One of Daegu’s Hidden Treasures + How to Make Somek in a Video

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that winter has been a bit of a Debbie Downer since before Christmas. It’s hard finding ways to stay motivated to leave the house. There is, however, one thing that always gets me up and moving… and that’s the prospect of yummy Korean food! I know, I’m a bit of a fatty, but it’s cool. Part of experiencing Korea is tasting everything because it really is a delicious country to live in. The gang heard about a place called the Bulgogi Tents in Daegu, or Bukseongro Bulgogi in Korean, so we decided to explore.


Getting to The Bukseongro Bulgogi & Udon Tents

We went to Jungangro station on subway line 1 (the red line) and headed out of exit 4. From there we hopped in a cab and asked the cabbie to take us to ‘Bukseongro Bulgogi’ Tents. I won’t lie, this was extra easy because we had Jin with us, but you’ll have to find your own Korean friend.

The cabbie dropped us off in front of a Daegu Bank (not to be confused with the subway stop ‘Daegu Bank’). If you’re facing the bank take a right and then take your first left. You’ll come straight to the street, just keep walking straight until you start being ushered in by the cooks.

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Where are we? & The Bulgogi Ladies

One of the funniest parts of getting to the tents is the way the bulgogi ladies (their new name due to the fact that I don’t know what else to call them and they make some fine ass bulgogi) usher you in like they do on the streets of Thailand. I’ve never seen anything like it in Korea. It’s like they’re competing for the most customers, but all the tents are already packed to the brim – there is no need to compete!

I felt like we’d stumbled on hidden treasure buried deep in the middle of the city. I’d never heard of anyone talk about these tents, and we were the only foreigners there all night. I have no doubt that had I looked past the cloud of soju I would have seen lots of faces staring as we slurped our noodles. I even made a video so you can have the full experience of watching us take down bulgogi and udon like true pro’s.

What’s the best kept secret you’ve ever stumbled upon in your city? If you find yourself in Daegu don’t forget to visit the tents! I promise it’s the best bulgogi you’ll ever taste.

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  1. March 9, 2015

    Yes to food! Yes to Somek. No to soju on its own… I have tried on numerous occasions and it’s too strong for me, almost like tequila. Otherwise! I found that here in Busan, in the Deokcheon area, late at night there are these food tents that come up once the other shops are closed. I think I shall go check them out and see what I can devour in there. Cool video! 🙂

  2. March 10, 2015

    Hi Neysha! Thanks very much for sharing your experience and this video! I’ve heard some good things about Bulgogi Street but haven’t made it yet–nice that your directions for getting there are foolproof 🙂 I definitely want to try it since the weather is no longer frigid!!

  3. March 10, 2015

    Nice! Love bulgogi! Even before we arrived here, we frequent our favorite Korean restuarant back in the US. I will have to venture out and find this since it’s right here in my new hometown. I love to eat! Glad you are a local like me, I look forward to finding these new places you happen to stumble upon.

  4. March 15, 2015

    We have a place in Yeosu that everyone calls “Soup Tent” (Real Name: 등트는집 I think) but it’s pretty well known among foreigners and Koreans alike.

    As far as the unknown, I’ve been taken to some pretty awesome places by coworkers and students so not sure if they are secrets. One of my faves is a Dalk Baek Suk Restaurant on the outskirts of town that serves boiled chicken and awesome side dishes. It feels like I’m in someone’s house when there so honestly, I don’t know the name of it. I want to go back now. I’ll probably bug my student for dinner now!

    Anyway, thanks for this. Great post and video as well! Take care.

    • May 29, 2015

      Oh that sounds so deliciouuuus! I’ll keep that in mind if I can ever make it down to Yeosu!

  5. March 16, 2015

    I have yet to experience a bulgogi tent, but I like the sound of it! Also, now that it’s finally warming up it should be much easier to motivate and get out of the house! I know I’ve felt pretty cooped up the last few months as well so I’m super excited for springtime and parks and cherry blossoms too!

  6. March 16, 2015

    Awesome post and video! This place looks great, and your camera work is on point! Your video is really great and I’m curious, what kind of a camera setup do you have/use? Seemed really steady. Anyways, great post.

    • May 29, 2015

      Haha thanks for the camera work compliment! I actually just use a silly G9 camera that I’ve had for YEARS. It’s definitely time for an upgrade, but hey, it does the trick. I hand hold for all of my videos, except the occasional tripod use when I’m adding myself to the frame or its really windy.

  7. March 17, 2015

    The prospect of food will entice me out of any hibernation! These tents sound sweet! They sound kind of like a place I stumbled upon in Insadong in Seoul. I walked down an alley behind the main promenade and came upon this huge tent with about 25 vendors. It was a weird hour so we were the only ones, but we could tell they were preparing for a night of serving food. We were being hoarded and talked to and every vendor was trying to entice us to their stall. Super interesting!

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