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)”

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Seoul Cheap Eats: 자연밥상 (Korean Buffet Restaurant)

If you’re looking to chow  down on unnecessarily large amounts of food on the cheap, try out this Korean buffet, “자연밥상”. 자연밥상 (pronounced “jayeon babsang”) translates something to the notion of “natural meal”, which is somewhat ironic as there’s nothing natural about consuming food to the point your stomach can burst! The main selling point is their 6000 won lunch special, with dinner costing 9000 won. This review is only covering their lunch offering. Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: 자연밥상 (Korean Buffet Restaurant)”

Seoul Cheap Eats: 봉주르정식(Bonjour)

봉주르정식 (Bonjour) was a consistent staple of mine when I used to live in Hongdae (홍대) and with good reason. This type of restaurant is called a 백반(Baek Ban) which roughly translates into a home-style restaurant. They serve a set menu that changes daily and the dishes have a very homemade feel to it. That isn’t to say it is bad; in fact, it appropriately falls into the category known as comfort food. The best part is it costs a measly 3500 won and you can virtually get unlimited refills on pretty much anything! Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: 봉주르정식(Bonjour)”