When I was in Seoul during the last week of March, this was my first meal in my friend’s Sinchon neighbourhood – haemul sundubu jjigae (seafood soft tofu stew). It was in a homey little family restaurant where your table is laden with refillable seaweed, eggs and banchan. The stew was served quickly – spicy, thick and bubbling-hot – whereupon I cracked 2 eggs in it for the crowning touch! ^^ My friend tells me the customers do not abuse these free refills. This honour system may be difficult to practice outside Korea >_< I’ve bookmarked the stew recipe to try out from Kimchimari and Korean Bapsang as I love spicy egg-y stews :)
Dinner was galbi jjim (steamed beef ribs) in Insadong for the first night. Despite being filled up with hotteok and poop bread not too long ago, we did a fair bit of justice to the succulent sweet ribs. Our very paleo meal came up to 17,500 Won (Singapore $21.08), which I thought was a good deal for 2 persons. Seoul Eats has a Top 10 galbi restaurant list, among them an all-you-can-eat galbi restaurant for only 9,900 Won (wow!) :D
Day 2’s lunch was in Myeongdong where we had bulgogi of beef and pork. While I usually love pork in all its glorious forms (as the mice in Babe sang “Pork is a nice sweet meat!”), beef was a clear winner in this little contest. But that didn’t stop us from finishing up most of both meats to fuel us up for the Korean skincare shopping marathon ;) The price tag for this meat-lovers meal for two was 30,000 Won (Singapore $36.14), good value for this fantastic spread!
Hands heavy with Myeongdong shopping bags, we headed back to Sinchon for dakgalbi (stir-fried marinated chicken), a favourite with the university students. Our meal components were spiced chicken, veggies, ramyeon (instant noodles), tteok (rice cakes) and cheese . The staff came by every few minutes to stir the ingredients, when we munched on our banchan . After pouring in the cheese bits and removing the splatter guard, everything is left to simmer under the pan lid . Then, tah-dah! A magic fusion of spicy meaty cheesy goodness! . At 9,250 Won (Singapore $11.14) for the set, it’s easy on the wallet and filling for the stomach ^o^
Lunch for Day 3 was bulgogi again, cooked in a different sauce, at the price of 20,000 Won (Singapore $24.10). The restaurant overlooks the playground of the Saturday Hongdae Free Market. It was a nice place to enjoy a good meal and a long chat before heading down to check out the market. With all the feasting we’ve been doing in these 3 days, it was no surprise we didn’t seem to have much room left for dinner by this time – but I still managed to make room for Cup Chicken in Sinchon ;)
There’s so much of Korean food I’ve yet to try, so these links are good reminders for further exploration:
- Korea Taste’s 20 Myeongdong Restaurants List I’m definitely game for gunsan ojingeo (cuttlefish bulgogi) here
- Zenkimchi’s 100 Korean Foods You Gotta Try Sannakji (semi-live baby octopus!) would definitely be a huge no-no for me; I want my food dead and non-moving!
- LadyIronChef’s 10 Things To Do In Seoul And 5 of these 10 things is to eat eat eat :D
Want a light bite as you explore Seoul? Then head on over for a treat at The Streets Of Seoul Are Paved With (Delicious!) Snacks
And after all that eating, burn it all off with a shop-a-thon at A Best Friend’s Guide To Shopping In Seoul!
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