Gogung (고궁)

Saturday, 20 February 2016

I'm a huge fan of bibimbap—in fact, it's actually one of my most favourite Korean dishes because it's got a good mix of vegetables and meat, along with all sorts of yummy goodness. Therefore, when we were at Insadong, we decided to have lunch at Gogung (고궁), a traditional Korean restaurant which specialises in Jeonju bibimbap (전주비빔밥). Interestingly, Jeonju bibimbap used to be a royal cuisine and was known as one of the 3 best dishes in the Joseon Dynasty.

The menu at Gogung was simple. You had a choice of choosing a set or order the dishes separately. We ordered Set C which came with: Jeonju bimbimbap, bibimbap in a hot stone pot (dolsot bibimbap 돌솥 비빔밥) and a seafood pancake (haemul pajeon 해물파전).

We were also served with 3 side dishes (kimchi, anchovies with peanuts, and a cold potato soup); a bowl of bean sprout soup (kongnamulguk 콩나물국); and a green salad. I think it's worth mentioning that the kimchi (김치) was the best kimchi we had in Seoul because it was actually sour!

Once we were finished with our food, we were served with cup of fruity Korean tea at the end of the meal as dessert. I don't know what it's called, but it was cold and super refreshing. I think it was maybe citron tea (yujacha 유자차)?

Conveniently located inside Ssamziegil (쌈지길), Gogung offered one of the best bibimbaps I've ever had so I highly recommend this restaurant even if you're not a huge bibimbap fan like me. The pancake was fried well and had good amount of seafood in it—it was crispy and it didn't feel like I was eating uncooked batter. There weren't many side dishes, but they were different and had good flavours. Plus, the service was also good and the atmosphere was nice.

Gogung (고궁)
44 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 인사동길 44

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