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.
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.
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.
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.