Many jokbal (pig trotters) restaurants in Jangchung Jokbal Alley claim that they are the ‘Wonjo’, or ‘original’, but Pyeongando Jokbaljip is the original of the originals. Even though the restaurant is located off the main alley and is a bit hard to find, there is not a moment when the restaurant isn’t full. Like most good restaurants in Korea, there is only one main menu item, which is of course jokbal.
A kind old woman has run the restaurant now for over sixty years. She came to Seoul during the Korean War from Pyongan Province in what is now the northwestern part of North Korea, bringing with her the recipe to a traditional dish native to her birthplace; jokbal. Her recipe is a closely guarded secret. However, the cooking process involves simmering fresh pig trotters in broth for a couple hours every morning, then braising it in a mild soy sauce. The success and fame of her restaurant led to a feature on Korean celebrity chef Paek Jong-Won's television program, Samdae Cheonwang Matjip.
|Company Name||Pyeongando Jokbaljip (평안도 족발집)|
|Category||Food, Drink & Nightlife|
|Opening Hours||12:00 - 23:00|
|Closed Days||Closed every Monday, Lunar New Year, and Korean Thanksgiving|
174-6 Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea 174-6
Take Line 3 to Dongguk University Station and go out Exit 3. -> Walk straight about 70 meters until you reach the first crosswalk. -> Cross the street then turn left -> Turn right at the first alleyway. -> Make another right and walk straight. Pyeongando Jokbaljip will be on your right.