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Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant

Visit the Korean Barbecue Restaurant In Hongdae Owned By Haha & Kim Jong Kook!

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5 months ago

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: cover photo

How many 'Running Man' fans do we have out there? Haha and Kim Jong Kook, two 'Running Man' panel members opened a Korean barbecue restaurant in Mapo-gu. For fans of both KBBQ and 'Running Man', this place is worth the visit! 

Come and enjoy delicious grilled meat while supporting your favorite cast members! 


Information

Korean Name: 하하&김종국의 401 정육식당

Address: 서울 마포구 잔다리로 23
23 Jandari-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Hours: 16:00-02:00



Menu

MenuPrice (KRW)
Samgyeopsal
산겹살
14,000/serving KRW
Moksal
목살
14,000/serving KRW
Hangjeongsal
항정살
14,000/serving KRW
Gabeurisal
가브리살
14,000/serving KRW
Mul/Bibimnaengmyeon
물/비빔냉면
5,000 KRW
Chadol Doenjang Jjigae
차돌된장찌개
6,000 KRW

Our Visit

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant

In 2009, Haha established his own restaurant under the name Palja Makchang (팔자막창), specializing in grilled intestines. In 2015, the restaurant was renovated and re-branded, altering the menu and changing the name to Loco Quan 401.

At the beginning of June 2017, Kim Jong Kook became Haha's business partner and the name was changed again to Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant.

If you come here, you will see the large photos of the duo on the storefront.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: interior

The interior looks like many other barbecue spots in Korea, with round stainless steel tables and black leather seats. You can open the seats to store jackets or other personal items so they don't absorb the all the meat odor.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: long table in the middle

The restaurant is quite spacious and has many seats. There is also long table in the middle for large groups.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: large photo on the back wall of Haha and Kim Jong Kook

On the back wall of the restaurant you will see a huge picture of Haha and Kim Jong Kook.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: celebrity name tags from Running Man

Something special about this restaurant's interior are the Running Man name tags hung all over the place. You can look for your favorite idol!

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: name tags of running man cast

By the cashier counter, you can see golden name tags of the main members of Running Man.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: table and celebrity autographs

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: celebrity autographs

In addition, there are also a lot of autographs from famous celebrities who have eaten here. At peak hours, it is very crowded here, so it is best to come early and get a good seat.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: outdoor tables

There are also some tables outside that are surrounded by a tarp so you don't get cold in the winter.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: menu

The menu here offers a variety of popular cuts of pork. You can choose a set or choose individually. In addition to pork belly and shoulder, there are also things like cheek meat, pork skin, and intestines available.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: samgyeopsal and moksal and banchan

We ordered 1 serving of pork belly and 1 serving of lean shoulder meat, plus 1 cold noodle soup. It's very convenient here that you can order single servings since many restaurants in Korea require at least 2 servings of the same type of food.

Our meat and side dishes were brought out very quickly, within about 5 minutes of ordering. The cold noodle soup will be brought out when the meat is close to done.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: pork belly and neck

Samgyeopsal (삼겹살) 14,000 KRW/ serving
Moksal (목살) 14,000 KRW/ serving

As you can see, the meat here is very fresh and thick, with a perfect ration of lean meat to fat for each cut. However, the serving sizes are a bit small, so you may need to order 3 servings for 2 people.

The fattier cut is the samgyeopsal and the leaner one is the moksal.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: Pork grilling

Don't worry about being inexperienced, the restaurant staff will assist in grilling till it's almost done and cutting, then you just have to eat it when it's ready!

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: grilled pork

After your meat is cooked through, you can place it on the provided wire rack to drain the excess grease. The golden pieces of perfectly grilled pork look very appealing.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: juicy pork belly

Because the meat is very fresh, it has a fragrant and succulent smell when grilled. When you bite into it, you will find it to be very  tender and sweet

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: banchan

Banchan dishes are also served to accompany the meat, such as lettuce and green onion salad. You can dip your meat in salt or ssamjang.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: banchan

There are also thinly sliced pickled radish, soy sauce green onion, pickled onion, and white kimchi. These accompaniments help cut the fattiness and richness of the meats so they don't become too overpowering. 

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: lettuce wrap

The standard way to eat your grilled pork is to warp the meat in lettuce with banchan dishes and eat it all in one bite. The rich flavor will flow through your mouth, coating your tastebuds.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: dip meat in salted shrimp

You can also dip your meat in salted shrimp. This fish sauce made of brined shrimp is super salty, so be careful not to overdo it. If you eat a lot of meat, you may start to feel heavy and greasy, so to wash that away, Koreans will often order naengmyeon, cold noodles.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: food

They offer two different kinds of cold noodles here, we order the watery version that comes in an icy broth. The watery one in the broth is called Mul Naengmyeon (물냉면) and was 5,500 KRW.  

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: naengmyeon

We were really impressed by the mul naengmyeon here. The broth was super delicious, with a sweet and sour taste that wasn't bitter at all. It was probably one of the best mul naengmyeons we've tried, plus the price was very reasonable.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: naengmyeon

You can even eat the meat with the noodles for a delicious bite that isn't greasy feeling at all.

We have to say, the food at Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant was delicious! We didn't go in expecting too much, but were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food here.

If you have the opportunity to come to Hongdae, remember to stop in for a bite. Maybe you will even meet a famous celebrity.


How To Get There

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: How To Get There

Come out of Exit 3 at Hapjeong Station (합정역).

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: How To Get There

Go straight when you come out of the station.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: How To Get There

At the 3-way intersection, take a right down the side street next to the BMW store.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: How To Get There

At the end of the road, turn right.

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: How To Get There

Haha & Kim Jong Kook's 401 Restaurant: How To Get There

Go straight for a while, at the intersection you will see the restaurant on the right hand side.


We really enjoyed our experience, and think you will too when you come to Seoul! This is a place that fans of the show can come and enjoy as well as have a delicious meal! If you have any additional questions, please leave a comment below or send us an email at support@creatrip.com! You can also follow us on InstagramTik Tok and Facebook to stay updated on all things Korea! 

For more restaurants in the Hongdae area, click here.


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