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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Meeting 8 – Jeonju Makgeolli (전주 막걸리) Photo Gallery

If you have ever been to Jeonju, you will know that it is the Mecca for Makgeolli. The style of Jeonju makgeolli is to be presented with a vast array of side dish after side dish, and we managed to find a place in Seoul that gives a little taste of that. Jeonju Makgeolli also imports the owner’s personal favorite kind of makgeolli that he maintains will not give you a hangover. We weren’t entirely convinced 😉
Check out our review here.

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Jeonju Makgeolli (전주 막걸리)

Name: Jeonju Makgeolli (전주 막걸리)

Location: Hongdae

Reviewed by: Mamas & Papas on: 13th October, 2012

Thoughts: Jeonju Makgeolli is a place tucked away down an alley at the quieter end of Hongdae.  We heard about it from some Korean friends and blogs, that the owner himself was from Jeonju and offered an authentic Jeonju makgeolli experience in Seoul.  We weren’t disappointed when we discovered we could just order the makgeolli and a table filled with side dishes would follow.

LOCATION                                       FOOD

Service:       *****                              Set Menu (반찬):  ***1/2

Style:             *** 1/2

Ambience:  ***

OVERALL:  ****

MAKGEOLLI

Jeonju Makgeolli (전주생막걸리):  ***1/2  (smooth, clean, refreshing, drinkable)

‘Jeonju Makgeolli’ may not be much to look at from the outside (or inside) but it makes up for it in service and authenticity.  Jeonju style makgeolli is famous for its sheer number and variety of side dishes, and whilst this place doesn’t quite match, it certainly gives it a good run for its money.  You simply choose makgeolli (or soju…but hey, it’s Jeonju makgeolli!) for a set price of 20,000won which will buy you 3 very full kettles, and a whole array of side dishes for your picking pleasure.

What Mamas & Papas liked :  The variety.  Before we had even ordered, the table was covered with all sorts of traditional delicacies, and we were never wanting for something to pick at.   One Papa exclaimed ‘so much bang for your buck!’.  Mamas & Papas also really enjoyed the service.  The owner is in fact from Jeonju, and he is proud of the makgeolli he imports straight from his hometown.  He took the time to come to our table and explain more about his particular makgeolli of choice telling us, ‘If any of you get a hangover I will give you 200 bottles for free’.  It’s a no-frills place, which, if you have been to Jeonju you will know to be the traditional interior of most makgeolli bars.

What Mamas & Papas didn’t like: The atmosphere.  Mamas & Papas were all in agreement that Jeonju Makgeolli was missing just two things; music and dimmer lights!

It was not a very busy night when we were there, so Mamas & Papas basically took it over.  Mamas & Papas also weren’t ‘wowed’ by the quality of the food.  One Mama said ‘the quantity is ok, but the quality is just so-so, I could eat it…and I did, I ate a lot!’.  You can also order more food outside of the set menu if the set sides are not enough.

Recommendation: Jeonju Makgeolli is a place to take visitors to Korea who may not get the chance to actually visit Jeonju.  It is the most authentic Jeonju style makgeolli we have discovered so far, and it’s a great place for a low key hangout with a group of friends.  It’s a casual place to really settle in, and also ideal for large groups of people.

How to get there:

Come out of Sangsu Station exit 1 and walk down the street towards the bottom end of hongdae.  After about 5 minutes you should pass ‘Standing Coffee’ on your right, and you will soon come to the big main street of hongdae.  Turn up this street and take the first left, and you should see a CU on the corner.  Take the first little alley on the right of this street and ‘Jeonju Makgeolli’ should be the first place on the left.

Address:  마포구 서교동 402-4  (010 261 1542)

Map here

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