Charcoal Grilled Eel – Somunnan Chamsutbul in Namcheon-dong, Busan

Charcoal Grilled Eel – Somunnan Chamsutbul in Namcheon-dong, Busan

by Yoona Kang
haps Magazine Korea

As with many traditional seafood restaurants in the country, the exterior of Somunnan Chamsutbut may not exude any sort of particular wonder, but inside, tastes and smells abound of various kinds of eel.

Run by a middle-aged couple, the husband prepares eel and fish right after the order while the wife mans the kitchen, including a wide variety of kimchi.


Pike eel

We first ordered pike eel, which price varies from 35,000 won to 80,000 won depending on size and seasoned or not.

The freshly prepared pike eel, with red chunks which still look alive, may be disturbing, but the simultaneously crunchy, yet tender pieces of eel exude freshness.

While even the uninitiated might not choose eel as their first choice for dinner, the health benefits include a great assortment of vitamins and minerals and help with digestion and metabolism.


Eel (40,000 won to 80,000 won by size)

We next ordered a normal eel, which I like more than pike eel because its look and texture are relatively closer to fish. You can enjoy it with two kinds of sauce; ganjang with ginger julienne and gochujang.

Raw eel is also served during summer for 50,000 won to 100,000 won. Eel soup with rice and side dishes is for 7,000 won.

Eel is considered a highly healthy food and is a popular dish, especially in summer in Korea for different reasons.

Eel is known to be rich in protein, vitamin A, B, E, and lecithin, and good for eyesight, skin, and stamina with many more benefits.


There are 8 tables, including 2 tables with chairs.

Korean soju or beer is served for 4,000 won, and Korean wines made with mulberry, blackberry or plum are from 6,000 won to 12,000 won.

Reservations are recommended so that they can prepare fresh ingredients ready for you. It gets really busy during dinner time, especially in summer.

Restaurant Information
Somunnan Chamsutbul (소문난 참숯불)

Open: 14:00 – 24:00 daily
Address: Namcheonbada-ro 19, Suyeong-gu, Busan
Phone: 051-754-0447
Parking: Not available
Takeout: Available
Reservation: Available

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