Si mi tai kimchi? Korean royal feasts, amazing spreads of all-things-Korean served right to your table and just where to savour the very best of Korean flavours.
Asia’s Greatest Food Cities
Friends, countrymen, makan kaki, lend me your ears. I shall show you the way to paradise. Food paradise, that is. Loosen your belt and get your ENO ready, for we are about to journey through Asia’s Greatest Food Cities and mark out the treasures the great food gods have laid on the table.
In this series highlights the best food to try in each city, as recommended by locals who have lived & tasted it. Read on to find out the most popular local dishes and the best places you should go to try them.
Best Food in Seoul, Korea
Si mi tai kimchi?
Top Restaurant: Song Jook Heon Restaurant
Taste a bit of everything Korean with Hanjeongsik. This is a traditional style of Korean dining, that reminds us a little of an upscale Nasi Padang, but here the chef is in charge. You just sit pretty at your table and the wait staff will deliver dish after dish to your table, creating an amazing mini banquet for you. Hanjeongsik starts off with appetizers, and includes a main dish of meat, fish or hot pot.
Best to dine as a group. There can be as many as 10-30 dishes served, which everyone is meant to share. To be able to taste your way through the whole variety of food, gather a group and enjoy a long dinner tasting foods whose names you probably don’t know.
Try: Steamed pork, bulgogi, salmon salad, hot duck patty
Song Juk Heon
37-2, Unni-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea
Open Monday-Friday, noon-2 p.m., 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m
Top Restaurant: Yong Su San
Traditional Korean fine dining, closely adapted from the cuisine typically served to Korean royalty during the Koryo Dynasty. The restaurant is a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and listed in the Miele Guide to Asia’s Finest Restaurants. You can expect beautiful flavours served with style, quite literally fit for the king.
The restaurant itself is decorated with historically-inspired details, creating an ambience that transports diners to a grand time in Korean history in order to experience the feel of a traditional Korean royal feast. Yong Su San is located within the Financial District and a great way to savour Korean fine dining.
Try: Pork belly, braised short rib, black sesame tofu, royal kaesung style wrapped kimchi, skewered scallops and mushroom
Yong Su San
B1 Seoul Finance Bldg.
1-84, Taepyeongno 1-ga, Jung-gu,
Seoul, South Korea