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,ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย No confirmation yet though!

Sinju Yang Kko Chi (์‹ ์ฃผ์–‘๊ผฌ์น˜) – I was drooling after watching this chinese lamb skewer EYK video! EYK posted the address:ย 360-24 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoulย but I had problems finding the shopย on Google Maps.ย After some digging, I finally found the name of the place, Sinju Yang Kko Chi “์‹ ์ฃผ์–‘๊ผฌ์น˜“. 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 “์–‘๊ผฌ์น˜” and spicy lamb skewers “๋งค์šด์–‘๊ผฌ์น˜”. 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 “์ง€๋ฏธ์›“. I found a Korean blog talking about itย with the same address. The address is:ย ์ „๋ถ ๊ตฐ์‚ฐ์‹œ ๋‚˜์šด๋™ 870-10. There is another famous one which was mentioned in EYK’s blog that is located in Seoul!

Jjambbong

BBQ – I โค 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] ์„œ์šธํŠน๋ณ„์‹œ ๋งˆํฌ๊ตฌ ์„œ๊ต๋™ 395-17 ย / 395-17 Seogyo-dong (23 Jandari-ro) โ€“ closest to Honggik Univ. Station Exit 9
[Myeongdong Outlet]ย ์„œ์šธํŠน๋ณ„์‹œ ์ค‘๊ตฌ ๋ช…๋™ 10๊ธธ 41 ์ฐธํ”ผ์˜จ๋นŒ๋”ฉ 8์ธต /ย 8FI, Champion bldg, 41, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu Seoul โ€“ closest toย 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(๊ฑธ๊ตฌ๋„ค์™•๊ณฑ์ฐฝ) – 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: ์„œ์šธํŠน๋ณ„์‹œ ์šฉ์‚ฐ๊ตฌ ์ดํƒœ์›1๋™, ์ „ํ™”๋ฒˆํ˜ธ: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 (๋ฌดํ•œ๋„์ „):ย K-BOB Team by JunHa and HaHa (Episode 453 and 454) – food tour of local restaurants
AhHyeonDong Ganjang Gejang(์•„ํ˜„๋™๊ฐ„์žฅ๊ฒŒ์žฅ) – Recommended: Ganjang Gejang (๊ฐ„์žฅ๊ฒŒ์žฅ); K-blog reads: Blog 1, Blog 2
Address:ย ์„œ์šธํŠน๋ณ„์‹œ ๋งˆํฌ๊ตฌ ์•„ํ˜„๋™ 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; Satย 11 am – 2.30 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm; Closed on Sundays.

GoHyangJib (๊ณ ํ–ฅ์ง‘) – Recommended: Bossam (๋ณด์Œˆ) and Pollack (ํ™ฉํƒœ๊ตฌ์ด); K-blog reads: Blog 1 – Pollack, Blog 2, Blog 3
Address: ์„œ์šธํŠน๋ณ„์‹œ ๊ฐ•๋‚จ๊ตฌ ์–ธ์ฃผ๋กœ134๊ธธ 20;ย 20 Eonju-ro 134-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: 02-543-6363

Gwangjang Market
Jeju
Monsant (๋ชฝ์ƒ) 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

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!

Homemade ๊น€์น˜ in Singapore!

Yes, it has been a long Hiatus. I am still learning Korean in Sejong and enjoying it! This sem, my ์„ ์ƒ๋‹˜ focused quite a bit on speaking and it’s great since I’m going to Korea soon! Yay!

I recently found an online shop that sells homemade kimchi! I read about it in a Korean’s blog. It was a good sign when the website is in Korean and when I called, the person answered ‘์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š”!’. You can order it online (all Korean alert!) or call to order.

์ฐฌ๋ฝ• is the shop name and they sell more than kimchi. They sell banchan, cooked food and other interesting stuff. They do have a minimum order of $50.

I ordered 4 items and they taste great!
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Japanese Cucumber kimchi
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Whole Cabbage Kimchi

Also ordered radish kimchi and sesame leaf kimchi that I’ve been look for ages! Verdict, Yums! Will update after it ferments a little more.

My Korean updates

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of updates. Since my last post, my Korean journey has been (sigh) horrible. So here they are:

1) Korea trip canceled! All thanks to ๋ฐ”๋ณด Kim from you know where.

2) I’m done with my second round of listening to TTMIK level 2.

3) I’ve a new obsession! ๋น…๋ฑ…! And I’m looking forward to June (GD’s solo concert)

4) I made kimbap! ๐Ÿ™‚
It tasted much better than expected. I prefer kimbap to Japanese maki now. Maybe even more than sushi.

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That’s all for now! Yes, I still owe you all a TOPIK post… Sorry ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

AWAD – boneless ๊ตฐ์‚ด (adjective)

Today, I’ve a short word for the day. I was googling for se7en’s jjimdak restaurant (์—ด๋ด‰์ฐœ๋‹ญ) today.

In the menu (๋ฉ”๋‰ด), I saw the word ์ˆœ์‚ด. The word when used with food means boneless. E.g. ์ˆœ์‚ด์ฐœ๋‹ญ means boneless chicken.

In addition to that… I found out how to say the various spiciness level. Would be useful when I order food in Korea! Guess ๋งค์šด๋ง› would be the most useful word of the 4. Yeah!

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Pardon the blur, took it from my laptop screen.

Oh I really hope to visit the gangnam branch. ๐Ÿ™‚