Charcoal-Grilled Chicken & Beer at Daejeon Tongdak

This is one place that I miss in Daejeon already. Chicken and beer is everyone’s favourite in Korea but from so many different varieties that I’ve tasted this place in Daejeon was surely one of a kind.

Charcoal-grilled chicken coughing up thick clouds of smoke

Daejeon Tongdak, literally meaning Daejeon chicken, operates in its own building in Yuseong district of Daejeon. They do have good old regular fried chicken and half-and-half with sweet and sour sauce. However, the signature of this place is charcoal-grilled chicken, with or without sauce. Continue reading

Grilled Bulgogi and Rice Wine at Damiwon

Sutong-gol (수통골) in Yuseong, Daejeon is one of my favorite places in the city.  The edge of Mt. Gyeryongsan (계룡산) offers number of great hiking courses.  After the hike you can enjoy a cup of coffee or have a tasty meal at one of the cafes or restaurants near the base of the mountain.  My parents used to live in Yuseong a few years ago and back then Sutong-gol was not as busy as it is today.  Nowadays, the area is so popular that it is always crowed with hikers and foodies from around the city. 

Our family planned a dinner with old family friends and decided to meet up at Sutong-gol.  We took a risk and tried a restaurant that we never went before – a place called Damiwon (다미원).  Once we arrived, I immediately recognized the old building.  I used to come here regularly when the building was operating under the name of Heukryongsan Chondubu.  The famous handmade tofu restaurant was so popular that they bought a huge building nearby and moved out.  The old building was left for a new restaurant owner to start their journey and Damiwon opened with their signature grilled bulgogi.

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