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May 16, 2012 09:27 AM

Jinju, Korea - Traditional Korean BBQ Dinner at U-Ga-Chon

This is quite simply the best restaurant in Jinju offering "bulgogi" (Korean-style BBQ beef) and "kalbi bulgogi" (large beef-ribs), accompanied by a selection of kimchi and side-dishes like raw squid tentacles & vegetable salads.

Dinner ended with choices of water noodles/ "mul naengmyeon" (물 냉면) and spicy noodles/"bibim naengmyeon" (비빔 냉면).

Desserts were fresh fruits and "shikhye" (fermented malt-rice drink).

Address details
U-Ga-Chon Korean Restaurant
790-1 Pyong Ga-dong
Tel: 055-7469566

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  1. My husband is headed to Jinju soon. I will pass along the restaurant info. Thanks!

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    1. re: sarahtorres

      You're welcome, sarah. I gather that your husband will have Korean contacts there - because 99% of the folks there, even the restaurant staff, didn't speak any English.

      The only restaurateur who could converse with me was the owner-chef of Zio Ricco:

      1. re: klyeoh

        He has some Korean ability and will have Korean-speaking friends luckily!

    2. I'll pass this restaurant, as well as your review (and pictures) for the seafood restaurant, on to my sister who'll be living in Goeje for the next year...

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      1. re: kubasd

        If your sister is going to live in Geoje, she'd probably be able to find *much* better options in Busan, which is more "cosmopolitan" than little towns like Jinju or Sacheon. Of course, "cosmopolitan" is a rather relative term here, as even Seoul, by far more exposed to outside/foreign influences, still felt very introverted culturally to me.