Seoul Cheap Eats: Real Kimchi Stirfry Rice (레알김치볶음덥밥)

If you’re ever in the mood to try unique street food, try the Noryangjin Station (노량진역) area. There’s a lot of diversity between food stalls which is actually pretty rare in most areas of Seoul. It’s actually a challenge to find the typical tteokbokki stand here, but that’s a good thing as there are plenty of other foods to entice you. I went to one of the stands that was quite a bit off of the beaten path called “real kimchi stirfry over rice” or “레알김치볶음덥밥”. Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: Real Kimchi Stirfry Rice (레알김치볶음덥밥)”

Restaurants in Seoul: Chakhan Dweji (착한돼지) Korean BBQ BuffetT

In the mood to pig out and eat ridiculous amounts of Korean barbecue? Check out Chakhan Dweji (착한돼지) which means “Friendly Pig”. The pigs are so “friendly” that they’ll let you eat them and all their friends! Like most Korean bbq buffets, there’s a whole range of various meat parts and side dishes for an affordable 10,900 won (9,900 won for lunch). Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: Chakhan Dweji (착한돼지) Korean BBQ BuffetT”

Restaurants in Seoul: IL Mazzio

Missing a little Italian food in your life in Seoul or need a place to take the special lady in your life? Check out Il Mazzio (일마지오) in Myeongdong (명동) to get your Italian fix. There are many chains in Korea, even as far as Busan. The place opens at 11:30 am on the weekdays (12 pm on weekend) and closes at 10:30 pm. Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: IL Mazzio”

Living in Seoul: Milk Choices and Prices in Korea are Equally Insane

If you’ve ever visited a large market like Emart or Homeplus, you may have come across the surprisingly crazy milk section. Quite the opposite of the typical cereal selection, there is a plethora of milk companies and sizes that they offer. Continue reading “Living in Seoul: Milk Choices and Prices in Korea are Equally Insane”

Restaurants in Seoul: Ho Chicken (호치킨)

It’s no exaggeration that Koreans are in love with fried chicken (후라이드 치킨) with a ton of different restaurants to match. With the wave of food trends in Korea, you’ll see specialty foods come and go, but friend chicken is one of those foods Koreans can’t seem to live without. Pretty much every fried chicken joint in Korea is above and beyond delicious and Ho Chicken (호치킨) was no exception. Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: Ho Chicken (호치킨)”

Seoul Cheap Eats: Mapo Mandu (마포만두)

Whenever I come across a dumpling shop with open windows and steam blowing everywhere, i just have to check it out. Mapo Mandu fit that bill and the prices were pretty cheap as well. They have multiple locations, but the one my friend and I went to was in front of the 2nd exit of the Daeheung Station (대흥역) Line 6. You can also find other locations through Seoul by typing (마포만두). Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: Mapo Mandu (마포만두)”

Restaurants in Seoul: Papa’s Recipe (파파스 레시피)

Went to Gangnam to visit my friend Jaime who I studied abroad with in Seoul 4 years ago. And of course one of the things that you have to do when you visit an old friend is eat. We went to Papa’s Recipe which is a non-chain restaurant specializing in octopus (쭈꾸미) and meat grilled in a skillet. The restaurant is on the second floor of a building near Gangnam Station (강남역) exit 11. Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: Papa’s Recipe (파파스 레시피)”

Living in Seoul: The Dismal Selection of Cereal in Korea and My Rather Upsetting Experience

If you’re from the US, or somewhere accustomed to a variety of cereal you may be in for a huge culture shock. It seems Koreans aren’t too accustomed to eating cereal for breakfast as the selection at my local Emart is pretty dismal. I actually believe it serves more as a snack which doesn’t really make a good excuse, but I will put it out there. The selection is so bad that you can pretty easily divide cereal into roughly 3 categories. Continue reading “Living in Seoul: The Dismal Selection of Cereal in Korea and My Rather Upsetting Experience”

Seoul Cheap Eats: Onjeong Tonkatsu (온정돈까스)

Today I went to this super hyped-up Tonkatsu shop called Onjeong Tonkatsu (온정돈까스) which means “warmhearted tonkatsu”. For those who don’t know, a tonkatsu is a pork cutlet that’s lightly friend in panko. It has a nice crispy texture on the outside and is usually quite delicious. My friends really wanted to go because of the reviews and because it was quite famous apparently. Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: Onjeong Tonkatsu (온정돈까스)”

Cheap Eats in Seoul: Family Mandu (패밀리 만두)

On my way to the immigration office near the Omokgyo Station (오목교역), I came across this very unassuming chain called 패미리 만두 (Family Mandu) that sold dumplings, dumpling style buns, and of course ramen. The store was very tiny, but what attracted me was the large amounts of steam coming from the pressure steamers. The store was very clean and had a homemade style atmosphere. There was a big bucket of filling and you could see the cook making the dumplings from time to time. You’ll come across the restaurant on the way to the immigration office in Omokgyo. Continue reading “Cheap Eats in Seoul: Family Mandu (패밀리 만두)”