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! πŸ™‚

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

Somunnan Amso Galbi μ†Œλ¬Έλ‚œμ•”μ†Œκ°ˆλΉ„ 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!

Homemade κΉ€μΉ˜ in Singapore!

Yes, it has been a long Hiatus. I am still learning Korean in Sejong and enjoying it! This sem, my μ„ μƒλ‹˜ 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 ‘μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš”!’. You can order it online (all Korean alert!) or call to order.

찬뽕 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.