March 24, 2024

Incheon Airport Vicinity Culinary Gem: Charcoal Grilled Bulgogi


Before my departure from Korea, I stumbled upon a culinary gem nestled near Incheon Airport, merely a 15-minute taxi journey away. It was my final quest for an authentic Korean feast, and this restaurant, celebrated for its charcoal-grilled pork bulgogi, did not disappoint. The allure of perfectly grilled meat, enriched by the addition of shrimp and abalone, crafted an unforgettable tapestry of flavors that lingered long after the meal.

Upon entering, I was captivated by the sight of a glass-partitioned grill area where the magic happens, allowing diners the pleasure of watching their meal being expertly prepared over glowing charcoal. While beef bulgogi is a tempting option, the charcoal-grilled pork bulgogi here is a must-try, its smoky essence elevating the dish to new heights. Paired with an eclectic array of wrap vegetables and the restaurant's signature ssamjang, it was a delightful foray into Korea's cherished ssam culture.

The promise of unlimited vegetable wraps was an invitation to indulge without restraint. The variety offered, from angelica to chicory, not only tantalized the palate but also brought with it a host of health benefits. The meal was a feast for the senses, with the tender abalone and richly flavored side dishes, all unlimited and self-served, adding layers of pleasure to the dining experience.

The bulgogi itself is delicious, but the accompanying abalone, grilled to a perfect tenderness, and side dishes like steamed egg, add to the overall gastronomic delight. Like the vegetable wraps, the side dishes are also unlimited and can be self-served from a buffet area.

For accompaniments to the bulgogi, there are usually two choices: Yukhoe Bibimbap (raw beef with rice and vegetables) or Yukhoe Naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles with raw beef). The Yukhoe Bibimbap is similar to regular bibimbap but with the addition of raw beef, vegetables, herbs, and an egg, creating a rich and savory flavor when mixed with gochujang (Korean chili paste). The Naengmyeon, made with buckwheat noodles, is refreshing and flavorful, especially with its sweet and spicy sauce and the tender, nutty taste of the raw beef. Personally, I found the Naengmyeon more appealing for its cool, refreshing taste combined with the savory raw beef.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing these dishes during their stay, I urge you to make a detour to this restaurant either before your flight or right after landing. Ganggyeong Bulgogi isn't just a meal; it's a memory of Korea that you'll carry with you, a delicious reminder of the country's rich culinary landscape.

Restaurant Name: Ganggyeong Bulgogi 

Operating Hours

Daily: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Break Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Last Order: 9:00 PM

Address: 28 Unnam-ro 82beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon

Location: Naver Map

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