[Seoul] Sinseon Seolleongtang 神仙雪濃湯 specialises in the traditional Korean breakfast dish of ox-bone soup. Not considered common in my part of the world though, and its popularity got me intrigued enough.
The restaurant which is in operations since 1981, is a chain with multiple locations all across Korea and this branch at Myeongdong is especially famous amongst tourists.
You can exit from Myeongdong Station exit 6. The restaurant is just a short walk (about 300m) and one road’s crossing away from the station.
The good news for diners is, it is opened for 24 so you can head down any time of the day to satisfy your cravings.
Some of the signatures include the classic Seolleongtang – ox-bone stew with boiled rice (7000 Won, 10000 Won for large), the Baekse Seolleongtang (11,000 Won) which is a premium special ox bone soup, the Mandu Seolleongtang which comes with dumplings on top of the classic base (8000 Won), Tteokguk Seolleongtang (7500 Won) which comes with Korean rice cakes on top of the classic base.
Other dishes offered incude Kimchijeon – Kimchi Pancake (9,000 won), Dubu Gooey – panfried tofu (9,000 Won), Modeum Suyuk – assorted boiled tender beef (25,000), and Do Gani Suyuk – boiled tender ox knee bone (28,000 Won).
The Seolleongtang comes with a bowl of rice and side dishes such as kimchi and pickled radish are also available for self-service at the side of the table.
Free refills of rice are also provided.
The broth that is served in the restaurant is prepared using fresh ingredients daily, and signature ox-bone soup is made by stewing ox bones, intestines and shank for many hours each day. The ox bones that make up the bulk of the soup’s flavour are imported from Australia.
This results in the soup having a mildly creamy texture.
However, I must say when I took the first sips, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. As the broth looked cloudy, I thought it would have been much more flavoursome. The taste was rather clean, and felt ‘healthy’ and nutritious.
It tasted well, homely. I figured it was not as rich so that it won’t be too heavy for a late breakfast meal.
Take note that the soup contains a small portion of peanut powder and case, so be careful if you are allergic to those ingredients.
The ox-tail soup is an especially popular dish in winter time as the warm, comfort food can be extremely delicious in the cold.
Sinseon Seolleongtang 神仙雪濃湯
2-23, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga ,Jung–gu, Seoul (near Myeongdong Station)
서울특별시 중구 명동2가 2-23
Tel: +82 02-777 4531
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily
Google Maps – Sinseon Seolleongtang 神仙雪濃湯
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