Palsaik Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살)

Saturday, 27 February 2016



Palsaik Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살) is a Korean barbeque restaurant best known for serving pork belly (samgyeopsal 삼겹살) marinated in 8 different types of sauces. It also has branches in Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia and America. I've only been to the Sydney one (which opened about mid last year), where we ordered individual dishes instead of the 8 types of pork belly. But I don't think I'll be going back there anytime soon because the food was on the low to average side and we experienced the worst service EVER—the waiter forgot our order and the food took over 30 minutes to arrive when the restaurant wasn't even busy. However, we weren't deterred from going to the original branch in Sinchon (신촌) because we still needed to try the 8 types of pork belly!



The pork belly is marinated in 8 different sauces, which include: hot pepper paste, miso (or soybean) paste, curry, herbs, garlic, pine leaves, wine and ginseng.



I found the the hot pepper paste, soybean paste, and curry ones to be the most strongest in taste, while the others were much lighter. However, I actually preferred the herbs, pine leaves, wine and ginseng ones more because they felt less "heavy" and still retained the original flavours of the pork belly meat itself.







For 38,000 won, an order of the 8 types of pork belly also came with a soup. (We chose a mussel one which turned out to be rather bland, but we weren't bothered by it because we were already really full on the meat, kimchi and salad.) The pork belly set in Sydney alone costs AUD$59, so it was a really good deal to get a soup on top of that.





I'm really glad we didn't eat the 8 types of pork belly in Sydney and had it in Seoul instead. The food and service was great (I've realised that customer service in general is much better in Korea), so we weren't disappointed at all with the whole dining experience.

I should also note that I was really impressed with the seats, or rather stools, in the restaurant. When we walked in with our big coats and bags of shopping items, I quickly noticed that almost everyone had their coats off, but their bags and clothing was nowhere to be seen. It took us a good 10 minutes to realise this, but it turned out that the stools could be up opened to store your belongings inside—how convenient is that! (It frees up space and prevents your bags and coat/jacket from smelling like barbeque).

Palsaik Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살)
18 Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
서울 마포구 백범로 18

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