Seoul Cheap Eats: 타꼬방 (Takkobang)

Takoyaki is an amazing snack for those in the mood for a little pick-me-up. For those who don’t know, takoyaki (타꼬야끼/たこ焼き) is actually a Japanese snack consisting of small pancake balls stuffed with octopus pieces topped with sauce and other toppings to make for one very flavor-packed experience. You can grab them fairly quickly as long as there’s no line. One of my favorite spots for takoyaki is 타꼬방(Takkobang) Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: 타꼬방 (Takkobang)”

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Seoul Cheap Eats: Pizza School (피자스쿨)

Looking for cheap pizza but don’t have a Costco nearby? Pizza School (피자스쿨)  may be your salvation in a land notorious for expensive pizzas. They may not be nearly as good as Costco, but they’ve been a long time staple for people like me who don’t want to spend a premium on pizza. To get an idea, you can get a reasonably large 12″ whole cheese pizza for only 5000 won! Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: Pizza School (피자스쿨)”

Restaurants in Seoul: 마산아구찜(Masan Agujjim)

Looking to get an introduction into various high-quality Korean dishes in one meal? Look no further and check out 마산아구찜 (Masan Agujjim) near Mapo Station (마포역)! They offer a delicious, well-balanced set menu called 한상차림 (Hansang Charim), albeit there’s no agujjim. The style is similar to Bonjour (봉주르), but the dishes are fixed and more diverse. Not sure if they give out free refills for their entrees either (I was too full anyway). Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: 마산아구찜(Masan Agujjim)”

Seoul Photo Spots: Banpo Bridge (반포대교)

Banpo Bridge (반포대교) is the result of a citywide beautification effort resulting in the world’s longest bridge fountain, coordinating streaming water and lights to music in rhythmic manner. The show plays all week, with peak times being at night. Be sure to check the schedule and directions here and beware there are no shows in the winter. It’s similar to Cheongyecheon Plaza, but is obviously quite a bit more dynamic! Continue reading “Seoul Photo Spots: Banpo Bridge (반포대교)”

Restaurants in Seoul: 북창동순두부 (BukChangDong Soondubu)

Despite being in Korea for a total of 8 months now, it has come to my attention that I had yet to eat the popular soft tofu soup, soondubu ( 순두부)! I had to set things straight as my friend Sophie invited me to this very popular chain with locations all over Korea. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy this popular dish, LA BukChangDong may be just the place! Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: 북창동순두부 (BukChangDong Soondubu)”

Restaurants in Seoul: 작은공간 (Small Space)

작은공간 translates roughly to “small space” which is a pretty accurate description for this hole in the wall. They serve “quick tteokbokki” (즉석떡볶이) like Hoya, but it feels a lot less commercialized. I’m not a big fan of this style of tteokbokki, but my 2nd time here eating the black bean sauce (짜장) flavor made me more open to it. It can get quite busy, Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: 작은공간 (Small Space)”