Back in the spring of 2016 I shared with you the wondrous meaty delights of Salt House , a Korean deli that specialize in handcrafted smoked and cured goods. Since my first post, business has been booming and they have now moved to a fabulous new shop and kitchen just north of Hongdae. Like the premises the menu of items has expanded too, and I was lucky enough to be invited on a tour of the new store to learn a little bit more about the meet curing and smoking business, of which I happen to know precious little about.
The premises itself is kind of amazing, I was given a tour of the kitchens, and meat rooms, which were the cleanest and most organized I have ever seen. I think I may have actually gotten a little lady boner about how spotless they were. There are two different meat hanging rooms, one cool and one dry allowing Salt House to do wet and dry aging. It was so interesting to learn about the different methods of making meat, the process was a complete mystery to me until this point.
I was very kindly given a box of the new goodies to try. The mammoth box included Jeju Ham (10,000), Capicola (12,000) Smoked Bacon (12,000), Salami Cotto (9,000), Lonzino (8,000), Coppa (10,000), Chorizo Sausages (9,000), Honey Bacon Sausages (9,000) and their orgasmic Smoked Salt Caramels (6,000). Suffice to say I got hooked the hell up. Could one really ask for a better Christmas gift than a box for a locally made artisan meats? I do from time to time get given some very lovely things, and I always want to give full disclosure, but I also don’t want to seem like I’m boasting about the amazing stuff I occasionally get.
I devoured the amazing selection of meats in a variety of ways. For the applewood smoked bacon, I had to serve it with poached eggs on avocado toast. This was the easiest meal and one of the best brunches I have had in a long time. I wish more of the restaurants in this town served Salt House bacon because it is pretty unbeatable. The bacon sausages I served English style with mash and gravy, though a fry up would have been just as nice. For the rest of the meats I served them up on two giant charcuterie platters with cheese and olives for Christmas Eve. Al the guests at the party didn’t stop raving about them and couldn’t believe that I had sourced them right here in Korea. I honestly can’t recommend Salt House enough, if you are looking for a great deli that makes artisan products in Korea and delivers all over the country then you have found it.
Salt House is available online via there website, or you can stop by the store itself. It is located at 83 Moraenae-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Gajwa Station or Mapo-Gu station, it is kind of between the two. From Gajwa come out of exit 1. Walk straight and take the first right, walk straight and take the fourth right, you will see Salt House just up ahead. For more information you can call them on 070-8888-1617 or visit their website.