Restaurant: Country SsamBap (시골 쌈 생고기)
Type: Korean Lettuce Wraps (쌈밥)
Location: Seonghwa-dong Old Road, across the street from Gagyeong Home Plus and McDonald's (가경동 모태안여성병원 맞은편 성화동 구길 홈플러스 근처 )
Price: Meat - 11,000 won/serving
Rice - 1,000 won
Noodles - 4,000 won
Christmas is coming up, the weather is going to soon be so cold that you will need those hand-warmer-shaky-things in every pocket, and your body is telling you to eat non-stop in order to keep that body heat up. During the holiday season, though, it seems like all I can easily find are packaged snacks and candy, maybe some bread or cake, and the leftover Spam from Chuseok. Sometimes, I just feel the need to eat something green and healthy (I know, you would never be able to tell from looking at me).
One place I really like to go when I get that urge for some leaf is Country SsamBap (시골 쌈 생고기). When you sit down at this place, they give you the biggest plate of leaves, lettuce, cabbage, peppers, and a whole bunch of other stuff that looks festive and tastes nice.
All of the vegetables at Country SsamBap are grown locally by the owners of the restaurant. I was a little skeptical when I heard this, but one night when trying to eat there, it was closed with a sign on the door that read, "Out picking vegetables for the day. Tough break, sucker!" I know I translated the first sentence of the sign correctly. Not so sure about that last part, though.
Here is how this thing works: sit down and order whatever meat you want. "Moksal" (목살) is the one that looks like a pork steak. It is not that fatty, meaning you don't get all of that grease running down your hands when you try to eat it. "Samgyeopsal" (삼겹살) is samgyeopsal. Duh. You know, that thick bacon-like stuff that is at almost every meat place you go, but tastes oh so good. Make sure you order rice to go with it, as it does not come included with the meal. But hey, for an extra 1,000 won, it won't break the bank. You cook up your meat and then wrap it in two or three leaves of your choice. DON'T JUST WRAP IT IN ONE PIECE!!! *cough* sorry, didn't mean to get aggressive there...Don't just wrap it in one piece; there are so many different kinds of leaves that if you just go one at a time, you will never get even close to finishing them.
Now, do you see this dark, red sauce here? I sure hope you can, or else I am not really sure how you are reading this post. I haven't figured out the braille version of the blog yet. This is different from your everyday run-of-the-mill meat sauce you all know. Yes, they have that one, too, and it is really good. But this! This is made from fish, which sounds really weird, but give it a shot. It doesn't taste fishy, and it is a nice compliment to the leaf wrap you have just concocted.
That is about it! After the meal, you will go home feeling really full, but not in a weird, I-just-knocked-out-20-chicken-nuggets-AND-a-burger way. If you are curious about the names of all the leaves, plants, grass, and whatever you just demolished, here is a list of what Country SsamBap serves:
Sorry for the small text, but you get the idea. Lots and lots of nutritious things to help keep off the holiday weight. It is also possible for vegetarians to eat here! Just don't eat the meat, and use the rice and regular bean sauce to make it work.
The restaurant is across the street from Gagyeong-dong Home Plus. If you find the CU convenience store off of the main road, just go down that street and take an immediate right (before actually passing the CU). The road will curve around in front of a small stream, and the restaurant will be on your left, about 4 buildings in.
As always, thanks for reading the post. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, heckle me, throw out suggestions, or just say hello. That's a wrap!