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)”

Cheap Eats in Seoul: Jaws Tteokbokki (죠스 떡볶이)

I just came across this really awesome tteokbokki (떡볶이)chain, Jaws Tteokbokki, serving by far some of the best tteokbokki I’ve had from a chain(so far). I’ve been to a few chain restaurants including Pomato, only to be disappointed in their limp, watery tteokbokki. Luckily, I finally found this place! Continue reading “Cheap Eats in Seoul: Jaws Tteokbokki (죠스 떡볶이)”

Cheap Eats in Seoul: Pomato

Living on a tight budget (for now), finding cheap eats is a necessity for me. Finding affordable restaurants in Seoul is not terribly hard, and luckily I found this chain that has become a good staple for cheap eats. The restaurants are clean with nice furniture and the food is pretty decent with affordable prices. The best part is it is open 24 hours a day! Continue reading “Cheap Eats in Seoul: Pomato”