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Healing Instinct for Tasty Flavor: Hunting for Great BBQs in Namyangju

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Left: buckwheat wrap with pork meat set menu/ Right: 'nstinct for Tasty Flavor: Hunting for Great BBQs in Namyangju' is written.


 

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Time Spent: 6 hours / Estimated Cost: KRW 40,000 / Recommended Visiting Season: All 4 seasons 

Recommended Route: Anmaeul Pork BBQ – Korea National Arboretum/ Gwangneung- Gwangneung Hanokjip - Cafe Buster Roasters Factory


[Course Introduction]
There are several restaurants in Gyeonggi-do Province that I like. When I am tired and I am craving for hot blood sausage and rice soup, I go to the Jeil restaurant in Yongin. If I am in need of something that will be less of a burden to my digestive system, I go to Seoil Farm in Anseong for some rich soybean paste. That day, I was craving for some meat, so I decided to go to a restaurant in Namyangju that I frequented.

You made a big mistake if you imagined this place as one where all you had to do was cook the meat. I was going to a restaurant where I could enjoy Korean BBQ in a special way.



[Anmaeul Korean set menu with pork bulgogi]
 

A Korean set menu with pork bulgogi

  

Left: a front view of the restaurante. / Middle: a person is trying to eat pork bulgogi wrapped in sesame leaf. / Right: the exterior seats of the restaurante.  

I had to wait in line each time, but luckily there was an empty table today so I took a seat. This restaurant had a huge advantage: there were small tables separated from each other, and a lone diner like me could readily get a seat. The menu consisted of just one dish: Korean set menu with pork bulgogi. Since there was only one thing on the menu, I neither ordered nor waited. The food arrived almost as soon as I took my seat.

 

The sizzling sound of meat being cooked was a pleasure to hear. Eating the pork bulgogi by wrapping it in a perilla leaf counteracted the spiciness and greasiness of the pork while adding a fragrant smell to it. I had missed this feeling of the mouth being filled with richness. Soybean sprouts cooked with the pork bulgogi and its cruncy texture gave much more flavor. This restaurant looked very modest but has achieved perfection in terms of the quality of the food. At KRW 7,000 per serving, no wonder people frequented the place.


The Connoisseur’s Point 

As a self-professed patron, I like to eat the rice by mixing it with the pork bulgogi seasoning. After eating some of the meat, I mix it with the rice as I would cook fried rice on a grill. To make this delicacy, you must not forget to leave enough meat and seasoning to mix with the rice.

Basic Information

Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 21:00 / Closed on Sundays

Recommendation for 1 person: Korean set menu with pork bulgogi (KRW 7,000)

Address: 1001, Geumgang-ro Jinjeop-eup, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do

Phone: +82-31-571-7235

 


 

[Gwangneung Hanokjip]

A main menu - buckwheat wrap with pork meat

 

 

Left: a front view of the Gwangneung Hanokjip./ Middle: a bowl of Pyeongyang-style cold buckwheat noodles. / Right: a plate of buckwheat wrap with pork meat.

 


Gwangneung Hanokjip was a casual version of Gwangneung Bulgogi, a bulgogi restaurant famous for not having a sign. I headed to Gwangneung Hanokjip because Gwangneung Bulgogi did not provide One Serving of its dishes. It was the same bulgogi, but the side dishes at Gwangneung Hanokjip were a lot more diverse. For lone diners like me, this was a better choice. When I was about to order their main dish, the “buckwheat wrap with pork meat,” I caught sight of the buckwheat noodle machine in a corner of the restaurant.  

Upon finding out that the restaurant made their own noodles, I wanted to taste the buckwheat noodles as well. Thus, I ordered the Pyeongyang-style cold buckwheat noodles in addition to the bulgogi. They soon arrived at my table. It was fun That the Pyeongyang-style cold buckwheat noodles was so chewy because it was made from 100% buckwheat noodles that it cut easily. It tasted more like buckwheat noodles in cold broth than actual Pyeongyang-style cold buckwheat noodles, and its mild broth will appeal to almost everyone. 

The highlight of my meal was the buckwheat wrap, which is eaten by wrapping bits of seasoned young summer radish and meat in a buckwheat wrap; it reminded me of the taste of platter of nine delicacies, the expensive Korean dish. The smell of fire given off by the bulgogi, the hearty taste of the buckwheat, and the freshness of the

seasoned vegetables were a such a charming combination.

The Connoisseur’s Point

In the buckwheat wrap with pork meat, the buckwheat wrap plays the role of rice. If there is not enough wrap to fill your stomach, you can order additional wraps for KRW 5,000, or you can order cold buckwheat noodles and eat together with the bulgogi. Don’t forget to try the buckwheat crepes that come afterward as a dessert! 

Basic Information

Opening Hours: 11:30 ~ 20:00 / Closed on Tuesdays, lunar New Year's day and Chuseok Holiday

Recommendation for 1 person: buckwheat wrap with pork meat (KRW 12,000), Pyeongyang-style cold buckwheat noodles (KRW10,000)

Address: 36, Gwangneungnae-ro Jinjeop-eup, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Phone: +82-31-574-6630

 

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[Korea National Arboretum]



A beautiful Needle Fir trail of Korea National Arboretum

  

Left: an open view of the lake in Korea National Arboretum with colorful autumn leaves. / middle: A front view of Korea National Arboretum. / right: A beautiful Needle Fir trail of Korea National Arboretum

 

 

 

The Korea National Arboretum consisting of 2,777 acres of land was designated by King Sejong as his tomb forest in 1468 and has been maintained up to this day. Tours are operated on a 100% pre-booking basis. Fortunately, I was able to reserve a spot one day before my visit. The scale of the forest was much more enormous than I expected when viewed at the entrance. I did not have any idea where to begin, so I went to the visitor center. The center provided a tour guide every hour, and the next round had not started. Luckily, I was able to join the next tour soon.

 

After listening to the guide’s explanation on the smell of the tree leaves, the shape of the flowers, and the animals inhabiting this forest, the forest looked more different. I had thought the plants were just plants, but they now looked more valuable after learning they each had a meaning.

I listened to the guide’s commentary as I walked along the Forest Eco-Deck, and then climbed up the needle fir tree forest, which was supposed to be one of the top 3 needle fir tree forests of Korea. Having grown for over 100 years Needle Fir trees are magnificent. By the time I arrived back at the entrance after viewing the scenery at Yungnimho Lake on the west side of the arboretum, 2 hours had already passed. I never imagined myself spending such a long time in a forest. Before leaving the forest, I breathed in fresh air one last time and then moved on.


Basic Information

Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 18:00 (November - March: 09:00 ~ 17:00), Last admission: 1 hour before closing time / Closed on Sundays and Mondays, Lunar New Year's day, Chuseok Holiday, and New Year’s day

Admission: Adult KRW 1,000 / Free for seniors above 65 years, parking fees (KRW3,000 a day)

Time Spent: Around 2.5 hours

Phone: +82-031-540-2000

Website: www.kna.go.kr

 

Note: The Korea National Arboretum operates on a 100% pre-booking basis. Before visiting, you must make a reservation online or by phone (1-day max. capacity of the arboretum: Tuesdays ~ Fridays 5,000 visitors, Saturdays & National holidays 3,000 people)



[Cafe Buster Roasters Factory]

A spacious indoor of Cafe Buster Roasters Factory

 

left:  a front view of the cafe. / Middle: various small items placed in various corners of the café./ Right: diverse small figures.

 

 

I was eager to sit in a café and take some rest since I had spent the whole day eating and walking. This was how I found myself sitting in Cafe Buster Roasters Factory. I became relaxed when I saw the spacious interior and the wide grass lawn in front of the café. As I approached the counter to make my order, my eyes were drawn to the small items placed in various corners of the café. There were some figures I have seen before, but I’ve watched almost of all for the first time. The owner said he kept them there for selling as well as decorations.

 

While at it, I decided to take a look around the different corners of the café and discovered many interesting things about the place. Displayed on the first floor were mostly figurines, whereas the second floor was filled with accessories and lifestyle goods. It was not a shop so there wasn’t any person who made me uncomfortable to buy something. I just looked around leisurely while having coffee. I loved it! As I was spending time in such a carefree way, the sun was gradually setting.


Basic Information

Opening Hours: (Mondays ~ Thursdays) 10:00~22:00, (Fridays ~ Sundays) 10:00~23:00

Recommendation for 1 person: Americano (KRW 5,000), Crimson Iced Tea (KRW 7,000), Tiramisu (KRW 6,500)

Address: 1791, Geumgang-ro Jinjeop-eup, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do

Phone: +82-031-571-1791

Website: http://www.cafebuster.co.kr

 

 

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[Course Guide]

1. Adjust the schedule according to your preference.

- Geographical advantage: All the famous attractions and restaurants are located close to each other. You can tailor your course to your liking. 

- This is an area where you can go wherever your feet take you.

  

2. A trip where you can stick to your normal eating habits

- Take into consideration how much you eat as well as your taste preference: Eat in moderation according to your eating pattern not to screw up a wonderful journey