Bongchu Jjimdak (봉추찜닭)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

[South Korea, Seoul] Sorry for MIA-ing for a while, it had been a super tough few weeks at work and I could not really find the strength to post regularly. But I'm back now, and today I'm going to be talking about Bongchu Jjimdak (봉추찜닭).

This is one of the well-known simmered spicy chicken, ready to rid your stomach of excess wind and supercalifragilisticexpialidociously good to have on rainy or cold days, because you'll be pretty much sweating it out while having this dish. And that's what I did exactly, I got into its Myeongdong (명동) branch on a rainy day.
English menus are available for foreigners, so don't worry about not being to order! "By the way, how filling can a plate of simmered chicken be?", I thought to myself. WRONG! It was very filling. I ordered the small portion (24,000 won) for 2 people. Without bones too, simply because we were lazy to chew on bones and having to spit it out. Honestly, I love how generous the restaurants in South Korea are. The portion was more like for 3 people as the spicy chicken can fill your stomach up in a jiffy.
We also ordered rice, because I just can't stand eating heavy gravy items without rice (I'm Asian, that's why). The huge portion of chicken also came with thick, clear glass noodles, which was very chewy and addictive, and yummy potato slices. I don't think my picture really gave the portion justice, as most of the chicken were hiding below the noodles.

Closeup!
Tools that came with every table.
They will give you the eating tools - importantly, the scissors. You get down to some action, snipping short the noodles and some huge chunky chicken. Mostly the noodles, because it was really just too long and slippery.
Also, I just need to have my Chilsung Cider together with this spicy dish, as I've had with my other peppery, spicy, chilli hot Korean dishes. It was an absolutely delightful meal! Except for...... this.
The ban-chan
I'm sorry, but I really did not enjoy this ban-chan (side dish / 반찬)!  I tried a little and I just did not find this appetizing in the least. :(

Ta-dah! The second floor! I didn't go up lah, for what? So I just stood outside the restaurant, in the chilly 7 degree celsius weather with strong winds to take this photo for you. haha. :)
Surroundings - The restaurant looked small and neat, and most people eating here were the locals. They also provide baskets for customers to put their bags under their seats, I really think Singapore restaurants should adopt this bag storing habit, for we have very small seats for people with such huge butts.
Directions: Go to Myeongdong Station, Exit #8. See Tous Les Jour bakery, turn left into the alley. Walk all the way straight for about 180m. It is on the exactly same lane as Myeongdong Gyoza (명동교자)
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4.1 / 5
Ambience: 4 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4 / 5
Service: 3.8 / 5