Choi Gang Jip

Restaurants, Traditional Korean Nonhyeon-dong
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Craving something spicy? Make a stop at Choi Gang Jip for their spicy jokbal (pork hock) and a swift kick in the mouth—at least, that’s what it feels like to some of us. Apparently, they now serve jokbal that “less spicy” than they used to, but those of you who are feeling particularly masochistic can request it hot like the good old days when ordering. Aside from their spicy jokbal, you can also order the original Choi Gang jokbal, or enjoy both with a “half and half” set. To maximize the amount of chewy, delicious cartilege in each trotter, the restaurant only serves relatively small ankle-to-toe cuts that they term “mini jokbal.” And to make things easier, you can wear the disposable plastic gloves provided so you can dig right into your meal without the mess. Also on the menu is the steamed egg bowl and DIY rice balls whose mild flavors balance the salty and spicy jokbal. You can also order sundae (blood sausage), jokbal with chilled jellyfish, cheese ribs (a new menu item) and, tellingly, sulguk, a popular hangover soup. Choi Gang Jip is open 24/7, particularly convenient for any late-night cravings (they also do take-out).

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Venue name: Choi Gang Jip
Contact:
Address: 38, Bongeunsa-ro 1-gil
Gangnam-gu
Seoul
135-825
Opening hours: Open 24hours
Transport: Sinnonhyeon Station (Line 9), exit 3. Nonhyeon Station (Line 7), exit 2.
Price: Mains from 15,000 won
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