Jeju-do

탐궁 Tam Gung Restaurant @ Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea


This eatery was recommended to us by the owner of Jeju Yilin Pension (our accommodation at Jeju). It’s just a couple of minutes (about 3 minutes by car) from the pension. I think it’s safe to say that this eatery caters to local because I couldn’t find much info about it be it in English or Korean. Either that or because it’s a new restaurant. Initially we had wanted to try this restaurant on the first day but it was fully packed. So on day 2 of our Jeju trip, we made sure we arrive as early as possible (6pm sharp! Haha).

Heuk Dwaeji Ogyeopsal - Five Layered Black Pig @ Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant, Jeju-do, South Korea
Heuk Dwaeji Ogyeopsal – five layered black pig. Jeju black pig is a specialty in Jeju so make sure you tried it.

Menu @ Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant, Jeju-do, South Korea
Menu at 탐궁 Tam Gung Restaurant. They’re famous for seasoned beef galbi but as we don’t eat beef, pork it is.

Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant @ Jeju-do, South Korea
The place is rather small. There are about 10 tables.

Bibim Naengmyeon - Korean Spicy Cold Noodles @ Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant, Jeju-do, South Korea
We ordered a bowl of bibim naengmyeon 비빔 냉면 (Korean spicy cold noodles) @ 7,000 won (RM21.00). It was very delicious but quite spicy. Sorry for the blurry photo.

Heuk Dwaeji Ogyeopsal - Five Layered Black Pig @ Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant, Jeju-do, South Korea
The star of our dinner: Heuk dwaeji ogyeobsal 흑돼지 오겹살 (Jeju black pig ‘five layered’ pork belly) @ 15,000 won (RM45.00). We ordered two servings (minimum order). Seen on the plate is 3 servings. They brought us extra 1 serving and later took it back. Haha

Dinner @ Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant, Jeju-do, South Korea
Red hot charcoal barbecue pit. We’re ready to barbecue the 5 layered belly of black pig! The U-shaped thingy is the exhaust pipe. I find it very cute! Banchan (side dish) is fresh kimchi, sweet pumpkin, salad, seasoned baby crabs and a vegetable dish (for sharing). For each of us we get a bowl of sliced onions in ganjang (soy sauce), ssamjang, garlic and salt. Because the pork is not seasoned, I’m guessing that’s the use of the salt. But we didn’t use the salt as combining other dish is enough to make the pork well-seasoned.

Heuk Dwaeji Ogyeopsal - Five Layered Black Pig @ Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant, Jeju-do, South Korea
So I finally get to cook my own meal in a Korean bbq restaurant. We don’t do that here in Malaysia. But because we don’t know the right technique to cook the delicious black pig, the owner helped us to cook. It was chicken and duck talk since she knows little English and I know little Korean. First you need to bbq the whole slab of pork belly until it’s a little brownish.

Heuk Dwaeji Ogyeopsal - Five Layered Black Pig @ Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant, Jeju-do, South Korea
Then use the supplied scissors to cut up into small sizes and wait for it to cook while turning it over once in a while.

Heuk Dwaeji Ogyeopsal - Five Layered Black Pig @ Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant, Jeju-do, South Korea
Wrap the pork with green leaves and smother some ssamjang, kimchi, garlic and whatever you like and you’re set! Tsk, if you look carefully at the photo, you’ll see some black fur still intact. Ewwww but ahhh we don’t care, we just eat it.

Additional rice is available @ 1,000 won (RM3.00).

We had a belly-full dinner at 탐궁 Tam Gung Restaurant. Wonderful meal which the whole dinner wrapped up at 38,000 won (RM114.00). Not bad at all.

Tam Gung Charcoal Ribs Restaurant @ Jeju-do, South Korea
탐궁 Tam Gung Restaurant is located opposite Jeju World Cup Stadium and should be easy to find. There’s a small parking area on the right of the restaurant and right across the parking area is also some parking space (own by a Hallabong store).

Address:
탐궁 Tam Gung Restaurant
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Seogwipo World Cup 32
Beophwan-dong Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
South Korea
or
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 월드컵로 32
서귀포시 법환동 1652-2

Tel: +82 64-739-8944

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