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Local Winter Delicacy: Warm Blood Sausage Soup with Rice

The locals of Jeonju love their Jeonju kongnamul gukbap (bean sprouts soup with rice). But they also can’t go without sundae gukbap (Korean blood sausage soup with rice). For those who are unfamiliar with sundae, it’s a type of blood sasuage generally made by steaming cow or pig’s intestines stuffed with various ingredients, including vegetables, rice, noodles, and minced meat. It’s a popular street food in Korea.

In this post, I’ll introduce two of the locals’ favorite sundae gukbap restaurants.

Hosung Sundae

Close from the Jeonju Train Station, ‘Hosung Sundae’ in Hosung-dong district is one of the locals’ favorite sundae gukbap restaurants. Even people living far away from Jeonju have been visiting Hosung Sundae these days.

Here, you can choose from ten different sundae gukbap varieties. Apart from sundae gukbap, there are naejang gukbap (pig intestine soup with rice), meori gukbap (pork slice soup with rice), japchae sundae gukbap (glass noodle sausage soup with rice), and others. You’ll need some time to decide.

Be aware that the sundae gukbap at Hosung Sundae does not contain sundae pieces. It has pork slice and intestine pieces in it. If you want to taste the typical sundae gukbap containing the blood sausage, order ‘japchae sundae gukbap’ or ‘pisundae gukbap’.

In Hosung Sundae, sangchu muchim (seasoned lettuce) is a famous side dish for sundae gukbap. I could even finish a bowl of rice with just sangchu muchim.

Hosung Sundae

Address: 205 Sori-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju

Opening hours: AM 08:00 ~ PM 11:00

Recommended menu: Pisundae (steamed blood sausage): 12,000 won / Modum Sundae (steamed blood sausage with pig intestine and other parts ): 15,000 won / sundae gukbap: 7,000 won

Pungnyun Sundae

Jeonju’s Junghwasan-dong district is frequented by the locals thanks to the food alley filled with gourmet restaurants. One of the oldest occupants of the food alley is ‘Pungnyun Sundae’.

There’s something different about the sundae gukbap broth of Pungnyun Sundae. Usually, the broth of a sundae gukbap is made from meat and bone to create the thick and rich flavor. But the broth of Pungnyung Sundae seems more light and more ‘fresh’ than others.

The secret to the ‘fresher’ broth of Pungnyun Sundae is young bracken. The sundae gukbap here contains generous amount of bracken and shallot, so that the broth is more light.  Add a spoonful of perilla seed powder and the sundae gukbap almost seems like a medicine that will chase winter flu away.

Pungnyun Sundae

Address: 103 Junghwasan-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

Opening hours: AM 09:00 ~ PM 09:00

Recommended menus: Pisundae Gukbap (blood sausage soup with rice): 7,000 won / Sulguk (blood sausage, pork slice, and intestine soup with rice): 8,000 won / Sundae Bokkum (spicy pan-fried sundae,  intestine, and vegetables): 20,000 won

It’s been very cold lately. But don’t worry. We can survive the winter with a warm, nutritious, and humble (in terms of price) stamina bowl of sundae gukbap. Don’t miss trying it when you’re in Jeonju!

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  • Adila Ayub

    It looks delicious but I can’t eat. Can you suggest another Korean food for Muslim traveller in Jeonju?

  • Elysia Toh

    I was so relieved when i saw other types of gukbab (like the meori gukbab). This dish looks absolutely heavenly (I really like soups and jiggae) but am not a super big fan of soondae! Having more options like meori gukbab allows me to try this stew without missing out! Yay!!

  • izmirK

    Looks good but to bad I don’t eat pork 🙁

  • Ada Choy

    I’ve still never tried soondae yet~ This post pushes me to try it now haha

  • Bronwyn Pretorius

    Unfortunately sundae and blood soup is not for me. Bring on the bibimbap!

  • Honie Phan

    I live in Chuncheon and have tried sundae for several times and thought that this is not my cup of tea. However, this post has changed my mind a bit. perhaps I’ll try this dish in Jeonju to figure out if I like this or not.

  • IamNaZza

    I have never tried blood sausage soup before but I after read this I think I need to try.

  • Iris Jang

    I love gook-bap but haven’t tried this one yet. Looks like something I would enjoy though!

  • Melissa

    It’s a little cold today so I need something warm like this ~~

  • Melissa

    This is one of my favorites 🙂

  • Dimas Yunianto Putro

    When you feel the cold during visit Jeonju, this soup is must-try-food list definitely! The taste is little bit spicy but very savory…
    Let’s visit Jeonju in 2019 guys!!!

  • Victoria T

    I’ve never tried sundae but this kinda makes me want to lol

  • Aysha

    I’d love to try the Hosung Sundae, it looks so delicious! Does anyone know whether we can have this kind of sundae in Seoul as well?

  • Joshua Garcia

    Sundae is sold all over the country and it tastes so delicious, Some people compare it with traditional Spanish chorizo, some other with German sausages, but at the end it is one of a kind. The places in this post look great and with such affordable prices that will make want to have more than one portion, even better if you can eat with a bottle of cold soju.

  • Marie Boes (Be Marie Korea)

    I would looooooove to try this dish. Looks so yummy 😀

  • Joshua Garcia

    Need some places like these in my city

  • Ahhhh gukbap! My impression of Gukbap is always white in colour but Jeonju has something special. Pork rice soup is always my first choice if you ask me to choose where it is something much different from the regular kimchi soup or soy bean soup that we ate in our country! Seriously, I have no idea about this food before I came to Korea and it was introduced by my korean friend!

  • Joshua Garcia

    Delicious sundae, only in jeonju

  • Maybe i can overcome for not eating sundae in this city!! It looks yummy in the pictures~

  • Shana Trương

    I love soondaeguk!! One of my favourite Korean soups, so I definitely will have to try this place.

  • Samki Y

    These are very affordable and they look so tasty. I wonder if the soup will have a strong intestine taste. The soup looks like a great comfort food for the cold winter.

  • exo

    One of My favourite korean food is blood sausage soup ❤️

  • Ingrid Leiria

    Ohh, want to try it all! Look so delicious 😋

  • Qasim Sultan

    Looks delicious but I can’t eat pork

  • Joshua Garcia

    those prices are so cheap I could have 2 portions!

  • Joshua Garcia

    I wonder what goes better with sundae, soju, beer? need to try them all

  • Veronica H. Padron

    Every food you can try in Jeonju is good! The taste is really unique

  • Charles Churro Yoo

    I love soondaegook

  • Joshua Garcia

    Delicious Sundae

  • Joshua Garcia

    Sundae morning, rain is falling

  • Loveday Farmer

    literally the best thing to eat in jeonju.

  • Yes instead the sundae selling in Pungyum Sundae looks different from the rest~

  • I think these sundae is also very good for soothing in the morning after hard drinking on the previous night!

  • Jeonju’s Junghwasan-dong district, marked!!! Definitely would love to try during my next trip to Jeonju!

  • Grace S

    Perfect hot meal to fill up your stomach

  • Foreigner may not know what is Sundae.

  • How can we missed the famous restaurant in Jeonju!!

  • bora 🍓

    My go to dish during the cold winters has always been Samgyetang as it’s so easy and yet so delicious. But after getting to know more about these dishes, it’s really opted me to try something new and hopefully I’ll be able to discover another all time favourite dish in the process.

  • Joshua Garcia

    the day i die i wish they could give some delicious sundae on my funeral

  • Joshua Garcia

    when my children turn 1 year old, i will give the kid some sundae with soju

  • Joshua Garcia

    if i could date a girl called sundae, i would eat her!!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    sundae is so delicious! I like how it is made out of veggies and pork intestines

  • Joshua Garcia

    sundae to go or to eat here, doesnt matter just eat it in jeonju

  • Shielfa

    The picture is already say It is a dealicious food and you should try me

  • Shielfa

    Make me hungry>< look so delicious

  • Joshua Garcia

    what else could i do, im so inspired by the soundae, that hasnt happened for the longest time

  • Joshua Garcia

    tell me you have sundae to share with me

  • Joshua Garcia

    this is the story of a boy who meets a girl, the boy liked eating sundae, and the girl didnt, so they broke up

  • Joshua Garcia

    sundae is so representative of korean that they should make at statue of it

  • Joshua Garcia

    touring in korea? need to have some sundae

  • Joshua Garcia

    i sing a blues for all the jeonju lovers out there

  • Joshua Garcia

    here comes your sundae filled with flavour and vitamins

  • Joshua Garcia

    oh wont you stay with me, cause sundae is all i need

  • Joshua Garcia

    perhaps all we needed was some sundae

  • Grace S

    Korean food is so good!!

  • Grace S

    I love warm soup on cold nights

  • Grace S

    This is perfect for the winter

  • Grace S

    Kimchi goes well with this 🙂

  • Nao Z

    This sounds like a sundae heaven. As a foreigner, it’s hard to enjoy sundae with friends becuz many of my fellow foreigners are vary of trying exotic foods. But I feel like I can convince them to try these with me hohoho.

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    OOOw what a delicious food, it tastes as good as it looks

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    It is very convenient that it is located near to the train station

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    This place gives a variety of local food, which is amazingly prepared

  • Looks great, I’d love to try some day. Great pics!

  • Julien Tham

    Plan to check the restaurant out when I visit! Hopefully it will change my mind on how sundae taste 🙄

  • Joshua Garcia

    if i had one cent for every time i talk about jeonju i would be rich

  • Joshua Garcia

    tell me why am i the only one loving jeonju like this

  • Joshua Garcia

    nice food, nice drinks

  • Joshua Garcia

    bob murray likes jeonju, he told me about it

  • Joshua Garcia

    my company is based in selling sundae, but jeonju is much better

  • Joshua Garcia

    goverments reports say that jeonju has the best sundae

  • Joshua Garcia

    my professor likes sundae and he orders a lot from jeonju every month

  • Joshua Garcia

    bob marley came to jeonju once and had some sundae, or so i heard

  • Joshua Garcia

    i am honest with you when i say how much i love korean food

  • Joshua Garcia

    sundae and kimchi: best combo

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder if tou can order this in uber eats

  • Joshua Garcia

    find a nice restaurant and eat some sundae, you are too skinny dude

  • Joshua Garcia

    as a man of world i can say that jeonju’s sundae is the best

  • Joshua Garcia

    a squirrel told me that she wanted to eat sundae, but we all know squirrels lie

  • Joshua Garcia

    sundae is so good for your health, i can tell you its true

  • Joshua Garcia

    i heard that the founder of kodak copied the structure of jeonjus sundae for its camera films

  • Joshua Garcia

    in other news: jeonju food rocks

  • Joshua Garcia

    i remember the time i ate sundae for the first time and omg it was the best

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is nothing like sundae in the morning

  • Joshua Garcia

    if sundae was a power ranger it probably would be the black one

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is a traditional sundae recipe of sundae that includes milk, honey and green onions

  • Joshua Garcia

    tell me why we all need to eat veggies when we have sundae

  • Joshua Garcia

    sundae and rice or a delicious sundae soup, great

  • Joshua Garcia

    great we all like sundae

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is restaurant in jeonju selling “nuclear sundae” how crazy

  • Joshua Garcia

    i see muself owning my own sundae restaurant in the future

  • Joshua Garcia

    black pink made a video of them eating sundae

  • Joshua Garcia

    in response to all the people asking me lately: yes sundae is good

  • Joshua Garcia

    sundae is so good that after eating it it goes to heaven

  • Joshua Garcia

    wanna know if you are with me: lets get some sundae and soju

  • Joshua Garcia

    if i can be reborn i wish i could become sundae

  • Joshua Garcia

    i dont like to sound too repetitive but i love sundae

  • Joshua Garcia

    some korean woman eat sundae during pregnancy because it is full in iron and deliciousness

  • Joshua Garcia

    the BBC reports that sundae is the best

  • Joshua Garcia

    all people in korea must have a nice sundae portion every day, that is rule

  • Joshua Garcia

    the ancient legend says that sundae was given by the goods to korean people for being nice

  • Joshua Garcia

    pig intestine soup with rice looks so nice with some kimchi

  • Joshua Garcia

    Heard that some people dont like these kind of food but i love it

  • Joshua Garcia

    geat to know these places but show us some clubs in jeonu

  • Joshua Garcia

    my family wanna go to jeonju, specially my parents