Food in Seoul: Myeongdong (Part 1)

IMG_20150601_122559 Staying at a hotel in Myeongdong or going to Myeongdong for a day of shopping? Wondering what food to eat in Myeongdong? Here is a list of restaurants in Myeongdong that I recommend. I have included the addresses and map to each restaurant as well.

TIP: Use Daum maps to locate the restaurants. It is more accurate than Google Maps. http://map.daum.net

I have included the Korean names of the restaurants I recommend. You can copy and paste the Korean names of the restaurants in the search bar in Daum map to find them 🙂 Alternatively, when you are at Myeongdong, you can ask the staff in red vests & hats, marked with the ‘ⓘ’ information logo, for directions. They walk around Myeongdong to help tourists find their way.

1. GoBong Ginseng Chicken (고봉 삼계탕)

GoBong (고봉) Samgyetang
GoBong (고봉) Samgyetang

GoBong’s (고봉) ginseng chicken soup is very savoury and tasty, with the tender chicken meat. This dish comes with a small cup of Ginseng wine (as seen in the picture above). You can add the ginseng wine into the soup or drink it as it is, depending on your preference.

Price: 14,000 won

Where: Located near Euljiro-1-ga Station, exit 5/6. It is opposite 7-eleven.

You can take the lift up to the 3rd floor. Below is a map indicating the location and also a picture of the sign next to the elevator you should take. It is open from 9am – 10pm daily.

Address: 199-13 Euljiro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Map: GoBong, Myeongdong branch
Map: GoBong, Myeongdong branch
GoBong sign next to the elevator
GoBong sign next to the elevator
Elevator (opposite 7-eleven) to GoBong on the 3rd floor
Elevator (opposite 7-eleven) to GoBong on the 3rd floor

Read the full review of GoBong Ginseng Chicken in my previous post: Food in Korea – Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) at Myeongdong 😀

2. Mille Feuille (밀피유)

Mille Feuille is a Tonkatsu shop. Tonkatsu means fried breaded pork cutlet. What’s so special about its pork cutlet? This pork cutlet consists of 25 super thin layers of pork, making it soooo soft and delicious. Crispy on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside 😀

Mille Feuille Cheese Tonkatsu

See how thin the layers are? 😛 I ordered the cheese tonkatsu so you can see the melted cheese in this picture 😀 There are many flavours to choose from: Original, Cheese, Black Pepper, Garlic, Herb and many more!

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Herb, Cheese, Black Pepper Tonkatsu (clockwise from top right)

Where: There are 2 outlets in Myeongdong. They are between 2 stations: Euljiro-1-ga Station (Line 2, green line) and Myeongdong Station (Line 4, light blue line).

L in map below:   중구 명동1가 43           :  (In English) 43 Jung-gu Myeongdong-1-ga

H in map below:   중구 명동2가 2-2         : (In English) 2-2 Jung-gu Myeongdong-2-ga

Mille Feuille Myeongdong
Mille Feuille Myeongdong

There are also outlets near Ewha Women’s University Station (Line 2), Sungshin Women’s University Station (Line 4), Yongsan Station (Line 1).

3. Saboten  (사보텐)

Saboten is another Tonkatsu restaurant in Myeongdong.

It is from Japan but there are Korean menu items as well such as my favourite Albap Tonkatsu (알밥정식), which costs 12,000 won. Albab means fish roe mixed rice. This albab comes with red and yellow coloured fish roe, with some kimchi and seaweed for added flavour.

Saboten: Albab (알밥) Tonkatsu Set
Saboten: Albab (알밥) Tonkatsu Set

There is also Cheese Tonkatsu, Tonkatsu with cold noodles, Black Pork Tonkatsu and many other types. The tonkatsu is tender and the breadcrumbs are really light and crispy.

There is also the original Tonkatsu – with 2 types of meat to choose from: normal & tenderloin. The tenderloin tonkatsu is really tender haha 😀

There are branches in other parts of Seoul as well such as Korea University. I have also featured this restaurant in my previous post about food near Korea University: https://trailsanddestinations.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/food-in-seoul-near-korea-university-part-1/

Where: There are 2 branches at Myeongdong as shown in the map below.

Blue dot (with red arrow) in map:  중구 명동2가 52-13 명동빌딩 2층      : (In English) 52-13 Jung-gu Myeongdong-2-ga   (Located on the 2nd floor)

M in map:   중구 충무로1가 52-5 신세계백화점 10층      : (In English) 52-5 Jung-gu Myeongdong-1-ga, Shinsegae Department Store  (Located on the 10th floor)

Saboten Myeongdong Location
Saboten Myeongdong Locations

4. Yoogane (유가네)

Yoogane is a shop that serves DakGalBi (닭갈비), which is stir fried marinated diced chicken. Here is a picture of part of the menu (taken from the Yoogane Singapore website: http://yoogane.com.sg/menu/

There are a lot more items in the Korea restaurants compared to the one in Singapore.

Yoogane Myeongdong Branches
Yoogane Myeongdong Branches

At the restaurant, the waiter will cook the food at your table, right in front of you! There are free side dishes as well! 😛

Where: There are 3 outlets in Myeongdong. See map below. They are near Myeongdong Station (Line 1, light blue line)

1st shop: 중구 명동2가 3-1      : (In English) 3-1 Jung-gu Myeongdong-2-ga

2nd shop: 중구 충무로2가 66-6   : (In English) 66-6 Jung-gu Myeongdong-2-ga

3rd shop: 중구 충무로1가 22-6 유화빌딩 201호   : (In English) 22-6 Jung-gu Chungmuro-1-ga, Yoogane Building No. 201

Yoogane Myeongdong Branches
Yoogane Myeongdong Branches

Leave a comment below if you have any other recommendations for food in Myeongdong, or if you have any questions 😀

Click here for Part 2 of food in Myeongdong!

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