Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi-based stew)

Seoul Travel Guides / November 04, 2016
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We have yet to find somebody who lives in Seoul who does not love a fiery hot bowl of Kimchi Jjigae. A staple food in Korea. Koreans eat this kimchi-based stew once or twice a week or sometimes even more.

Kimchi Jjigae is so delicious that one might get quite addicted to having it. No wonder it is one of the most loved dishes in Seoul.

It is a simple but flavorsome recipe of diced tofu, pork or seafood, scallions, onions and, of course, the iconic spicy-sour kimchi made into a flaming hot stew.

The broth will sizzle your palate down to your throat so it is best followed by gulping a refreshing beverage so you could just easily ladle another spoonful of the stew. Do expect yourself to repeat the slurping and gulping motions and (just what was like mentioned above) get addicted to it.

Here’s where to get the best Kimchi Jjigae in Seoul.

  • HANOK JIP | Seodaemun-gu
    For Kimchi jjigae and bulgogi that will give you bliss all throughout your dining experience
    What to order: Kimchi jjigae, Bulgogi, Egg roll, Kimchi jjim
    Price: Approximately 8,000 won ($6.99)
    When: 10:00 – 22:00 daily
    Where: 178 Naengcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
  • TTUKBAEGI JIP | Jongno-gu
    For a lot of tasty yet cheap dishes wonderfully conceptualized to satisfy any hungry tummy
    What to order: Kimchi jjigae, Soft tofu jjigae, Wonjo sondubu, Stir-fried pork and squid
    Price: 5,000 won ($8.73)
    When: 06:30 - 22:00 daily
    Where: 5-1 Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu
  • EUNJUJUNG | Jung-gu
    For having kimchi jjigae in a unique way: Wrap the pork of kimchi jjigae in lettuces and enjoy
    What to order: Kimchi jjigae, Bibimbap, Samgyeopsal
    Price range: 7,000 to 10,000 won ($6.11 to $8.73)
    When: 11:30 - 22:00 daily
    Where: 32 Changgyeonggung-ro, 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
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