Hwago Jip 화고집 – Beautiful Korean Barbecue House

The cab driver took us to the Korean BBQ house as instructed. We were not sure if this was the correct place until we double checked the telephone number displayed at the shop front. Yes, we had arrived. Let’s get out of the cold and go inside.

Hwajang Hangogi House, literally translates to “Beautiful Korean Barbecue House”, is a favourite BBQ place for people who resides in Seoul, Korea. The locals epitomise it as the best that Seoul has to offer and fondly nicknamed it as 화고집 – Hwago Jip.

The interior has a rustic feel and traditionally, Koreans would sit on the floor to partake the D.I.Y. dinner but there’s western seating option for those who can’t take to the floors, like me! I realised that my feet numbed after 10 minutes and I had to sit seiza-style (正座)  which is kneeling like the formal Japanese sitting technique and after a while I had both legs to one side but my jeans too tight, ouch!

The lady server originally from China (she’s been living in Seoul for the past 14 years and spoke with local accent) noticed my discomfort and tried to help with the barbecue-ing for us. She said that the staff normally do not do that but since we are foreigners, she took the tongs and started flipping our meats so they would not be burnt beyond recognition 😉

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Homey interior with arcadian wooden tables and cushions on the floor.

Ryan & Valerie tired out after a long day but happy to be able to indulge in another round of family meal together with us.

Ryan & Valerie tired out after a long day but happy to be able to indulge in another round of family meal together with us.

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Eating Korean BBQ wouldn’t be complete without bowls of chilled Makgeolli.

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막걸리 (Makgeolli) is a sweet and slightly tart alcoholic beverage native to Korea, made from a mixture of wheat and rice, which gives it an off-white milky colour.

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김치전 (Kimchijeon) is Korean Kimchi Pancake.
It is also known as 김치부침개 (Kimchi buchimgae), a variety of jeon (pancake-like dish), made primarily with sliced kimchi, some bits of other vegetables and flour batter.

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된장 찌개 Dwenjang Jjigae is soya bean paste stew.
My first time eating this and I liked it a lot

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계란찜 Gyeranjjim a.k.a. Gaerun jjim.
Gyeran: Egg, Jjim: Steamed (remember Galbi jjim?). So Gyeran jjim means Steam Egg.
The most popular version is cooked in Ttuckbaegi: Korean earthenware/stone pot.
I’m sure you can piece the words together by now.
It is called 뚝배기-계란찜 (Ttuckbaegi gyeran jjim).

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The Chinese server came to my rescue.

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Shitake Mushroom Stems, Button Mushroom Caps and Australian Beef.

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In the small metal bowl were garlic slices.
Button Mushroom Caps and Australian Beef.

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We put about 120 grains of rice (just kidding), the bbq-ed meat, a small dollop of the red ssamjang sauce, top it with a couple of roasted garlic slices onto a perilla leaf, wrap it loosely and eat.

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Pork Belly Strips and Mushroom Stems.

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Cook the Belly whole and when they are almost done, use a pair of scissors to cut them into bite-size pieces.

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Almost done.

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Home-made Frozen Yoghurt (Froyo) was slightly sweet and tart as yoghurt should be.
They make this refreshing dessert at the shop.

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Real Charcoal? I think they mean very good quality charcoal.

Click on this picture to be redirected to map for location.

Click on this picture to be redirected to map for location.

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Hwago Jip 화고집.
Korean BBQ Restaurant where the locals eat.

We thoroughly enjoyed the efficient and considerate service. Kudos to our server who took the effort to make us comfortable with refills of 반찬 (Banchan – side dishes that one usually gets gratis when dining in Korean eateries) and some small talk, too. The food was good, not earth shaking but yummilicious enough for cold hungry foreigners. The overall experience here was fantastic! If we were to revisit Seoul, this would be a friendly place to go to again.

잘 먹었습니다!

The Korean words above “Jal moke got sum nida” literally means “I ate very well,” but implies “It was really good. Thank you so much for the food.”

Hwago Jip 화고집
Address: Gangnam-gu Samseong-dong 116,
Seoul, South Korea.

Tel: (+82) 234527895

Happy eating 🙂

Click here for Gaerun Jjim Recipe in “You Can Be My 슈퍼스타!”.

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2 Responses to “Hwago Jip 화고집 – Beautiful Korean Barbecue House”
  1. LFFL says:

    I’m in love with your camera! Your pics always come out great.

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