Porridge, or 'juk' as the Koreans call it, is another thing on my to-eat list whenever we return to Seoul for our yearly visits. And although the Koreans generally eat this for breakfast, I typically eat this for a late lunch or dinner. I'm staunchly in the brinner camp, and also, erm, I'm rarely awake before noon.
Migabon is situated just upstairs from Sinseon Seolnongtang (I swear that piece of real estate has the best fengshui), and while it draws a healthy tourist crowd (seeing as it's ranked pretty high on tripadvisor, which may be in part due to its convenient locale in the shopping district of Myeongdong), the porridge here is outstanding.
Korean juk is like a cross between Cantonese congee and Japanese zousui. It's loaded with ingredients a-plenty, but thick and smooth and mild.
Most would order the abalone version, but I would steer you to the King Crab Porridge (10,000KRW) instead. Barring any seafood allergies, this was far superior a choice than the almost stodgy abalone porridge. The sweetness of the shellfish just balances out the sesame seeds, crushed seaweed, and spring onions so much better. This was pure comfort in a bowl, and wonderfully exquisite. And that kkakdugi (radish kimchi) was amazing. So incredibly delicate and refreshing.
We also ordered the Ginseng Chicken with Wild Sesame (15,000KRW) which was just so-so. The glutinous rice was excellent, but the chicken hadn't stewed long enough, and the broth was lacking in depth of flavour.
The restaurant front for reference. It's the green one with the big big word "粥" on it.
2F, 2-23 Myeong-dong-gil 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-809, South Korea
Tel: +82 02 752 0330
Opens daily from 8am to 4pm; 5pm to 10pm