Jaedong Sundubu (재동순두부)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

[South Korea, Seoul] I visited Jaedong Sundubu (재동순두부) recently! On the way there, I saw this...
Nearing Jaedong... and passed a Kalbi restaurant with some pretty flower display. :)
When we reached the restaurant, it was filled with local folks who worked around the area. If you need to know where to eat in Seoul, just go where there are the most locals! :D Older folks seem to like to come to this place too.
The surroundings. There's even a Fabreeze spray on the counter, just in case you think you reek of tofu smell after the meal.
This was how it looked like from where we sat. We took off our shoes and sat in the inner hall, where people sat comfortably on the floor for their meal. Experience it! It makes you feel like you're eating at home.
There were even aprons provided for patrons to use during their meal. One thing I like about Korean restaurants is that they truly want the customer to enjoy their food without having to dirty their clothes. Great job. I saw a few uncles using them though.

The All Korean Menu
Here's the all-korean menu. Beware that there are no English words at all. The serving aunties can manage a few words of 'Hi', 'Order', but don't expect too much if you're hoping to ask them more in Korean.
I will just roughly list out the names on the menu - you might want to do some research on the food if you're interested to try it out!
On the left (in order):
Chodang Sundubu
Haemul Sundubu
Dolsot Bibimbap
Bibimbap
Kongguksu
Saeng Samgyupsal (100g) - Raw Pork Belly
Saeng Muksal (100g) - Raw Neck meat / pork chop
On the right (in order):
Dubu chongol (Tofu combination)
Dubu kimchi
Saeng Dubu (Raw Tofu)
Dubu chon (Tofu pancake)
Pachon (Pancake)
Nukduchon (Something like bindaetteok aka mung bean pancake)
MukMuChim (Acorn jelly)
Well, for us, we ordered the Chodang Sundubu 초당순두부 (their signature) and Haemul Sundubu 해물순두부 (seafood tofu soup). Both costed 7,500 won each. Both dishes are served with rice, so there's no need for you to order rice.
Side dishes!
Haemul (Seafood) Sundubu
Mix with rice, super nice!
Tofu lovers, beware, this will cause you to be in a happy frenzy.
Chodang Sundubu
This extremely white tofu might make you go... 'huh?' when served. But you have to eat it in steps.
First, take some tofu.. or dubu.
Take some of their special served chilli.
Add the chilli to the tofu... or dubu.
Then take a big bite into it, with some rice. You'll be a happy human!
For me, I love tofu. Especially the really soft, curdy beancurd tofu. But this was really a special way to eat tofu. It was an interesting experience for me and I enjoyed it.
I chatted with the owner,Mr Kang Hong-Ryung 강홍룡, a little. When I told him I came from sunny island Singapore, he exclaimed... 'Oh, the country with Mr Lee Kuan Yew!'. Yes, he knew!
As a 'thank you' for my patronage, he happily posed a shot for me ^.^
All smiles! "My sundubu is the best!"
Directions:
Take the subway to Anguk station, go up to Exit #2. Walk all the way straight and the very first alley, turn right. Walk straight in. See this sign, you're at the right place!

The alley will look like this. Jaedong Sundubu is just inside.

This is the entrance, just a thin one, so don't miss it!
I almost missed the entrance because I was expecting a bigger, wider one. The entrance is good enough for 1 to 1.5 person to enter at once, so look out for it and don't miss it!
I was able to take a namecard from them as well, so I'm uploading the map here, for you tofu-lover folks!
Feel free to click on the image to enlarge!
Location:
Seoul, Jungno-gu, Jaedong 84-11
Tel: 747-0011
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4 / 5
Ambience: 4.2 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4 / 5
Service: 4.5 / 5