From the Uncommon Hongchang Cut to the Culminating Fried Rice

Nowon Wanggobchang

๐Ÿ“Mablus1, 90, Sanggye-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

๐Ÿ“•Salt Marinated Beef Tripe (Serves for 2 persons) – 30,000 won

๐Ÿ“•Seasoned Marinated Beef Tripe (Serves for 2 persons) – 32,000 won

๐Ÿ“•Vegetable Beef Tripe (Serves for 2 persons) – 26,000 won

โ€ป Menu/prices are subject to change.

โฐMon-Sun 1:00 PM – 3:00 AM

I went for both the small and large servings of Gopchang, and although there were numerous tempting options on the menu, I decided to stick with the beef. It’s a single menu item. Once the order was in, our table was graced with an array of cold dishes, including raw liver, omasum, chive salad, sesame leaves, and ssamjang. The seonjiguk, in particular, was a refreshing appetizer, setting the stage for the main event.

The star of the show arrived, and the dae-chang, in all its plump glory, was presented. I tried it three ways โ€“ plain, with oil, and then with chives and soy sauce. It was a sensory delight, a true flavor fiesta. If you’re a fan of intestines, you’ll quickly realize that this place knows how to do it right. The freshness is palpable, and the intestines are brimming with fullness, while the dae-chang oozes with richness. There’s a buzz around, with plenty of families choosing this spot.

And don’t even think about skipping the rice balls, even if you’re stuffed. They’re a must-try. Made with flying fish roe, chives, seaweed, kimchi, and, surprisingly, ham, the fried rice combines the flavors of the offal and ham into a mouthwatering masterpiece. If you’re a true rice enthusiast, you can even order it for one person. Oh, and just a heads up, you’ll be served hongchang as well. It’s a special cut between the makchang and the omasum, known for its oiliness and chewy texture. It’s an absolute must-try.

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