3대천왕 The Nation’s Big Three Restaurants

Current I am watching 2 food shows, both hosted by Baek Jeong Won, owner of Bornga Restaurant and many more. The shows are 3대천왕 (The Nation’s Big Three) and 집밥 백선생 (Home Food Rescue or Mr. Baek The Homemade Food Master). In this post, I want to focus on 3대천왕. Every week, based on locals recommendation, Baek Jeong Won will visit the different provinces to eat the selected dish. Based on the visits, the show will invite 3 of the best, 1 from each province to cook in front of a live audience.

This show really got me drooling big time and thanks to it, I have been eating Korean food every week. Since I am pretty determined to go to Korea in 2016, I want to keep a record of the places so I can visit them! I will not be recording all the episodes here but selected ones that I am interested in. As usual, with all my food posts, this is a working document and it will be updated constantly.

Warning: Formatting will not be consistent! It’s for me to take quick notes.

Gukbap
Information from this Korean blog, includes food pics from the show.
1) Busan – 재기식당 (Featured but was not showcased in the live show)
Address: 부산 영도구 절영로 49번길 25
Phone: 051-418-0526
Opening hours: 11:00~21:30
Menu: 돼지국밥 5000원, 순대국밥 5000원, 내장국밥 5000원

Fried Chicken

Samgyeopsal

Jeon
Bindaetteok from Gwangmyeong market Seoul 광장시장
More info from: http://m.blog.naver.com/tkmh1982/220594076252

평창동 Olympics Market 메밀전
To order: buckwheat jeon – 배추, kimchi, 두드래기
Info from: http://m.blog.naver.com/hyeblue5/220556310153

Seoul 사당동 모둠전 (not featured live)
맛집 – 전주전집
영업시간 – 15:30 ~ 02:00
연락처 – 02-581-1419
가격 – 22,000원 (not included in assorted jeon: bindaetteok, chilli pepper jeon, oyster jeon, pajeon and potato jeon)
주소 – 서울 동작구 사당동 1032-1
휴무 – 연중무휴
추가정보 – 일요일 14:00 ~ 24:00
Info from: http://m.blog.naver.com/hosi1030/220591367887

Dongnae-gu, Busan
Info from: http://m.blog.naver.com/thfleur/220553963487
1) 동래할매파전 (not featured live but this place is the “grandmaster” of jeon that have done it for a long time – expensive!)
For more info: http://m.blog.naver.com/ym001482/220588708564

Oncheon-dong
2) 소문난동래파전
For more info: http://m.blog.naver.com/ferrycross/220580590529

Bibimbap

Tteokpokki
Address of all the places: eighty4 Blog

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Foodie picks for Korea in 2016

I think I have a serious addiction. I am addicted to Korean food blogs. I might not be able to read everything but foodporn goes beyond words. Just the picutures is enough to keep me drooling and looking forward to it. I am planning to go back to South Korea in 2016 with a few close friends. Yay!

Since then, I have started to plan for our foodventures. 2 of us are pretty big YG stans so I should include a couple of them in my foodie picks. I would love to try some Eat Your Kimchi recommendations and some popular Korean places I did not get to go to last year.

This will be a working document so it will seem incomplete. My blog seems like the best place to record all my information. If you have certain dishes that you want to try,  leave me a comment. If I have the time, I may do the research for you. Or if you have a die die must try recommendation, please leave me a comment too! I love love recommendations for tried and tested places. 🙂

Nasi Goreng (Winner’s Fav?) – I am not sure how accurate is the information but according to a Twitter account, this is where Winner goes for their nasi goreng. No confirmation yet though!

Sinju Yang Kko Chi (신주양꼬치) – I was drooling after watching this chinese lamb skewer EYK video! EYK posted the address: 360-24 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoul but I had problems finding the shop on Google Maps. After some digging, I finally found the name of the place, Sinju Yang Kko Chi “신주양꼬치“. If you want to search it on Naver, please include the words Hongdae in your search. Otherwise you may be pointed to another restaurant in Jeju! You can read more about it at blog 1, blog 2. The stuff to try: lamb skewers “양꼬치” and spicy lamb skewers “매운양꼬치”. It’s open from 5pm to 5am, till 6am on weekends.

Royal Cuisine – I have always wanted to try the royal cuisine since I watched Dae Jang Geum at least 5 times. LOL. I blame my addicted parents. Recently, EYK did a video of it (found here!). However, the name of the restaurant seem to be incorrect. It seems to be called Jimiwon “지미원“. I found a Korean blog talking about it with the same address. The address is: 전북 군산시 나운동 870-10. There is another famous one which was mentioned in EYK’s blog that is located in Seoul!

Jjambbong

BBQ – I ❤ it!
401 (Running man Haha) – It was quite a pity I did not get to try it when I went to Seoul. So I’ll definitely drop by next year.
[Hongdae Outlet] 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 395-17  / 395-17 Seogyo-dong (23 Jandari-ro) – closest to Honggik Univ. Station Exit 9
[Myeongdong Outlet] 서울특별시 중구 명동 10길 41 참피온빌딩 8층 / 8FI, Champion bldg, 41, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu Seoul – closest to Myeongdong Station Exit 8

** Please note that Paljamakchang opened by Gary, Running Man is no longer in operation! It’s closed! Do not go.

3 brothers (YG!)

GeolGuNe WangGobchang(걸구네왕곱창) – Of all places, I caught up with my primary school mate in Seoul! She recommended this BBQ restaurant in Itaewon and it was pretty good. I’m still craving for the pork rind. This blogger went to the same place and wrote about it. I had an additional order of gopchang. The address is: 서울특별시 용산구 이태원1동, 전화번호:02-795-3992. You can check out the map from this blog: http://blog.naver.com/sir_goni?Redirect=Log&logNo=220347807033

Yeolbong (Se7en) – This is one of my favourite meals in Seoul. Tasty and spicy!
Sulbing
Cafe Miel
Ohjju Sincheon
AND.here Cafe (BIGBANG Seungri’s mom)

Markets
Gwangjang Market
Majang Meat Market – Actually I have half-written this post. It deserves a post of its own. The most VFM beef BBQ meal in Korea!

Variety Shows Recommendations
Infinity Challenge (무한도전): K-BOB Team by JunHa and HaHa (Episode 453 and 454) – food tour of local restaurants
AhHyeonDong Ganjang Gejang(아현동간장게장) – Recommended: Ganjang Gejang (간장게장); K-blog reads: Blog 1, Blog 2
Address: 서울특별시 마포구 아현동 282-1; 282-1 Ahyeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10.30 am – 2.30 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm; Sat 11 am – 2.30 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm; Closed on Sundays.

GoHyangJib (고향집) – Recommended: Bossam (보쌈) and Pollack (황태구이); K-blog reads: Blog 1 – Pollack, Blog 2, Blog 3
Address: 서울특별시 강남구 언주로134길 20; 20 Eonju-ro 134-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: 02-543-6363

Gwangjang Market
Jeju
Monsant (몽상) Cafe (BIGBANG GDragon) – It will be open in October 2015! I’m glad GD is finally moving into the F&B business. I think it’s long overdue. 🙂

If you have not seen pictures of Monsant you should really check it out! It looks amazing at sunset and who knows, you might bump into an artist or two. Or even a guerilla concert, like Hyukoh.

Lotte Duty Free in Myeongdong

Yesterday I met a friend who is working in Seoul (lucky her!). She brought me to Lotte Duty Free and I had a shock of my life. I did not expect the hustling and jostling in an atas (Singlish for high class) shopping mall. I wanted to take a look at a few facial products for my mum and I had to squeeze through to take a look at the display.

According to my friend, Lotte Duty Free is crowded THROUGHOUT the day. I took a few snaps and compared prices. It is exactly the same as the Lotte Duty Free in Incheon Airport. However, I wanted to pack in everything in the luggage and not carry it around in the airport. Hence, I decided to “fight” through the crowd in the main myeongdong outlet. I went at 9.30 am and I found a bunch of people waiting outside Lotte Departmental Store (main store opens at 10am). But don’t be fooled! Don’t wait with them but whiz up to the 9th floor to the Lotte Duty Free area.

Walk to Lotte Star Avenue and take the express lift to the duty free levels 9-11. The cosmetics are located at the 9th floor and some bags/food items at the 11th floor. I was so thankful that at 9.40am it was it as crowded and the salesman at History of Whoo had time to entertain our questions.

On a side note, there was a super rude Sulhwasoo saleslady. Wanted a big commission or something that she refused to answer some simple questions our had and kept recommending only the most expensive item. It wad not as if there was a lot of people… in fact, only my mum and I was at the counter at that time. When she was talking to my mum, I saw a gift pack that I was interested in. I walked towards it and asked the nearest salesman about it. She became aggressive and rude about me asking him about it. She was also rude to my mum and gave us the look… Oh how we felt like slapping her.

In the end we bought from History of Whoo and spent double of what we would have spent at Sulwhasoo! Take that you lousy woman!

Haha sorry for that minor rant, I hate bad service. Okay, my point of the post is… If you want to buy duty free products at Lotte, go early at 9.30am. When I left at 10.30am, there was a queue at the express elevator and it was really crowded. Oh for visa card users, there is a 10% discount! 🙂

Hope this helps and you won’t be suay like me to get such bad service.

Somunnan Amso Galbi 소문난암소갈비 Food Review [Busan]

Finally, after years of wanting to go to Korea, I’m here! Since I am pretty much of a foodie, I shall blog about the food I had. The place I am going to review made me drool before I even left Singapore. To think that I almost scrapped this out of my plans… the horror! Thankfully, my wise colleague told me before I left, just go and try lah… later regret never try. Somunnan Amso Galbi is located in Busan and on the way there in the train, we met a nice old man who stays round the corner from the restaurant! He brought us all the way to the door step. Super thankful because it is quite ulu and I would have exited at the wrong exit.

Since pictures are worth a thousand words… there you go! Pictures of the fooooood…

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Each person gets an individual banchan set.

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We ordered 2 types of beef: fresh beef and marinated beef. The fresh beef was so good that we added on another portion. It was so juicy and tasty. Went really well with the chilli salt they provided.

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We added on the famous potato noodles too. Chewy and rather sweet due to the “soup” it cooked in. We order 1 rice that came with a small bowl spicy bean paste soup. It was simple with only some tofu and potatoes but it was seriously OMG good!! Do yourself a favour and order 1 bowl of rice.

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I am typing this post on the ktx on the way to Seoul and reflecting, this is the best meal I had in Busan. No regrets and will travel here again just to eat this.

So how do you get here… here are some pictorial descriptions. I hope it would help if you would like to try it. By the way, the old man I met… He told us it was delicious at least 3 times.

Alight at Jung-dong station line 1 exit 7 and walk straight towards the overhead flyer. You will see emart on the right when you exit the station.
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When you are at the junction, turn right, walking parallel to the overhead flyer.

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Walk until you see this temple sign on your right.

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Turn right into this alley and 300m later, turn left. Just follow the small path and soon you will see this.

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Continue walking and you will see…
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Viola, you are here! Here’s the menu for all you planners out there.

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The address is: 1225-1 Jung 1(il)-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Opening hours: daily from 11am to 9.30pm

Eureka! Korean food blogs!

I am planning a trip to Korea for the 3rd time! After 2 failed attempts at going, I hope it will be a success this year. As a foodie, nothing is worse than going to a tourist trap with mediocre food. Sometimes TripAdvisor ratings are horrible because tourists who have only been to 1 restaurant rave about the food as though they have been to tons of similar ones. I like to surf and read blogs of locals and find out the best hidden find or at least where locals like to eat.

Well, Korean blogs are intimidating even when I am learning. I find it quite difficult to find good local places after WingPan closed down. A similar concept to Yelp and HungryGoWhere. The good news is, I found something else! This is a little different as in It tell you The number of blogs that wrote about a certain restaurant and lists out the blogs. It is so much easier to do research and drool at food pics now.

The only down side, it is almost purely in Korean. You will need to at least know how to copy the hangeul to search for the food place. Do hop by the site Dining Code to take a look of you are planning for your holiday.

Do share good food places with me! I am going in September!