Pizza in Hongdae: Charlie’s (찰리스)

If you’re getting sick of Monster Pizza and have a party of two or more, I highly recommend trying Charlies Pizza near Hapjeong Station (합정역) exit 3!  While still a newcomer in town, it’s become one of my favorites in the Hongdae area. They’re not mass produced and offer quite a different experience from the “club pizzas”! Being a pizza lover (who isn’t?), I am excited to share this place with all of you! Continue reading “Pizza in Hongdae: Charlie’s (찰리스)”

Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken Restaurants in Sinchon: 장군닭갈비 (Janggoon Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken)

I’m usually not a fan of 닭갈비(spicy stir-fry chicken) because it’s usually too dry and greasy, but I decided to disregard my biases and give this place a shot. Luckily, it turned out to be a choice I didn’t regret! For the uninitiated, 닭갈비 is a bit more on the spicy side, so if you’re looking for a little bit of heat in your chicken, this is your place! Less tolerant folk should probably steer clear.  Continue reading “Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken Restaurants in Sinchon: 장군닭갈비 (Janggoon Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken)”

Chicken Restaurants in Hongdae: 치킨앤 카레군(Chicken and Curry Goon)

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)”

Seoul Cheap Eats: 마루가메 제면 (Marukame Japanese Udon)

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.
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Restaurants in Seoul: 옹다래찜닭 (Ongdarae Braised Chicken)

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)”

Restaurants in Hongdae: N Thai (엔타이)

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)”

Restaurants in Hongdae: 벽돌집 (Byeok Dol Jib)

Those looking to treat themselves to some Korean bbq beef can check out 벽돌집 (Byeok Dol Jib), located near the famous Hongdae playground. Some of my friends were craving beef, so we decided to treat ourselves to the marbled variety of beef, similar to the ubiquitous Kobe beef. It’s quite rare to find this kind of beef, so i was definitely feeling hyped up for this delicacy.  Continue reading “Restaurants in Hongdae: 벽돌집 (Byeok Dol Jib)”

Restaurants in Seoul: 궁 삼계탕 (Goong Samgyetang)

With this hot and humid weather in August, we decided to treat ourselves to some samgyetang (삼계탕), or ginseng chicken soup. I’ve never had it before and to be honest the sound of ginseng flavored soup was quite a turn off as I really hated herbs such as ginger or ginseng.

However, many Koreans swear by it and say it provides vitality during such extreme weather, so I decided to give it a try at a place called 궁 삼계탕 (Goong Samgyetang). The “goong” has a royal connotation, so it meant something to the extent of “Royal Samgyetang”. Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: 궁 삼계탕 (Goong Samgyetang)”

Dessert Places in Korea: 설빙 (Sulbing)

Looking for a place to cool off? Check out the prominent dessert chain 설빙 (Sulbing)! They have all sorts of awesome looking desserts to beat the heat. They specialize in 빙수 (bingsu), which is a finely shaved ice dessert, but they have so much more to offer! Continue reading “Dessert Places in Korea: 설빙 (Sulbing)”

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)”