- Rated 4.5 stars
- Mapo Jeong Daepo 정대포
- Published on: June 12, 2009
- Last modified: March 21, 2018
- AmbienceEditor: 85%
- FoodEditor: 90%
- ServiceEditor: 85%
- ValueEditor: 85%
This Mapo hole-in-the-wall is actually an upgrade from its smaller hole-in-the-wall location. Mapo Jeong Depo is a no frills blue collar grill joint that does what it does well. The floor is concrete. The tables are small, and it gets noisy in the evening. The menu consists of the basic grilled pork options of any Korean "gwi jip," including samgyeopsal, galmaegisal and dwaeji galbi. The galmaegisal is a top option. Sweet, earthy pork. It's not a pan-fry place. They do use charcoals and not gas. What makes MJD unique is the double use of the well normally intended for collecting the rendered pork fat. They pour scrambled egg into this well, where you can top it off with their well-aged kimchi. Mike "The Metropolitician" Hurt likes to bring his own cheese to top it off. Kimchi, pork and eggs create a glorious combination. Their fermented bean soup is also a hit--light and buttery. The service is typical of many of these places. It's family owned, but they aren't rude. You just have to shout pretty loud to get their attention.
Suggested Items: Galmaegisal, Sogeum Gui
Other Amenities: English & Japanese menu
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You definitely can't go wrong with kimchi, pork, and eggs. I love the first pic.
Thank you. Exc food, Great feel of local crowd and nice way to break free from business travel chains. Obligingly good service, too.
I went there last week after seeing your post. My friend and I enjoyed it quite a lot actually. The galmaegisal cost 10,000 won per person which was not cheap but not expensive. But when we saw the amount of meat that they put on our table, I felt like we got quite a lot for our money. My Korean friend enjoyed the meal as well. The Galmaegisal was marinated which added good flavor to the meat. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂
Would be visiting korea soon and was deciding between Dongmakjip and this. If i am in the area of 63 building how can i reach this place?
What is sogeum gui?