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Korea Restaurant MegaMap

What is the Megamap?

This map is a collection of restaurants curated from various ZenKimchi-run Facebook groups and other Korean food blogs, books, and resources. Click the menu icon on the top left for the map legend and to turn categories on or off.

This is very much a work in progress and just in its beginning stages. I will update this regularly and will eventually have a version you can set up on your smartphone.

If you see any errors, as in, restaurants that don’t exist anymore, please contact me.

Definitions of Map Sections

Not everything fits neatly into its little box, so expect some blurring and nebulousness in food categories and in layers. Here’s a description of the layers.


These are consistently thought of as the best in their fields for food, value, and/or service.


New and buzzed about in the past month or so. Keep in mind that since they’re new, they’re still working out the kinks.


Even though they’re not in the TOP SPOTS, they are pretty darn good places. They have their fans.


This is my personal favorite category. These are classic endangered old school places.


These places have had their fans and their detractors.


I seriously don’t like to be negative (go figure). I only include these places because they have caused so much disappointment and anger in the food community.


Rather than list every restaurant on Tteokbokki Street–Here’s Tteokbokki Street.


Has Korea’s E-Mart Policy Hurt More Than Helped?

Is E-Mart Killing The Economy? Korea's traditional grocery stores are struggling. They have been struggling for decades, since the first E-Mart "super-supermarket" opened in 1993. According to a recent article by Korea Exposé, between 2000 and 2011, for every one...
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Beware Korean Food TV Scams

This was posted recently on Facebook: Hello, everyone! Namaste ^^; Today, I received a call from a big cable broadcasting company in our country. There is a kind of food broadcasting. They suggest to me that some famous entertainers come to our restaurant and take a...
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Seoul Food Festival 2017: Picnic on the Bridge

The Seoul Food Festival was a microcosm of the current state of the Seoul food scene, especially regarding food trucks–and gender politics?

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Why I Don’t Buy Dongwon Tuna (and Starkist) , And Why You Shouldn’t Either

Greenpeace listed its ranking on cans of tuna. A Dongwon tuna brand was listed as “the worst.”

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Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 5: Taste vs. Well-being

Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean people will buy it. It’s gotta taste good too.

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Top Posts

Recipe: Kale Kimchi

Recently, I joined a CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm affiliated with our local community college. Our CSA promises, "a share of whatever is ripe and ready to eat." That share recently included a small bunch of kale. Hubby is not a fan of kale, and I have...

Recipe: One Pot Soybean Sprout Rice

In addition to oodles of cold noodles in this sweltering heat, another life saver for meals at home has been one pot cooking dishes which also don't (or minimally) use open-flame gas ranges. Soybean Sprout Rice (Kongnamul Bap 콩나물밥) was one of my favorite simple dishes...

[Francais] Rosbif & Kimchi de concombre à la coriandre

Est un ensemble qui va bien avec l'été, léger, simple et élégant. On savoure le contraste entre le croquant du concombre et la tendresse juteuse de la chair, la verdure fraiche et la rose nue. De petits piques espiègles de piment rouge dans le baume douillet de...

Sunday Pork Roast Bossam

I'd been craving an old-fashioned Sunday Roast. I didn't care what meat. EJ saw that some giant cuts of pork were on sale. She bought two for W10,000. She said, though, that she wanted Bossam. I figured we could compromise. If David Chang can do a roast for Bossam, so...

8 Great Korean Restaurant Franchises (and bad ones)

There's something I'd say for Korea that I wouldn't say for America--there are some freakin' good restaurant franchises that I'd recommend even over independent restaurants. Their quality is consistently good. These would also be great brands to export. I'm leaving...

Why Naver is the Worst Food Blogging Platform

Outside of Korea, you may not have heard of Naver. Inside Korea, it dominates the internet. Seventy percent of it. It's like Google--but evil. A recent article came out on how Naver's business model is not to acquire innovative start-ups but to blatantly copy their...

Game of Thrones Pop-up Restaurant

We did it! The Game of Thrones Pop-up Restaurant happened last night at Magpie Brewing Company, and it was a success. Thanks all of you who turned out for the event. As you saw, I was extremely busy the entire time either cooking or cleaning. Wish I had more time. But...

Bukchon Mandu 북촌만두

Location: Franchise
Cuisine: Korean
Price: $
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: ManduGuk (Dumpling Soup), Sae-u Mandu (Shrimp-filled Dumplings), Modeum Mandu (Dumpling Sampler)


Serving Customers in Korean

I felt that as I'm a partner in this restaurant, I should learn as many parts of the business as possible. I've learned every station in the kitchen, and I'm pretty good at each except the grill. I also run the barbecue program. Now that we have enough cooks in our...

Running a Restaurant in Seoul

It's been quite a year so far. Anyone who's been following me on social media or on Restaurant Buzz Seoul likely has heard the drama behind what's been going on. I don't really want to go into it because, well, it's bad form, and it's going to take a while for the...

The Pancake Epidemic

“Come for the Stumptown Coffee; stay for the dangerously delicious pancakes.” (Jake R.)

WinK Kitchen & Taphouse

There aren’t many great American pubs south of the river, particularly near Gyodae. WinK is not only a good option, it’s worth a trip across the river.

NEW “Gangnam Style” Menu at Park Hyatt Seoul

I was invited by the Park Hyatt Seoul to try their new "Gangnam Style" menu. Longtime readers will remember how jaded I've become to Korean fine dining. It all tends to be about presentation while flavor takes a bland backseat. I'm happy to say that things are...

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