I saw online that this is like a whole sale for meat in Seoul. I can get great quality meat for a fraction of the price. I can also buy the meat at the butcher and they will take me to a nearby restaurant where I can cook and eat my meat immediately. I like this idea and decided to come check it out.
I am not sure about the opening hours of this meat market. I got there around 8pm and almost everything was closed. The alley with lots of Korea BBQ next to this market is open though. However, I wanted to get my meat in the market instead of the restaurant. So, we left and came back here the next day. I somehow think that the market closed so early was because it was January 1st. Maybe they close on January 1st?
It's so deserted when everything is closed.
So, here we are back on the next day! Everything is opened!
There are lots of different cuts of meat. It seems there most of them sell beef. There are still pork, but not as much. As for the pricing, it's definitely a lot cheaper than when you order in a restaurants. As I mentioned before, I thought pork in Korea taste a lot better than beef. So, i didn't have much expectation for beef here. We looked through the display fridge with lots of different cut of beef. We tried to communicate with our body language to ask what type of cuts they are and if they will take us to a restaurant to cook the meet. Surprisingly, we managed to do that! That was a funny experience. We probably looking like idiots if somebody looked at as from afar.
We bought a pack of beef from a shop and the lady took us up these stairs to a restaurant where they charged us 5,000 won per head. They would then provide us with lots of kimchi and sauce for barbecuing our meat.
So this is the pack of beef we got for 45,000 won. At another restaurant, I order beef for 30,000 won for just 1/3 of this amount. To make it worse, the 30,000 won worth of beef I got in another restaurant was very crappy. If you love beef and want some quality meat, I'd definitely recommend coming here.
The shop owner also gave us "free service" meaning a pack of free pork, in the following picture.
Look at the pretty beef with the quite evenly distributed fat. I could already tell it was going to taste great.
The beef was so soft and juicy and buttery! I couldn't believe we could get beef of this quality with the price we paid. We ate our 45,000 won worth of beef and thought it's too good to stop. So, we went out to buy another 10,000 won of beef. In addition to the 15,000 won service fee (5,000 won per person), we each paid about USD$23 for our lunch. It's more expensive than the other meals we've had in Seoul, but it's still pretty cheap compared to the price in Hong Kong. Actually I wonder if we were ripped off at all. Is it possible to pay a cheaper price for the same quality of meat? Anyone knows?
I like how the grill is slanted with an opening for the oil and grease to drip down. Look at all the oil in the bowl!
Here are some more pictures of the market. Lots of animal parts lying around everywhere.
I will definitely come here again next time if I visit Seoul!
It is best to get off at Yongdu station exit 4 than at Majang Station. If you get off at Yongdu station exit 4, you will come across the Cheonggyecheon river/stream. It's a really pretty place to take pictures and a nice walk.
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