Okay, folks. Hang on to your hats. Korea is finally here. Make sure you have easy access to food, because you will be starving after you are done drooling over this post ;)
At the new digs in Seoul (I think this is my new favourite pose). This is the Hyundai Residence, which feels like it used to be a university dorm. But it was very spacious, clean, and in a central location — so no complaints!
Eating like university students.
(Our midnight snack from the convenience store across the street).
The next day, we met up with my cousin who is also from Toronto but happened to be vacationing in the Motherland at the same time!
Food was top priority that morning.
This meal, called mul naengmyun, is da bomb. I don’t even know why I haven’t eaten it more often. It’s so perfect for hot summer days (there is ice in that soup).
We ended up taking a stroll afterwards around this outdoor sort of mall. Lots of cute little shops with souvenirs, clothes, and accessories.
And some guy making food.
If there was one thing we were all on board with, it was sitting down in an air-conditioned Starbucks and getting our iced coffee-mocha cookie crumble frappuccino fixes.
We also met up with another cousin who happened to be in Korea for a couple of months, as well as our niece who has been doing her studies there. While we were waiting, we took in the sights of Seoul.
Hanging oil pumps! Mind blowing.
Koreans apparently love their chicken and beer.
Burger King seems to be favoured over McDonald’s. Very disappointing.
Didn’t try any street vendor food! Wonder if I missed out or saved my stomach …
Koreans also love their coffee. I am totally down with that ;)
Oh yeah, baby. What we’re really here for — the Korean BBQ.
It was also my first and last time during the Korea trip that I engaged in some soju-sipping. I’ve discovered that it doesn’t taste any better drinking it in the Motherland.
The next day, we went out to hunt down some lunch. My cousin asked this lady on the street to recommend something good and the lady obliged by leading us down an alleyway to some happening food spots.
We ended up at a restaurant that served dak hanmari tang (boiled chicken). I’ve never tried this before and had no idea what I was getting into. The next hour or so changed my life forever.
It was actually quite a process to eat this meal. There was a whole list of instructions on the wall next to us describing how we should be making this SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS chicken.
I don’t think we got it totally right, but it didn’t really matter. It was definitely one of the best meals we had in Seoul!
Next, we hit up the market in Dongdaemun to look around for souvenirs and other good deals!
I never got tired of marveling at the things they come up with for their t-shirt messages.
One of the market shop owners gave us some stools to rest our tired feet (and provided us with some comic relief :)
All that walking around = recovering in coffee shop with a drink and dessert!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my adventures in Seoul!
– Cafe <3
Have you been to Korea?
What are some memorable moments you had during your stay there?