I know, I know.. I haven’t touched this site in over a year. What can I say.. Life got in the way. (Or maybe I’m just lazy :P)
As those of you who follow me on Instagram would know, I went to Seoul, Korea for a few days with my bestie. I ate a ton and took a billion photos (hence the spam on IG); but I feel bad so I’ve decided to take the visual purge elsewhere and revive this blog!
Without further ado, here is the foodporn:
Gimbap from a random small stall in the MTR station. These are available pretty much everywhere on the streets.
Yukhoe – a traditional Korean dish made from seasoned raw beef, pear and egg yolk
Ginseng chicken soup at Tosokchon. Apparently the best in Seoul – and indeed it was delicious. Word of advice: come early (11am ish) or be prepared to wait in line.
The chicken was stuffed with glutinous rice, which absorbed all the flavors like a sponge. The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender and there was a generous amount of ginseng, dates, pepitas, etc.
Also available with black chicken at a slightly higher price tag (28,000W)
Deli Manjoo – essentially a cute corn-shaped cake that is filled with custard. Freshly baked and piping hot, and not to mention quite cheap (3,000W for a small bag), there is not much to fault here.
Do take care when you bite into it though – the custard filling is HOT!
Maximum anticipation… Myeong Dong! Farewell, money 😥
Some food to fuel the high intensity cardio that’s about to happen (shopping)…
Hotteok – a brown sugar filled pancake, topped with pine nuts and sesame. Hot from the griddle, it has a slightly crispy exterior with soft and gooey innards. So perfect for this weather.
Topped with dried bonito, takoyaki sauce, and kewpie mayo. Octopus itself is very tough but flavors are very nice and full of umami.
Bindaetteok (mungbean pancakes) in the making
The infamous egg bread!
SAH KEEN TO EAT 😛
Essentially a hard boiled egg encased in a slightly sweet, fluffy, cake-like bread. Can only imagine how perfect this would be if the yolk was still runny!
I had no idea what these were called but the aroma of these little cakes being cooked filled the streets and I just knew I had to buy some 😛 I later found out that these are called hodugwaja and are little cakes filled with red bean paste and walnuts. There is also another variety that is peanut-shaped, each filled with half a peanut.
Macaron ice cream sandwich? Yes please!
Nevermind that it’s -10 degrees outside… #yolo (Just to give you an idea of how cold it was: we actually took this back to our hotel; it was a 15 minute walk, with a stop-over at the convenience store for water. This thing made it back intact without melting even a teeny bit).
Right before it started snowing!
Not sure if santa or spiderman
Second day – Got hopelessly lost and wandered around.
Fat kitty y u so kootee
Teddy cafe! A beary cute place to chill out (or should I say warm up) 😀
Santa teddy, so hurry down the chimney tonight
Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. Even that scoop of ice cream is teddy-themed!! Asians and their cute food ahhhh *insert heart eyes emoji*
Steamed dumplings filled with minced pork, leek, vegetables and sesame oil. My kinda comfort food 😛
Noodles with mince and dumplings in condensed chicken broth
Egg bread again because I’m an addict.. This particular one was cheaper (1,000W compared to 2,000W) but for a good reason.. Egg was way overcooked and the cakey part simply didn’t taste as nice as the other one.
O’sulloc Tea House – a popular chain cafe that specializes in matcha here. The ice cream, unfortunately, was below par. Flavor was alright but texture was far too icy.
Luckily the matcha roll cake made up for it! Sponge cake was light and fluffy and the filling was not overly sweet.
Obligatory Korean BBQ – This restaurant uses kurobuta pork and it’s definitely better than the other random place we wandered into.
Not gonna lie – side dishes are my favorite part of KBBQ
Annnd that’s it for now! Thank you for reading and stay tuned for part II which will be about my meal at Jungsik!