[Seoul - Gwangjang Market] Changshin Yookhoe/Yukhoe - Korean seasoned steak tartare (option to add sannakji)

I visited Changshin Yukhoe (창신육회) in Seoul's Gwangjang Market. Gwangjang Market (광장시장) is suddenly becoming a "MUST VISIT" place among tourists, but I've been going here for years.


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If you go to Gwangjang Market (the market is somewhat famous when YouTubers visit Seoul), there are about 3 foods you MUST eat because they are the specialties of Gwangjang Sijang.

1) Bindaedduk, especially from 순희네 빈대떡 (read my previous post)
2) Mayak kimbap (I'll write a post about that soon)
3) Yookhoe - Korean steak tartare

Also, Gwanjang market is also one of the places you can get sannakji - the octopus that is still living and served fresh to you (I can also write a post about that soon!)

Anyway, there is a whole row of shops that are famous for Yukhoe. The very famous one I wanted to go to was actually closed because we went at a weird time of day (and also on a red day), so we went to another famous place, Changshin Yukhoe.

I felt okay about going in here because there were relatively a lot of people in there and they all looked like blue collar workers, so I felt like they weren't just tourists that went to a random shop.

Yookhoe is a food you eat typically with alcohol. We were definitely the only people in the restaurant not drinking at 11am on a Monday/public holiday.

Anyway, I forgot to take a picture of the exterior of the restaurant, so I took a picture of the wall mural that was...a picture of the exterior of the shop.

There's no English menu, but the menu has Chinese and Japanese written on it. I have translated the menu to English below.

Left column: Anju - food you typically eat while drinking, but you can also order it alone as we did.
1) Yukhoe - steak tartare (12,000 per 200g)
2) Gan/cheonyeop - liver and other organ meats (12,000)
3) Sannakji - live octopus (15,000)
4) Yachae yookhoe - vegetable and steak tartare (20,000)
5) Bool yookhoe - fiery yookhoe (20,000)
6) Yook sashimi - sashimi made with raw beef (25,000)
7) Yookhoe tangtangi - yookhoe with sannakji (25,000) - THIS IS WHAT WE GOT
8) Nokdujeon - Korean pancake made with mung bean (5,000) - I would recommend getting this at Soon Hee's Bindaedduk
9) Ojingeo pajeon - Korean pancake made with squid

Middle column: Meal
1) Yookhoe deopbap - rice topped with yukhoe (6,000) - I WAS TEMPTED BY THIS
2) Yookhoe deopbap (teuk) - big size rice topped with yookhoe (10,000)
3) Bibim naengmyun - spicy cold noodles (6,000)
4) Janchi gooksu - Noodles in an anchovy broth, topped with vegetables (4,000)
5) Muk naengmyun - cold noodles in a broth

Right column: Alcohol
1) Soju (4000)
2) Maeju - beer (4000)
3) Maehwasoo - Korean plum liquor (5000)
4) Cheongha - Korean rice wine (5000)
5) Baekseju - 100 year wine, fermented glutinous rice wine with herbs (8000)
6) Bokbunja - Korean mountain berry wine (12,000)
7) Eumryosu - soda (2000)
8) Makgeolli - Korean rice wine (3000)

These are the side dishes that come with whatever you order. It's bare bones, but I didn't expect anything more.

You get seasoned kim (seaweed), a bowl with beef broth, and then also some gochu/garlic and samjang paste.

The second small bowl is sesame oil and salt. It's for dipping the yookhoe tangtangi we ordered. 



This is the yookhoe tangtangi. Everything was prepared fresh. It's all raw, so if you're squeamish, this is probably not the place for you. I felt okay since I saw them prepare everything.

It has steak tartare (Korean sourced) with some sesame seeds and sesame oil topped with the sannakji (live octopus), a raw egg, and some Korean pear. For decoration they added some sprouts and cucumber (it may be zucchini - I didn't eat it).

I really don't care for sannakji that much just because it takes so much effort to eat, but it was a good way to get two of the things my boyfriend wanted to try off the list at one time for a relatively cheap price - 25,000.

I would say, however, if you wanted to do a full market tour, definitely try out the yookhoe deopbap instead. It's 6,000KRW and comes with rice, so it is cheap and not just eating meat. It doesn't come with the sannakji, though, so I guess it's a tradeoff.

If you get what we got, you could add some rice (gongi bap) for 1000.


If you've never ordered at a more homestyle sort of Korean restaurant, this is the ordering form. When I first lived in Korea, this was a lot more common, but I guess it's kind of going by the wayside. There's a special way to write numbers and everything, but I think not many young people write it that way anymore, so I won't try to explain it to you.
I'll go over the list from top to bottom even though I translated it above. You can just write the numbers in the column next to the prices to indicate how many orders of each you want.

1) Yookhoe
2) Organ meants
3) Yuk sashimi
4) Tangtangi (what we ordered)
5) Yachae/bool yookhoe (circle which one)
6) Sannakji
7) Yookhoe deopbap (big size)
8) Yookhoe deopbap
9) Mul/bibim (circle which flavor)
10) Janchigooksu
11) Gongibap
12) Ojingeo pajeon
13) Bindaetteok
14) Soju
15) Maeju
16) Makgeolli
17) Cheongha
18) Haehwasu
19) Bokbunja
20) Eumryosu


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