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Gomtang is a traditional Korean food that's made by simmering meat in water for a long time. Each region has their own way of making gomtang, but Naju has an especially unique version of this dish.
Rather than the usual milky-white broth, Naju gomtang has a clear broth that has a distinct flavor. So today we're going to be introducing to you Naju Gomtang, the restaurant that makes the very best bowl of its namesake dish.
Gyeongbokgung Must Eat｜Naju Gomgtang Naju Gomtang Reservations
Gyeongbokgung Must Eat：Naju Gomtang | Prices
Octopus and Alabone Galbitang
Boiled Beef Slices
Naju Gomtang | Info
- Address：서울 종로구 자하문로2길 8
- Reservations available between：13:00 ~ 20:00
Naju Gomtang | Recommended Because
- You can try the unique flavors of Naju.
- The dish is prepared with traditional methods involving repeatedly pouring broth over the meat and rice.
- Highly accessible from Gyeongbokgung Station.
Naju Gomtang | Notes
- Please be on time on the right date.
- Any payment made on site excludes any payment already made.
- Late arrivals of 10+ minutes are subject to cancellation.
- Day-of reservations are possible, but please make sure to do so 2 or more hours before.
Naju Gomtang | Location
- Address : 서울 종로구 자하문로2길 8
- Directions : Take Gyeongbokgung Station exit 3-1 and walk 2 minutes.
Take Gyeongbokgung Station exit 3-1.
Don't go to the big street. Instead, go straight into the alleyway.
It's in the same building as our partner store, Hanbok Sonyeo.
Naju Gomtang will be to your right.
Gyeongbokgung Must Eat : Naju Gomtang Visit
Naju Gomtang is where you can taste the flavors of traditional old Korea. It's highly accessible as it's situated close to Gyeongbokgung Station.
One side of the store is entirely in floor-to-ceiling glass, so there's always a lot of light and cool wind coming in. The store is also pretty spacious, so it's optimal for bigger groups. Even when I visited, there were a lot of tourists groups that were parties of 5 or 6.
There is a corner where you can try some dongdongju (rice wine) for free. Note that this corner is free only between 11:30 ~ 14:00.
When you sit down, they prepare dishes of kimchi, radish kimchi, and soy sauce. The soy sauce is for the meat in the tangs that you'll order later or for the pancakes.
I ordered the famous abalone galbitang and the assorted panckes. I didn't have to wait long until the dishes came out.
The boiled beef and steamed galbi is also very famous, but these need to be prepared up to a day in advanced, so we would recommend making a reservation for these dishes.
The assorted pancake dish includes a wide variety of Korean pancakes including the shiitake mushroom, pumpkin, meatball, and perilla panckake.
The perilla pancakes had a meat filling, super delicious.
The shitake panckae was also amazing, a great balance of chewiness and batter!
As you can see, the gomtang broth is clear. Gomtang broth is typically milky, but Naju gomtang is made by simmering meat rather than bone, which keeps the broth clear. Gomtangs usually have a nutty kind of taste, but Naju gomtang is more crisp. The rice is already in the soup, which makes it more convenient to eat.
The abalone gomtang. It also has a clear broth, noodles, galbi, and abalone. Looks super filling.
A whole abalone from the dish. It wasn't fishy smelling at all. The soup had seeped into the meat just the perfect amount, so made it all the more flavorful.
The galbi was also very tender and easy to eat. The Galbitang comes separate from the rice, so you can just put the entire bowl of rice in yourself or eat it separtely. Dipping the galbi in some soy cause and then eating it with rice is the way to go, in my opinon.
Enjoy traditional Korean flavors at Naju Gomtang!
Naju Gomtang | Menu
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