Korean Foods Explained: What is Tteokbokki (떡볶이)?

Tteokbokki (떡볶이) is a spicy Korean “snack” food that uses thick rice noodles/cakes (떡) and a pepper sauced (고추장) as its base. Most tteokbokki is usually mixed with eomuk (어묵) which is a fish cake. The spiciness varies, but typically it is one of the spicier things you can eat in Korea. The type of rice cake also varies greatly with Seoul’s being typically skinny and other places have really thick ones. Continue reading “Korean Foods Explained: What is Tteokbokki (떡볶이)?”

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Cheap Eats in Seoul: 삘꼬치네 (Chicken Skewers)

One common street food that’s not really talked about is chicken skewers (닭꼬치). The quality really varies with the place you go to, but one of the best is hands down 삘꼬치네 nestled in Hongdae’s streets that specializes in small food stalls. One walk down this street and you’ll usually see much more people lined up here than any other place and with good reason. 삘꼬치네 is kind of a play on words with Continue reading “Cheap Eats in Seoul: 삘꼬치네 (Chicken Skewers)”

Sushi Buffet Restaurants in Seoul: 쿠우쿠우 (Qoo Qoo)

As if I hadn’t had enough sushi this week, I went to Qoo Qoo (쿠우쿠우) sushi buffet in the popular Hyehwa area. It’s not as high-end as Todai, but it’s way more affordable. They have multiple chains throughout Korea as well. You can access this location by heading out of Hyehwa Station (혜화역) exit 4, bearing left where Starbucks is and reaching the end of the road. It will be on the second floor. Continue reading “Sushi Buffet Restaurants in Seoul: 쿠우쿠우 (Qoo Qoo)”

Japanese Sushi Restaurants in Seoul: 별스시 (Byeol Sushi)

If you’re looking for an amazing Japanese style sushi experience, I high recommend 별스시 (Byeol Sushi). Byeol means “star” and I was left with the impression that I was among the stars after eating here. I had the pleasure of going to this Japanese sushi restaurant after volunteering in Junggok area. It’s in a rather unpopular neighborhood, but it’s totally worth it. You can get there easily by going to Junggok Station (중곡역) and heading out of exit 1. Continue reading “Japanese Sushi Restaurants in Seoul: 별스시 (Byeol Sushi)”