I’m not big on dessert. To be honest, i’d rather eat a cheeseburger for dessert after a good meal. But, sometimes you want to fill you gut with some sugar. Before i moved to Seoul, my wife and i used to live in Chicago. There was this frozen yogurt place we used to frequent called berry chill. I loved that place because the froyo there was tart and tangy. But my first love of yogurt is pinkberry. I’m a purist. I don’t need toppings or anything on the side. Just give me a spoon and a bucket of white deliciousness. So fresh and so tangy. Just seems to melt in my mouth. Wish Korea had pinkberry. They have red mango but its not even close. I read that pinkberry started out as a US clone of red mango. At any rate the clone is a lot tastier.
Sup guys, It’s the amateurish Seoul restaurant blogger hungryseoul. I just wanted to give you guys an update on what’s going down here on my end. A few days ago i packed up my wife and 5 month old and arrived at Los Angeles. I will be In LA for the next 3 weeks. We came to insa my parents. They haven’t seen the little one and were super excited when they picked us up at the airport. I plan on maxin and relaxin here in socal. Before the trip, i was on a little diet. I think i lost about 5 kg in like 6 weeks. I’m a few kg aways from my college weight. Woohoo! I didn’t lose the weight to be more pimpish or sexy or whatever. I lost it so that i could gain it back during my trip to LA without turning into a fat pig. I plan on gaining at least 8 lbs or so. Do not worry i will still be sexy.
Anyway i want to keep posting on this blog while I’m in Los Angeles. Keep the google crawlers from neglecting my humble food blog. I’ll post up some sweet ass pictures of the food that i throw in my mouth. (before i throw it in my mouth of course)
I’ll take in the glorious sun and do some mad shopping. And each day i plan on eating out at least twice. I told my lovely moms to not cook for us too much. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings but at the same time, i needs to get my eats on. (me speech becomes mas ghetto when me in LA)
I love me some junk food. I love fast food period. So i already ate me some in n out and tommys. I had some panda express and chipotle as well. These are just apps to get me started. I’ll be doing some deeper grubbing after the weekend. Aites y’all, peace and word to the mother land.
I was having an interesting conversation with my friend over lunch earlier today. We are both Gyopos and we currently live in Seoul, Korea. My friend was saying that dining in the States is cheaper. I called bullshit! Food is cheaper here in Seoul. Scratch that. Restaurant dining is cheaper in Korea. Food, not so much. Going grocery shopping is a pain on the wallet, especially if you buy a lot of fruit and meat. But, going to a sit down restaurant is super cheap when you compare to the States. In this post I’m excluding fancy westernized restaurants.
Obviously i won the debate. The reason why i won the discussion? The two T’s, Tip and Tax. Restaurants in Seoul don’t know anything about tip or tax. I’m assuming that they lump the tax into the final price. Locals here would go apeshit if they had to pay tax on top of the listed price. And tipping? Doesn’t really exist in Korean culture.
Going to a restaurant in the states will run you about 80-100 dollars. Nothing fancy either. Just your run of the mill date dinner. Cause pasta with drinks and apps will cost about $60. Add the tip and tax and you have 80-100. That’s a lot of money. Here in Seoul, Korea, your average dinner date will only hold you back like 50k won. That’s around $45. No tip no tax!
But, Koreans love to ride the train. Can’t end the night with just dinner. You have to relocate to another place for round 2. 1 cha, 2 cha, 3 cha. This was the argument my friend made. He’s right if you factor in round 2 and 3. But, we were only talking about dinner.
Anyways, i just thought that i’d share a lil bit of Korean food culture with you guys. I will end the post here.
When i think of department store food courts, i picture fast-food franchises in the middle of the mall. You have Panda Express to your left and Taco Bell to your right. They have Hotdogs on a stick and Mcd’s and or Burgerking. In Korea it’s all different. The quality and variety of food available in Korean department stores are far superior.
The food court at Hyundai department store is my fav out of the three major Department stores. (Hyundai, Lotte, Shinsegae) You usually find the food court in the basement. It’s usually really crowded but i highly recommend you try out some of the food. They have all sorts of Korean dishes. Don’t be fooled by the price either, the food here is top notch. 6 or 7 bucks will get you a full on Korean meal.
My favorite go to dish at Hyundai is Naengmyeon. (cold noodles) These delicious cold noodles in beef broth are to die for. I honestly prefer the Naengmyeon at Hyundai to the ones at expensive Korean BBQ restaurants.
They have other Korean dishes as well as other Asian cuisine. You can even find pizzas and burgers if thats what you fancy. If you can’t decide on what to eat next time you are in Seoul, hit up the food court at Hyundai Department store. You’ll find some of the best mini restaurants in Korea.
There is this little kebab joint right in the middle of Itaewon that i visit every time i’m near it. It’s right off the Itaewon station exit. I’ve probably been there at least 20 times or so. One of the reasons why i want to live in Ichon dong is because it’s so damn close to Itaewon. So many foreigner friendly restaurants in Itaewon.
The name of the place is Ankara Picnic. They have lamb and chicken kebabs. The place is halal. Like real kosher. The restaurant is a shack. Real small and usually you will see a line of about 8-12 people. But it’s totally worth the wait. They don’t have much room to eat inside but it’s ok cause you can step outside and eat it out on the street. Take in the funky Itaewon air and watch the eclectic mix of people walking by as you bite down on your middle eastern burrito. Only in Itaewon.
The Kebabs at Ankara Picnic are about 4 bucks. I usually get mine with a dash of spicy sauce and a whole lot of white sauce. Im getting hungry just thinking about it. They have a bunch of kebab restaurants in Itaewon. Don’t just walk into any tho. The one right down the street is real shitty. Trust me and hit up Ankara Picnic. And no I’m not being paid by Mr. Picnic for this very fine review of his establishment.
I love Mexican food. I guess that’s what happens when you grow up in California. California is basically Mexico, northern Mexican. Living is Korea can get frustrating if you love Mexican food. First of all the so called Mexican restaurants in Korea leave out certain ingredients. Cilantro and lime. These two key ingredients are lacking in most Korean tacos and burritos.
We are in Seoul, South Korea. Don’t see a lot of Mexican faces here. I get it. It’s different from Mexico…errr….California. But i don’t even expect real Mexican food. I would gladly settle for Tex-Mex style food like Chipotle. I love Chipotle. There are a few Chipotle clones here in Seoul. But they don’t come close in taste. I’ll talk about Tomatillo and Grill5 here in this blog post.
Tomatillo in Seoul has the look of Chipotle. The interior of the one at Gangnam Finance Center is basically a poor man’s version of Chipotle. They just need to slap some Native American art figures (made of steel and wood) up on the wall. But the taste is something different. Considering that we are in Seoul, the chicken burrito that i ordered wasn’t half bad. Wasn’t that good tho.
Grill5 in Sinsa dong seemed like a nice little Mexican restaurant. I walked in with mild to semi-high expectation. The restaurant was packed. It was Sunday around 5pm. Galosookgil is always packed. Anyway, i walked up to place my order and i saw 8 guys working in the back. Nice. They are going to wrap up my burrito real fast right? Wrong! I waited like 8 minutes for my burrito. And the thing was tiny. Did i order half a burrito? Nope i paid 11,000 won for a whole burrito and a cider to wash it down. The burrito was wrapped in aluminum foil. Check. I open it up and take a bite. The fuckin thing is cold. Nuff said about this place. They should take the “grill” out of the restaurant name. Just called the place 5.
Well if you haven’t guessed out of the two, i pick Tomatillo.
I’m too tired after this rant to write a positive review of a good Mexican restaurant in Seoul. I will review some other places later.
When i was a little kid, i didn’t really like patbingsu. Same goes for deonjang jjigae. But now as an adult, i love them both. Patbingsu is a shaved ice dessert with sweet red beans and condensed milk. Don’t really know the history behind patbingsu, but I’m thinking it’s at least a few hundred years old. Give or take a few hundred years.
Anyway, Mealtop is different from the patbingsu that you may have tried. When i first tired it, i thought it was a great idea. Genius even. Why not shave the ice into super small pieces. It’s almost like ice cream. So smooth and creamy. You wouldn’t think that it was shaved ice.
Mealtop serves different kinds of patbingsu. But if it is your first time, try the original patbingsu. These delicious treats are only 6 bucks a pop. I’ve been to the one at Hyundai Department store in Apgujeong dong and the one in Mokdong Hyundai Dept. store. If you go to the Apgujeong one, plan on waiting a while. The place is always packed with ajumas.