Korean BBQ (Pork)
86, Asiad-daero 161beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan
4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Subway: Line 3 (Brown Line), get off at Sajik station (사직/308), Exit 3 or 1 (walk about 500 meters or 1600 feet)
After a long day, there are few things more attractive than samgyeopsal (삼겹살, pork belly in Korean BBQ style) with soju – If you are under 21 and reading this, soda will do fine. It was a weekday so my wife and I decided not to go too far and found one in my neck of the woods.
The name of the restaurant, “Gogi Jeonggeojang (고기정거장),” means a stop for meat like a bus stop. Because the BBQ restaurant is near Sajik Baseball Stadium, I assume it could get quite busy depending on the schedule of Lotte Giants, Busan’s professional baseball team.
Menu at Gogi Jeonggeojang
Their specialty is pork BBQ in Korean style. The menu includes saeng samgyeopsal (생삼겹살, unfrozen pork belly), yangnyeom dwaeji galbi (양념돼지갈비, marinated pork ribs), dwitgogi (뒷고기, assorted cuts of pork), kkeopdegi (껍데기, pork rinds), and some other dishes. We ordered dwitgogi and, of course, samgyeopsal.
Dwitgogi (뒷고기) was originally an assortment of various parts of pork that restaurants couldn’t sell as a menu. The name literally means ‘meat in the back’ and suggests the butchers took them out through the back door. The city of Gimhae is the origin of this menu and it spread out through Busan and other parts of Gyeongsangnam-do.
Since it is an assortment of many parts, the texture is chewier than pork libs or samgyeopsal. If you like soft parts of pork, I am sorry but this might not be your best choice.
Side dishes came along with meats, including veggies, sauces, and steamed eggs. As you may already know, these side dishes are free of charge. Lettuce, sauces, and other side dishes can be refilled at your request. I am not sure about the steamed egg, though.
Are you a fan of Korean pork?
If you want to know more about how Koreans cook and enjoy pork, read my post about Korean pork dishes. Or, ‘Korean Pork Belly Rhapsody‘ (now on Netflix) would be a good watch. It’s a documentary about pork in South Korea including its history, various regional dishes, and more.
What Else at Gogi Jeonggeojang?
In my humble opinion (I believe many Koreans agree with me, though), when you drink, two pairings can’t go wrong in Korea: Korean Fried Chicken (not that KFC) and beer, called Chi-Mac (치맥). And, soju and samgyeopsal.
Soju is one of the most popular drinks in South Korea and there are many brands you can choose from. I had Daesun (대선) that night, which is Busan’s own soju brand.
It’s not a rule or anything, but finishing up Korean BBQ with noodles or doenjang jjigae along with a bowl of rice is a kind of ritual among many Koreans. Our choice for that evening was memil guksu (메밀국수).
Memil guksu (메밀국수) is a buckwheat noodle served in cold soup. The noodle is sometimes called momil guksu (모밀국수), which is a dialect of Hamgyeong-do where the noodle is believed to be originated.
Note: Since the taste, atmosphere, and service are all subjective matters (and I don’t consider myself a qualified foodie), I try to introduce and show a restaurant, rather than rate them.
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