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The Authentic Korean Chicken & Beer Experience
Start Location: Gongdeok Station, exit 10
You Must Do This In Korea
Chicken and beer is an obsession in Korea. It is one of the best ways to enjoy an evening with friends and new acquaintances. It's also a great way to take a plunge into Korean night culture.
This tour is not your typical "chimaek" tour. We don't just drop you off in a park with a bucket of chicken. Explore unique, classic, and new takes on this Korean institution.
First Stop: Grilled Chicken from Gangwon Province
Whenever we poll expats in Korea on what their favorite Korean foods, DalkGalbi always makes the top three.
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Originating in the college town of Chuncheon in rural Gangwon Province, the place we go to takes marinated chicken thighs and grills them over charcoals at our table. It's a rare find in Seoul. Finish off with a bowl of chilled buckwheat noodles that are to die for. They're so cherished that there's a museum in Gangwon Province dedicated to them.
Second Stop: Wood Fire Roasted Chicken on Sizzling Crispy Rice
A new trend that has been quickly taking over Seoul's food scene. Whole chickens are spit roasted over wood. Then they're served on top of sizzling rice crisping up on hot iron platters. This place gets some serious lines out the door, and there's a good reason why. Try this unique version before it becomes a hit worldwide.
Third Stop: Classic Korean Fried Chicken--The Real Deal
We end up in a traditional '90s style mom-and-pop "chicken hof," where the full-flavored free-range chicken has thin crispy skin with Asian aromatics. This isn't the Americanized versions that you get outside Korea. It's our secret hole-in-the-wall where only locals over 45 years old go. The couple who run the place tend to give us homemade treats--as if we're not stuffed enough.
So, to break it down
- Grilled country-style chicken that's rare in Seoul
- Trendy wood-roasted chicken on sizzling rice
- Classic Korean fried chicken in a cozy mom-and-pop pub
- BEER IS INCLUDED
Wear comfortable shoes and bring an ample appetite. The ticket price includes all food. It also includes alcoholic beverages (within reason). Non-alcoholic option is available.
Discounts for 2 or more guests
Meeting Point: Gongdeok Station, exit 10
Length of tour: approx. 3 hours
Type: Walking, eating
Food types for special diet consideration: chicken, some spicy foods but can be toned down, Halal friendly if you don't include the beer
Suggested items: Comfortable walking shoes, umbrella (depends), camera
Owner and Guide
Joe started Korea's first food blog, ZenKimchi, in 2004. Since being interviewed for New York Times' debut article on Korean fried chicken, Joe has been consulting for media outlets regarding Korean cuisine. Though he rarely appears on camera, he's usually behind-the-scenes on Korean episodes of "Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain", "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern", "Food Paradise International", "The Kimchi Chronicles," and many more. He's also consulted for publications, such as Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Le Monde, The Los Angeles Times--well, you get the idea.
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