Food + Soju + Good Times
Pigs feet or jokbal (족발) is another expensive Korean delicacy. It’s not glamorous and it’s definitely not healthy but it’s darn good!
As you walk-in you see the lady slicing up the ham hock.
Next to her is the pit of ham hocks ready to rock, beautiful and gross at the same time.
The standard recipe is to boil the pigs feet in a mixture of water, sugar, soy sauce, leeks, garlic, ginger, and rice wine. Of course everyone has their own secret recipes and that’s what makes some places stand out from the rest.
The side dishes are standard fare for any jokbal place, the fermented shrimp sauce (saeujeot) is a must!
You can eat it plain or dress it up. Jokbal is a heavy and fatty cut, so eating with vegetables helps with the digestion. And its fun to shove a fist full of food in your mouth and watch your friends do the same, while trying to look civilized.
I love eating the “meat” off the bone because it has the most flavor.
You definitely need some alcohol to wash down all the grease.
The seafood pancake was a big doughy, watery mess. I usually don’t order seafood pancake because most places don’t take the time to dry off the seafood before incorporating into the batter. Also, the seafood naturally gives off water while it’s cooking so the pancake should be fried twice or it’ll be soggy.
Jokbal is pretty expensive considering it’s not a choice cut of meat but people say it’s because are only 4 legs on a pig. I don’t get it. The small order is KRW 35,000 and the large is KRW 50,000, which is the one we got. Because it’s so heavy and greasy its hard to eat a lot, probably best to round out your meal with some other fillers.
Even though this is a famous jokbal place, I did not think it was anything special. I thought the meat was way too soft and tasted very bland. I’ve been to the restaurant next door and I thought it was much better, 뚱뚱이한머니족바 which means fat grandma’s jokbal. Or you could go to the holy grail of jokbal restaurants, 오향족발 near City Hall Station.
Rating: 6 out of 10.
원조1호 장충동 할머니집: 02-2279-9979 near Dongguk University station exit #3.