MINARI Restaurant in Seoul

ETA portal | Updated on 2024-04-23

Are you familiar with the Golden Globe-winning film 'Minari'? 
It's a touching immigrant story that portrays the multicultural narrative between Korea and the United States.
The movie depicts the life of a Korean-American family in the 1980s, settling on a small farm in Arkansas, USA. 
As they adapt to a new environment and culture, they encounter various challenges and conflicts, ultimately discovering the importance of friendship and family bonds.
'Minari' refers to the crop cultivated by the family on the farm, which becomes their grandmother's pride and joy. 
This crop, known as minari, is a special vegetable used in Korean cuisine.
Interestingly, the global popularity of the film led to a shortage of Korean minari. 
Immigrants and foreigners became curious about it, appreciating its unique flavor and nutritional value.

Apply for K-ETA and visit Korea to taste some delicious Minari! 
If you're planning a trip to Korea, I'll introduce you to must-visit Minari restaurants.


  • Neung Dong Minari

For foreigners looking to experience minari in Seoul's Yongsan district, we highly recommend a visit to "Neungdong Minari." 
Located near Sin Yongsan Station, known as "Yongridangil," this restaurant has gained fame as a must-visit eatery since its opening.
Using hanja minari cultivated from the natural streams of Hwaaksan, you can taste a variety of dishes made with this fresh ingredient. 
The signature dish, "Minari Gomtang," features gomtang made with premium Hanwoo beef, topped with freshly cut minari and leeks, creating a unique visual and flavor experience.
The dishes, crafted with fresh ingredients and meticulous care, offer a true taste of authentic Korean flavors. 
The delicate yet fragrant aroma of minari perfectly complements the savory broth.
The restaurant also provides friendly and professional service, ensuring high satisfaction among visitors. 
You can enjoy delicious Korean cuisine and create special memories at Neungdong Minari. 
If you're visiting the Yongsan area, be sure to stop by for a meal. Good food and great memories await you.

  • Location : 28 Hangang-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Operating Hours : Daily 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Price Range : Minari Gomtang 15,000KRW, Minari Ssukhwe 9,000KRW, Minari Suyuk Jeongol 48,000-85,000KRW


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  • Grazing Pig

Located in Yeonnam-dong, "Pul Pig" is an ideal destination for travelers who want to taste Korea's minari. 
Using premium minari sourced from Hanjaegol in Cheongdo, Gyeongbuk Province, this restaurant specializes in delicious minari pork belly.
The menu mainly consists of various Korean dishes centered around pork. 
Particularly, the signature dish at "Pul Pig" is the flavorful pork belly served with garlic, ssamjang (soybean paste), lettuce, and other condiments, which is popular among Koreans as well.
The fun performance of pressing the minari onto the thick pork belly after grilling it, allowing the pork fat to seep into the minari, adds to the dining experience. 
The minari, cooked in the pork fat, becomes even softer in texture, making it endlessly enjoyable to eat.
In addition to the signature minari pork belly, Plucking Pig offers a variety of minari dishes such as minari jeon (pancake), minari ramen, and minari bibimbap. 
Visitors can experience the taste and culture of Korean minari through friendly service and diverse menu options.

  • Location : 7 Donggyo-ro 32-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • Operating Hours : Daily 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Price Range : Minari Pork Belly 15,000KRW, Semi-cut Minari 3,000KRW, Minari Jeon 9,000KRW


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  • pyozu

"pyozu" is a place where traditional Korean cuisine is reinterpreted in a modern way, offering a unique taste and atmosphere that foreign visitors would love to experience. 
It's conveniently situated across from Sindang Market, nestled in a quiet alley.
Among the various reinterpretations of Korean cuisine, the must-try dish is the "Hangjeong Minari," which fills the gap between pork ribs with minari. 
The outer texture is chewy like pig's feet, while the inside bursts with juicy flavors and the fragrant aroma of minari.
Served with a side of Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper, garnished with freshly sliced young radish kimchi, it offers a clean and satisfying finish.
Located in the heart of Seoul, it's an exceptional place for foreigners to experience traditional Korean liquor and cuisine. Highly recommended for those who wish to immerse themselves in Korean food and culture.

  • Location : 43-6 Dasan-ro 42-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Operating Hours : Weekdays 11:30AM - 12:00AM (Break Time 3:00PM - 5:30PM), Saturday 4:30PM - 11:30PM, Closed on Sundays
  • Price Range : Hangjeong Minari Lunch Set 14,000KRW, Hangjeong Minari 18,000KRW, Pyoju Signature Set Menu for 2 People 65,000KRW


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  • Hannam daegyo

Located in Songpa-gu, Seoul, Hannam daegyo Pojangmacha is a special place that offers delicious snacks and drinks using minari, a traditional Korean ingredient.
This pojangmacha provides a charming space to enjoy food with the beautiful backdrop of the Han River. 
Its ambiance, adorned with neon lights and walls filled with graffiti from past visitors, creates a cozy atmosphere akin to a hideout.
A popular menu item is the "Minari Nakji Jeon," featuring Cheongdo dol minari topped with whole baby octopus. 
It boasts a visual appeal with a crispy texture and the delightful aroma of minari.
In addition to dishes like seasoned minari, radish salad, and salad with minari, they also serve appetizers where minari is stir-fried with soy sauce for a savory flavor.
For those seeking the essence of spring, the "Deulgireum Minari mullet" dish, which combines raw freshwater fish with seaweed and minari, offers a delightful experience.

  • Location : 18-11 Olympic-ro 32-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul
  • Operating Hours : Daily 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
  • Price Range : Minari Nakji Jeon 21,000 KRW, Deulgireum Minari Ssungo 28,000 KRW, Assorted Sashimi 38,000 KRW


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  • Yeongmi oritang

This is a place in Seoul where you can enjoy Gwangju-style duck soup. 
It's so popular that there's almost always a waiting list. Youngmi Duck Soup boasts an upscale atmosphere with clean and sophisticated interior decor. 
Here, duck soup is the main dish, prepared with fresh and premium ingredients with meticulous care. 
The rich and thick soup, filled with perilla powder, is a distinctive feature. 
It's served with a mound of minari on top. The fragrant minari is dipped in tangy perilla sauce and enjoyed alongside tender duck meat, instantly rejuvenating your energy like a spring day. 
Highly recommended for foreign travelers exploring Seoul, it's a special place where you can experience and savor the essence of Korean minari and culture.

  • Location : 53 Dongillo 60-gil, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
  • Operating Hours : Daily 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM (Break Time 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM), Closed on Mondays
  • Price Range : Duck Soup (Half Duck) 39,000KRW, Duck Soup (Whole Duck) 61,000KRW, Additional Minari 3,000KRW


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