Lee Young-ja is a South Korean comedian and television presenter. With comedian Lee Young-ja emerging as the icon of a new eating show, attention is focusing on Lee Young-ja’s list of restaurants featured in MBC’s entertainment show “Point of Omniscient Interfere.” After every broadcast, not only does the restaurant Lee mentioned become a portal search keyword, but it also plays a big role in the rise in sales. Her lists of delicious restaurants, which was compiled with essays, is more reliable as she wrote them based on her own experience. There are a lot of people who want to have what they call a “bucket-lists, Lee Young-ja’s list of restaurants.🍽
Besides the local restaurants, Lee’s recommendations on the best food in Korean highway service areas also attracted a great deal of attention. According to Korean media reports, the sales of the dishes zoomed up over 200 percent after Lee mentioned them on the shows. Hard to decide what to eat in Korea? why not try something from Youngja’s list!
1. Hongmi Chicken feet (홍미닭발)
Lee Young-ja recommended a restaurant with the famous spicy chicken feet as a good restaurant. The chicken feet are grilled with a mixture of spices and you can choose between regular and more spicy flavors. Just like the set menu, jumeokbap (rice balls) and steamed eggs are also essential. It’s very soft, when you put it in your mouth, you need to make your own eggs and make your own rice balls into bite-sized pieces. It’s perfect if you eat chicken feet lightly and have a big bowl of steamed eggs. Even as you are sweaty and having numb tongue, you won’t be able to stop eating!
The restaurant is in Sinsa-dong, a quaint neighborhood that has been popular for the past few years as a trendsetter, fashionista and restaurant in the city. Perhaps the best place to start is Garosugil, the best known street in the area and the Gangnam adventure. It will be perfect for you to eat after shopping in Sinsa-dong!
Main menu: Tong Dak Bal 통닭발 (Chicken feet) 14,000won
Address: Sinsa Building 1F, 628 Gangnamdaero Gangnam-gu Seoul
Operating Hours: 2:00pm~ Next Day 05:00am
2. Pork Cutlet Janchi 🍜 (돈까스잔치)
It is a place where you can taste Korean Pork Cutlet. A combination of pork cutlet and janchi noodles. This is a menu that allowed even numbers of broadcasting panels to visit the restaurant. Instead of giving pork cutlet and noodles separately, put a loaf of pork cutlet on top of the noodles. ‘Donjan’ noodles is divided into three styles: ‘Donjan’ noodles where pork cutlet is served in deep anchovy stock, ‘Donbi’ noodles where pork cutlet is served in spicy “bibim” noodles, and “Donkas-momil,” which put pork cutlet on cool buckwheat. The noodles are great, but the biggest weapon in this house is Korean pork cutlet. As time goes by, the crunchiness of pork cutlet is still maintained, so you can enjoy your meal leisurely.
The restaurant is in Hongdae. Hongdae is famous for its youthful and romantic atmosphere, underground culture and freedom of self-expression. With unique cafes, cozy galleries, accessory shops, fashion shops, live cafes and clubs, art markets and gourmet restaurants, it is a popular ride for local youth and an attractive place to walk around.
Main menu: Don jan guk-su 돈잔국수 (Pork cutlet noodles) 7,500 won
Address: 297 Seobinggo-ro Yongsan-gu Seoul
Operating Hours: 10:30~21:30(Last order 21:00)
3.Elephant Dumplings 🥟 (코끼리만두)
“If the best flower of the flowers is rose, this is the rose among Kimchi dumplings.” It’s famous as a restaurant in Dongchon-dong, called ‘Elephant Dumplings’that is served in a row. If you take a bite, you can feel the crunchiness and the sharpness of it at the same time, so you can enjoy the wonderful taste of the world. It starts at 9:00 p.m. But there are so many people who can’t make a purchase in the morning because the line is too long from an hour before opening time. So, only the birds that wake up early have chance to eat!
It is near the Gimpo airport. It can be a good chance for you to have it before departing Korea 😍😍
Main menu: Kimchi Mandu 김치만두 (Kimchi dumplings) 5,500won
Address: 27 Gonghang-daero 51-gil, Deungchon-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul
Open Hours: Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm
4. Hannam-dong Hanbang Chicken 🍗 (한남동 한방통닭)
The restaurant is famous to numerous Korean stars as well as Lee Young-ja. Customers are always waiting in front of the store. Roast chicken aged in various medicinal ingredients for 2 hours in oak wood firewood, the oily skin is crispy and chewy, so it has a savory flavor. The well-cooked whole chicken is filled with glutinous rice and boasts a plump and appetizing look. The basic setting is eaten by dipping it in salt, mustard, and seasoning sauce with vinegar radish, bean sprouts, and Kimchi.
The store is in Itaewon, the global community in Seoul. As many foreigners know, Itaewon is a unique place in Seoul where you can meet people of various nationalities and cultures. There is a joke that international residents do not know Seoul but know Itaewon. Also, the store is very close to Han-river, where you can have Chi-Maek time with your friends ! 🍗🍗
Main menu: Hang-bang Tong dak 한방통닭 (Han-bang chicken) 18,000won
Address: 38 Daesagwan-ro 34-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Open Hours: 5pm-2am
5. Witch Gimbap 🍚 (마녀김밥)
Cheongdam Witch Gimbap is a favorite of many celebrities including Lee Young-ja, Jo In-sung, Kim Woo-bin, Kim, Lee Kwang-soo, and EXO. The secret to the taste of gimbap here is the rice! Stir-fry pork and mix them with rice after ripening. And the crispy fried meat was used as a filling material to keep the taste and texture intact. You must try different taste of gimbap !
It is near the Cheoungdam-dong Luxury Fashion Street, a famous place with numbers of fashion brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and so on. Some stores are close on Sunday, so we recommend you to walk around on weedays!
Main menu: Manyo Gimbap 마녀김밥 3,500won
Open Hours: 8am – 9pm