The korean food market is getting bigger and the number of Korean franchise restaurants has increased every year. I usually prefer non-franchise restaurants to franchise ones because of several reasons. One of them is that the owners of the former tend to have a better philosophy and love for food. Since the owners of franchise restaurants only pay fees for recipes and the franchise system, they tend not to research and try hard to develop their own recipes. This is just my opinion.
Another reason would be not every franchise restaurant has delicious food. Even though they advertise a lot, decorate the restaurants really well, and the servers are very nice, which makes me have high expectations for them, they do not reach my expectations. As my expectations were higher, I got more disappointed.
However, I do have some franchise restaurants that I like. Here they are. Oh, I wrote the addresses of the restaurants in Seoul, near Seoul, or where it started first. If you need ones in other cities, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook message me (Yumkorea). I prefer Facebook.
1. Hangahri Bossam (항아리보쌈)
This place has Jokbal and Bossam. Jokbal is the meat from the pork legs and feet while Bossam is just pork meat which is well-balanced between the lean meat and the fat. Even though the quantity is not satisfying, it is delicious. I love their Kimchi, which you eat with their Bossam.
I have posted this on my blog. For more information about this place, click here.
Address: 수원시 영통구 영통로130번길 17 (17, Yeongtong-ro 130beon-gil, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do)
Price: Jokbal and Bossam in one plate – 30,000 KRW for two people
More pictures: http://lyuj1.blog.me/220542528318
2. Hyundaiok (현대옥)
Bean sprout soup! It was started in Jeonju, one of the touristic cities in Korea. There are so many bean sprout soup franchises in Korea, but Hyundaiok is the best in my opinion. You can choose the spiciness depending on the amount of chili peppers. The soup has chopped squids in it and the combination of the squid’s texture and the bean sprouts’ is amazing. Chewy and soft. Hyundaiok in Jeonju is so popular that it opens at 6am and closes at 1pm because of the lack of ingredients for the day.
For more information, click here.
Address: 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남문2길 63 남부시장 (63, Pungnammun 2-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do)
Price: Bean sprout soup 5,000 KRW for a person / chopped squids 3,000 KRW
More pictures: http://lyuj1.blog.me/220280503821
3. Daege nara (대게나라)
They are specialized in crabs like King crab, lobsters, and snow crabs. It is pricy, but tastes amazing. You can feel the freshness of the crabs. The side dishes are in good quality as well, and you can drink wine too. All the crabs have lots of meat and after eating them, you eat Bokkeumbab (볶음밥; fried-rice).
Address: 서울특별시 서초구 반포대로 70 (70, Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea)
Price: The price of crabs changes time to time depending on the market price. I checked the price recently (January, 2016) and it is 88,000 KRW for 1 kilo which would be for 1-2 people.
More pictures: http://lyuj1.blog.me/220495087419
4. Hanam Doeji Jip (하남돼지집)
I love going to this place for Korean BBQ. First of all, they grill the meat for you so you just need to eat and eat and eat. Second, any franchise of Hanam Doeji Jip you go, all the servers are super welcoming and nice. Of course their meat tastes fantastic 🙂
Address: 서울특별시 강남구 역삼로3길 17-4 (17-4, Yeoksam-ro 3-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea)
Price: Most of the meats cost 13,000 KRW for a one person portion.
More pictures: http://lyuj1.blog.me/220373559445
5. Nomaseya Maewun Galbijjim (노마세야 매운갈비찜)
Spicy food lovers must go here! It’s spicy pork rib stew. You can choose the spiciness. Their lowest level is still spicy and the highest level kills you. If you are confident, try over the 50% of spiciness. I tried the lowest and it was still spicy. Can’t imagine how spicy the 90% (the highest) would be. Their Galbi (the meat in the stew) is soft which I LOVE.
For more information, click here.
Address: 서울특별시 마포구 잔다리로2길 19 2층 (2nd floor, 19, Jandari-ro 2-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea)
Price: Maewun Galbi Jjim 20,000 KRW for two people
More pictures: http://lyuj1.blog.me/220558368784
6. Hong-ik Donkatsu (홍익돈까스)
Korean style donkatsu! This place is well-known for a giant donkatsu. I usually order one and share it with my friend. I wonder if there could ever be a person who can eat it all by him/ herself. Their donkatsu is crispy outside and the meat inside is soft and thick. Furthermore, the price is reasonable at 8,900 KRW.
Address: 서울특별시 동대문구 망우로21길 52 (52, Mangu-ro 21-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea)
Price: Giant Donkatsu 8,900 KRW
More pictures: http://lyuj1.blog.me/220331231280
7. Yukdaejang (육대장) or Hong-ik Yukgaejang (홍익육개장)
The reason that I put two names on the title is that Yukgaejang of the both tastes almost the same. They make it from the beef leg bone broth. It is super savory and rich. These would be my favorite franchise restaurants out of all seven. Especially in the winter, hot soup makes your body nice and warm 🙂
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Address: 서울특별시 중구 세종대로20길 23 (23, Sejong-daero 20-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea)
Price: Yukgaejang 8,000 KRW for a person
More pictures: http://lyuj1.blog.me/220549450137