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Warm Soup Dishes in Jeonju for Cold Winter: Patjuk and Daseulgi

When the biting cold Siberian wind starts hitting face, you know it’s time for some warm soups. Today, I’ll introduce two soup places in Jeonju that are just right for the cold winter days. Both are very popular that sometimes people who try to enter form lines outside the venues.

Well-Being Saeal Patjuk (red bean and rice porridge)

The first venue is Well-Being Saeal Patjuk. The venue specializes in patjuk (red bean and rice porridge) and pat kalguksu (handmade knife-cut noodle in red bean porridge). Since this venue is very popular, I recommend visiting right after the opening or before the break.

Koreans have celebrated the Dongji (the winter solstice) day with eating patjuk. It’s said that one grows a year older by eating patjuk on the Dongji day. Also, the red bean inside patjuk is believed to expel bad spirits. Scientifically, the red bean alleviates swelling and curbs high blood pressure.

The menu is simple: saeal (small rice cake balls made of glutinous rice flour) patjuk, pat kalguksu, and boribap (barley rice topped with various salads). Surprisingly, if everyone on the table orders one menu per person, free boribap is served. If you order boribap, it’s served with siraegi doenjangguk (Korean soybean paste soup with radish stem and leaves).

I ordered patjuk and patkalguksu. The side dishes are Chinese cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi. The free boribap is also served. It was rather big portion and I loved its texture.

When I was about to finish boribap, the rest of the order arrived. The patjuk has good amount of saeal. I loved the thick and silky texture of the porridge. Also the patjuk was adequately sweet even without adding an extra spoon of sugar.

Pat kalguksu has the same porridge base as patjuk, but with the kalguksu noodle inside instead of the saeal.

I really liked that the visitors can freely take home the leftover food in the container (500 won). The visitors can use their own container too. Both the free boribap and the patjuk/pat kalguksu are quite big portions, so the container is very convenient.


​Well-Being Saeal Patjuk
Address: Paengnamu 3gil 24-28, Deokjingu, Jeonju
Contact: 063-244-0765
Opening time: every day 11:30-20:00 (break 15:00-16:30)

Gangchon Daseulgi

The second place is Gangchon Daseulgi (marsh snail). I visited early, because this venue is also very popular during lunchtime.

On the wall, the health benefits of daseulgi are written. Daseulgi is known to protect liver, but also good for stomachache, indigestion, and anemia.

This venue also has simple menu: Daseulgi-tang (marsh snail soup) and Daseulgi Son-sujebi (marsh snail hand-pulled dough flake soup with vegetables). The venue uses only Korean daseulgi rather than imported ones.

I ordered Daseulgi Son-sujebi. The side dishes that go well with sujebi are served upon order: Chinese cabbage kimchi, kkakdugi (cube-diced radish kimchi), danmuji (yellow pickled radish), and broccoli salad.

My order is served! There’re plenty of leek and daseulgi in my sujebi. The warm broth is slightly spicy and full of flavors, expelling coldness.

Also, it was a big portion. I finished the meal around lunchtime and the line was forming outside the venue. Surely, sujebi is good for cold winter.

Gangchon Daseulgi
Address: Pyunwoonro 6, Deokjingu, Jeonju
Contact: 063-214-3337
Opening hours: every day 11:00-20:30


I recommend trying patjuk and sujebi before the winter passes. They’re simple dish known for being flavorsome and big portion, bringing warmth to your body and heart!


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  • Jared Sandler

    Thanks for recommending patjuk and sujebi to foreign readers of this blog. The up-close photographs are effective in familiarizing these two staples of Korean winter foods with foreigners. Since marsh snails are popular to eat during the winter season at Gangchon Daseulgi restaurant, I wonder if the name of the restaurant (Gangchon Daseulgi) originated in the Gangchon area of Gangwon Province (because the weather is cold quite often in Gangwon Province).

  • Bapi Mukherjee

    Warm Soups are really delicious during biting Cold days. Soups not only give us necessary energy but also warm up our body and mind during chilly Winter. Enriched my knowledge on two special Jeonju Soups from your beautiful Post. I want to taste Patjuk,Patkalguksu ,spicy and flavoured Daseulgi-tang and Daseulgi Son-sujebi during my visit in Jeonju.I hope all these warm Soups are absolutely delicious!!!

    Wish all of You Merry Christmas and a happy New year 2022.

  • Sameer Alam

    I love soba noodles and look forward to trying them here when I am able to return. As a vegan, it is sometimes difficult to find vegan friendly dishes in Korea as most vegetable dishes still use a fish base in the sauce. I think Jeonju will soon be increasing their vegan cuisine with all of the animal friendly transformations going on there thanks to

    The buckwheat gave the taste for the dish and iam pretty sure that people from all corners of the world will relate this dish to one of their own dish..

  • Ever Enrique Castillo Osorio

    Soup is the best medicine for cold winter!