Situated in an old back alley in one of Seoul's posher areas, Yangjae, Yeongdong Jokbal is considered by many to be one of the best jokbal (pig trotters) restaurants in the city. Since it was established in 1985, Yeongdong Jokbal has expanded to five locations, all placed along the same alley, to deal with the massive influx of customers at dinner time, and its popularity led to a feature on the popular TV food program, Baek Jong-Won's Top 3 Chef King, in 2016. The restaurant has a very old school vibe to it, and many of its customers are middle-aged office workers looking to relieve some stress after a long day at the office with some delicious jokbal and a few bottles of soju.
Customers are given a choice between a medium and large sized platter of jokbal, the medium being the front legs, and the large being the back legs of the pig. It's served with a variety of side dishes and condiments: lettuce, garlic, white kimchi, and saeujeot, a slightly spicy sauce mixed with tiny fermented shrimp. There are also plenty of other dishes available to order, the most popular being the jaengban makguksu, or jumbo-sized buckwheat noodles. It's a large plate filled to the brim with cold buckwheat noodles topped with lettuce and a spicy sauce.
1-8 Yangjae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea 1-8
Take Line 3 or the Sinbundang Line to Yangjae Station and go out Exit 5. -> Walk straight about 250 meters and make a right at the fifth alley. -> Walk straight about 80 meters and you will arrive at Yeongdong Jokbal.