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Par for the course? Not these restaurants

June 02,2007
Gwanakjang dubu doenjang jjigae, or tofu bean paste soup
A round of golf lasts 18 holes, but the real fun often doesn’t begin until afterward, when you can sit back with a cold beverage and nourish yourself with hearty food after spending hours under the scorching sun.
If you’ve played well, the post-round meal becomes your 19th hole. Did you struggle to break 100? Then you can forget all about it over a delicious near the golf course. The number of specialty restaurants near golf courses has grown in proportion to the number of golfers across the nation. Some first garnered notoriety as stops for golfers, and went on to become places for family gatherings. Others were only frequented by local residents at first, and then golfers discovered them later.
Cho Young-hoon, who has played golf for 10 years, has published a book on these restaurants, called, “Around the 19 Holes.” Here are some of the “birdie-quality” restaurants near golf courses.

Dongtan / Hwaseong
This place is not to be missed if you’ve played near Suwon or Osan in Gyeonggi. But don’t expect customer service of any kind, because there are usually patrons lined up out the door. But the dooruchigi (spicy pork stew) will help you forget about the poor service. Put hot pepper paste on precooked pork, and then grill it again to get the meat spicy and tender. Side dishes are nothing out of the ordinary ― the usual kimchi and bean sprouts ― and they are distinctively country-style. Another popular item here is seolleongtang (oxtail soup), which reportedly was a favorite dish of a former president. Dooruchigi is 7,000 won ($7), and seolleongtang goes for 4,000 won. For information call (031) 376-5828.

Taereung charcoal-broiled galbi
Harubang / Gwangju
Restaurants around golf courses are increasingly catering to healthier diets, with barbecue houses giving way to places serving lower-fat, lower-calorie food. Harubang, which opened soon after the New Seoul Country Club in 1989, is famous for Jeju-style dishes. The owner is a Jeju native who flies in ingredients from the island each day. The hardboiled scabbardfish is the popular dish here, and only those from Jeju Island are used. The owner insists that the mackerel on offer are top-quality. Hot pepper powders used on these dishes are from peppers picked in Goesan, North Chungcheong. The only downside is that ordering these plates will test your patience. A large order of hardboiled scabbardfish is 65,000 won. Call (031) 762-8721.

Gwanakjang / Hwaseong
This is a barbecue house with a country feel from the homemade soybean paste to the dried radish leaves. The specialty here is tteoksim, or cow ligament. Those with strong teeth say they like the chewiness of this particular delicacy. But there’s usually only 13 pounds worth of this chewy ligament on a cow. No wonder it’s expensive: 150 grams, or 0.3 pounds, goes for 40,000 won.
This restaurant is also frequented by non-golfers who want a taste of the countryside in form of the doenjang jjigae (bean paste soup) mixed with barley rice. The soup goes for 6,000 won. Call (031) 376-5696.
Home of Yoo the Professional Golfer / Yongin
The key to barbecue restaurants is the quality of the meat they serve. This restaurant claims to use only the best hanwoo (Korean beef) from the Jeolla area. The red meat of the sirloin is deliciously well marbled.
Even without the meat, the rice (which is cooked with mountain mineral water), mouth-watering kimchi and other side dishes will be enough to re-energize you after a long day on the links.
One serving of sirloin is 37,000 won. Other cuts are priced between 28,000 won to 32,000 won. The restaurant is located near the entrance of the Lakeside Country Club. Call (031) 339-9180.

Harubang hardboiled scabbard fish. Provided by Kugil Media
Ham Byeong-hyun Kimchi Guksu / Pocheon
The kimchi mali guksu (cold noodles in kimchi soup) served here is a typical North Korean dish. It’s essentially noodles in a red sea of kimchi. In the past, people ate theses noodles, usually in cold soup with ice, while wrapped in a thick blanket. Drink the soup and you will be all but frozen. The kimchi mali guksu here uses kimchi soup blended with cow leg-bone soup, but is without the greasiness of beef soup.
Topping the noodles are bits of pear, cucumber, boiled pork, pine nuts and pickled raddish. The recommended meal is to sample Pyongyang big dumplings and nokdu bindaettok (mung bean pancake) before tucking into the noodles. But this may not be enough for hungry golfers, who often order another helping of bossam (steamed pork). The noodles, dumpling soup, and pancake are 5,000 won each, while bossam is 20,000 won. The Bears Town Resort is nearby. Call (031) 534-0732.
Hwangju Bulgogi / Dongducheon
Bulgogi (marinated beef) is usually brought to a boil with vegetables and broth right before your eyes. But the bulgogi served here is a little different. Instead of bringing the meat on a pan that gathers the juices of the cooking meat, bulgogi is cooked on a gridiron. This is how marinated beef is cooked in Hwangju, North Hwanghae, where the restaurant’s owner is from, and perhaps should be called charcoal-broiled beef.
They use Korean beef here, but the price is quite reasonable. Some cuts go for 22,000 won for a serving of 300 grams. Bulgogi is 21,000 won per 200 grams. After finishing off the meat, dongchimi guksu (noodles served with pickled radish in salt water) is a must. Dongchimi is frozen before being served, and the noodles are boiled to order. The guksu is 3,000 won. The restaurant can be reached at (031) 865-2026.

Taereung Charcoal Broiled Galbi / Guri
Some patrons who used to accompany their parents to this restaurant are now bringing their own children. The restaurant has moved three times, but has remained in business for more than 30 years. Weather permitting, from late spring to late fall, eating your meat under a large pear tree makes for an interesting experience. The grilled red meat marinated in soy bean sauce and mixed with hot pepper powder adds to that experience. The leeks and mixed vegetables served on the side will whet your appetite even more. Kimchi and radish-leaf soup come with a bowl of rice. Nearby courses are Taereung Country Club and Gwangneung Country Club. A single order of pork galbi (ribs) is 8,000 won. Call 02-972-3335. jeeho@joongang.co.kr



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