Yoogane (Myeongdong Branch)

Serving Dak Galbi, A Spicy Stir Fried Chicken Dish
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Yoogane in Myeongdong

Yoogane in Myeongdong

Yoogane (Myeongdong Branch) is a restaurant that serves a tasty and spicy stir fried chicken dish with gochujang, vegetables, and rice known as dak galbi. There are actually two Yoogane locations in Myeongdong just down the street from one another, so this review is technically for both locations since they serve up the same food.

Yoogane is a popular restaurant in a busy shopping area. At any given time, the restaurant is usually filled with the younger crowd on a date or those looking to have a few drinks along with a cheap and filling meal.

Marinated dak (chicken) galbi and vegetables at Yoogane (Myeongdong Branch) Seoul

Marinated dak (chicken) galbi and vegetables

It can often get busy at night and on weekends but with great service that serves up food quite quick, there is often never a wait for a table.

The most popular dish served here is dak galbi, which is a stir fried dish with chicken and vegetables. There are multiple variations and sizes of the dish that one can order. They also offer variations of the dish which switch out chicken for beef or seafood.

Inside Yoogane restaurant in Seoul

Inside the restaurant

When you sit down at the table, the first thing you will notice is the grill in front of you. After you order a dish, the server will bring over a large pan where the food will be cooked right in front of you by the server. It’s great to order a beer, sit back, relax, while you wait patiently for your food to be cooked for you to eat.

Yoogane menu (page 1)

Yoogane menu (page 1)

Yoogane menu (page 2)

Yoogane menu (page 2)

If you are eating alone or not that hungry, you can try the marinated chicken galbi fried rice (6,000 won). This dish consists of chicken marinated in a spicy red pepper paste known as gochujang. Added to the chicken are scallions (green onions), onions, and a little bit of butter to add flavor and help with the cooking and browning of the meat and rice (added later).

As the chicken cooks, the servers will come over multiples times to check up and mix the food around in the pan to prevent burning. It usually takes about five to ten minutes for it to cook.

Self serve station for kimchi, shredded cabbage, and cold soup

Self serve station for kimchi, shredded cabbage, and cold soup

Shredded cabbage and spicy, cold soup from the self serve station

Shredded cabbage and spicy, cold soup from the self serve station

While you are waiting for your food to cook, don’t forget to visit the self serve counter in the middle of the restaurant where you can load up on unlimited amounts of pickled vegetables including kimchi, shredded cabbage with an interesting green sauce, and a cold, spicy soup with small pieces of vegetables.

Hope you are hungry for rice topped with pepper paste and seaweed

Hope you are hungry for rice topped with pepper paste and seaweed

Once the chicken is mostly cooked and the vegetables have become tender, the rice is then added. As the rice cooks, it becomes crispy as it fries on the grill. It also soaks up the flavor of the chicken and spicy gochujang quite well. If you were disappointed in the amount of chicken in the dish, you will love the amount of rice added. It will definitely make you full.

When the cooking is done, grab a spoon or chop sticks from the side of the table, and dig in. The mixture of the fresh chicken, the perfect amount of spice from the sauce, tender vegetables, and crispy rice makes this meal great.

Yoogane's marinated chicken dak galbi in Seoul

Yoogane’s marinated chicken dak galbi

If you want a dish with more chicken and vegetables, such as sliced cabbage, then you can order the larger Yoogane’s marinated chicken dak galbi (8,500 won).

There are countless restaurant choices in the area but both locations of Yoogane (Myeongdong Branch) manage to be a solid choice in the Myeongdong area. This is especially true for those looking for a quick yet delicious, filling, and cheap meal.

Menu and Prices

  • Yoogane's Marinated Chicken Galbi : 8,500
    Marinated Chicken Galbi and Octopus Ocellatus : 9,500
    Marinated Chicken Bulgogi : 10,000
    Bean Spourts Chicken Galbi : 9,000
    Common Octopus Chicken Galbi : 9,5000
    Char-grilled Chicken Galbi : 10,000
    Marinated Chicken Galbi and Assorted Seafood : 25,000 (small), 30,000 (large)
    Marinated Chicken Galbi Fried Rice : 6,000
    Marinated Bulgogi and Fried Rice : 6,000
    Marinated Chicken Galbi with Bean Sprourts Fried Rice : 6,000
    Marinated Chicken Galbi Special Fried Rice : 6,000
    Marinated Chicken Galbi with Vegetables Fried Rice : 5,500
    Marinated Seafood Fried Rice : 5,500
    Marinated Beef Fried Rice : 5,500

Hours

  • The branch closest to Meyongdong Station is open 10:00-1:00am.

    The branch furthest from Myeongdong Station is open 10:45-12:00.

Directions To Yoogane (Myeongdong Branch)

  • Take Subway Line 4 to Myeong-dong Station (Exit 8).
    Make a left and continue for 250 meters to reach the restaurant on the right.

    Address : 3-1 Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
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