My lovely Korean friend Y introduced me to Jin Ok Hwa Original Chicken Restaurant – although a bit difficult to find, it was worth the search. Spoiler alert – I’ve had chicken hot pot 3 times in a week during my time in Korea, none was ever as good as Jin Ok Hwa Original Chicken Restaurant.
What’s not to love when you get a whole chicken in a giant pot full of potatoes, leak and meat broth. Toss a bit of kimchi, grated ginger and duk (Korean rice cakes) and you’ve got yourself a party. I really love Korean rice cakes – kinda like a giant chewy noodle.
Chicken hot pot with a whole chicken – jealous? I am too :(
In Adelaide you’ll be left to fend for yourself with a whole chicken, that’s not how they roll in Korea. A waitress came by and cut up our chicken to eatable pieces – service at it’s best.
Look at it sizzle and cook :D
The soup was so flavoursome – the chicken flavour, slight sour kimchi and a bit of spice from the ginger. You can make your own dipping sauce with what’s on the table – chilli paste, white vinegar and soy sauce. I’m pretty sure I ate this wrong as I put some soup into the bowl, and then mixed it with sauces and dipped my chicken/duk/potato pieces in there. Meh, it was still delicious no matter how wrong I ate it XD
One hot pot costs 18,000 Won ($16) which fed both me and C till we were full. More than affordable, extremely delicious food and one of my favourite restaurants in Korea, there really are no words to describe this place – just let me go back?
18, Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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