10-Course Vegan Meal at Baru

Professor Oh January 7, 2014 6

While there aren’t too many vegan restaurants in Korea, Baru Gongyang–also known as “Balwoo”–is a heaven for vegetarians of Seoul. Baru offers various courses of temple cuisine, ranging from 10 to 17 dishes. Check out the menu here: page 1, page 2/3 and page 4. Watch KWOW episode 120 (below) for the details of each dish:

My best friend and I ordered the 10-dish course Paramita (10 바라밀상). It was more than enough food.

korean pancakes with seasonal veggies
Three Colored Pancakes with Seasonal Vegetables (삼색전 = Samsaek Jeon).

korean dumplings
Three Combinations Dumpling, Tofu with salt-pickled herbs and Rice wrapped with wild herbs (계정혜삼합 = Gye-jeonghye Samhap).

crispy mushrooms
Mushrooms and Vegetables with Korean chili paste sauce (버섯강정 = Buseot-Gangjeong).

banchan sidedishes
Rainbow of banchan (sidedishes). Watch KWOW #120 for details.

homemade bean paste soup
Soup made of Temple’s Homemade Bean Paste with seasonal veggies.

rice porridge
Rice Porridge topped off with Sliced Dried Jujube.

seasonal greens with pine nut dressing
Wild “deodeok” root mixed with seasonal vegetables and pine nut dressing (더덕샐러드 = Deodeok Salad).

tea leaf rice
Rice of Cirsium Setidens (곤드레밥 = Gondeurae Bap).

veggie and fruit chips
Assorted Wild Veggies and Fruit Chips. Comes with either shikhye or sujeonggwa.

perilla seeds soup
Perilla Seeds Soup with tofu and wild greens topping (들깨탕 = Deul Kkae Tang).

Important things to know:
-Reservations are highly recommended as there is limited space.
-Baru serves lunch until 3pm and open again for dinner at 6pm.
-Everyone sharing a table must order the same course.

baru location

Phone: 02-2031-2081
Address: 5층 71 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170
110-170 서울시 종로구 견지동 71번지 템플스테
(Located on the 5th floor of Temple Stay Information Center, across the street from the Jogyesa Temple)


  1. Andrew Jonathan Walk January 28, 2014 at 6:58 am - Reply

    But wait I thought that when you went to Korea that you had to sign something?

  2. Akira January 18, 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Hey, Professor Oh! I think you should try out a vegan restaurant chain in Korea called “Loving Hut”. There’s one shop in Incheon. They have quite tasty food. :D

  3. Alex (allegseu) January 8, 2014 at 2:40 am - Reply

    Looks delicious I need to try some different food I’m stuck in the routine of eating the same old english food :) kamsahamnida!

  4. Gabe Santiago January 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    P.S. – Professor Oh; you & Una, your B.F.F. (Best Friend Forever) are very “Me een e seh yo” (beautiful women)!♥ ;;)

  5. Gabe Santiago January 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    How appropriate that this piece of culinary heaven is just a stones’ throw away from a temple. Definitely; ‘Baru’ restaurant is a gastronomical gem of a find & a sanctuary for the palate. Very well done, Professor! One of the best A.V. packages you’ve produce since you stay in South Korea! I feel full just watching it; Oh, excuse me while I Burrpp! ♥ ;;) ;;)

  6. kat January 7, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    just wandering did you have to book to eat there at baru? or is it for dinner got to book?

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