Sundaeguk (순대국) is a popular Korean dish that dates back all the way to the Goryeo period (918-1392) and there’s perhaps no better place to get it than in Cheonans famous Byeongcheon Sundae Street.
Byeongcheon became famous for sundae after it’s residents began selling it at the Aunae (Byeongcheon) five-day market, named so because it is formed every five days from the start of each month. This type of market is one of the most traditional forms of markets in Korea and this particular market has been going on for over 300 years.
However, if you are not fortunate enough to visit Byeongcheon on a market day, don’t fret because there are still dozens of sundaeguk restaurants lining the streets of Byeongcheon that remain open every day.
This article will cover two of these restaurants: Cheonghwa house( 청화집) and Bubusundae(부부순대).
I was lucky enough to be joined by two Korean friends of mine, one of who was actually born in Byeongcheon, and they both helped out a lot with where to go and what to order.
The first place we ate at, Cheonghwa house, is considered to be not only one of the most popular places in Byeongcheon, but also some of the best sundaeguk in all of Korea. Cheonghwa house is a family run institution boasting over 100 years of service. It used to be open only on market days but changed due to its popularity and can now be enjoyed seven days a week.
As with most specialized restaurants in Korea, Cheonghwa house has a very simple menu offering only two main dishes: sundae (12,000won) and sundaeguk (7,000won).