RM22.40 All You Can Eat BBQ in Seoul

Very cheap all you can eat BBQ buffet

Weeks before Seoul trip, I found out BBQ, especially when it involves beef, is expensive in Korea, even for Koreans. I frowned at the prices I found online. That was, before I came across this blog thenatstory.com, which told the story of cheap, good, all you can eat BBQ in Seoul (Sinchon area). With the main population comprises of young adults and university students (Sinchon has at least three universities in vicinity), Sinchon is full of budget food outlets catered for the limited incomes.

As it’s in Hangul, I do not know the name of the BBQ shop. Here’s a little instruction on getting there. From Sinchon subway station, exit via exit 3, which is next to McDonald. Turn at the first lane on your right and you’ll see dozens of shops like Nike, Adidas, Face Shop etc.



Go straight until you see SK Telecom and Starbucks on your left as picture above. Turn into the lane between them, which is full of restaurants and cafes. Go along until you see the shop with yellow signboards (see below picture). One thing that will tell you you’re at the right place is the ‘Handmade Fry Pub’ sign just above the shop.

All You Can Eat BBQ in Seoul
As much as how it was said to be a good haunt for BBQ, there wasn’t single customer in the shop and so was the case with the nearby competitors. We took a deep breath, got in and asked the lady, “Eight thousand?” just to confirm the price to which she replied, “Yes, yes.” It certainly looked like we’re the first customer because she just set to prepare the buffet line for us.
All You Can Eat BBQ in Seoul

Do forgive me for the poor quality images as my Canon and iPhone couldn’t work at their best in this dimly lighted  canteen-like restaurant. However, please be assured the meat taste better than their look.

Kimchi, veges, sauces, frozen rice cake and gyoza to spice up our meal.

The ahjuma laid the aluminium foil on top of the hot plate and poked a few holes on it, probably to make it easier for the oil to drip down

We started with the Gyoza and the ham-like item but they failed to impress because they were not totally de-frost, contributing to the dry texture.

This piece of steak-sized meat takes a long time to cook but the hard work was well worth it. It was fresh, tender and juicy.

Our favourite is the thinly sliced meat with considerable amount of animal fats, which made the cooking easier while adding aroma to the meat.

Squid marinated in chili paste. The squids in Korea are generally humungous. The portion above is just half of the one squid that I grilled (I gave the other half to CS) and it’s very palatable.

By now, you will have notice we only use the term – ‘meat’ instead of ‘pork’, ‘beef’ or ‘lamb’. The answer is easy.. we do not know what these meat are. We did not venture to ask because we’re sure the lady won’t understand us so why bother? We can only hope against hope that no cute little doggy was harmed for our meal here, as Koreans are known to be canine-eaters.

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  1. The Starbucks doesn't exist anymore.
    And I believe it's exit 2 of Sinchon station. Not much difference but yea..

    There's actually a bigger restaurant with the same name. The service is better. 🙂

  2. A bigger restaurant with same name? I wouldn't know cos they don't have 'English' name, all in Hangul. Any pic so I can recognize the restaurant next time?