Donkkaseu, or breaded pork cutlet, is an incredibly popular dish in Korea, with plenty of restaurants specializing in the dish and many casual restaurants serving it as well. However, donkkaseu is actually a Korean take on a popular Japanese dish that was brought to Korea during colonial times known as tonkatsu. Korean-style donkkaseu is pork loin hammered into a thin cutlet and served whole, eaten with a fork and knife and topped with a demi-glace. Japanese-style tonkatsu, on the other hand, uses the whole pork fillet or loin, that's then fried and sliced into smaller pieces, and served with a side of Worcester sauce. It's much thicker than its Korean counterpart, and it is this Japanese-style that Myeongdong Donkaseu made popular when it opened its doors in 1983.
Located just off one of Myeongdong's main streets, Myeongdong Donkaseu occupies two floors, with a Japanese-style dining counter on the first floor, and tables for larger parties on the second floor. The interior design has a modern quality to it but is pretty minimal, and the menu uses hanja, or Chinese characters, for the prices, rather than Roman numerals. Myeongdong Donkaseu is a sort of local institution, popular amongst those who work in the area and a hotspot for tourists, and was featured on SBS some years ago.
|Company Name||Myeongdong Donkaseu (명동돈가스)|
|Category||Food, Drink & Nightlife|
|Opening Hours||11:00 - 21:30|
59-13 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea 59-13
Take Line 2 to Euljiro 1-ga Station and go out Exit 5. -> Turn right and walk straight for about 160 meters. Myeongdong Donkaseu will be on your left.
Take Line 4 to Myeongdong Station and go out Exit 6. -> Turn left and walk straight for about 250 meters until you reach the J Hill Hotel. -> Turn left and walk straight one block. -> Turn right and walk about 40 meters. Myeongdong Donkaseu will be on your right.