Of course in every country there are exclusive restaurants or cafes. One particular fastfood chain I've come to visit every time I go to Seoul is: Mom's Touch. I'd like to know more of the backstory to the restaurant's beginning, as I can't think of any of my friends' mothers having cooked chicken burgers and fries on the regular for their children, but it serves as a cute design aesthetic nonetheless- such as this door handle shaped like the company's logo: an apron. Their m
You can usually eat Budae-jjigae at most places near colleges, as it's enjoyed by most young people. It's not exactly the healthiest option, but there's times when nothing else is as satisfying as having some during a cold winter night. This place, Italy Budae-jigae , offers free refills on ramen noodles, rice, and side dishes- a great deal for the price. Another interesting thing is that they offer butter to blend in with your rice.
This place has been around for quite some time despite Seoul's penchant for updating and changing pace of life. The restaurant BaetGotDong (뱃고동) is known for its spicy stir-fried octopus dish, but a lot of customers also order the batter-fried octopus dish as well to complement their meals. You can also decide to have fried rice with the remaining octopus pieces and sauce at the end. Here's a short video clip of the making done solely by the waiter or waitresses of the restau
I had briefly mentioned Jam & Bread in my last post, but I thought the bakery itself deserved more recognition despite its loyal customer base. When you enter the bakery which is located at the back of the area there is are tables for eating and also a fridge and display section. The fridge has goods such as foreign butter and homemade jams and chilled cakes or bread for purchase. Some cute unique decor such as this milk pail: The section dedicated to displaying the breads or
While a butchery isn't hard to come across in Seoul, a Western-styled one is- one that involves salami and cured meat, that is. Thankfully, there is one famous and good one located in Bukchon: Salt House. You can find their prepackaged assortment of meats in a clear fridge display onto the right as you enter the restaurant. Pâté is one of the products I look for immediately at a butchery. You can also dine in and try one their awesome sandwiches if you want to try their meats
Korean doughnuts or kkwabaegi can be found in most busy streets of Seoul, and this one (Jamidang) can be found near the streets of Bukchon. It's all for very fair prices as the donut I show below was around ₩2,000 for three. A lady who had been standing near had proclaimed: "Every one of them is good! Every one of them!" when I had asked which she preferred. I sadly couldn't test her statement, but I believe her enough.
There's a store in Pangyo that I found to be very interesting: Gundam Story For those of us who like to build things such as legos this store is pretty much a paradise, as it has all kinds of gundams and equipments for building and coloring gundams: A table area where you can work with the gundam you purchased with tapes and materials available for building. A rack full of colors and sprays. And even extra parts: The store owner also said that there's a backroom exclusively f
There's a lovely cafe dessert shop in Pangyo called Bless Roll. The highlight of this cafe is its colorful ice creams and cakes: I know one or two friends who would appreciate the gummy bear cake, or as it's called on display: Haribo. You can buy the individual slices if eating in or just taking out for a small party. The packaging is cute and rather regal for the playful cakes. It went along nicely with one of the last dinners of 2019. I was surprised at the raspberry fillin
In S. Korea one celebrates the start of a New Year with rice cake soup. There's, of course, variations to the dish depending on the household and even city or province, but almost always the soup involves rice cake, egg and seaweed in its ingredients. The tradition is that by eating the soup you gain a year in age and good luck. Luckily, there is a rice cake shop near the area I frequent: Usually they only have a selection of rice cakes available inside this glass display: Bu
My mother introduced this place and is a frequent customer- it certainly is a place I'd recommend more to Korean locals than to foreigners, as it leans more toward nostalgia than modern with its taste. But it certainly doesn't mean the taste cannot be appreciated by newcomers to Seoul. The exterior might throw some off, as the area itself (Gangnam) is known for affluence. The building has a wooden door that almost seems too flimsy for use, and a cruder sign that nervously ale