Jogyesa Kitchen - 조계사 승소

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45 Gyeonji-dong, 45-20 Ujeongguk-ro, Seoul, South Korea

Serves meat, vegan options available. Aside from anchovy used in soups stock, the food is supposed to be vegetarian. A simple kitchen run by the Buddhist Jogyesa Temple with a limited menu: 3 noodles and 2 rice main courses. Main course comes with kimchi, plain rice and seaweed soup which is self-serve. You buy the meal ticket at the temple's souvenir shop first, give it to the staff and tell them what you want. Some staff speak limited English. Note the bibim noodles has egg. 육류를 취급하나 비건 옵션이 있습니다. 육수(멸치 사용)를 제외한 나머지는 채식입니다. 조계사가 운영하고 3가지 면요리와 2가지 밥 요리를 제공합니다. 주요리는 김치, 밥, 미역국(셀프)과 함께 제공됩니다. 조계사 기념품샵에서 식권을 구입하여 직원에게 건네고 원하시는 식사를 주문하면 됩니다. 비빔면에 계란이 들어가니 주의하세요. Open Mon-Sun 9:30am-6:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Korean, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by LaiNamKhim

Okay food, friendly staff - Edit

The best part about this place is that it's cheap (4,000 won). There are only a few menu options and everything is in Korean, although when I went there was one man working there who explained the menu to me in English. I got the cold noodles and they tasted ok, but it had an egg in it. He also informed me that one of the menu items (I think it was the seaweed soup) had anchovy in it. So keep those things in mind if you're vegan and maybe ask for no egg.

Pros: Inexpensive, Nice staff

Cons: Mediocre food, Difficult to find, Not all vegan-friendly

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Value for Money, Good Service - Edit

I came here for lunch while visiting the area. Very central location but difficult to find because the entrance is facing away from the temple, on an alley to the south of the premises. The meal ticket can be purchased at the souvenir shop, which is incredibly difficult to find due to lack of English signage. Food is simple but fresh and filling. One worker spoke English enough to provide instruction and explain the menu. Everyone including other diners were very friendly, showing me where to find things by gesture since I did not speak Korean.

Pros: Cheap, Fresh, Friendly

Cons: Difficult to locate

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Simple but good food for good price - Edit

This is a small self-serve eatery run by the Jogyesa temple with a limited menu: only 3 noodles and 2 rice main courses.

Each meal comes with free flow of Kimchi, rice and seaweed soup which you can help yourself to. Drinking water is also available from a dispenser (self service).

You need to buy the meal coupon (4000W) from the temple's souvenir shop first before you come to the kitchen. Hand over the coupon to the staff and tell them what you want. While you wait for your main course, you can help yourself to the kimchi, rice and seaweed soup.

I came here twice during my trip and tried the Bibim Guksu (the noodles equivalent of Bibimbap) and the Janchi Guksu. The Bibim Guksu is cold noodles served with slices of cucumber and greens and half an hard-boiled egg with a slightly spicy sauce. The sauce was really good and after I finished the noodles, I added rice to the sauce to finish it. The second time I had the Janchi Guksu which is noodles in a hot broth. It is good and makes a good meal in a chilly day.

After you are done, clear up your table and bring your bowls to the counter (follow what others do).

menu:
3 noodles:
Janchi Guksu 잔치국수 = noodle in hot broth (looks vegan)
Bibim Guksu 비빔국수 = bibim noodle, cold noodle in spicy sauce (has egg)
miyeok ongshimi 미역 옹심이 = seaweed and potato starch noodles?
2 rice:
On mukbab 언묵밥 = ?
nyeong mukbab 냉묵밥 = acorn jelly rice ?

Note this not the same as the Baru restaurants in the Temple Stay building run by Jogyesa. This is on the same side of the road as the temple. It's the building that is in front of the stone pagoda and the main hall. The restaurant is not visibly from the temple as the entrance faces the alley. If you can't find it, from the main gates of the temple, walk in the direction towards Jonggak station and turn right into first the alley. Go a little bit further up and you should see it.

This is a nice little vegetarian kitchen that serves simple but delicious food for a good price (4000W only).

Not much English is spoken. But one of the friendly staff spoke enough English to tell me to buy the meal ticket from the souvenir store and explained the menu to me.

Pros: Cheap and good, Tasty Korean noodles

Cons: Not much English is spoken

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