being the usual green bottle Seoul Makgeolli, and Sasan Makgeolli from Jeolla-buk do.  Both contain Aspartame, though Sasan has a lower percentage.   Drinking makgeolli in Jeonju is a large consumption event, and often the makgeolli is lighter and less strongly flavored.

 

Recommendation: This is a good location for those who want to experience the Jeonju style of drinking makgeolli, enjoying dish after dish of anjou, but can’t get out of Seoul to try the real thing.  It’s a casual neighborhood affair, but great if you have someone in town you would like to give a taste of a variety of dishes.  For large groups you might want to make a reservation.

outsideHow to get there: Come out of Bongcheon station (Green Line 2) and take exit 1.  Walk straight and take the first right.  Follow this street to the next intersection and turn left.  Follow this street for a while until you cross the first intersection.  Halfway before you get to the next intersection, you should see 장군집 (Janggeunjip) on your left.  It is a yellow sign with red writing.

Address: 서울특별시 관악구 청룡동 913-8

Phone Number: 02-872-0562

Map: Here

Have you been to Jangun Jip before? Tried more dishes or have more opinions? More questions? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think!

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Donghak (동학) – Sillim-dong (신림-동)

Name: Donghak

Location: Sillim-dong

Reviewed by: Paul Jaesun Cho on: July 20, 2012

Paul’s Thoughts:I thought I went back in time and was starring in an epic style traditional Korean history drama, like Jumong.  The floors were literally made with packed dirt and a traditional straw type carpet laid over it.  The walls were made of concrete  with cracks in it, adding to the authenticity of the traditional feel and appearance.  The wallpaper was old newspapers.  Overall an incredible experience of traditional, historic Korea in a very busy, modern area of Seoul.

LOCATION                                       FOOD

Service:         3 * * *                               Hameul Pajeon (해물파전) : 4 * * * *

Style:             5* * * * *                                   (Generous on the squid)

Ambience:    5 * * * * *

OVERALL:    4 * * * *

MAKGEOLLI

Burnt rice makgeolli (느룽지):

5 * * ** *

(refreshing, melt in your mouth crushed ice)

Seoul Makgeolli (서울 막걸리): 5* * * * *

(milky, sweet and very fresh)

What Paul liked:

The burnt rice makgeolli with flaked ice was so refreshing.  The ice was almost like pop rocks candy that burst in your mouth.  The makgeolli was also served in a big pot with a spoon…one of my favorite things.  The set up was so surreal, you couldn’t not like it.

What Paul didn’t like:

After only a couple pots of burnt rice makgeolli, the house ran out of ice.  This iced makgeolli is a huge pull for customers, so it was pretty dissapointing that there was no more so early on.  We offered to wait for the ice, but they said it would take the machine a couple of hours.

 How to get there:

We haven’t been there and let’s face it, Paul had one bowl too many. So, check out this great google map with street view.

 Phone Number: 02-872-6107

Address: 서울시 과낙구 대학동 244-62

Links:

We have found one Korean review about this makgeolli house.  There are a bunch of great photos to check out on this blog named 가람슬기의 음식 탐방기 (Garam Interviewer: The Wisdom of Food).

Thanks:

To the same blog we mentioned above, for all of these pictures.

FYI:

Mamas and Papas went to another Donghak in Soongil-dong.  We  are pretty sure they are not the same place.  We will let you know when we find out.

Do you know if it is a franchise or a one off?  Have you been to this blast from the past, Donghak, before? Have you tried more dishes or have more opinions? More questions?  Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.