Best thing about dining in Seoul, no tip no tax

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.

Mealtop the best patbingsu place in Seoul Korea

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.