The best Korean Gukbap: soup with rice

Gukbap is a big category of Korean food. It includes every kind of soup with rice inside. There are many kinds like Kongnamul Gukbap (콩나물국밥; soybean sprouts gukbap), Doeji Gukbap (돼지국밥; pork gukbap), Seonji Gukbap (선지국밥; Ox blood gukbap) and more.

What I had was Soondae Gukbap (순대국밥). First of all, you need to know what Soondae is. It is pig intestines stuffed with various ingredients. It is a kind of blood sausage. Soondae Gukbap has pork meat, Soondae, and rice in the soup.


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There are not many side dishes, only like two or three, and Gukbap is served in a Ddukbaegi (뚝배기; earthen pot) which keeps boiling. It always comes as a one person portion and it’s comparably cheap. Since the price is good and it doesn’t take long to be served, Gukbap is the best menu for drivers and office workers who have limited lunch time.

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The original Soondae gukbap is not spicy but you can choose to put a little bit of seasoned red pepper sauce in it if you’d like. It has thin cut pork and Soondae. The soup is super rich and warm so it makes your body warm too 🙂


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Soondae in the soup looks like this. I ordered a different type of Gukbap which was spicy. It was truly spicy. Like.. too spicy. I guess they put tons of spicy small chili peppers. The spiciness level of the spicy Gukbap will be different from restaurant to restaurant, but I recommend you to try the original one.


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Most Soondae Gukbap places have this kind of dish with pork and Soondae. You just dip them into salted shrimp sauce and eat it. Oh my goodness. Soondae here is so delicious. I have never tried Soondae like this before. The outer part is usually tough so that you need to chew quite a lot, but the Soondae here is so soft.

Everyone should try Soondae here in The Jincook (더진국). It is a franchise which has lots of franchises in Seoul and other cities in Korea.


Price: Soondae Gukbap – 6,000 KRW / Spicy Gukbap – 6,500 KRW / 99 Bossam – 9,900 KRW

Near Dongdaemun

Address: 서울 종로구 종로46길 1 (1, Jong-ro 46-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea)

Phone: 02-741-9882

Near Gangnam station

Address: 서울특별시 강남구 강남대로96길 9 지하1층 (9, Gangnam-daero 96-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea)

Phone: 02-2051-9882

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  1. skylab 2 years ago

    I’m Korean and I also recommend that franchise. Because I cannot be sure of quality and taste of private restaurants and they usually have strong smell of pigs so it is not that friendly if you are first time to taste that kind of food. That franchise is one of my favorite and i bet it serves you easy way to enter the taste of Korean style Gukbap.

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