Food & Eating in Seoul

Best Galbijjim in Seoul

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Galbijjim, as I already explained in this post about Korean food (Spanish version here), is one of my favorite dishes. Galbijjim is beef short-ribs steamed in soy sauce with pepper and sugar, amongst other ingredients, which makes this dish both a bit spicy and sweet at the same time. The meat comes usually with mushrooms and is so delicious, I don’t even mind it is a bit spicy~

gangnam myeonok galbijjim
Galbi means beef rib, and jjim is the cooking method~ Therefore galbijjim is boiled/steamed beef ribs!

I also explained that my favorite place to get them is a restaurant called 강남면옥, which has several branches. Most of the information is in Korean, since this restaurant is really popular in Korea, but unfortunately still a bit unknown for foreigners. I usually go to the Sinsa Branch (nearest subway stop is Apgujeong) or to the Daechi Branch (near Hanti station). You can find info about the locations below.

gangmam myeonok pic
Can’t wait to eat! Stop posing for photos!!!

This weekend I went to the Sinsa branch once more with Victor and two friends. The restaurant was quite full, as always, and there were even a couple people waiting in line outside. We got a table upstairs, near the kitchen, and it was really loud~ the galbijjim prices also went up 4,000 each of the sizes, but I think it is still affordable.

The menu~ they also have a picture image, that they handed to us when they heard us speaking in English
The menu~ they also have a picture image, that they handed to us when they heard us speaking in English

Most of the times I go there in a group of 3 or 4 people and we would order the small size for 3 or the medium for 4, plus plain rice. The galbijjim comes warm, tasty, and a bit spicy. There is plenty of meat for everybody unless you are all 100% meat lovers. When I went with my mum, since she doesn’t eat much meat, what she loved the most was the beef bone broth that they will serve you in a warm tumbler. She kept drinking cups of the soup and was almost full by the time the meat arrived!

Don't confuse with tea! It's beef bone broth!!
Don’t confuse with tea! It’s beef bone broth!!

Besides the meat and the broth, they will serve other dishes such as a clear soup and several kimchis. One time we ordered some extra dumplings to make sure we were full, and actually we had to take them home because they were gigantic! If you go with friends and want to drink, they also sell beer and soju or magkeoli. Enjoy your meal!

Yet another soup~~~
Yet another soup~~~

General Info:

Menu: Galbijjim, Galbitang, Mandu, Cold noodles…
Price: Around W15,000~20,000 per person. The galbijjim comes in 3 sizes: small 소/小 for W39,000, medium 중/中 for W49,000, and big 대/大 for W59,000.
Parking: available at some branches, call beforehand to make sure, or just take the subway!

Gangnam Myeonok Branches:

1. Sinsa Address 588-9 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울시 강남구 신사동 588-9
Phone #: +82 2-3446-5539
Opening hours 11:00~22:00
Closest subway stop: Apgujeong (line 3, orange)
2. Daechi Address 1023-4 Daechi-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울시 강남구 대치동 1023-4
Phone #: +82 2-539-6393
Opening hours 11:00~22:00
Closest subway stop: Hanti (Bundang line, yellow)
3. Bundang Address 77-6 Seohyeon 1(il)-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 성남시 분당구 서현동 77-6
Phone #: +82 31-781-3790
Opening hours 11:00~22:00
Closest subway stop: Seohyon (bundang line, yellow)
4. Seongsu Addess 서울시 성동구 성수동1가 13-170
Phone #: +82 2-6968-0800
Opening hours  11:00~22:00
Closest subway stop: Ttukseom (line 2, green)

Bonus! 

After eating we walked back to Garosugil to digest a bit all that food (takes about 15min walk). The reason, we wanted dessert! So we were walking around one of the back streets of Garosugil, looking for a specific ice-cream shop that Susan knew. We couldn’t find it, but saw a place called BBB – Brunch, Bakery and Beer? and they had ichigo daifuku (if you didn’t know, Victor loves ichigo daifuku). So we went in, and ordered some delicious looking desserts. The mochi was not super fresh, but I liked it a lot. They served it cut in half, and one of the strawberries looked like a heart, so it was really cute. The ice creams… not my style, but it looks really cute too.

Yumyum, looks good, right? Tastes ok...
Yumyum, looks good, right? Tastes ok…

Garosugil definitely has a lot of small places to sit down and get a coffee or a snack. It is pricey, but decoration is usually very cared for. It is the place to take dates, apparently!

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6 thoughts on “Best Galbijjim in Seoul

  1. Will give a try at this type of food while in korea. Didnt expect thery are serving bone broth, i was thinking the picture show serving typical korean tea.

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