Seoul, South Korea – Deliciously Korean

An additional few days from work for shopping and tummy happiness. v(^_^)v

Nolboo Budaejjigae
Our first dinner was experiencing the local “Military Pot”. This dish came about after the Korean war where food was scarce and they were made from surplus food from the US Army base.

Level B1, Time Square
Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Subway: Yeongdeungpo Station (Line 1)

Tel: +82 02 2638 2077 (if you know korean language or google for other outlets)

Hours: 10:00 – 22:00

Many choices of everything in a pot…

Our choice…

Brisket Casserole Pot 흥부 부대전골 (KRW7,000 per person)

This is the most popular pot of this restaurant consisting brownie, sarami, dark, pepperoni, sausage, etc. Adding ramyuen (instant noodle) for KRW1,000. It’s like kimchi soup but not too soury taste of the kimchi. It’s a very appetising soup that can keep you drinking although it’s spicy. The ramyuen is put into the pot to cook together.

Peppermint sweet (Free)

This is free to take from the cashier counter. I think it’s rather nice but some of my friends think it’s too sweet.

Hosu Samgyetang 호수 삼계탕

A place for “special” ginseng chicken soup. A type that I’ve never tried before until now.

342-134 Singil-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Tel: +82 831 4111

Subway: Sinpung Station (Line 7), Exit 4

This restaurant has Chinese speaking people which you don’t need to worry about conversing. Actually, you don’t need to converse much with them as well because they only serve one dish which is the ginseng chicken, the one of its kind which only they sell.

How to get here by subway …

After 15-20 minutes walk, you’re rewarded…

The meal started with appetisers (as usual) served with chili, kimchi and cucumber. The cucumber is very crispy and it’s really a cooling snack after your walk from the subway.

On samgyetang’s first taste, it tasted like chicken or mushroom cream soup but I was told that the soup is made of sesame. By knowing this fact to taste again, yes, there is a very mild sesame taste. The chicken is tender that you can easily tear the meat from the bone. The chicken is stuffed with some ingredients such as glutinous rice, ginseng, and water chestnut which are some of the usual ingredients you can find from other samgyetang. This is new and delicious, very worth a try.

My very proud “produce” (^_^)

Bongchu Jjimdak  鳳雛찜닭

This is a chain restaurant selling Jjimdak, a dish originated from the city of Andong. Jjimdak is a Korean steam or boiled dish made with chicken and various vegetables marinated in a Korean soy sauce.

163-11, 2nd Floor, Mapo-Donggyo, Seoul
(Hongdae shop)

Tel: +82 3142 6618 (In Korean only)

Subway: Hongik University (Line 2)

If you’re not tolerable with spiciness, be prepared for “sausage” lips. :p

Bongchu jjimdak (Large) (KRW35,000)

This is a very appetising dish although spicy! The chicken is very deeply marinated with the sauce and tender. There are various vegetables such as potato, carrot, dried chillies and spring onions and also with noodles. All enough for 6-7 persons.

I was told that the original jjimdak is many times much more spicy than this. “-_-

Don’t let them take away the remaining sauce and add the next dish!

Gonggibap (Stone rice) (KRW1,000)

It’s just a normal crispy rice but it’s superb when it’s added on to the remaining sauce.

After all the spiciness, you can cool it with a bowl of cold kimchi (non-spicy).

Coffee Brown

A random coffee break. A few shops down the same road from Bongchu Jjimdak.

Korean is famous of sweet potato by-products! You can try some here!

Sweet Potato Cake (KRW5,000)

It’s like a sponge cake with sweet potato taste. It’s something different that’s nice to try

Sweet potato latte (KRW5,000)

If it’s a cold day, this is a very nice drink. Warm sweet potato drink with sweet potato bits.

Seon Cheon 宣川

A place at Insa-dong to eat some traditional Korean food. This is just a random pick.

100-4, Insadong 14 Road, Seoul Special City

Tel: +82 734 1970

Subway: Anguk Station (Line 3)

Side dish starters – Kitchen’s special (KRW10,000 per person)

If you want the side dishes, you have no choice but to eat what they cook on that day and it’s unlimited refill. How much can you refill, seriously?

Beef bulgogi (KRW26,000)

It’s fried with mushroom and garlic. It’s tender and juicy. Very good with rice.

Each person comes with a bowl of rice and a soup. Beancurd soup to share at KRW5,000.

Shinsegae supermarket and foodcourt

This is a chain departmental store. You can find alot of nice snacks at the supermarket and food at their foodcourt.

At the supermarket snacks counter…

Waffle counter

They sell various flavours of waffles. I tried strawberry and it’s a strong flavoured one. Nice!

Fishball counter

Prawn fishball is delicious, I recommend to try. The fish meat is smooth and tasty.

Tempura counter

Fried seaweed wrapped with vegetables. It quite delicious too!

Moving on to the foodcourt…

Oven Chicken & Beer (Noo Na Hol Dak)

A place that’s all about chicken. There some english words in the menu, not for every dish, but even if without, no sweat, there are pictures! Just point! 😀

164-8 Mapo-Donggyo, Seoul
(at Hongdae)

Tel: +82 2 332 6663

Subway: Hongik University (Line 2)

Appetisers and sauces (Free)

Appetisers of cucumber and radish. Sauces of salsa and mushroom sauce for the chicken or appetisers.

Chicken sausages (KRW13,000)

Four different types of sausages – spicy, original, a little more salty. This comes with a bunch of fries. Very potato-ish and crispy. Lovely!

Crispy baked chicken and Garlic chicken (KRW19,900)

A mixed of top selling flavours. You must first eat the crispy basked chicken. It’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Garlic chicken is marinated with BBQ sauced chicken with a mild garlic taste. The meat is also tender.

Crispy chicken with special sauce (KRW16,900)

Do you like to eat KFC popcorn chicken? This is the bigger piece version of popcorn chicken. Dipping it in the special sauce which tasted like sweet sauce, it’s delicious.

If you’re onion lover (which I’m not), have the onions! I was told that there are sweet.

Gukdae Tteokbokki 국대떡볶이 (國代)

One of the best rice cake place. A chain store that you can find in many places.

486, Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong, Seoul

Tel: +82 2 598 8869

Hours: 12:00 – 00:00 (In Korean only)

Subway: Hongik University (Line 2)

A recommended rice cake place but we did not have time to sit down for a snacks but a friend bought take-away.

Left: Tteokbokki; Right: Twigim

It’s quite chewy rice cake with the spicy sauce. Its appetising. My favourite is the fish paste beancurd in the spicy sauce. Delicious! Some fried vegetables and fish cakes that you can deep into the spicy sauce.

Paris Baguette Cafe

I never knew that this bakery chain store is from South Korea. You can find this cafe at nearly every place you go. Their bread and pastries are not bad at all. You can check it out if you passby any store. Look out for cheese cake and sweet potato pastries.

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Seochogol Korean BBQ Restaurant 서초골

A chain store of Korean BBQ. If you want to avoid your smelling clothe smell, go as early as 17:00 or 18:00. 

1124-38 Guro 3-dong, Seoul

Tel: +82 2  837 1445

Hours: 10:00 – 01:00

Subway: Guro Digital Station (Line 2), Exit 2

Beef (KRW9,000)

Korean beef is delicious! Don’t over cook! It’s yummy wrapped with lettuce. ^_^

Pork Ribs (KRW24,000 for 2 pieces)

This is very good! I can’t stop having this!

All free and refillable!

Sangol Pancake Shop 산골 녹두파전

This shop not only sells pancake but also small snacks good with eat while drinking beer.

1124-58 Guro 3-dong, Seoul

Tel: +82 2  864 6800

Subway: Guro Digital Station (Line 2), Exit 2

Kimchi pancake (KRW13,000)

The kimchi pancake is not a spicy pancake but it’s very appetising. I think there is a pickled vegetables. No matter how full you are, you can definitely finish this!

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