Hadongkwan, Seoul

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For more than 70 years, Hadongkwan in Myeongdong serves only one dish: gomtang or beef stew. On an early morning walk around the quiet Myeondong, there were only a couple of eateries open and I walked past this place, only locals could be seen slupring up hot broth from a big metal bowl. Lack of tourist was a good sign. I brought my best friend and travel companion, and we each ordered a bowl of mixed beef soup. On the table was kimchi radish and a huge bowl of green onions which I greedily helped myself too. The broth was thin but it felt nourishing. There were some black beef pieces which freaked me out a little but I happily lapped it up. The big slices of beef were tender, rice cooked through but still retained texture. All in all, a very satisfying bowl of hot broth that was perfect for the cold weather.

891-44, Daechi-dong, Gangnam-gu (강남구 대치동 891-44) +82 2 565 0003 Open daily 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m (closed the first and third Sunday of each month) www.hadongkwan.com

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