5.362 Nakji Bokkeum

-Cycle 5, Item 362-
2 (Fri) January 2015

Nakji Bokkeum


at Seolmaene

-Sinsa, Seoul-

with Wife, Cho JH + Kim KH

The Prodigal Son Returns to Welcome the New Year, Day 5 (see previously 5.361 Palbochae).

After spending Christmas with the family in the Philippines (see most recently 5.357 Chicago Cowboy Steak), I've come back with them to Korea to celebrate the New Year, arriving Monday night, returning to Manila on tomorrow evening.

While Seolmaene is still one of my favorite restaurants in the city, one of my favorite restaurants of all time (see most recently 4.125 Bossam), I confess that I'm getting a bit tired of the limited menu.

Or maybe I've been spoiled by the manifold menus of Manila (see for example 5.347 Japanese-Style Corn Soup).

 Tangpyeongchae (3.0)

Nokdu Jeon (3.0)

Bossam (2.0)

In any case, the meal didn't quite satisfy as before.  The nakji bokkeum, which hasn't previously been covered on the blog, had a nice charred flavor on the octopus itself, but the rest of the dish was blah--perhaps the most disappointing dish that I've ever experienced here.  Everyone else also seemed less than thrilled.  

Sundae + Ddeokbokki (3.5)--afternoon snack at my favorite food stall (see most recently 5.267 Ddeokbokki + Sundae), now a neighborhood joint--always satisfying.


  1. i guess i might've been spoiled by dining experiences in manila; i started complaining about limited menu options and so on in here (mostly in silence, but sometimes out loud). funny, however, i too found that ddeokbokki and twigim and sundae are always satisfying.

  2. not always satisfying, but no dilemma on what to get.