One of our most satisfying meal in Seoul has to be Palsaik Samgyeopsal Korean Barbeque. Located a short 5-minute walk away from Sinchon subway station, this centrally-located BBQ joint is famed for its “8-color marinade” (hence the name Palsaik) which refers to 8 different kinds of marinated meats, namely Ginseng, Pine Needles, Herb, Soybean Paste, Red Pepper Paste, Curry, Garlic and Wine.
As we had 5 in the party, they recommended a Couple Set and a Palsaik Set, both of which come with a soup/ stew as well. This arrangement came up to quite a fair amount of food for 5 ladies. Each of the marinated meat is displayed nicely alongside the side dishes and vegetable wraps, which made the meal a tad more healthy and much more palatable as the various leaves (such as lettuce and shiso) were able to cut through the fattiness of the pork belly.
Do not fret if you have no idea how to start; the very patient wait staff will help to cut and cook the meat, all you need is some bated breaths and empty stomachs. We opted for the seafood soup on one pot and the clam stew on the other, both brimming with fresh seafood and greens, becoming delightly accompaniments to the the meat.
If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you’d know my love-hate relationship with BBQs, particularly in Singapore. Over in Korea, I tended towards enjoying my meal because of the free flow servings of fresh aromatic vegetables to help counter the greasy meats. The Korean marinades in Singapore also tend to be on the sweet side with classic marinades like bulgogi, which I dislike. I prefer savoury marinades, which Palsaik excel in with interesting flavours like ginseng and pine needles. Wrapped in a leaf with some kimchi, I had many portions that night.
I’d recommend Palsaik as a must-visit when visiting Seoul; I would love to have another meal there.
18, Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Nearest subway exit: Sinchon Exit 6
Website (Korean Only)