[Seoul] The more I visit South Korea, the more adventurous I get with food choices beyond the typical Korean BBQ and Korean Fried Chicken. Case in point – Jokbal.
Jokbal 족발 is perhaps better known as “Ter Kah” aka Pork Trotters in Singapore – a rich, savoury dish made by braising pig’s trotters in soy sauce and sseasonings over hours.
Manjok Ohyang Jokbal 만족 오향족발 is the restaurant most highly recommended for this dish. If you’re one of those enamoured by the beloved Korean braised pig dish aka jokbal, you’ve come to the right place.
Interesting to know, “Ohyang” in Korean means ‘five spice’ which means various spices are used in the making of the braising sauce, including star anise.
Its history can be dated back to 1989, and was subsequently recommended by Korean TV network YTN and listed in the Michelin Guide with a Bib Gourmand. The recipe is said to have remained the same for more than 30 years.
There are a couple of outlets, located in Dongdaemun, Gangnam and Dangsan, but the restaurant at City Hall is its most popular.
It is kind of hidden in a small alleyway though, but you would spot diners going in, and coming out of the narrow lane with looks of satisfaction.
Its signature items are the Manjok Ohyang Jokbal (32,000 Won) and Manjok Ohyang Bossom (30,000 Won). There are also half and half menus, such as Jokbal & Fire Jokbal (34,000 Won), Jokbal & Bossam (38,000 Won), and Fire Jokbal & Bossam.
Prices quoted are from medium portions good for 2 pax to share, and 32,000 Won is about SGD37.30 (USD27.50).
Try the original Jokbal for a traditional flavor or go for a new twist with the Bul-jokbal aka Fire Jokbal, of spicy pig’s trotter made with cheongyang red pepper powder.
This is indeed a FULL meal, because a set comes with various other side items such as banchan, dumpling and rice cake soup,
I think the Manjok Ohyang Jokbal has perfected the art of braising a pig’s feet with utmost dedication.
The medium portion would look intimating on first look (so much FATS, how am I going to finish?), but something it gets kind of addictive.
You find the intoxicating mouthfeel of the collagen-filled skin and tender pork meat in five different flavours, served with a special garlic sauce to amplify the flavours even more.
The glistening meat just literally melts in your mouth, and you get to pair it with different kimchi, sauces and lettuce to balance out the taste.
What’s impressive about their jokbal is its consistent quality. Thanks to the restaurant’s efficient central distribution system, the braised pig’s feet maintain its texture and taste in all of its franchised locations.
Wherever you choose to dine, you’ll get the same mouth-watering goodness.
Interesting to note that there are specially-designed hotplates custom-built into the tables so you can enjoy your Jokbal warm all throughout your meal.
If you want something spicy, order the Tribal Set which offers the same succulent pig’s feet but hot and spicy. The meat is naturally seasoned with Cheongyang Red Pepper.
You should also try out the Bossam which is steamed pork cooked with a special meat broth.
Manjok Ohyang Jokbal has multiple branches in Seoul in City Hall and Dongdaemun that offer a wide range of menu options that’s perfect for Korean food adventures with friends and family.
Manjok Ohyang Jokbal 만족 오향족발
134-7 Seosomun-ro, Taepyeongno 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea (City Hall Station Subway line 2 Exit 8)
서울시 중구 서소문로 134-7
Tel: +82 2 753 4755
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun) Last Order 9pm
18-77, Euljiro 6, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울시 중구 을지로6가 18-77
Gangnam Station Branch
831-5, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울시 강남구 역삼동 831-5
Dangsan Station Branch
338-1, Dangsandong 6(yuk)-ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
서울시 영등포구 당산동 6가 338-1 한경빌딩1층
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