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351. Visiting Restaurants in Bukseong-ro

뉴스관리자 기자2013.11.01 13:42:02

                            Visiting Restaurants in Bukseong-ro

 

By Lim, Hyo-jung, Reporter

dlagywjd317@knu.ac.kr

 

If citizens of Daegu were asked to identify the center of Daegu, most people would answer ‘Dongseong-ro’ without hesitatation. However, Donseong-ro cannot be the center of Daegu in literal terms. The meaning of its name is “the road in an easterly direction from the castle”. Therefore, we can infer that there might be roads in a westerly, southerly, and northerly direction from the castle. I went to the famous restaurants in the road in the northerly direction from the castle, which is called ‘Bukseong-ro.’ Bukseong-ro is known as a historical site in Daegu. Nowadays Dongseong-ro is more famous, but the case was different in past days.

 

The name of Bukseong-ro became wonjeong-mok as a result of the merger and abolition of administrative districts during the Japanese colonial era in the 1910s. However, after the August 15th glorious restoration, it became named Bukseong-ro as part of the process of clearing the vestiges of Japanese imperialism. During that time in Bukseong-ro, Daegu Eupsung was torn down. The number of stores run by Japanese people had reached 107 by that time, with only three that run by Koreans. It is a heart-breaking history, but it also means Bukseong-ro was the busiest street in Daegu. Nowadays, the remnants of the Japanese occupation have been cleared away and the road is filled with tool stores. Recently, museums and cafes are being built there as a part of the return to the businesses of the old days of Daegue, so the are is known for its modernization of history.

 

<Joon-ho nae>

Joon-ho nae opens from 6:30 pm. After only 15 minutes, many people had gathered and all the seats were occupied. I ordered a bowl of udon and two portions of grilled bulgogi. There were no other items on the menu. The udon is 3000 won and the grilled bulgogi is 5000 won per person. The owner offers a bottle of soft drink for free. A huge TV screen was available, so that people could enjoy watching TV programs while eating. The amount of the two dishes was so big that it was impossible to eat everything. The side dishes were kkakdugi, pickled radish and onions pickled in soy sauce. You can find the place by keeping going straight on after Daegu station, turning left at the first traffic light and going about 100m. It is located in an alley that you can see there. Note that you should pay only by cash since it is a kind of street vendor establishment.

 

<Silla eu dalbam>

Silla eu dalbam is also kind of street vendor. It opens around 7 pm. It is located near Joon-ho nae, but Silla eu dalbam is surrounded by tool stores and even appears to be a store, not a street vendor. The difference is it sends up clouds of smoke. This time I went along with a friend. We ordered a bowl of udon and a portion of grilled bulgogi. The menu includes one more dish (called spicy bulgogi) than that of Joon-ho nae. The prices of the entire menu were same as Joon-ho nae. As soon as we ordered, the food arrived in a short time. However, two bowls of udon were served so we called the owner and found that one was free gift. In the udon, there were a lot of green onions so it was a little bit spicy. The size of the dishes was so large that a portion of grilled bulgogi here equaled two portions of grilled bulgogi in Joon-ho nae. I recommend this place to you if you want to feel generous treatment. You also have to pay in cash.

 

<Jang gun jib>

 Jang gun jib is kind of street vendor, too. However, the difference between this restaurant and the other restaurants is that you can pay by credit card. Like Joon-ho nae, it also sells udon, grilled bulgogi and something to drink. Unusually, it sells not by portions, but by prices. There are only two options when you order grilled bulgogi: grilled bulgogi at 6000 won and at 10,000 won. We ordered four udons and grilled bulgogi at 10,000 won. However, the amount was so small that compared to that in Silla eu dalbam. Nevertheless, it was more tender and delicious than the others. The udon was served in a nickel-silver pot so it tasted better. The side dishes were kimchi, pickled radish, and onions pickled in soy sauce. The restaurant opened around 7 p.m. and there were not that many people, so if you want to enjoy a silent place, I recommend this place to you.

 

What comes to your mind about these three restaurants? If you made a decision, go there! You would not regret it. Surely, you can easily find restaurants which sell udon and grilled bulgogi around your house, school, and some other places. However, if you are aware of the history of Bukseong-road, why not give it a visit? You could enjoy dishes more deeply in a contrastive and classical mood.

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