I've seen Hanjan recommended multiple times, but does anyone have any specific suggestions for what to order? I'm going Saturday night and would love some input.
Went last night. It was excellent and fairly reasonable, would definitely return.
Scallion pancake with local squid (deep fried food is not my jam, but it was pretty good)
Homemade cold tofu (excellent. Not a main character, but a good supporting player)
Pork fat ricecake (amazing. Would happily eat a whole plate of this myself, and then some).
Fresh killed chicken wings (and how. Crispy, fatty, juicy and tender. Really good)
Gwangju Market fried chicken (the dud of the night. Breaded fried tasteless chicken fat bombs. Needed some spice...or something).
Galbi skewers (I don't eat beef but my dates loved these).
House special blend soju (smooth and went down easy).
It's nice in there and the noise level is manageable. Bless them for that. I can't wait till NYC puts the kibosh on restaurants as loud as clubs.
We went on Saturday and had pretty much everything you suggested.
Perilla Jeon with pork and shrimp, Scallion pancake, pork fat rice cake (so so good), chicken wings, galbi skewers, Radish Kimchi and brisket fried rice. Everything was awesome. I actually could have done without the galbi skewers (not that memorable) which surprised me. We also had a GREAT deal (3 bottles for 2 of us - oops) of soju that was delicious.
The restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived about 8pm on Saturday. It filled up a bit but I was sad/surprised it wasn't more popular. It's damn good!
had dinner at Hanjan last night. considering it was Friday night the place was only 2/3 full at 7pm. it was full by the time we left.
i thought the flavors were amazingly authentic considering it's not even in ktown. the standout dishes were the mackerel, fried chicken, rice cakes, pajeon, and fried rice. the chicken skewers, sashimi, and stew were all very good as well. overall a very good experience and would definitely recommend over the hectic ktown restaurants.
i find it baffling that people are praising the pajeon, at least w/o mentioning that their item (i won't even call it a "version" of pajeon) is not a pancake at all: it's squid and scallion cooked in mass-of-tempura/kakiage style and then chopped into big chunks...if you like it, great, but it's not pajeon, not even remotely and despite sitting on the "traditional" side of the menu...i tried it, and would never order it again...
How does this place compare to Danji, which I assume is more casual? I have reservations with friends for Takachi but one of the guys is suggesting we come to Hanjan. If it's anything like Danji, I'll skip it - Danji to me was overly salted Korean food that's not as good as the real thing and for the most part, it's kind of a cool yuppie hangout for those who don't really know Korean food. I don't remember anything memorable from the 8 - 10 things we tried... Should I hold out for Takachi?