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Namwon Goeul Chueotang near Moran Station in Seongnam

Chueotang is a Korean dish, a soup made by boiling loaches or mudfish. Since loaches are considered most delicious in autumn, it is said that Chueotang is best enjoyed during this season. Hence, the name “Chueotang (秋魚湯)” uses the Chinese character for autumn (秋) from its name.

Chueotang, along with Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), is known as a representative health food in Korea. Especially, as the chilly winter approaches, the thought of a bowl of Chueotang becomes even more appealing.

“Sinchon Moran Station Chueotang: Namwon Goeul Chueotang”

I had a business-related visit to Seongnam after a long time. While near Moran Station, it was mealtime and I happened to come across “Namwon Goeul Chueotang.”

Namwon Goeul Chueotang can be found in an alley near Moran Station. You can find it by walking along the alley after exiting from either Exit 2 or 3 of the subway station.

In the vicinity of Moran Station, various restaurants and pubs are gathered. This restaurant can be found in a location where several dining establishments are clustered.

“Menu at Namwon Goeul Chueotang”

The menu at Namwon Goeul Chueotang is quite simple. It includes Chueotang, Tongchueotang (whole loach soup), Chueo Twigim (fried loach), Bone Haejangguk (bone hangover soup), Jeongol (hot pot), Gamjatang (potato stew), and some side dishes.

  • Chueotang: KRW 10,000
  • Tongchueotang: KRW 11,000
  • Chueo Twigim: KRW 15,000
  • Bone Haejangguk: KRW 9,000
  • Jeongol (Large): KRW 35,000
  • Jeongol (Medium): KRW 30,000
  • Jeongol (Small): KRW 25,000
  • Gamjatang (Large): KRW 37,000
  • Gamjatang (Medium): KRW 32,000
  • Gamjatang (Small): KRW 25,000
  • Dak Bokkeumtang (Spicy Braised Chicken): KRW 25,000, KRW 30,000
  • Jeyuk Bokkeum (Stir-fried Spicy Pork): KRW 27,000
  • Marinated Dry Side Dishes: KRW 15,000
  • Memil Jeonbyeong (Buckwheat Pancake): KRW 13,000
  • Kimchi Jeon (Kimchi Pancake): KRW 10,000

“A Bowl of Chueotang: KRW 10,000”

On this visit, I naturally ordered a bowl of Chueotang. A bowl of Chueotang was priced at KRW 10,000. It was a simple serving, accompanied by basic side dishes. The side dishes included garlic chives, kimchi, pickled radish, and dried anchovies. Additionally, there were sliced chili peppers and minced garlic, which could be added to the Chueotang.

While the menu offerings are straightforward, a bowl of Chueotang alone provides ample sustenance. When enjoyed with the simple side dishes, it’s easy to feel re-energized.

“Unpretentious Restaurant Ambiance”

The ambiance of the restaurant is unassuming. It consists of a single dining area with tables set up. While the space is not particularly large, it can accommodate around 20-30 people at once.

Given the menu, which includes dishes likely favored by older generations, it’s natural to see patrons who are slightly more senior in age visiting the establishment.

Located near Moran Station in Seongnam, this unassuming Chueotang restaurant offers a satisfying meal, providing a good source of energy.

“Seongnam Moran Station Chueotang Restaurant: Namwon Goeul Chueotang”

  • Address: 15, Seongnam-daero 1140beon-gil, Jungwon-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Phone: 031-754-6277