Situated at an alley at Dongdaemun district, it is not easy to find Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dakhanmari, the famous whole chicken restaurant. This restaurant has a long history in Seoul who has been mentioned in the Michelin Guide in May of 2011. They serve only chicken stew using only fresh young chicken, minimal ingredients including garlic and green onion to give the traditional flavor.
The pot can easily feed 3 people, which is first served in a metal pot with a half-cooked baby chicken, some potatoes and green onions. While we get ready our dipping sauce by mixing together soy sauce, yellow mustard, vinegar and their homemade chili paste, the waiter comes and cut the chicken into adequate-sized pieces and let it boil.
The chicken is deliciously juicy and tender, whereas the clear broth is definitely tasty. Rice cakes are also added, chewy and very filling; kimchi is self-served next to the water machine. You may add your kimchi into the chicken pot if you wish.
This feast is surely satisfying and warm to the heart!
Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dakhanmari
Chili Paste, Minced Garlic
Chili paste, yellow mustard, vinegar, soy sauce
Jin Ok Hwa Original Chicken Restaurant 陳玉華一隻雞
Address: 18, Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10:30-22:30