It was a cold, windy day when, after completing the journey to the last of the three famous waterfalls of the island, as well as the free entry to the Seobok Exhibition Hall we found along the way, I was craving for a nice samgyetang (삼계탕), a Korean variety of ginseng chicken soup, to warm the soul.
We found this humble eatery which serves soup-based dishes on a street to the east of, parallel to the main street of Arangjoeul Geori, and I believe it's still considered to be part of the food street. Pika's advice: If you're game enough, try the dog meat soup offered by the eatery! :P
Of the few side dishes served, I really enjoyed the kongjaban (콩자반), a dish of black beans simmered with soy sauce and sugar, which had a perfect sweet and salty balance. The kimchi (김치), fermented cabbage in this case, was slightly spicy and had a strong garlic flavour. The radish cubes were juicy, and the pickled cucumbers were sweeter than they were sour.
Samgyetang (삼계탕) ₩8,000 (~S$8.80)
A bowl of warmth and comfort, ginseng chicken soup is known as a cure-all for most ailments. As expected, after eating savoury stuff the night before, I found the soup to be pretty bland at first. While I wished the ginseng taste could be stronger, I truly savoured the clean tasting broth with the globules of natural fat from the young chicken swimming on top of it. Luscious and fall-off-the-bone tender, it was probably the most tender chicken meat I've ever eaten till this very day. Short-grain rice was used instead of glutinuous rice, and I wasn't exactly sure if the grains of rice were actually stuffed inside the chicken.
Don't forget to dip the chicken meat in salt and pepper if you like. Hmm, not sure if it's just me, but I love to put raw onion slices into any soup! :D
Needless to say, it was a fulfilling lunch. The staff had a smile pencilled on her face everytime she came to serve the food, and she could speak basic English. In addition, she promptly refilled the banchan too. Invigorated, I was ready to explore the island once again!
(Opening hours unknown - Anyone knows?)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,