Cheongjinok & Seoul’s Hangover Cure

Cheongjinok is a restaurant located off of Sejongno.  It serves a broth called “broth to chase a hangover”, which is pretty catching in my opinion.

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The broth caught my attention when I was searching for things to eat.  In addition, it speaks loudly to Seoul’s drinking culture.  I’m surprised Cheongjinok doesn’t have a drink named “drink to chase broth that chases a hangover” to their menu.  It’s only the logical steps to diversify their portfolio of products at the restaurant.

True motto
True motto

Cheongjinok specialty is haejang-guk — broth to chase a hangover.  The restaurant’s decor isn’t any spectacular like a Trump hotel.  The traditional wood tables along with the outdated pictures on the wall screams “tacky” like a Trump hotel; however, the only saving grace would be the quality of the products unlike a Trump hotel.  Haejang-guk is where the restaurant excels.

Haejang-guk is a hearty beef broth.  The hearty broth comprises of dried cabbage, fresh green vegetables and different cuts of meat.  There are variations of the broth depending on the region like the range of views within the Democratic and Republican parties.  Cheongjinok’s haejang-guk is an ox bone based broth made with soybean paste, radish, cabbage, scallions, tripe, and few discarded beef parts.  The ingredients are combined to create a clear broth.  It’s probably a good time to stop reading this now if you have a weak stomach.

  1. Haejang-guk – The flavors are soothing and resembles the comforting taste of Vietnamese pho.  However, there is no rice noodles in the soup like Mapo-Ok‘s ox bone soup.  The two broths different in ingredients and color; the components are similar but the outcome is different.  It’s like when a man has two kids from a Black woman and a White woman.  Similar ingredients but output is different.
    Haejang-guk Seoul
    Haejang-guk
  2. Bindae-tteok – The mung bean pancake is a lot more fun than a normal pancake because it’s fried.  There isn’t many things in this world that doesn’t taste good fried.  There’s french fries, fried chicken, chicken tenders, and fried eggs.  We can add Korea’s Bindae-tteok to that list too.  Korean pancake had a nice crispy exterior with mung-bean that’s been soaked overnight.  The mix of onions, scallions and eggs make the perfect combination for weight gain like a week filled with pizza.
    Bindae-tteok
    Bindae-tteok

Cheongjinok’s haejang-guk is definitely a broth to chase a hangover.  The hearty broth is meaty, tasty and soothing.  It’s the perfect meal any time of day and I would highly recommend checking out Cheongjinok’s haejang-guk.  It soaks up all the alcohol from the hangover and the beers I was drinking during the meal.  Now, that’s what I call making use of the healing power of food.  It’s like adding soju to your beer.  The more alcohol the faster you get trashed.

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  • 7/10
    Service - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Presentation - 7/10
  • 8.5/10
    Flavors - 8.5/10
  • 6/10
    Decor - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Ambiance - 6/10
6.9/10

Summary

Cheongjinok’s haejang-guk is definitely a broth to chase a hangover.  The hearty broth is meaty, tasty and soothing.  It’s the perfect meal any time of day and it soaks up all the alcohol from the hangover and the beers I was drinking during the meal.  Now, that’s what I call making use of the healing power of food.

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