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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Yukhoe (Korean style steak tartare) is a very difficult dish to make. The raw beef must be tender and smell fresh, and the mixture of the few spices involved needs to be perfect so that it doesn’t overwhelm the original scent of the beef. Even though several yukhoe restaurants have opened over the years around Gwangjang Market, there’s a reason why people insist on going to the area’s first yukhoe shop. Two sisters, as hinted from the shop’s name, opened Jamaejib (meaning “store run by sisters” in Korean) forty years ago in a 16 square meter space in a narrow alley of Gwangjang Market. One dish of yukhoe cost 1,000 KRW at the time. Today, it now prices in at 12,000 KRW, which is still a ridiculously good deal for yukhoe, which can cost 30–50,000 KRW at fancier restaurants. Jamaejib is not only cheaper, their yukhoe tastes better. Early at dawn, fresh meat is delivered daily. The meat is seasoned and set to marinate before being served. Their top secret recipe not only brings out the original flavor of the raw meat, but also blends perfectly into the meat. If you're looking for more variety, Jamaejib also serves yukhoe bibimbab and beef liver. Seven years ago, they opened a second restaurant right next door, and recently a third restaurant opened near Exit 9 of Jongno Oh-ga Station.


200-4, Jong-ro
Jongno 5-ga Station(Line 1), exit 9, 10.
Mains 12,000–15,000 won
Opening hours:
10am–10:50pm, Closed every 1st and 3rd Sun
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