Hello fellow INSIDERS! This is captain Aude writing! Yarrrr~!
The time comes again for me to fulfill my duty as a gourmet eatery advisor! Today, you will get to unravel the mysteries of a small, very secretive and well-hidden restaurant called Boribibimbap.
The culinary adventure one undertakes when eating at this cozy venue starts by acknowledging the probability one would ever find it on his/her one is virtually null. Many of my friends, and my brother himself, would tell you they thought I was dragging them into a dodgy blind alley. Needless to say those folks doubted my pure intentions for a few seconds... Jokes left aside, Boribibimbap is indeed located in a very narrow, but very secure alley, I guarantee!
For the mind which did not yet have the pleasure to be initiated to the wonders of Hangeul, you might not even realize it is a restaurant. From outside, it just looks like a random house door with a red sign on top.
I call the adventurer in you! YES! Push the door and feed on the wonders of this great and very cheap eatery!
Boribibimbap offers you the full Korean experience: you will seat on a cushion placed on a traditional Korean floor, and dine on low tables. As in most restaurants in Korea, you will have to set your own cutlery and water cups, which gives Korean restaurants this particularly cozy and family-like atmosphere!
You will then have to choose between a few very good dishes, which always put me in a terrible state of tension as I am usually hungry for every single item on the menu!
Let’s start with the restaurant’s specialty: Boribap!
At an unbeatable price of 3,000￦, Boribap is the perfect option for vegetarians and all eaters in search of something traditional, warm but yet very fresh! Laid on a barley rice bowl will be half-a-dozen vegetables only waiting for you to mix them up. And don’t forget the sauce! Brown soy bean paste sauce!
What else? 3,000￦ bargains, here we go!
- Kalguksu, basically Korea’s most famous kind of noodle soup. - Kimchi-jeon, Korea’s traditional pancake made with sliced kimchi (that is, spicy fermented cabbage) and flour batter.
For 4,000￦, you can also enjoy some Tteokguk, white soup with sliced rice cake bits and beef seasoning.
Finally, for the hungrier and those who like sharing a meal around one big plate: dakbokkeumtang! Price is a bit higher here -13,000￦- but oh so worth it! Dakbokkeumtang is a spicy chicken and potato stew. This particular restaurant’s ajummas (middle aged woman in Korean) were brought on earth with the gift of cooking potatoes to perfection!
P.S.: traditional rice wine (Makgeoli), soju and beer are also on the menu! So go and push Boribibimbap’s door, where yummy food awaits you!