12.236 Gom Tang

Cycle 12 – Cycle 236

29 (Sun) August 2021

Gom Tang


at So Jabneun Nal

-Seowon, Hoengseong, Gangwon, Republic of Korea-

with IZ, Mom

So Jabneun Nal is a Korean restaurant.  Specializes in gom tang, as well as various cuts for Korean BBQ grilling, all comprising local hanwoo.  The name translates to “cow (so) catching/slaughtering (jabneun) day (nal).”

Traditionally, in Korea, before beef became a massive industry, the slaughter of a cow was a rare occasion, calling for celebration and feast.  Today, where hanwoo is concerned, Koreans tend to prefer “fresh” beef from a recently slaughtered cow.  The practice of aging beef, a concept introduced mostly through western steakhouses a decade ago, remains fringe (see for example 12.231 Chadolbagi Sushi).

We pass the restaurant on the way to the cabin but never bothered to try it.

We stopped by for lunch and had the gom tang.  It was very very bland.  On one hand, that could be a good thing, a sign that the kitchen doesn’t use flavor enhancers, unlike many other beef soup restaurants.  On the other hand, it was very very bland.



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