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Indonesian Food in Itaewon: Bakso Rindu Kampung

Itaewon is well-known for its variety of international food, from genuine Moroccan tagine to Turkish delights. Today, I will introduce you to Bakso Rindu Kampung, another Itaewon eatery serving up delicious Indonesian cuisine. New to Indonesian food? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Indonesian Cuisine

As a Malaysian living in Korea, I adore continental Asian cuisine. Indonesian food is actually quite similar to Malaysian food so naturally, I was excited to visit an Indonesian restaurant in Seoul. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at Bakso Rindu Kampung in Itaewon!

Bakso Rindu Kampung

“Bakso” is a traditional Indonesian meatball dish and “Rindu Kampung,” literally translated, means “to miss one’s homeland.” To that end, the restaurant in run by both Indonesian expats and Koreans.

The Atmosphere

Bakso Rindu Kampung is just a short walk away from Itaewon Station (Subway Line 6) so you can reach it easily. What’s more, you can enjoy the wonders of Itaewon International Street during your visit.

The restaurant is quite small in comparison with others, but you can dine on the outdoor terrace if indoor seating is full. I was immediately intrigued by the shelf of games on the wall, similar to a Korean boardgame cafe. Although they were only for decoration, it was cool to see some traditional Indonesian games, such as Congkak.

The atmosphere at Bakso Rindu Kampung is really warm and happy. The waiters are cheerful and will explain anything you don’t understand about the menu. Moreover, I could even hear some staff members singing as they worked! As a customer, it really makes a difference when the staff evidently love what they do.

The Food

At Bakso Rindu Kampung, there are several menu options available, sure to suit every taste. From chicken and rice to beef broth and noodles, it’s not difficult to find something tasty.

You can even order authentic Indonesian beverages that would be difficult to find elsewhere in Korea. What’s more, they provide a chilli sauce that’s quite similar to Malaysian chilli, so I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it.

The Price

A standard meal at Bakso Rindu Kampung is more expensive than a typical Korean restaurant, but far cheaper than other foreign food restaurants. On average, the menu items cost approx. 10,000 won, with the most expensive dish being cheaper than 15,000 won.

The Verdict

It goes without saying that travellers in Korea must make a visit to Itaewon. Whether you’re an Indonesian food lover or it’s your first time, I highly recommend that you visit Bakso Rindu Kampung. Enjoy an authentic Indonesian meal at a decent price!

Location & Directions

Bakso Rindu Kampung

Address: Floor 2, 9 Bogwang-ro 59-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm everyday; last order 8:40pm
Directions: Itaewon Station (Subway Line 6) Exit 4. Turn left and head down the hill, taking the first left opposite CU convenience store. Walk straight for 1 minute until you reach Bakso Rindu Kampung on your left, above Korean Barbecue and Moto fortune teller and tarot card reader. 

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🇲🇾 Tan Wei Wen

Hello, I am a foreign student that is currently living in Seoul, South Korea. Wish to share more about my travel stories here.