Would always pass by this unassuming chicken joint and assumed it was just like all the other fried chicken shops. Granted, Korean fried chicken is amazing, but I’m not the type to eat it on a daily basis. It’s also very hard to find a chicken that clearly outshines the rest because the industry here is so well developed, so I wasn’t going to risk clogging my arteries for just any fried chicken.
Despite all this, my friend and I were in desperate need for a little snack before dinner, so we ended up giving this place a try. Little could have prepared me for how perfect their chicken and french fries would turn out to be. Continue reading “Chicken Restaurants in Hongdae: 치킨앤 카레군(Chicken and Curry Goon)”
Kitchen’s star is an independent Italian restaurant in the Sinchon(신촌) neighborhood. After a pleasant Lunar New Year break, I decided to treat myself to Italian with a friend. Lured by the 10,000 won steak, we figured this place was worth a shot. With steak being more of a delicacy in these parts, I was really looking forward to it. Continue reading “Italian Restaurants in Hongdae: 키친’s 별 (Kitchen’s Star)”
Saw this tiny Japanese ramen shop along one of the main roads of Hongdae. Since it was one of the only restaurants that wasn’t a Korean BBQ joint open at 1am, my buddy and I decided to give it a shot. It was pretty satisfying, but had its own unique quirks that could be a deal breaker for some. I was just happy to find something that wasn’t going to clog my poor arteries that late at night. Continue reading “Japanese Ramen Restaurants in Seoul: 가도야 (Kadoya)”
Marukame Udon has been my go-to Japanese noodle house for quite a while now. I’ve been going to 3 of their chains across Seoul and have been more than satisfied with all of them (less so the Hongdae location). They make all their noodles from scratch, giving them a distinct chewiness, while still being extremely affordable. They appear to be quite an international chain with even a store in Hawaii!
If you’ve read my blog for a while now, you’ll probably know that I’m quite passionate about Japanese noodles. While the anchovy-based Korean udon broth is all fine and dandy, I’m more accustomed to the katsuo-based Japanese broth. To me, it’s much bolder and cleaner (read as “not fishy”) tasting and also compliments the noodles much better. Places I’ve tried have been more or less satisfactory, but with Marukame I finally found what I’ve been looking for.
Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: 마루가메 제면 (Marukame Japanese Udon)”
One of my favorite Korean meals is a sweet soy sauce braised chicken dish called Jjimdak. Jjimdak is perfect for those not keen on Korea’s ubiquitous spicy food, but still want to have a delicious Korean meal. The minimum order is quite large, so it’s best to eat with at least one friend. I was pretty excited when my friend treated me to a nice braised chicken(Jjimdak) dinner at Ongdare, as it looked like a good chain capable of serving it. Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: 옹다래찜닭 (Ongdarae Braised Chicken)”
Looking around for something different to eat around the ubiquitous Hongdae (홍대) area, I stumbled across N Thai (엔타이), who enticed me with their lunch specials. I never tried Thai food in Korea, so I figured it was about time to see how it was served in another country. It’s usually fairly rare to see a Thai restaurant, but the lunch deal seemed too good to pass up. You can access it easily by going out of exit 9 of Hongdae Station (홍대입구역) and going into the building right on the left. Continue reading “Restaurants in Hongdae: N Thai (엔타이)”
Looking to grab a late night snack Korean style? Look no further than 미정국수(Mijeong Guksu)0410. Why the awkward name? Perhaps this place is so popular that there are at least 410 chains? I have no idea, but what I am sure about is that this place serves delicious noodles on the cheap 24 hours a day. This place is the go-to restaurant for everyone, anytime, unless you have a gluten allergy of course. I’ve always wanted to share these type of noodle shops as I’ve been a regular to a similar restaurant 5 years ago. There are TONS of chains, but I’ll be talking particularly about the Hongdae location (홍대점). Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: 미정국수 0410 (Mijeong Guksu 0410)”