Monday, September 5, 2011

10 Tastes of Daegu

The Pleasure of tasting never stops in Daegu!

Meet the 10 famous tasty foods of Daegu!

Don’t forget to taste the local foods when you come all the way down here!
It would be an exciting experience to be in a hunt for a tasty local food in the city. Have your appetite ready for culinary adventures with the unique tastes of the foods of Daegu!

Ddaro Gukbap

If you want spicy, you will get spicy!
Red hot spicy with the deep flavor of broath.

This unique food has a tradition of more than 50 years dating back to the days of Korean War. Ddaro Gukbap means “soup and rice served separated,” unlike similar foods in other regions. The soup is made by boiling the bones and guts over night then to add leeks, radishes, hot red pepper powder, and crushed garlic to give hot, spicy but at the same time refreshing flavor. It represents the most popular taste of hot-spicy flavor among the foods of Daegu. It gained its popularity from the refugees during the Korean War.

Many famous restaurants with their own traditions are gathers around between Jungang Crossroad and MMC Mangyunggwan Theater.


Restaurant / Tel / Address
Gugil Ttaro Gukbap / 053-253-7623 / Jeon-dong Jung-gu, Daegu   
Daegu Jeontong Ttaro Sikdang / 053-257-1476 / Jeon-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu   
Gyodong Ttaro Sikdang / 053-254-8923 / Jeon-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu   
Hanujang / 053-257-1125 / Jeon-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu   
Daedeok Sikdang / 053-623-0613 / Daemyung9-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu   
Beonggeul Beonggeul Sikdang / 053-424-6881 / Gongpyung-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu

Blowfish Bulgogi

A fusion dish spicy-sweet

This unique food first appeared in Daegu more than 20 years ago. The boned flesh of blowfish is fried in a manner that closely resembles the way ordinary beef bulgogi is enjoyed, except for the spicy-sweet sauce and bean stalks. The food goes well as a sub dish for liquor and people here usually makes fried rice with the remaining sauce when they finished the flesh. Most of the blowfish restaurants in the city offer this dish as it suits the taste of the citizens who are fond of the hot flavor. The bean stalk in it, also, is of a narrower kind than the usual ones.


Restaurant / Tel / Address
Bon-dong Puffer Fish / 053-527-2206 / Bon-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 
Dae Tong Puffer Fish / 053-383-4433 / Sangyeok2-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu 
Gwangjang Puffer Fish / 053-567-9800 / Naedang-dong, Seo-gu, Daegu 
Haegeumgang / 053-954-2323 / Sinam4-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu 
Haesong Puffer Fish / 053-382-2224 / Sangyeok 2-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu 
Matjoeungyo / 053-629-0259 / Daemyung9-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu

Raw Beef Lump (Mungtigi)

You need something to chew on?
Feel the refreshing raw meat with the spicy-sweet flavor.

The sliced raw beef with seasoning is enjoyed in other parts of Korea as well. But it is unique in Daegu to have a fresh lump of raw beef with spicy seasoning as a sub dish for Soju, Korean liquor. Raw Beef slices are popular all over the countries, but the Muntigis of Daegu are as thick as your thumb, and, they are not sold unless it is REAL fresh. This food has been enjoyed in this region since 1950s, and the meat usually comes from the legs of the cows.

Restaurant / Tel / Address
Ansim Nongjang Jigyeong Sigyuk Sikdang / 053-964-0022 / Sukcheon-dong Dong-gu Daegu   
Dongbong Sutbul Gui / 053-751-3668 / Beumuh 1 dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu   
Hwangso Sikdang / 053-421-9930 / Pojung-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu   
Nok Yang / 053-257-1796 / Hyangchon-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu   
Nokyang Gui / 053-767-9922~3 / Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu   
Doosan Ilbeonji / 053-763-5900 / Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu

Dongin-dong Steam Galbi

Need more spices in your appetite?
Burning hot flavor with chewy galbi!

Since 1970s, Daegu people began to enjoy beef galbis(rib) with red hot pepper sauce and garlic seasoning in tin pots. Unlike other regions where the galbis are cooked only with salty soy bean sauce, this spicy version of galbi dishes is unique in Daegu. It naturally calls for a round of liquor, or Soju to best befit the flavor, and the sauce left after you finish the spicy meat goes extremely well when mixed up with white rice. It gives burning hot tastes quite unlike galbi dishes in Seoul and Gyunggi province, but there is a trace of sweetness in the flavor as well. This food first showed up in the residential districts of Dongin-dong and now grew up into one of the most famous local foods.


Restaurant / Tel / Address
Nagyeong Jjimgalbi / 053-423-3330 / Dongin1-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu 
Sanho Jjimgalbi / 053-422-2523 / Dongin1-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu 
Subok Jjim Galbi / 053-423-8667 / Dongin1-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu

Pressed Noodle

Refreshing anchovy soup
With warmth and rich flavor

Daegu has the highest consumption of flour and noodles in Korea. Among the rich culture of noodles in this city, the Pressed Noodle best fits the tastes of the citizens. No other regions in Korea uses anchovies for making soups for noodles, and the pressed noodle is quite different from other noodles, such as Andong Gujin Noodle. The bean powder is put on the dough and then the dough is pressed flat before it is cut into noodle shapes by a knife. The name ‘Pressed Noodle’ is kind of a nickname of the noodle of which the official name is “Kyungsangdo Kalguksu”, or “knife noodle”. No bones or other sea food material then anchovy are used to make the soup. Many diners behind Milliore shopping center used to be famous for this dish, leaving this famous phrase, “One fix and a bottle.”

Restaurant / Tel / Address
Halmae Kalguksu / 053-651-7969 / Daemyung2-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu 
Daebaek Sonkalguksu / 053-423-2792 / Samdeok2-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu 
Chamkke Guksu / 053-756-1511 / Suseong-dong 1-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu 
Gohyangjip Kalguksu / 053-751-6850~1 / Beomeo-dong Suseong-gu, Daegu 
Chamhan Sonkalguksu / 053-628-4693 / Songhyun1-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu

Flat Mandu

Thinner but stronger
Softness with savory

It’s uniqueness comes from its ‘tastelessness.’ Starch noodles are put between thin Mandu(dumpling) shells to be formed into a semi-circle. And then the assembly is boiled briefly in water and served with soybean sauce. This food has been loved for more than 40 years. It was first developed to get rid of the ‘greasiness’ of the Chinese version of mandus in early 60s, with the fillings mainly composed of vegetables. Only very small amounts of starch noodles, leeks, carrots, and cabbages are used as filling per each piece of this popular version of mandu.


Restaurant / Tel / Address
Gaemi Bunsik / 053-425-7185 / Dongmun-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu 
Nammun Napjak Mandu / 053-257-1440 / Namsan1-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu

Fried Makchang

There goes your liquor.
Savory and Chewy!

It goes better with liquor than rice as a sub dish. Since 1970s, the citizens of Daegu have been enjoying Makchang, the 4th stomach of an ox (called Hongchang) fried over coal or charcoal and seasoned with special bean sauces. They also enjoy sliced raw garlic with them. Makchang was originally eaten by the citizens of Daegu only, but nowadays this food is popular and being enjoyed nationwide, especially since the days of IMF. It also contains higher amount of protein and calcium, making it a wonderful source of nutrient for children. Many makchang restaurants are enjoying booming popularity.


Restaurant / Tel / Address
Dongbong Sutbul Gui / 053-751-3668 / Beumuh 1 dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu   
Mr.Chang's Happy Makchang / 053-644-9192 / Jincheon-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu   
Arizona Makchang / 053-782-9323 / Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu

Yaki Udong (Fried Udong)

Seafood heaven!
Burning Sweetness!

The original Japanese dish called Yaki Soba, which means fried noodle, tastes slightly spicy. But the Yaki Udong we are talking about here is invented in Daegu 30 years ago, which uses red hot pepper powder and garlic to season other materials such as shrimps, squids, pork, mushrooms, followed by leeks in summer and spinach in winter. Then the entire mixture is fried in a strong fire.
Most of Chinese restaurant offer this menu. Due to its spicy sweet flavor, many people find this noodle kind of addictive.


Restaurant / Tel / Address
Junghwa Banjeom / 053-425-6839 / Namil-dong Jung-gu, Daegu

Muchim Hoe

Hair-raising spicy-sweet!

Since Daegu is located deep inside the peninsular, it was beyond anyone’s wish to have fresh raw fish slices in the old days. Instead, people here began to use boiled squid and inland turban shells, Anago Hoe with radish and other vegetables, along with red hot pepper powder to make Muchim Hoe, instead of using vinegar-pepper sauce like other regions. This kind of food has been around for more than 3 decades and it is unique in using the material from the sea and the inland water alike. The burning spicy flavor is popular among customers of all ages, and many famous diners used to concentrate around Bangogae, Naedang-dong to make a cluster of their own.


Restaurant / Tel / Address
Baekboksuban / 053-656-8848 / Daemyung6-dong, Namgu, Daegu 
Chungmu Hoesikdang / 053-556-3308 / Naedang3-dong Seo-gu, Daegu 
Jongno Sushi / 053-252-0321 Jongro / 2-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu

Catfish Ste

A fusion dish spicy-sweet

Catfish are widely thought to be very nutrient-rich in Korea and for this reason they have been loved as a source of energy during summer season, when you easily gets exhausted because of the merciless heat.
With spicy-sweet sauce with garlic, it won’t give you any fishiness. When you are in need of some good amount of energy to carry on, this is the kind of food you need to eat.


Restaurant / Tel / Address
Sanjeong Nonmegi Maeuntang / 053-582-2566 / Dasa-eup, Dalseong-gu, Daegu 
Solmoe Maeul / 053-616-6199 / Gise-ri Okpo-myeon Dalseong-gun Daegu


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