Oh Sae Gae Hyang Vegan Restaurant in Insadong
The first vegan restaurant we ever visited in Seoul (years ago), Oh Se Gae Hyang, remains one of our very favorites. It’s also located in Insadong, one of our favorite parts of Seoul. Insadong is a great neighborhood full of shops catering to tourists but also an array of art galleries, tea rooms, antiques, and of course yummy restaurants.
Oh Sae Gae Hyang, which translates to “Scent of Five Worlds” is a Buddhist restaurant, and while not a Loving Hut, features the leader of the Loving Hut franchises with photos and art on its walls. It offers sit down dining, Korean style, meaning you sit cross legged on the floor on pillows.
Although we really love Oh Sae Gae Hyang, we don’t tend to be too adventurous because we like our favorite dishes so much. This proved true again this time as we ordered vegan gochujang bulgolgi and pyogobusut-tangsoo.
Accompanying us for lunch was a friend also visiting Korea who is allergic to garlic – which makes things a bit difficult in Korea. So we started off with spring rolls and ordered a salad for him.
We ordered the spring rolls for the first time, and to be honest, they were least impressive thing we’ve had here. They had a mushroom filling but not a great deal of flavor.
The salad had a nice variety of greens and came with a little of bit of fried faux meat and suited Charlie just fine.
For Sunnie and I, we had to have our favorites. These were the dishes we got the first time we came to the restaurant and seem to end up getting up almost every time.
Pyogobusut-tangsoo is a fried mushroom dish with a sweet and sour sauce on it. Oh Sae Gae Hyang was the first place I ever had it, and we keep coming back for more. It’s actually often served as a dish to have when you’re drinking but of course not always. We always completely devour this when we get it here — so good!
Besides all the banchan and the doenjang jigae, we had gochujang bulgolgi. Although not as spicy as ours, it is very yummy, tender, and as you can see, served with mushrooms as well. We received plenty of greens to wrap it up in. Mmmm, mashisayo!
We always find our way back to Oh Sae Gae Hyang when visiting Seoul. Omanim has also taken her friends here a number of times to experience vegetarian dining. If you’re heading to Seoul, make sure to check out Insadong and definitely give Oh Sae Gae Hyang a try. Details are available at Happy Cow and Oh Sae Gae Hyang’s website.