Mention jjimdak, or braised chicken and one of the most popular franchises come to mind – Andong Jjimdak. There are various speculations on the origin of the dish but the most common assumption is that the dish originated from the village of Andong during the Joseon period. Andong jjimdak is a chicken dish cooked over high heat, resulting in less fat and a richer taste. The broth is made with ingredients such as garlic, onions, ginger, green chili pepper, soy sauce, shiitake, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables. It is often served in huge portions, with the chicken meat covering a layer of cellophane noodles. For about less than 20,000KRW, you get quite a big plate of the chicken dish good enough for 2. You can order a bowl of rice to go along with the dish as well.
The entrance to the outlet at Sinchon.
There are 3 main types of the dish served here, with or without bones and the seafood with chicken version. They are all reasonably priced at less than 30,000KRW for the normal serving.
It is not at all difficult to find the chain in Seoul, as there are plenty of Andong jjimdak franchises all around. Go to Myeongdong and you will find not one or two but almost one in every food alley that you turn into. You can also easily find it in most of the shopping hotspots such as Hongdae, Sinchon or Gangnam. Recently, a franchise has opened in Raffles City, but nothing beats trying the original dish here in Korea!
The dish itself. Notice the pile of cellophane noodles at the bottom.
One of the many Andong Jjimdak franchises in Korea.
We have tried many Korean foods and Andong Jjimdak remains one of our all-time favourites. The tender juicy chicken bits cooked with the flavourful thick sauce is enough to make anyone’s mouth water! The dish goes well with a bowl of white rice and some kimchi. Highly recommended dish!
How to get to the outlet at Sinchon:
Take the subway to Sinchon Station on Line 2, and head towards Exit 1. After exiting from the station, head straight and turn right when you pass Hyundai Departmental Store. Form there, walk straight for 50m and you should see the Andong Jjimdak store.
Address: Seodaemun-gu, Changcheon-dong, 57-9, Seoul
Subway: Sinchon Station, Line 2, Exit 1
Opening Hours: 1100 ~ 2200
Contact Number: +82 02-3141-1519
How to get to the outlet at Myeongdong:
Start from Exit 8 of Myeongdong Station.
From Exit 8 of Myeongdong Station on Line 4, head straight towards Tous les Jours and turn left when you see the shop.Turn left here when you see this shop.
After turning left, follow the path and walk all the way straight. You see see the following landmarks along the way.Look out for the MCM shop along the way.
Carry on walking straight for about 800m, paying attention to the Andong Jjimdak store on your right.Walk past the Starbucks Coffee along the stretch of road.
Near the end of this stretch of road you should see Andong Jjimdak on your right.
The outlet at Myeongdong. It is a short walk away from the subway station.
Now, time to tuck in and enjoy!
Address: 2-22 Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Subway: Myeongdong Station, Line 4, Exit 8
Opening Hours: 1100 ~ 2200
Contact Number: +82 02-310-9233