Just recently, I returned to South Korea with my friends to experience the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. The reason for this is because Winter Olympic events are usually far from my country, like Vancouver and Sochi, so we’re taking advantage of it being near. Anyway, as part of our side-trips, we decided to try the 8-layer seafood tower near Bongcheon station (green line).
We found out about this when Ron suggested to come here after he saw this blog post from Happiebb (http://happiebb.com/blog/2015/05/28/nine-layers-of-steamed-shells/). I’d like to thank her for sharing this online, otherwise we wouldn’t have experience this. The post was dated May 2015, so there were already changes when we went there. Thus, I decided to write my own post as a reference for those interested.
The restaurant’s name is 무한조개구이까까 (muhanjogaegu-ikkakka). It means “Infinite Shellfish Grilled” in English. It gained it’s popularity after it was featured in a KBS show called 생생정보통 (Live Info Show), where their 9-layer steamed steamed shells dish (9단조개찜 pronounced as ku-dan-jo-gaej-jim) was shown.
According to the blog post, the 9-layer seafood tower can feed five to eight people. We were a party of 4 and only ordered the 8-layer one. We were only supposed to buy the 5-layer tower, but we wanted the cheese scallops so we opted for 8 layers instead. It’s important to note that you can’t choose which layers you want to have. The layers are pre-selected. So, if you want to eat a specific layer that’s in the later part of the line-up, you have to buy the package. You can go as low as 3 layers to as high as 9 layers.
So, what’s in the 8-layer tower? Here’s a run-down of what we ate plus pictures!
A tip from us: If you’re a party of 4-6 people, you don’t need to order rice. The seafood tower is enough to make your tummies full.
Some of the prices of the dishes have changed since 2015. Here’s a shot of the 2018 menu:
Menu In English:
무듬조개찜3단 (mudeumjogaejjim sam(3) dan) – 3 Stages of Mussel – KRW 39,000/ USD 37/ PHP 1,905
무듬조개찜4단 (mudeumjogaejjim sa(4) dan) – 4 Stages of Mussel – KRW 49,000/ USD 46/ PHP 2,400
무듬조개찜5단 (mudeumjogaejjim mu(5) dan) – 5 Stages of Mussel – KRW 59,000/ USD 56/ PHP 2,880
무듬조개찜8단 (mudeumjogaejjim pal(8) dan) – 8 Stages of Mussel – KRW 75,000/ USD 71/ PHP 3,660 – In the 2015 post by Happiebb, this was the price for the 9-layer tower.
무듬조개찜5단 (mudeumjogaejjim gu(9) dan) – 9 Stages of Mussel – KRW 88,000/ USD 83/ PHP 4,300
모듬조개찜스페셜8단 (modeumjogaejjim seupesyeol pal(8) dan) – 8 Stages of Mussel Special – KRW 100,000/ USD 94/ PHP 4,880
모듬조개찜스페셜9단 (modeumjogaejjim seupesyeol gu(9) dan) – 9 Stages of Mussel Special – KRW 110,000/ USD 103/ PHP 5,370
*For the special, I think they change one of the layers to prawns. I’m not sure which layer gets replaced.
How to go there:
The restaurant was quite easy to find but some of the landmarks we were looking for in Happiebb’s post were not there anymore. I’ve updated the map and instructions for easier reference.
924-40, Bongcheon-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, Korea
주소: 서울시 관악구 봉천동 924-40
** Only walk-ins. No reservation.
(Mon – Sat) 4pm till late (We left about 11pm when we went there.)
(Sun) 3pm till late