Lately whenever I visit Nathalie we end up at 엉터리 생고기, which is an all you can eat bbq restaurant. It’s a cheap chain in Korea that Nathalie’s students introduced to her and then she introduced to me.
We usually just order the basic meal, which comes with mushrooms and a stew 된장찌개, (doenjang jjigae). 된장찌개 is a fermented soybean based stew which when it’s not spicy is one of my absolute favorites, it’s slightly salty and full of veggies and tofu. However at 엉터리 생고기 it’s made with cheong-gochu, or chilli peppers which gives it a kick that I just can’t enjoy. (Sometimes the fermented soybean paste base is also spicy, depending on the type.) If you like mildly spicy piping hot stew you’ll love it.
The highlight to the meal though is of course the samgyeopsal or pork belly. You’ll be given tongs and scissors to use to cut up the meat into more bite size portions, but keep an eye on them because they’ll get cooked pretty fast. Usually they start to burn before we get to them all. There is a dial to the side to turn off the heat but for some reason we always forget to do that.
The meal is 10,000 won (~$10) without rice. Rice comes extra and is given in sets of two, so you can’t buy just one serving of rice. There’s also a free self-serve section for extra pickled radish, lettuce, kimchi, tofu and shredded radish.