[Jeju Food] Suhui: A restaurant with the taste of hand-made food for 25 years

Hand-made kimchi and side dishes have been arriving on the tables at Suhui for some 25 years now.

The owner made the food by herself when the restaurant had 32 seats.

Now it has 170 seats is this still possible?

Yes it is.

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What a difference five years makes in these two photographs…
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The restaurant today…

These days, with a little bit of help from the staff, the owner still makes the kimchi and side dishes by herself. I think that’s why this place became famous.

In addition the ingredients are all from Jeju and signs adorn the wall proudly displaying this fact.

However I have to say  there are sometimes misunderstandings with this restaurant.

The taste of Suhui’s baked galchi fish is different from other places because its so fresh and melts in the mouth.

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Customers who have previously only tried imported or frozen galchi are sceptical that galchi can really taste this way.

These customers have only tried the fish in true tourist restaurants found in rental car booklets.

This melting taste in your mouth really is the original taste for galchi.

At large restaurants the food is usually already cooked and then re-heated for orders. At Suhui your food is only cooked from scratch after ordering. Therefore you may have to wait a while for everything to arrive on your table.

Famous patrons include ex-president Kim Young-sam, the head coach of Korea’s national soccer team and various other celebrities.

Yet unlike most restaurants on Jeju Island you won’t find their signatures on the walls.

“They are all the same to us,” the owner says.

But if they want to give her their signature she reluctantly allows it.

If you try dinner here you should head to the second floor because you can see Seogwipo harbour and the harbour bridge.

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The good taste and good view makes for an even better taste I think.

This restaurant’s best seller is the galchi stew, but the raw sea cucumber soup is also a dish you must try.

Alas after May the sea cucumber becomes a bit tougher so think about switching over to the summer menu which includes raw sea urchin and abalone.

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The raw squid soup is also worth a try.

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Information

Suhui takes a break for two days during the Seollal vacation and three days during Chuseok.

You can have breakfast from 8 a.m. (or 7:30 a.m. if there are more than 10 of you). Service is available until 8:30 p.m. in the evening. It is a popular place for hikers, those on conferences and those off to the airport early.

Address: Seogwipo-si, Seogui-dong, No. 444

Telephone: 064-762-0777

Jeju Tourism Organization: http://www.jejutour.go.kr/ http://www.ijto.or.kr/

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