Cycle 14 – Item 82
28 (Tue) March 2023
at Insaeng Suljip Saenggak i Na
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with W and IZ
Try Every Restaurant in Scandi Mall (3) (see TERSM).
Insaeng Suljip Saenggak i Na (인생술집 생각이나) is a Korean pub. Specializes in golbaengi, as well as other traditional pub fare.
According to the sign, the restaurant serves golbaengi in the original style of the dish invented in the Eulji-ro neighborhood of Seoul back in the 1960s. The restaurant uses DPF Euljiro brand of wild golbaengi caught at ocean depths of 70-130 meters (I find that hard to believe).
Just walking by, I was intrigued by the establishment’s utter disregard for refinement, emanating a legit old-school substance-over-style vibe – not a faux retro (see for example 12.293 Makhoe) – that suggested confidence in their food.
W is a big fan of golbaengi (see for example 12.289 Golbaengi Sari), me not so much.
The food was good. We ordered the set that came with Korean golbaengi + sari (noodles) + gyeran mari (omelet roll). The dressing of the golbaengi salad was nicely balanced, not too spicy, not too sweet. The DPF Euljiro golbaengi were light and delicate and delicious, far superior to the canned golbaengi typically sold in supermarkets (see for example 13.123 Golbaengi Sari) – so good that we ordered a refill for the leftover sauce. Perhaps the best golbaengi dish that I’ve ever experienced.
(See also HANSIK)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)