Bone broth might be a modern trend, but it’s been a staple of many of world’s cuisines for generations. A classic Korean bone soup called seolleongtang is the specialty of Woomiok, a new 65-seat eatery that was just opened on Convoy Street in the Nijiya Market plaza by the owners of Kearny Mesa’s Realm of the 52 Remedies and Common Theory. It’s San Diego first bone soup specialist, modeled after immensely popular Koreatown eateries like LA’s Sun Nong Dan and Han Bat Sul Lung Tang.
Known for its healthful properties (it’s also a pretty good hangover cure), seolleongtang is based on a bone broth that boils until it turns rich and milky-white; at Woomiok, a mix of beef bones and ox tails are cooked for 24 hours. The menu includes several varieties of the soup with different add-ons, from brisket and short ribs to clear vermicelli noodles and abalone. Diners can season the soup to their liking with salt provided tableside. There are also appetizers, ranging from seafood pancakes to pan-fried oyster balls, hot stone rice pots topped with meat or octopus, and sharable platters of braised ox tail and boiled beef brisket.
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, Woomiok is working on a license that will allow the eatery to serve beer, wine, and soju.