My favourite Korean food: nakchi bokum


Today we went out and had my all-time favourite Korean dish 낙지볶음 nakchi bokkum – spicy stir-fried octopus – for lunch. There are restaurants all over Seoul that specialise in this dish and we’ve tried MANY of them. Jongno district is particularly famous for nakchi bokkum. But after many years living in Seoul, the Banpo branch of 유정 낙지 is STILL my favourite nakchi bokkum restaurant.

They serve 8 dishes here and six of them contain octopus. (So this is not the place to go if you don’t like octopus!)

The restaurant serves 산 낙지 san nakchi (raw octopus) (below), 낙지 볶음 nakchi bokkum (spicy sir-fried octopus (below below), 어린이용 낙지 o-rin-i-nakchi (non-spicy version of stir-fried octopus), 낙지전골 nakchi jeongol (spicy octopus stew – I should point out that the octopus is still alive when it’s put in the stew and cooked at the table), 낙지파전 nakchi pajeon (octopus pancake) 감자탕 kamja tang (potato and pork rib soup) 조개탕 cho-ge tang (clam soup) and 낙지손만두 nakchi son mandu (octopus and pork dumplings – the menu just says octopus dumplings but dumplings in Korea ALWAYS contain pork too!)

san nakchi

For a starter we had 산 낙지  san nakchi – raw octopus with sesame and salt dip and raw veg with soy bean paste dip. The octopus is so fresh it’s still moving on the plate.

nakchi bokkum

낙지 볶음 nakchi bokkum has lots of spicy garlic and chilli. The dish comes with a pair of scissors to cut up the nakchi into edible pieces as it’s cooked still almost whole! Just looking at this picture makes my mouth water :)

nakchi bokkum

The dish is served with rice and bean sprouts. So you can mix the nakchi bokkum with the rice or simply eat it separately.


A bottle of soju is optional ….

nakchi bokkum restaurant

Lunchtimes on Sunday are quiet but weekday evenings are pretty busy.

This is the place I like to go to when I’m having a bad day and need cheering up. Nakchi bokkum here just makes me feel better about everything!

Over the last seven years many of the restaurants that we like have closed down. But happily this place still seems to be going strong. Touch wood. 😉




One thought on “My favourite Korean food: nakchi bokum

  • June 10, 2013 at 12:40 am

    My friends and I really enjoy Korean food too. Last night for dinner I was very fortunate to enjoy a wonderful bowl of homemade hot spicy Kimchi Chigay – Degi Kogi along with some fresh Gim Pop and various small dishes on the side. What a feast ! As I finished my glass of Soju with a big hearty Yangbang gulp I emitted a low guttural laugh reminisce of the wicked Joseon Kim Cham Jom (some books spell Kim Ja Jom) heh, heh, heh. Then I suddenly realize something. . . I stumbled over to my laptop and brought up your net and fast forwarded to the ‘My Favorite Korean Food’ article. If you look closely at the picture of the Chamisul Soju glass in your article there is an image of a handsome guy on the glass (on the Chamisul bottle label too). Well, my non-essential comment to this fun Blog is that I look just like him !

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