Savouring Black Pork, Tofu, Kimchi Hot Pot After Morning Hike Up Jeju Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak)

19 October, 2014

After spending the whole morning hiking up Jeju’s Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak, we had to treat ourselves to a good lunch to replenish our energy – Jeju is known for its black pork and seafood – we tried the abalone porridge earlier near Cheonjiyeon waterfall and we heard that there was a restaurant near Seongsan Ilchulbong known for its black pork tofu kimchi hotpot.

I do not know the name of the restaurant but I have lots of pictures showing what the restaurant looks like and most importantly its Jeju phone number which we use as GPS coordinates to guide us to the restaurant.  I don’t think this place is accessible by public transport and it is about a 6-8 minutes drive from the Seongsan Ilchulbong carpark (so definitely not walkable distance).  If you have rented a car to drive around Jeju and is looking for a place to eat good Jeju food after checking out Sunrise Peak, I recommend this restaurant.

The GPS coordinate (or phone number) for this restaurant is: 7841794

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When we reached this restaurant at 1pm, there was no customer at all and also no big bus tour groups – perhaps most of them are at restaurants around the carpark of Sunrise Peak.  We had the whole restaurant to ourselves!

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There is a menu with some English words – the restaurant staff do not know English so just pointing to the menu helps a lot.  There is also Chinese characters on it.  For items with multiple price points e.g. for the signature Black Pork Tofu Kimchi hotpot, the assumption we made was that it was for small, medium and large servings.

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We ordered the Seafood Hotpot (9000 KRW – about 9 USD).  We got a bowl of soup filled with mussels, clams, prawns, crab claws and many other shellfishes – the soup base is slightly spicy and very tasty!

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We were recommended by our friend to try the Braised Hairtail Fish (3 price points – 30,000; 40,000; 50,000 KRW – I assume for 2 persons, 3 persons and 4 persons or it could be mean 2/3/4 fishes) – I think we ordered the 30,000 KRW (30 USD) serving and it was quite a large plate and it tasted very very good!  I don’t usually take fish dishes outside because I am concerned about the freshness and preparation – but here at this restaurant (whatever name it is), this braised hairtail fish is very fresh and when eaten with the sauce, it is just perfect!

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Our meals come with lots of small Korean side dishes – typical of Korean restaurants.  Just an overview of what we ate in this restaurant.  There is a stove/cooker/grill in the middle of the table for the restaurant’s signature Black Pork Tofu Kimchi Hotpot.

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Now for the highlight of our lunch at this Seongsan Ilchulbong restaurant – the Black Pork Tofu Kimchi Hotpot (15,000; 20,000; 30,000 KRW).  I think our serving was for 20,000 KRW (20 USD).  Very delicious – the black pork is served in the soup raw so you will have to cook this hotpot for a while first.  Refills of the soup base is complimentary and if the ramen (Korean maggi mee) is not enough, you can request for a top-up of the ramen (you will have to pay for it but not sure how much – I think 2-3 USD).

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Happy diners at this restaurant – about 60+ USD for this entire meal (15+ USD per person) not a very cheap meal (for the budget conscious) but for the quality of food you get, I say it is well worth it.

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To get to this restaurant by car, just key in this GPS coordinate (phone number of this restaurant): 7841794 to get directions from Seongsan Ilchulbong (6-8 minutes drive away).  To find out more on where to go, what to eat and what to do during your Jeju trip, you can download our Jeju self drive itinerary here and you are going to Seoul too, download our Seoul itinerary too. 🙂

Hope this helps – let me know if you have tried this restaurant and what was your experience and also feel free to suggest other good Jeju restaurants in the comment box below 🙂

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

Comments (4)

  • ethelReply

    12 December, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Hi there, can I ask is black pig a wild boar? Thanks

    • Zhiqiang & TingyiReply

      13 December, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      The Jeju Black Pig (제주흑돼지/jeju heuk-doe-ji) is a breed of domestic pig found on the Korean island of Jeju-do.

  • MinReply

    12 July, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Hi ZQ, enjoyed your informative blogpost about this meal. Am planning on hiking up ilchulbong for the sunrise and heading for breakfast at this restaurant, was wondering if you knew when it opens! Thanks!

    • Zhiqiang & TingyiReply

      18 July, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Sorry i dont know when it opens – the owner barely speaks English and most of the signs are in Korean. The menu is partially in English though. You have the phone number in the blog post – if you speak Korean or you can ask your hotel reception person to help call the restaurant to find out.

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