청춘연가 🍲

This is a restaurant that specializes in pork and budae jigae aka army soup (부대찌개). It’s located in Migeum (미금) in Bundang (분당). The price was pretty good and the best part is rice and ramen are free refill!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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8,000 won per person
청춘부대찌개 which translate Youth Army Soup, which is meant to mean that it is a nostalgic taste from our youth.

You can add different sides for extra cost but rice and ramen is free refill!

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Very simple side dishes since the soup already has different ingredients.

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It wasn’t too salty and wasn’t too spicy. Just right.

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엉터리생고기 🥓

All you can eat pork and doenjangjigae (된장찌개) for 11,000 won per person! The quality of meat is not too bad. This restaurant is part of a chain! There are multiple ones throughout Bundang and Seoul. Unfortunately, the one we went to, I think, is gone.

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All you can eat 3cm thick pork cuts, bean sprout and kimchi, and soup!

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Basically saying not to put the heat to the highest since the pork can burn.

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Main menu is the all you can eat pork and soup for 11,000 won. You can order rice for an extra 1,000 won. If everyone in the table orders rice, then it’s free refill as well!

The side menu says theres also raw meat (육회), cold buckwheat noodles (냉면), steamed eggs (계란찜). They also have soju and beer for 4,000 won. If you want a translation of the menu, message us!

It also says that if 4 people come in as one table, they will give you free 1.25L Coke.

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Translation (Summary):


How to Enjoy to the 100%

– Basically says that the first serving is given but the customers have to get the refills for themselves.

– When paying, you have to remember the table number.

– Do not raise the heat level to 3, the highest, because the pork will burn and set off the alarms.

– Only pork should be on the grill. For kimchi and bean sprouts, use container provided to cook.

– To prevent wasted food, only take little by little.

– Drinks and side menu should be ordered through the staff but water and such is prepared for self service.

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The basic setup that is provided when you enter the restaurant. Refills are self service.

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The different pork meats!

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Beansprouts and kimchi is to be cooked in this container and not directly on the grill.

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Doenjang Jigae that is to be cooked over the grill.

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I didn’t get to take pictures of the self-service bar but it’s well organized so you can take what you need.


Clubespresso ☕

http://www.clubespresso.co.kr/

A quaint little cafe that has coffee from different places around the world. There was quite a bit of people when we went. The first floor has a display of their coffee and the second floor has seating. The best part is that you can taste the coffee of the day before ordering! The coffee was okay, nothing too special but it was interesting to see the different types of beans.

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Single Origin Hot (3,000won)

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The entrance with display of coffee beans. You can see the roasting machine and such behind it.

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You can taste the coffee of the day prior to ordering! Many people didn’t realize this before ordering.

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More display of coffee. The prices of the beans here weren’t cheap, probably because of the import costs.

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Translation: The joy of coffee and the new experience. We introduce the original coffee from each nation and region. We hope you can newly experience the difference in taste of coffee from each nation, town, and culture. Single origin coffee, the pride of Club Espresso

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Reminder that Korea has a recycling system where you dump liquids in a different place before separating the trash into plastic, paper, and general waste.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g294197-d7748072-Reviews-Club_Espresso-Seoul.html


집 샤브샤브 (Home Shabu Shabu)

We tend to eat Shabu Shabu at home often! Especially on a cold day. The best part about ShabuShabu at home is that you can dig into the fridge and put whatever you want. It’s a good way to get rid of vegetables thats been sitting in the fridge.

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Overview of the ingredients. I personally like to eat the vegetables over the meat. We also have scallops and tofu that we’re going to add along with the meat.

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We have beansprouts, zucchini, onion, mushroom, spinach, cabbage…so on!

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High quality meat makes all the difference!

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For the broth, we have the basic Korean broth (kelp, anchovies, radish boiled together). To this, we added some clams! These are Manila clams, I believe.

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We usually can’t wait so once there is a rolling boil, we add all the vegetables!

For sauce, I usually have an Asian Chili sauce that I buy. My mom prefers this sesame seed sauce. Sometimes I like to mix soy sauce with a bit of lemon (bootleg Ponzu sauce).

Have you tried Shabu Shabu at home? What is your favorite ingredient to add?


Agalico Itaewon 아가리코 이태원 🍷

It’s a nice wine bar or tapas place that I went with a friend. This one is the second store! We had vin chaud and some dishes on a cold day. The food is actually pretty good! It was quite empty when we went. Look for the short video at the bottom!

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Vin Chaud (5,500 won/glass)

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

UFO Taco Garlic Octopus (8,000 won)

This was so, so good. The octopus was not dry at all! It was very juicy and there was a lot of garlic and parmesan cheese on top. Plus, the plating is so cute. I thought they were escargots in the beginning.

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Assorted Tapas (14,800 won)

I honestly felt like the price was too high for what was given.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Bolognese (11,000 won)

It was very good! Highly recommend. The egg on top was just perfect and went well with the whole dish. You can see us picking at it the most in the video below.

The following is the address of the 1st store. I couldn’t find the location on Google map for the 2nd store but this is the address:

서울특별시 용산구 이태원로23길 16

https://www.facebook.com/agalicoitaewon/about/?ref=page_internal

https://goo.gl/maps/Y5X8QTwdgRqD56DJ6


Fish and Chips (Cod/대구) 🐟

So I wanted to upload my take on the classic fish and chips. I apologize beforehand to the fish and chip fans. My recipe is my own spin so it might break all rules of cooking fish and chips.

📋 Ingredients 📋
Flour for Frying (or tempura flour)
Beer
Salt/Pepper or Seasoning Salt
Oil

📋 Preparation 📋
– A pan with just flour to coat the fish prior to dunking into the batter. This helps the batter stick to the fish. I actually use a ziploc bag to mix the fish around in.
– A bowl to mix the batter

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This is the frying flour that I used. So I use the same flour to coat the fish and also for the batter. More explanation below in the steps.

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I use any beer that I have in the fridge. It does a good job in masking any smell from the fish, especially if the fish was defrosted and not fresh.

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I mix the beer and flour until the consistency is not too watery but not too thick.
That’s such a broad statement…
But think of Elmer’s white glue with a bit of water.

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Step 1: Create the batter in a bowl or pan
Step 2: Take the pan or a plastic ziploc bag with just the flour and add salt and pepper or just seasoning salt. I personally add a bit of parsley flakes as well.
Step 3: I turn the stove on with a pot of oil at this stage
Step 4: Take the fish and make sure to use paper towels to pat the fish dry before coating it with the flour
Step 5: Make sure to dust the excess flour off (this is why I use the ziploc method because it shakes the excess off)
Step 6: Dunk the fish in the batter but be gentle so that the batter sticks to the fish
Step 7: Fry until golden brown (or for crispier pieces cook until just before it gets golden brown and move to Step 8).


(Step 8: Take the pieces out of the oil and let it rest on a rack or paper towels for a few minutes. Re-fry the pieces for a crunchier texture)

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I let it fry until this stage, where it is still a bit white and I take it out of the heat to let it sit before frying again.

CAUTION
Water can come out of the fish, especially if the fish pieces were cold or not thawed properly, and can burn you when you place it back in the hot oil.

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Tartar sauce is always best with it! But the Korean way to eat fried fish is with a bit of soy sauce and vinegar mixed together.


Slurp 🍜

The best time to visit Slurp is on a cold, rainy day. It is a small restaurant with a few tables. There was a line when we went. Probably because it was chilly outside and everyone wanted something warm!

After you’re done eating, you take your tray to the drop-off before leaving.

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The bun was very moist and the pork was so juicy!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Pork Bun ($3.50)
Steamed bao bun stuffed with Chashu pork belly, Cucumber, Spicy Sweet Sauce and Japanese mayo

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The chicken pieces were huge compared to the amount of rice. It was a bit salty for my taste

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Kara-Age Chicken Bowl ($9.98)
Japanese Fried Chicken • topped with Hawaiian BBQ sauce, Sriracha and Japanese mayo • Scallions 

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It was good! A tad bit salty but it did the trick in warming us up. You can add more toppings if you like!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Slurp Classic Tonkatsu ($11.45)
Full Bodied Tonkotsu Pork Soup • Ramen Noodles • Slow-Cooked Chashu Pork-Belly • Slurp Egg* • Scallions • Red Ginger

We visited Slurp a few years back. The prices above reflect the current prices listed on their website.

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https://www.slurpusa.com/


Fika (Coex) 🇸🇪☕

Fika is often translated as “a coffee and cake break”, which is kind of correct, but really it is much more than that.

Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.

Origin of the name The word fika actually derives from the 19th-century slang word for coffee: kaffi. Invert the word kaffi, and you get fika.

http://www.swedishfood.com/fika
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It was pretty empty for some reason on this day
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“Working” with friends over coffee
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베리&베리 팬케이크 (Berry&Berry Pancake)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It wasn’t too sweet! Pairs nicely with coffee.
너무 달지도 않고 커피랑 같이 먹으면 딱이에요!

Taken from the menu on the main website
Translation: It is a Swedish pancake topped with whipped cream and berries on top of a light and moist pancake.

https://www.fika.kr/store




Rosehill 로즈힐

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현대백화점 무역센터점 10층 식당가에 있어요.
우리는 한우 샤브샤브 (1인분 ₩34,000) 먹었어요.
2시즘에 갔는데 이미 점심 먹으러 온 사람들은 다 빠져나가서 조용했어요.

Rosehill is located on the 10th floor of Hyundai Department Store (COEX)
We had the Korean Beef Shabu, which runs around $34 per person.
We went around 2PM, which was great because everyone who came for lunch already left. The restaurant was pretty quiet.
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영업 : 매일 10:00 ~ 20:00
Hours: Everyday 10:00~20:00

Siksinhot Review

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 싱싱한 채소!
Fresh veggies

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색갈 너무….
The color of the beef is so…my mouth is watering
(✪‿✪)ノ

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고기 다 먹은 후 칼국수로 주문했어요~
After finishing the beef, we got the noodles.

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각각 원하는 만큼
You can put how much seasoning you want

전에 몇번 와 봤던 곳이에요. 심플해서 좋은거 같아요~
Overall, it’s a nice place with quality ingredients. We came many times before and the taste is always the same. It’s light for a satisfying lunch.


Dashing Diva 데싱디바

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한국은 역시 홈쇼핑이죠! 홈쇼핑에서 하길래 한번 사봤어요. 너무 간단하고 쉬웠어요. 미국에서 파는 재품이라고 들었는데 전 한번도 본 적이 없어요 ㅎㅎ 그리고 오히려 한국 디자인이 더 예쁜거 같아요.  편하고 쉽게 붙일 수 있어서 좋은데 머리카락이 끼어서 아파요 (ㄒoㄒ)

USA 미국 왭사이트 : https://dashingdiva.com/
Korea 한국 왭사이트 : http://dashingdiva.co.kr/m/

Korea is well-known for their home shopping channels. Buy loads of things in the comfort of your home. I saw this product being advertised and I had to purchase it! I was so easy to use. I heard this is sold in the States but I’ve never seen it. Even so, I think that the Korean version has a lot more designs.

Pro: Easy to use and lasts a bit
Con: Hair gets caught in between and it hurts (ㄒoㄒ)

 

🎄 크리스마스 Christmas 🎄

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🎁 선물 Present 🎁

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🐾 고양이 Kitty 🐾

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홈쇼핑으로 주문하니까 Caudalie도 보내줬어요 ♡^▽^♡
They also sent loads of samples from Caudalie. Gotta love home-shopping

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Magnolia Bakery (Coex)

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뉴욕에서 인가 많는 Magnolia Bakery!
코엑스 밖에 있어서 한번 들렸어요

The famous Magnolia Bakery~
We saw it outside of Coex so we stopped by

https://www.magnoliabakery.com/locations/korea-coex-mall/

Hyundai Dept Store, B1F & 1F, 517,
Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul,
Korea 06164
magnoliakor@gmail.com
Store Hours:
Mon-Fri 10:30 – 20:00 (Kiosk ~8:30)
Sat-Sun: 10:30 – 20:30 (Kiosk 21:00)
+82-2-3467-8969

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우리가 좀 늦게 가서 컵케이크가 많이 없었어요
We went near closing time so they didn’t have a lot of cupcakes

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바나나 푸딩 가지고 갔었어요
생각보다 맛은 그냥 그랬어요
뉴욕에 있는 Magnolia는 안 가봐서 비교는 못했어요~

We took the banana pudding
It was just okay. Not as great as we though it would be
We haven’t been the the Magnolia in New York so cannot compare 🙂


평양면옥

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평양! 북한식 냉면 먹었어요!
We got North Korean style Cold Noodles

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갈끔하고 조용했어요
It’s very clean inside. When we went, the restaurant was empty.

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음식점 곳곳에 메밀의 효과와 음식점의 역사를 볼 수 있어요

There were signs all around the store describing the benefits of buckwheat (which is what the noodles are made of), as well as, the history of the restaurant.

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음식점의 역사!
The history of the store

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드디어! 냉면이 나왔습니다
This is the cold noodles!

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맛은 우리가 흔히 먹는 냉면 보다 좀 싱겁다??라고 느꼈어요
근데 중독성있어요! 생각나는 그 맛!
It felt a bit plain compared to the cold noodles we were used to.
But it’s so addictive! You will definitely think about it after leaving

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반찬은 김치랑 무!
The only side dishes are kimchi and pickled radish

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대리주차있어요~ 천원 내면되요
They have valet parking. Just make sure to have 1,000won


🍗 Korean KFC 🍗

한국에도 서양 음식점이 많이 생겼어요.
오늘은 한국 KFC를 보여주고 싶었어요

Korea has seen a boom in Western fast food restaurants. I think you can see McDonalds almost everywhere. Today, I wanted to show you how KFC looks like in Korea.

https://www.kfckorea.com/

 

First, the menu. KFC is a lot pricier than the other chicken places in Korea. There are huge differences compared to the States. For starters, they don’t have mashed potatoes or mac and cheese. They have sides like coleslaw, corn salad, nuggets and fries(and cheese fries). Mind you, the coleslaw and corn salad is nothing like the States. It’s very sweet. For dessert, they have egg tarts and  maple pecan pies.

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This is what the front looks like. The menu is difficult to see because they constantly flip to the next screen. Places like McDonalds have machines where you place your order. IMG_3837

It’s really clean. But then again, majority of fast food chains in Korea are kept in pristine conditions.
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The best part?

They deliver.
Yup. Most fast food restaurants in Korea deliver. IMG_3849

They developed an app so you can place your order, pick up, and leave. It’s like Starbucks and how they have the pickup option.img_3847.jpg

Refillable fountain drinks. There were many places where this wasn’t so. You had to pay 500won or so for a refill. IMG_3845

This is right next to the fountain drinks. The machine in the middle is a wet tissue dispenser. It’s so convenient especially since chicken is finger food. The drawers on the right contain: plastic bag to carry one drink, plastic bag to carry two drinks, and drink lids.IMG_3843

Instead of plastic spoons, they give you paper spoons that you fold and use.IMG_3864

Like so!
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This is coleslaw
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I  usually love the biscuits at KFC in the States. But the biscuits here tasted a bit different. I usually love mixing butter and honey together. But KFC here only have these strawberry jam packets. They’re so convenient to use.IMG_3863

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Korea is big on recycling so you can see that there are different compartments for different things. They usually have a compartment for leftover drinks, cups, lids, and so on.
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