Apparently this is a a popular seolnongtang chain, and I happened to drop in on the Sinchon location. There is also a branch in Myeongdong.
Directions: Line 2 to Sinchon Station, exit 3. Walk straight for 200 meters, then make a right at the big intersection. Walk for about 100 meters, and the restaurant will be on your right
Hours: open 24 hours!!!
More info from the Korea Tourism Site: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1364777
I kind of stumbled into this restaurant by accident. I was walking around Ewha Womans Univ and Sinchon area one evening, and didn’t know what I should eat for dinner. This place was brightly lit and full of people, so I figured it must be pretty good. Service was really quick and friendly. I guess this was also one of the locations where they filmed Shining Inheritance — there were pictures of the cast and from the drama along the walls! The seolnongtang was really good, I definitely recommend it!
I sat by the bar facing the window, and the menu was right on the window. In multiple languages too! For a few of the soups, you can choose between regular or the large size.
Each table has 3 tubs of different side dishes, so help yourself! This is the spicy pickled radish. Juicy, crunchy and with a bit of a kick. Mmmm…
Kimchi – there are scissors so that you can cut it into smaller sizes. This is the regular kimchi.
There’s also the whole kimchi, which is less fermented. Both are great accompaniments to the soup!
The seolnontang! It’s Australian ox bone soup with brisket. The soup is pretty flavorful, so I didn’t add too much seasoning. It’s a richer soup than the one in LA at Han Bat Sul Lung Tang. The soup comes with a bowl of Korean rice. The beef brisket was soft and full of the ox bone soup flavor. A really great and simple meal for a cold day! I ordered the regular size, which is already a pretty big portion, so can’t imagine how big a large one must be! W7,000 (around USD $7).