Another one of Jeju island‘s famous culinary ingredient is the Jeju Black pig, not to be confused with iberico black pork, the Korean version’s meat has the usual pinkish tone, the black bit is from the pig’s fur.
At the foothill of Seongsan where we spent our first couple nights, there are quite a number of restaurants specialized in serving Korean BBQ with a focus on Jeju black pigs. After taking a look around we settled on Halla Restaurant í•œë¼ì‹ë‹¹Â for no particular reason than it looked legit and perhaps not an entirely touristy place.
Like many restaurants around this area, it is operated by a couple old ladies with very limited proficiency in English. Lucky for us, WiFi & Google Translate is free, and the menu is hilariously simple – with only 3 choices of pork cuts, a noodle, and steamed rice (and ya they’re also in English.)
We ordered two portions of grilled black pork (22,000 KRW), a portion of marinated pork ribs (18,000 KRW), and a portion of grilled pork belly (18,000 KRW)… which ended up to be quite a lot of meat but apparently over here you can’t order only 3 portions if there are four person eating, oh well..
The BBQ experience is not unlike any that you may have experienced in Malaysia, a nonstick surface with gas fire heating it up, and grilling DIY style. As for the black pig & pork belly, they didn’t taste too different from the “usual” pork but perhaps a little more chewy in texture. My favorite may have to be the marinated ribs which has a sweeter and stronger tasting note contributed from the marinate.
The banchan (side dishes) served here were on point too, love their spicy spring onion and those very strong tasting kimchi. Lovely dinner, but for my money I think the abalone at Myeongjin Jeonbok was perhaps more worth it.
Halla Restaurant í•œë¼ì‹ë‹¹Â
174-3 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup,
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
GPS: 33.462623, 126.93307