Kim Ji-soon’s top picks for those who want a taste of Jeju’s traditional dishes
Situated near the Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum, the Noodle Garden is listed as one of the most popular Jeju restaurants serving noodles. The most popular dish is the “Meat Noodles,” priced at 5,000 won ($4.30). This noodle dish is made with pork broth and is served with boiled pork belly slices.
Another popular noodle dish is the “Anchovy Noodles” made with anchovy broth. Gooksoo Madang is an all-you-can-eat restaurant, so you can have all the noodle dishes your stomach can handle. For more information, call (064) 757-5559.
The owners are a duo of the sea: The wife is a diver and the husband is an expert manufacturer of abalones, and maybe that’s why this place is where you can get the cheapest and most abundant amount of abalones on all of Jeju Island. This summer the restaurant is in high demand for its abalone moolhwae, otherwise known as “abalone water sashimi,” which costs 15,000 won. This dish includes sliced abalone mixed with leeks, onions, garlic and chili powder. For more information, call (064) 743-4813.
The Red Dining Table is known as one of the best locations for traditional Jeju set meals. Priced at 9,000 won, the set meal includes assorted banchan (Korean side dishes), fried mackerel, boiled pork, slices of radish dried and seasoned with soy sauce, and a classic Jeju soy bean soup. The Red Dining Table stands inside the alleyway on the eastern side of the Jeju Students Cultural Center. For more information, call (064) 723-5567.
Located in an alleyway near Sammu Park in Yeon-dong, the Jangchoon Restaurant is well known for its sliced raw mackerel dish and dombae meat. This chewy fish dish is the perfect size for a table of four. Furthermore, as it is commonly viewed as a side dish, it is best served with the signature Jeju main meal of seaweed and ascidian soup. Another renowned dish is the dombae meat that costs 30,000 won. The word “dombae” derives from Jeju dialect, meaning a cutting board, and so the dombae meat dish is boiled pork thinly cut and placed on a wooden board. For more information, call (064) 742-8556.
By Lee Jee-eun, Na Won-jeong