Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: 원터골 통갈비 (Wontuhgol-tonggalbi):Where have you been all my life?!

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Review: 원터골 통갈비 (Wontuhgol-tonggalbi): Where have you been all my life?!
by Rikey Spicy! 
The Spicy Soup at Wontuhgol-tonggalbi
Being bored one day and wanting to find a restaurant that had some spicy goodness (I am highly addicted to spicy foods ), I found a place on naver and decided to go try it with my lovely girlfriend. This is how I was able to find: 원터골 통갈비 (Wontuhgol-tonggalbi).

Upon arrival you get an immediate feeling that this is a restaurant that has been around for quite some time and for good reason. This place is famous for their "spicy pork back ribs." The ribs come to you swimming in this delicious, soupy, spicy concoction that I will probably never find the recipe for. In the soup you will find some onions, peppers, and green onions. It is very simple but the soup is what most people come for. Like most great stews, it only gets better with time as it cooks and reduces.
Pork Ribs
The pork ribs are great and tastes much better once they start to marinade in the broth and starts to fall off the bone. I won't lie, I wouldn't mind eating it right now if it wasn't so darn far from where I live.

Regarding their service: It is pretty much your general Korean restaurant service. If you don't ask, they won't help you, so get ready to yell ""yu-gi-yo"" (meaning: ""over here"") and its not ""yu-gi-oh"" dont get that confused. :) You will only need to ask for more sides (ban-chan) or soju. Simple!|

Bonus Tips:

- This place gives you a complimentary serving of ""su-jje-bi"" which is pretty much wheat dumplings that are torn into small bite size portions and added to your soup.

- What I like to do when I go is cut the carrots they give you into about an inch and toss it into the soup. It adds a nice sweetness that you will probably need for the spicy, lava soup (oops i meant "lovely").

Summary: Overall, this is a great place to go with your friends after a long day of work or the weekends to just relax, share good stories, and sweat out all your joys and sorrows. If you like spicy foods like me, you will start to salivate thinking of this place once you leave (after the burn wears off, of course). 

원터골 통갈비 (Wontuhgol-tonggalbi) 
 *** 3 Stars: Recommended: A place you would recommend your close friends 
$ 10- 20 USD
Nowon-gu Sanggeh-dong 725-103
Hours: 10:00 ~ 24:00"
Visited on January 2012 with Wife/Partner
Photographs by Maro