What is better than a wholesome meal of chicken and chicken soup on a cold cold day!! We wanted to try Dakhanmari and took great pains to walk to this alley using a slip of paper saying "Dakhanmari Meokja-golmok" (Dakhanmari = Chicken Soup, Meokja = Food, Golmok = Alley). Again we met a kind gentleman who knows a smattering of English and he walked us to the alley...Wow, wonderful Ahjussi!!! He recommended the Grandma shop ( Jinokwha Halmae ) which apparently is the original outlet but the queue was as long as a choo choo train. The four hungry travellers ain't gonna wait in that queue so we went around scouting for another alternative. So we found this shop by chance....it was very busy but no queue...and we can see empty tables (only a few left) so we dashed inside. What a wonderful choice!! We were quickly made comfortable and put on the bibs so we won't dirty our clothes. So cute!! Then the chicken in a big big metal bowl came and plop it went over the stove on our table. We were given a tutorial on how to eat the chicken and how to make the sauce. It was such a joy sitting there seeing our chicken cooking...a sense of excitement to be sitting along with the locals...Yes, there were hardly any Caucasians here but I should not say there are no tourists as I believe quite a number of tables although Asians, they sounded foreign just like us!!!
The chicken soup is delicious and so is the chicken coated in the sauce. The sauce is a mix of soya sauce and vinegar, and sugar ( I think). You mix this sauce with chopped cabbage and
chillie powder and a dash of mustard. Delicious!!! It was a really fulfilling meal and we were stuffed. KRW45,000 for 4 pax is really reasonable!!! We even drank Shoju just like the locals...what a merry night!! And as we were leaving, lo and behold, we saw the Tripadvisor certificate on the door!!! Hahaha, I rest my case!!!
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