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Bong's Food: An Introduction to Korea's Blood Sausage

Posted on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 @ 04:12 PM

For anyone who has heard of blood sausage, the Korean traditional sausage that scares a lot of foreigners, it is a Korean staple that everyone must try. It is one of those things that you are probably scared of (maybe EXTREMELY SCARED OF), but you should just give it a go. Luckily, there's a place that's very welcoming and serves this not so appealing Korean traditional dish. Bong’s Food 봉스 떡볶이 is a small chain in Korea with an original location in Sookdae, and they serve up a less spicy version of the Korean traditional dish of rice cakes and it is probably the only place that I recommend for EVERYONE who lives in or is planning to visit Korea. 

Ddukbokki is a popular Korean staple food, along with blood sausages 순대, fish cakes 오뎅, and a variety of battered fried goodies 튀김 (which range from vegetables to dumplings to fish cakes even).
For starters, Bong’s Food serves up a very soft and less spicy version of ddukbokki that is recommended for anyone who is trying out this Korean traditional dish for the first time. Because it is less spicy, it is tolerable and actually enjoyable for anyone who cannot handle spice. It does have a hint of sweetness compared to other ddukbokki stands and locations, which means it’s a great dipping sauce to be used with other items on the menu.
The blood sausage they make uses the top rated A+ meat, which means it is a high level and tastier version. Compared to those served in the streets, there is definitely a big difference in taste. Personally, I’m usually not a fan of blood sausage, but I was persuaded to give this a try and it is amazing. Bong's Food is the only place where I will eat blood sausage, and what they make beats all of the average C rating meat that other places use.
In addition to the amazing blood sausage, they are the only spot that offers fried fish cake, which is amazing when eaten fresh. Coming from Busan, it is the one place in Seoul that offers the famous Busan fish cake. Anyone who lives in Korea knows that Busan carries the best of the best.
On another note, 납작만두 comes from Daegu and is a new style of dumpling that is not offered in Seoul. It is a flat pancake like dish that is dipped into the amazing soy sauce that the store whips up daily. For those who come from Daegu, they are known to wrap the Namjak with practically everything on the menu and use it as a bread.

 

 

The best part about Bong’s Food, in addition to the menu of course, is the price. Most dishes are priced at an average of $2.50, some for just two bucks and set menus start at $4. Depending on how hungry you are and the variety you want, a meal at Bong’s Food won’t set you back too much. It’s also a great place to pick up a quick snack and sample all of the Korean traditional eats in one spot because they have set menus.

 

The company orders fresh ingredients daily, from all over Korea. Open 11am-11pm daily, it is the place to go! Be sure to go during the less busy hours (2-7pm) so you don't feel so rushed to get out. The owner is so chill, he'll definitely take the time to talk and explain to you why you should eat everything on the menu and I would take his advice, seriously. They speak English so it makes ordering easy for all.

Address: Yongsan-gu, Chungap-dong 2-Ga 67-5
용산구 청파동 2가 67-5
Directions: Take exit 8 or 10 from the Sookmyung University exit and make a u-turn. Take the first right and go straight (follow the tunnel under and keep walking) up toward the school. After approximately 5 minutes, you will see a Starbucks on your left and a Skin Food on your right. Bong's Food is located behind the Skin Food so follow the block around.
Phone: 02-312-3500

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Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes. With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.

Check out Cindy’s blog to get a glimpse of what Korea has to offer.

 


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