Seoul Cheap Eats: 기똥찬 수제 햄버거 (Fantastic Homemade Hamburger)

No really, that’s what they call themselves. The main thing that attracted me to this place was the cheap prices for a burger joint that wasn’t your typical fast food place, so I had to try it. I wasn’t going to cry over 2500 won if it turned out bad, and I’ve been wanting a burger that wasn’t as mass produced as McDonald’s Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: 기똥찬 수제 햄버거 (Fantastic Homemade Hamburger)”

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Restaurants in Seoul: Ojju Octopus and Fondue (오쭈 쭈꾸미&퐁듀

Ever since my first experience with baby octopus (쭈꾸미) at Papa’s Recipe, I’ve always been eager to go to other places serving this delectable little animal. Ojju is the 2nd restaurant that I’ve been to primarily serving baby octopus, so I was quite excited to see what differences there would be. The selling point of this restaurant is the fondue Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: Ojju Octopus and Fondue (오쭈 쭈꾸미&퐁듀”

Living in Seoul: Seollal (설날) Food and Traditions

Last Thursday was the start of the new year on the lunar calendar, also known as Seollal (설날)! It was a very busy holiday for me, as I visited two different families more than 1 and a half hours apart and ate tons of Seollal foods. The morning started off with the family performing Charye (차례), which is a ritual offering food to the ancestors of the family. They set up a table and Continue reading “Living in Seoul: Seollal (설날) Food and Traditions”

Photos in Korea: Uijeongbu (의정부)

Went to my friend’s hometown, Uijeongbu (의정부), which is a city pretty far north in South Korea. Uijeongbu is the home of Budae Jjigae and has a very nice mix of rural and sprawling urban areas. I started my trip off at Hoeryong Station (회룡역) and walked towards some rural areas toward the mountains. Continue reading “Photos in Korea: Uijeongbu (의정부)”

Restaurants in Seoul: Todai International Cuisine and Sushi Buffet (토다이)

Went to film a friend’s cousin’s wedding recital the other day, which meant a free meal at Todai! I went to the Junggye location (중계) which is quite a ways north from Seoul, but they also have one in the popular Myeongdong (명동) area. They also happen to have Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: Todai International Cuisine and Sushi Buffet (토다이)”

Restaurants in Seoul: Yangjae Chicken House (양재닭집)

As mentioned in a previous post, Koreans seem to be absolute masters at making chicken into mouth-watering, obesity promoting meals. It truly is difficult to find fried chicken in Korea that isn’t amazing. However, somewhere within this holy chicken land, I managed to find a more rudimentary, homemade styled fried chicken at Yangjae Chicken House (양재닭집) that didn’t seem to evolve with the modern Korean chicken. However, instead of being empty Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: Yangjae Chicken House (양재닭집)”

Restaurant in Seoul: Norbu (놀부)

One type of food that you’re likely to encounter in Korea sooner or later is jjigae (찌개) which is stew. One of the most popular is budae jjigae (부대찌개), or “army stew”. This stew was created after the Korean War, when the country used army surpluses such as spam and hot dogs to put into their stew. Continue reading “Restaurant in Seoul: Norbu (놀부)”