Best fish porridge in Daejeon

Wongol shikdang and nature

I had the best fish porridge ever in Daejeon, Korea.

원골 식당 (Wongol shikdang/restaurant)
254-1 Cheonnae-ri, Jewon-myeon, Geumsan, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea

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The carpark of Wongol shikdang
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Here was the restaurant. They’ve since expanded into two more of these houses.

The first time I drank makgeolli

The first time I had makgeolli was during my first meal with NamChin’s parents. I really wasn’t expecting to drink. Moreover, alcohol at lunch time seems a bit extreme. And I was quite young back then so I wasn’t expecting to be drinking at all.

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Drank from a small cup

“Is this milk?” I asked before taking a swig. It was slightly sweet, addictive, and then the alcohol hit me.

“WTF,” I thought. “It’s only the first meal together and I’m drinking already.” And it was about 4pm when it was still bright.

Thankfully, the alcohol wasn’t too strong so nothing crazy happened.

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The tasty makgeolli!

Soon, the dishes were ready.

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The fish dish!

I wasn’t expecting much because it was a week into Korea and I was getting sick of Korean food. But this was really, really, tasty stuff. The fish was fresh.

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Covered with spicy sauce
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The porridge

The porridge was thick and flavorful, which went well with the fried fish.

After the good meal, we had a walk before heading back. The restaurant is surrounded by nature and it was lovely. Before you see more pics here’s the address again because it is THAT GOOD.

원골 식당 (Wongol shikdang/restaurant)
254-1 Cheonnae-ri, Jewon-myeon, Geumsan, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea

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Just outside the restaurant.
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Walking around the stream. Kids were playing there too.

It was spring going summer, so the weather was good and cool. I walked a little in the stream as well.

Beautiful!

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Tsk tsk. 
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The waters are really clear. And no, the fish isn’t caught from this stream.

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It was a really lovely day.
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Looking at the fish porridge place from the stream.
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Omma made me this flower ring.

Omma made me this flower ring from flowers by the stream, which she used to do to entertain herself when she was younger.

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Delicate and beautiful.

Korean chicken

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One night, we had takeout. It was also my first time having Korean chicken.

 

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My first time having Korean chicken!

Little did I know Korean chicken would become so popular, thanks to You Who Came From The Stars.

Some sushi in Korea too.

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Besides the food, I had a great time in Daejeon. Walked around a lot but it was a pity I did not take any more pictures.

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Daejeon at night.
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NamChin buying me a red bean bun from a stall. Sadly, I did not take pics.

Now I’m much more used to Korean food, but after this trip, I rushed like crazy to my favorite zichar (煮炒) place to have some Singaporean-Chinese food. Shovelled Hong Kong style steamed pomfret with rice and sambal kangkong.

That felt really good too.

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