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Food – Seoul

Food was one of the highlights of our 2 weeks here.   We got to try something new and experience something different. Below are some of places went :

 

Samyeopsal

We were in Insadong and found this restaurant without any idea how good or bad it was. It was still early when we went in. By 6.30pm, the whole place was packed with diners.

This is the restaurant.  It does not have English name.

This is the restaurant. It does not have English name.

This was first time I tried samgyeopsal and it was yummy. The belly pork was grilled a little charred and the fat was sinfully delicious. We cut and grilled the pork ourselves.

Pork belly where we cut it ourselves.

Pork belly where we cut it ourselves.

Grilling process

Grilling process

You can also grill mushroom, kimchi and what you have

You can also grill mushroom, kimchi and what you have

We also ordered the steamed egg (Gyeran jjim) which was also pleasant to the palate.

Steam egg

Steam egg

Another side was Soondubu Jjigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew).

Soft tofu stew

Soft tofu stew

To eat the grilled pork, you need to wrap with the common accompaniments of lettuce or perilla leaves. Dipping sauce includes ssamjang ( a paste of chilli ) and gireumjang (salt and sesame oil).

Dipping sauce

Dipping sauce

banchan

banchan

Unfortunately, this restaurant does not have English signboard. It is located at the opposite side of Skin Food at the far end of Insadong. Cannot remember the subway where we used to cross over the road to reach the restaurant.

With pictures, it is easier for us to order.

With pictures, it is easier for us to order.

For three of us, it was a happy and delicious dinner at KRW36000.

 

Hotpot in Jeju

For our sightseeing in Jeju, we hired a Korean speaking driver to bring us around. Though we did not speak much to each other, we managed quite well. He drove well and was diplomatically polite. The price was KRW120,000 for about 8 hours.

For lunch, he brought us to a Korean restaurant located around Mt. Seopjkoji. As it was way past lunch time, the restaurant was empty. Nevertheless, the hotpot seafood was deliciously fresh. Crab, mussels, abalone, fish, prawn and more seafood (which I did not know) were all added to a boiling pot of soup. Imagine the sweetness of the soup. We also ordered a pajeon (Korean pancake) which was so-so.

Restaurant where we had seafood hotpot

Restaurant where we had seafood hotpot

Before

Before

After

After

Banchan and notice the yellow packet of plain instant noodle.  it was added to the seafood hotpot.

Banchan and notice the yellow packet of plain instant noodle. it was added to the seafood hotpot.

Veggy pancake

Veggy pancake

Time to tuck in

Time to tuck in

 

Busan Seafood

While in Busan, one should never miss the opportunity to visit Jagalchi Fish Market. It is a huge wet market where all sorts of live seafood are sold. It’ an interesting and eye=opener experience.

Jagalchi Fish Market

Jagalchi Fish Market

Seeing tourists, the stall owners will keep asking you to purchase the seafood from them. After purchase, you can bring it up to the 2nd storey for it to be cooked to your own delight. Of course, you need to pay for the cooking fee and table set-up fee.

Inside the market

Inside the market

Live seafood

Live seafood

We had a king crab, 3 abalones and a small octopus. These were all alive. At KRW70,000 all together (exluding cooking and set-up fees), it was the most expensive meal of our whole trip. In return, it was also our most memorable meal. The king crab was heavenly sweet and fresh. It was also the first time we ate grilled live abalones.

King crab

King crab

Abalone

Abalone

The crawling octopus sashimi was an experience not to be missed. Actually, it did not taste too bad. A lot of people are put off because of the crawling effect, I reckon.

 

Samyetang

Having heard so much about this dish, what a better way then to try in Korea. Tosokchon has been very well reviewed by food lovers like me. So die-die we have to try it while we are there.

Tosokchon  Restaurant

Tosokchon Restaurant

To my disappointment, I did not have any ‘wow’ experience after eating it. I found the soup a little bland to my liking. The spring chicken stuffed with glutinous rice in hot stone bowl was tender. I needed to add some salt and pepper to enhance the meat taste.

We ordered the KRW15000 ginseng chicken soup bowl which was not cheap, so to speak.

Ginseng chicken soup

Ginseng chicken soup

Banchan

Banchan

Service was very fast but a little abrupt. Perhaps, it was a acquired taste, I do not really know.

 

Yoogane marinated chicken gaibi

This was our first proper meal. We were walking around Myeondong and wondered where to have our lunch. We saw Yoogane and was crowded. So in we went.

The marinated chicken is cooked in a big pan with lot of vegetables. The meat is cooked right at customer’s table. It is served with lettuce and peilla leave to wrap the meat. It may look hot with its fiery red chilli colour. To me, it was spicy sweet but not hot that it would burn my tongue. As a matter of fact, I find Korean food is tad inclined towards sweetness than spiciness.

English menu

English menu

Chicken and many types of veggy

Chicken and many types of veggy

Banchan

Banchan

The steel flask contains drinking water

The steel flask contains drinking water

KRW8500 for each person.

 

Clam noodle

Wondering around Suwon Young-Dong Traditional Market, we walked into a shop selling clam noodle. It was located in the wet market opposite the traditional market. Outside the shop, someone was frying the Korean pan cake. Judging from the crowd in the shop, we decided to have our lunch here. No English menu, we pointed what others were having and the order was taken.

From the photos displayed, I reckon this small eatery is famous.

From the photos displayed, I reckon this small eatery is famous.

The piping hot clam noodle soup came after about 5 minutes. It was a bowl full of small clams. Very sweet. Noodle was springy. I reckon it was hand-made.

Yummy noodle

Yummy noodle

A few minutes later, the pan cake came. Delicious.

Yummy pan cake

Yummy pan cake

This was luck. To be able to get delicious food at an affordable price. It was a fruitful day after visited the Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon and now the good food.

 

Gamjatang from Busan

This is the Korean pork bone stew made of pork spine bones and vegetables. Very spicy and also flavourable.
After visiting Haeundae Beach, we went to the nearby Haeundae Market to look around. There was row of small eateries packed with lunch time crowd.

Haeunade beach where tourists come to see than to swim

Haeunade beach where tourists come to see than to swim

Again relying on photos outside a small eatery, we went in. The 2 ladies who were very busy cooking and serving customers welcomed us. Very soon, we were seated at the front corner. The place was very crammed. Full house.

This is the restaurant with T.747

This is the restaurant with T.747

Food pictures help us to decide what to order

Food pictures help us to decide what to order

Gamjatang

Gamjatang

This dish comes together with the order

This dish comes together with the order

The ubiquitous banchan in Korean cuisine

The ubiquitous banchan in Korean cuisine

A small gas cooker with a big pan was setup on the table. In no time, the soup was boiling hot with all the ingredients added. The gamjatang was delicious especially eaten in this pleasant natural cool weather.

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