Korean food basics: Homemade food Jipbap (집밥)

The number of single person households have recently increased by a lot in Korea. Most of them are younger generation people leaving their parents and living by themselves because of jobs or school. They eat outside at least once a day which leads them to missing their moms’ cooking.

Mom’s cooking means a lot and represents love and care. When you think of it or eat it, you feel loved. Maybe that’s why people are crazy about mom’s cooking. One job portal surveyed over 2,000 workers and found out that their favorite lunch menu is Jipbap, homemade food. You can feel how popular Jipbap is these days 🙂


I found a nice Jipbap place in Garosu-gil, Seoul. It is a small restaurant which only 12 people can fit into, and a couple cooks for you. Their main menu changes everyday (but of course in the Jipbap style). On the day I went, the menu was Samgyeopsal Ssambap which comes with grilled pork, lettuce for wraps, and side dishes.

My friend ordered it and I ordered a bowl of rice topped with salted pollack and different kinds of vegetables. Each costs 10,000 KRW.




Here is Samgyeopsal Ssambap. This is the Korean homemade food style: rice, soup, side dishes, and a main dish, which is Samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly) here.

Besides the style of food, the biggest difference between Jipbap and other dishes you eat outside is seasoning. Jipbap or homemade food does not have artificial seasoning in it, so it is healthy.

None of the side dishes or soup here were salty or strong but tasted natural.




Here comes what I ordered. Rice topped with salted pollack and other ingredients. You mix them well and eat it. As the Ssambap above, it tasted very natural. If you want to try a Korean mom’s cooking, you should try this!


양출쿠킹 (Yangchul Cooking)- there are two near Garosu-gil and Apgujeong.

서울특별시 강남구 도산대로25길 17 1층 (1st floor, 17, Dosan-daero 25-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)



서울특별시 강남구 논현로157길 15 (15, Nonhyeon-ro 157-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea)


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