This year I have spent a lot of time in Chuncheon, the closest city to Seoul in Gangwon province. It is relaxing, the air is much purer and people density is much lower as opposed to Seoul, so I just like getting on a subway and going there anytime I have a day to spare. Sometimes it is to visit new places, sometimes it is just to take a calm walk and visit some lovely cafes in the area. Food is also a big part of traveling, so I always enjoy going to new places to eat and exploring local cuisines.
If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you probably would already know, that Chuncheon is very famous for 2 main dishes: stir-fried chicken (dalkgalbi) and buckwheat noodles (makguksu). There is even a famous stir-fried chicken street in the heart of the city, filled with restaurants that serve different variations of the same dish.
already know, that Chuncheon is very famous for 2 main dishes: stir-fried chicken (dalkgalbi) and buckwheat noodles (makguksu). There is even a famous stir-fried chicken street in the heart of the city, filled with restaurants that serve different variations of the same dish.
When I travel, I prefer going to a new place every time I visit, as it allows me to explore and enjoy something unknown every time I visit. So, where to each in Chuncheon, if you find yourself out of the main street? I cannot cover all of the restaurants I have been to, but I will introduce a few most recent ones I have visited. If you want to learn more a wider variety of restaurant suggestions, make sure to follow me on Instagram, where I post updates faster and more frequently.
One of the two most recent places I have visited for food is, how unexpected, is a stir-fried chicken place, yet is it not located in the heart of the city. The restaurant is called Daewoong Dalkgalbi and makguksu and they sell Korean stir fried chicken, bukwheat noodles as well as other Korean dishes, such a bossam at low prices.
We got one big bowl or Dalgalbi and it was more than enough for 3 people. They serve it a big plate, which double functions as a huge frying pan and they cook it for you at the table. You might need to stir the mass from time to time to prevent it from burning. My favorite way to eat Korean stir-fried chicken it to take a big leaf of cabbage or any other greens that they have at the table (ssam is the best) put meat on it, add garlic, wrap it up and eat it all together. It makes it a unique experience and also it is really delicious that way. But make sure not to burn your tongue.
After you eat the chicken, there might be still some vegetable and sauce left on the pan, so what Koreans like to do, is adding up some rice and stir fry it with leftovers. If is super filling and make not want you to have the next meal as you are going to be full for 24 hours!
But being a food as I am, since dalgbalbi was my dinner, I still had to get some delicious lunch the next day, so here goes the second place – HaegaBit (Which translates to “Sunshine”), that sells Korean traditional dishes, such as the lotus flower rice with tons of side dishes and different kinds or toppins, but I would totally reccomend their staple lotus rice with bulgogi, because it was super delicious.
The menus don’t have any English on them though, so I would recommend coming with a Korean person or bringing some kind of a translation app if your Korean language skills are lower than intermediate level. Therefore, I am sure the staff would recommend some dishes and try to explain it as simple as possible.
Even though I did not finish all of my rice, the side dishes, such as lotus roots and potatoes were so delicious, we kept asking for refills! (yes, refills for side dishes are free in Korea). And bulgogi tasted like heaven as well. In addition to that, after our food, they gave us some warm tea to drink, which was a nice surprise.
For a bonus recommendation, there is also a place for my cafe lovers, which I accidentally found near the Chuncheon Romantic Market. It is a cafe called CheoBangCheon and they do not only specialize in coffee but sell traditional snacks that have medical values and are good for you, instead of it being full of sugar! The interior design was also really cozy, it would be a nice place to finish our food tour for this time.
If you are still craving for some street food, head to the Chuncheon romantic market and grab a snack. It is very cheap there and if you have market money (it is often given as gifts) you can use it the market and save some cash!
What are your favorite restaurants in Chuncheon? Let me know in the comments down below since a foodie like me cannot resist a delicious meal!