Bee-hive Samgyeopsal: Grilled Pork BBQ in HongDae, Korea

Diana Chan August 18, 2012 BBQ, Four Beakers, Hongdae, Korean, Mapo-gu

I met up with Steven from High School as he was in Korea in the Summer too. He took me to explore the Hongdae area where lots of University students hang out. There are tons of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars.

After walking around the area, we ended up going to 벌집 삼겹살 (beoljip samgyeopsal) for some grilled meats. I knew it was something I wanted to eat!

It was really packed inside! Almost all the tables were taken up. Most people looked like they were in their 20s.

If you are getting the grilled meat, romaine, raw garlic and some different sauces will arrive at the table. You are supposed to grill your meat and then wrap it in the lettuce. Very delicious!

You also get a variety of side dishes with your meal. Lots of variety too!

Honeycomb pork belly is their signature type of meat at this restaurant. Thus, the name of the restaurant is named after this. The samgyeopsal is cut thick, then carved on one side with a honeycomb pattern. It’s very different from what you would typically think porkbelly would look like.

It was very delicious after grilling and fast to cook! You definitely need to order this!

Thick Cut Pork Shoulder was massive.It was really big and meaty.

I had too much fun eating this and forgot to take pictures of the meat in the lettuce wrap. If you are in Korea, you must try Korean BBQ!

Words of Wisdom:

  • Your clothes will smell like BBQ meat and grease
  • Pork belly is a must!
  • Always have this type of meal with a group of friends

We Rate Bee-hive Samgyeopsal:

345-6 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu,
Seoul, South Korea


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Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. Kelvin August 22, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Holy crap. Not to sound creepy or anything but I went to this EXACT restaurant this summer. No jokes.

    Did you notice that most of the meats, including the 삼겹살, were imported from random European countries. I think the 삼겹살 came from Netherlands or somewhere

    Did you eat anywhere else in 홍대? My friend and I jumped from restaurant to restaurant to street carts just trying bits of food everywhere. Fat day..

    • DesignGirl August 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      I only went to this place and piano cafe in HongDae. I didn’t have too much time in Seoul to fully explore and eat all the different type of food. I never noticed the meat was imported, thats pretty weird since I would think Korea would have a good amount of pigs.

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