With the cute pumpkin on its sign (hobak is pumpkin in Korean) and lovely outdoor tables, Hobakgol welcomes everyone who needs a warm meal.
The signature dish of this cozy place and also an easy choice for regulars is Ureong Ssambap Jeongsik, a rice and freshwater snails soybean soup that comes with pork bulgogi and vegetable for wraps. It is served for 8,000 won per person and you need to order at least for two.
The vegetables are usually more various, but it seemed we got only lettuce because vegetables are so expensive in Korea these days due to the extreme hot and dry summer.
They use freshwater snails grown from clean rice fields of Jeolla-do used in their soybean soup and soybean paste. The soybean soup is mild and light and it made a good balance with other side dishes with characteristic tastes.
The bulgogi is spicy, sweet and a bit salty, which is great for wraps. You can make a wrap with the bulgogi, rice and soybean paste in lettuce, or ingredients from the soybean soup, rice and soybean pasted in lettuce.
The meal is not a fancy, but its down-to-earth homemade taste had everything that I needed to satisfy.
If you’re looking to have some drinks, Korean alcohol, including makgeolli from 4,000 won to 20,000 won is available as well as some dishes to accompany.
They have around ten tables including two tables for bigger groups. This place is not very big and can get busy during lunch time.
Open: 10:30 – 22:00 daily (except Seollal and Chuseok)
Address: 1F, Centum Koa Bldg., 19, Centum2-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan