Great Places to get Bulgogi: Sariwon and Yetmat bulgogi

Best Bulgogi in Korea

ok I know a lot of you want and need bulgogi. FYI the bulgogi here is different than the non-Korean version you might have had. Here bulgogi is all about the stewing broth and pan that holds the broth.

The Original Seoul Yetmat Bulgogi in Hongdae

When there is a line out the door and people waiting on the street, there must be something worth waiting for. The Original Seoul Yetmat Bulgogi is amazing because of the no-nonsense staff that work there and their owner and head chef that has a long ZZ Top like beard. The chef is always diligently working to marinate loads of beef into his sauce while pouring copious amounts of alcohol into it to give it the right balance. The restaurant has local flare and it’s got lots of smoke, hot coals, and jovial customers and dictatorial workers. When you get served, you’ll get a load of meat to be cooked on a percolated copper tray that sits over white hot coals. As the meat cooks, there is trough along the outside where broth will bubble and cook noodles and mushrooms. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll get loads of vegetable sides, kimchis, a chilled, crisp turnip soup, a beef soup, and fermented sauces for dipping. It’s an amazing meat fest that can’t be matched. Now I mention going to the original one because sadly, this place has been franchised. The copycat places don’t even compare to the energy and the taste of the original. It’s really hard to clone a chef after all.

Yetmat Seoul Bulgogi | 옛맛서울불고기
T. 02-336-9371

Hours: 11:30am–2pm, 5pm–10pm
Price: KRW 8,000 for lunch, KRW 18,000 for dinner

Directions and Address
Gwangheungchang Station 광흥창역 (Line 6), Exit 1. Walk 200 m.
(15-4 Changjeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul ㅣ서울시 마포구 창전동 15-4)
[Naver Map]
Seoul Mapo-gu Changjeon-dong 15-4

Google Maps
15-4 Changjeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

The Original Sariwon Bulgogi in Gangnam

For more refined bulgogi done in a proper restaurant then this is the place to go. The restaurant is more subdued in a hard wood and brick sort of way. The service is polite. The sides are perfectly laid out and tastes right. The meat is top notch. The bulgogi here has a flavor that is unique and famous for there is a mix of fruit juices, sesame oil, soy sauce and other secret ingredients that make the meat tender and caramelize just right when they hit the hot grill. The sauce’s recipe origin was out of love. A wife wanted to make a bulgogi sauce that was healthy and without sugar for her diabetic husband. That love has spawned a franchise of restaurants, but again go to the original in Gangnam. Actually go to the original places of all the restaurants. That’s just a common foodie law to follow.

Seocho Sariwon 서초사리원
T. 02-3473-5005
Address: Seoul Seocho-gu Seoun-ro 136 서울특별시 서초구 서운로 136 (서초동)

Get out at Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 8. Go 250m straight towards Seoul National University of Education Station 교대. At the Gangnam Building, turn left onto Seoun-ro Street. Walk about 140m straight until you see Seocho Sariwon on the left.

[Naver Map]
Seoul Seocho-gu Seoun-ro 136

(Google Map)
136 Seoun-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul

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