CONTRIBUTED BY ANJALI LIND
I’ve been hearing the buzz about Vertex Chicken for a little while now, so my husband and I set out to find it one cold and sunny Sunday afternoon. It was a bit of a hike from where we live near the main part of Itaewon, but well worth the effort once we finally got there. It’s located in Haebangchon, which is a neighborhood abutting Itaewon.
The store is a tiny hole in the wall. There are 2 tables inside and a counter between the tables and the cooking area. The menu is very basic: you can order either chicken or shrimp with a black pepper sauce or a teriyaki sauce, or else Dak Gjim (which I’m assuming is the same thing as jjimdak, a spicy chicken dish). Sizes are small, medium, and large – that’s all the words “Plus” and “Platter” mean on the menu above the counter.
My husband ordered the chicken with black pepper sauce, and I ordered the teriyaki chicken. The owner, Steve, gave us a large bottle of water for the table and then cooked up our meals behind the counter. The food was delicious – my teriyaki was perfectly flavored, cooked with a simple blend of vegetables and served over rice. The black pepper chicken was equally delicious and not overly spicy. There was a homemade chili sauce on the table, but neither of tried it.
I foresee many trips back to Vertex Chicken in my future, and I can’t wait to try the Dak Gjim next time.
Vertex Chicken: Haebangchon, Seoul
Weekdays – 11:00-22:00
Weekends – 12:00-22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and from 15:00-16:00 every day
Address: 24-17 Yongsan-dong 2-ga , Yongsan-gu, Seoul
GPS Coordinates: 37.54378760000001, 126.98739249999994
Directions: From Noksapyeong Station (Line 6): Go out Exit 2. Walk straight until the road bears left into Haebangchon. Take this road and keep walking until you reach the end of the road, then take a left. Vertex Chicken is a little further up on the right, opposite a 7-11.