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Chuncheon Food Exepriences - Gangwon-do

Chuncheon Food Exepriences...

Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street is an area in Chuncheon that boats about 25 Dakgalbi restaurants. Dakgalbi consists of boneless chicken, cabbage, sweet potatoes, scallions, rice cake (tteok), and onion. It is then marinated for twenty-four hours in a rich fiery spicy red pepper paste (gochajung). After its marinating period the ingredients are placed into a large mixing bowl until ordered. Once the customer has placed her/his order, the staff  fires up the twenty-four inch steel hot plate resting in the middle of the table. After three minutes of heating, the mixing bowl of ingredients is piled onto the searing hot plate - cooking takes about eighteen minutes. When the meat is cooked through, patrons begin building miniature wraps using lettuce leaves (ssam) asthe shell. Using chopsticks,  you pull out individual pieces of meat, cabbage, onion, sweet potatoes, scallions, rice cake and onion placing a dollop of bean paste (ssamjang) for additional flavor. When you have piled enough onto the lettuce leaf, you slowly wrap it up then bite into the bursting flavors one bite after another! Repeating these procedures until the meal is finished. Some people may find themselves tantalized by the aromas and tanginess of dakgalbi when they decide to order up a bowl of rice mixed with bean sprouts, egg and seaweed to be fried upon the dakgalbi juices as a finishing touch to this hearty meal.

Cost: For a meal of this size. you will spend between 8,000 and 12,000 won, depending on the restaurant you choose.
Getting There:

- Across from Chuncheon Intercity Bus Terminal, take city bus No. 7, 9, 64, or 64-2 and get off at Chuncheon's Myeong-dong (10 min ride).
- In front of Chuncheon Station, take city bus No. 63 and get off at Chuncheon's Myeong-dong (about 10 min ride).
- From Namchuncheon Station, take city bus No. 1, 32, 32-1, 35, or 67 and get off at Chuncheon's Myeong-dong (15 min ride).
- Takes 5 min from Chuncheon Intercity Bus Terminal.
- Takes 5 min from Chuncheon Station.
- Takes 10 min from Namchuncheon Station.

Makguksu (Buckwheat Noodle) Museum is all about maguksu, a buckwheat noodle dish. The museum's exhibition hall is in Korean only. There is also an 'Experience Hall' where visitors can learn to make the famous cold buckwheat noodle soup from scratch. Although the instructors speak only Korean, they manage to communicate with hand gestures from showing visitors how to make the dough from buckwheat flour, knead it, pass it through the press (the building has been designed to look like a traditional noodle press), boil them, season them and service in a cold flavourful soup. The experience takes about 40-50 minutes.
Hours: The museum is open from 9am to 6pm (ticket booth closes at 5pm). The Makguksu Experience Hall opens at 10am and closes at 5pm; it is closed for lunch from 12pm to 1pm. The museum is closed on New Year's Day and the day after a major holiday.
Info: 033-250-4134 (Korean only) or 033-1330 (Japanese, English, Chinese)
Admission/Participation Fee: The admission fee is 1,000 won for adult and the makguksu experience hall is 2,000 won per group (group of 3 to 5 persons).
Reservations: During the week, visitors can reserve by phone ( Korean-speaker necessary) at least two hours in advance. No reservations available on weekends.
Website is in Korean only.


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Last Updated on 2011-02-08

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