Keep going straight until you see the convenience store pictured up top at the corner of a small cross street.Sigol Bapsang is the restaurant with the orange sign right next to it.
They’re an essential part of Korean cuisine and are meant to be eaten together with your rice, soup, and main course.Kimchi, that ever popular dish of fermented vegetables, is just one example of banchan.What makes it so interesting is that it looks utterly out of place in its surroundings. One wall was even laminated with what looked to be pages from a book or newspaper.Seoul is a sprawling modern metropolis of steel and glass, but walk into Sigol Bapsang and you’ll be instantly transported to old school, rural Korea. Vintage bric-a-brac And finally, our banchan feast! We had so much fun picking on all the banchan that we didn’t even need a main course. We love banchan so it was refreshing to have it be the star of a meal for once.
As good as they are, banchan is no more than the supporting cast of a Korean meal, but that isn’t the case here. For just 8,000 KRW, you can have a feast of at least twenty different types of banchan to go with some rice and a steaming bowl of fermented soybean paste stew ( Simple but fun and cheap, this humble spread of side dishes turned out to be one of the most enjoyable meals that we had in Seoul.Open 24-hrs and located in an alley just off the main road, Sigol Bapsang is about a 10-15 minute walk from exit 2 of Itaewon Station. A tiny space with just five tables, Sigol Bapsang is literally a hole in the wall.