Sunday, 17 July 2011

Food Love: Best Roast Chicken in Myeongdong

Most people think of Myeongdong as Seoul’s premier fashion street. And truly, Myeongdong provides miles and miles of shopping therapy. From western brands to Korean high-end stores, beauty stores, souvenir shops, to indie brands, and street vendors, Myeongdong has them all.

I admit, I go there at least once a week. Mostly to pickup my product orders from the stores. Sometimes, to shop or just hangout with a friend. But if there’s one thing that is almost certain when I go to Myeongdong, it is that I almost always end up eating at this restaurant:

YongYang Nutrition Center , established in 1960, is the oldest restaurant in Myeongdong. To say that it is an amazing feat is an understatement. Especially considering the fact that it only offers two dishes --- Roast Chicken and Samgyetang (Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup).

This is my favorite eatery in Seoul. It’s cheap, consistently yummy, and the place is clean. (This was such a grotty place when I first ate here in 2006, but they’ve renovated and cleaned it up).

The Menu

( TIP: They offer a great, value-for-money lunch set from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. As pictured on the menu above-- it has salad, 1/4 roasted chicken, soup, dinner roll and butter. Perfect for hungry tourists!)

The free refillable appetizers (Banchans)

White and Kimchi’d Radishes

Our order of Roast Chicken

This is a chicken with a delicious identity crisis. Because while it is roasted, it tastes like Fried Chicken! Think Max Fried Chicken, only 100x better.

The roast chicken comes in 3 sizes: Large, medium, and spring. The one above is the large one. Good enough to be shared by two people.

Rice is provided upon request only! ☺ Do not be surprised if your chicken does not come with rice ☺ You have to ask them sweetly for bap (rice) ☺

Prices are pretty affordable by Korean standards. Dinner costs an average of PHP 400.00 per person.

When you’re in Myeongdong, do try eating here ☺

Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea
(Near SPAO and Uniqlo)


  1. I didn't notice this when we were walking around this place weeks ago after watching in Nanta theater ^_^ It was raining at that time and so the umbrellas might have covered it from our sight. Too bad for us!

  2. Hi Chew on This :-) Ay sayang! It's actually not on one of Myeongdong's Main Streets, it's on the side street near Uniqlo and SPAO. Anyhoo, I hope you enjoyed your Seoul vacation! Though rainy days ata ang naabutan nyo haha~

  3. Hindi nga siya easily hanapable. Ako hanggang ngayon, can't find it without OompaWoompaGirl.


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