South Korea is a very popular place to travel nowadays and it is not just because of Korean pop and Korean dramas. The cuisine here is also phenomenal, packed with spice and flavour. Although most of our stereotypical view of Korean cuisine often surrounds either soup dishes and BBQ, in this post I am going to share a dish that is neither.
The dak galbi is a stir fried chicken dish which is done table side. The boneless chicken meat marinated in gochujang stir-fried along with vegetables like sweet potatoes, cabbage and spring onions. Although the meat used is often chicken breast, they have a way of cooking them till they are tender and juicy. Along with the other ingredients, it creates a perfect symphony of flavours for your taste buds. It is spicy, savory and a bit sweet. After all that goodness you can order either normal white rice, kimchi fried rice or rice cake to be cooked in the delicious left over sauce in the pan. Please be reminded that this do cause extra no matter where you go.
The restaurant I went to was a chain called Yoogane and you can find it all around South Korea. What makes this chain so good is they let you order 1 person servings whereas most restaurants who serves dishes like these will need you to at least a 2 people serving. For people who is traveling alone and want to have a taste of dak galbi then Yoogane is the choice. The branch I went to was located in the area of Honguk University, also known as Hongdae. The staffs there were friendly and welcoming even though I couldn't speak any Korean. They also have English menus provided so it will not be a problem ordering even with the language barrier.
The cooking of dak galbi done table side by one of the staff
I ordered a bowl of white rice afterwards for the staff to cook for me in the remaining sauce left in the pan
This is the how the restaurant looks like on the outside
Yoogane - 4.5/5