A Fried Food Lover’s Heaven In Seoul
Gongdeok Jeon Town (공덕전타운) sits just a couple blocks out of Gongdeok Station exit 5 on the left just past Pig’s Feet, or Jokbal, Alley. How exciting does all of that sound? Pigs feet AND friend goodness!
For those street food lovers, it’s heaven in an alley.
A row of display counters with every fried find under the sun sit waiting to be perused. There are a few places around the city that I LOVE to go to eat it up and this is definitely one of them. Gwangjang Traditional Market is good for authentic and delicious Korean soups, dumplings, bibimbap and more. Yeonnam-dong and Mangwon-dong are up and coming districts with all kinds of good eats.
But back to Gongdeok Jeon Town…
Patrons can choose from a selection of fried veggies, fish and meat as well as Korean style pancakes, place them in one of the baskets at the beginning of the row and hand it to one of the women waiting nearby. They’ll fry the goods once more while visitors are directed upstairs to a table where they will be served. There are also tables downstairs FYI, so you may be directed down there too. Everything from fried chilies, mushrooms, zucchini and sesame leaves for those veggie lovers to fried shrimp, abalone, crab along with mini kimchi pancakes, veggie pancakes and seafood pancakes can be found.
Don’t be afraid to load up the basket provided with one or two of each for a taste test you won’t soon forget.
Once upstairs and seated, the table is set with kimchi, dipping sauce and soup to make it a complete meal. Servers are also standing by to serve makkoli, or rice wine, the most common beverage enjoyed with this kind of meal in Korea. For those people that love eating the fried goods from the street food carts but aren’t so excited to do it in below freezing temperatures this winter, this is the perfect place to head to with some friends.
This place also has much more room to hold food than most food carts as well so the variety is substantial. Be prepared to do a little waiting if you head there late in the night, or get their early and grab a seat to enjoy some good food and drink for a few hours.
Gongdeok Jeon Town
255-36 Gongdeok-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Directions: Gongdeok Station, exit 5. Walk straight out of the exit, pass Jokbal Alley, or pig’s feet alley, just a block up and the next block is Gongdeok Jeon Town. Keep eyes and noses peeled to the left and you’ll be sure to spot it.
Cost: 3-4 people can easily eat for W15,000 – 20,000 + the cost of drink.