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Korean Cuisine

Thursday 6th Sept was a very wet day in Seoul – it poured it down nearly all day although remained hot and humid. This further scuppered my plans of sightseeing but did give me an excuse to get a bit more familiar with the local cuisine!


I was lucky enough to meet up with a couple of friends who introduced me to some interesting dishes:

  • Extremely spicy chicken with dry noodles – we visited a small restaurant which only served this dish. It was delicious but not for the faint of heart. Better be ready with a large jug of water to extinguish the flames!
  • Green tea latte – interesting fusion and not unpleasant (also available in iced form).
  • Tok (rick cakes) – kind of squashy/rubbery substance with no taste so ate dipped in sugar.
  • Belgium waffles (definitely not Korean!) – somehow managed to eat between lunch and dinner!
  • Buchimgae (picture above) – made with various chopped vegetables fused together in a soft pancake. I’d really like to learn how to cook this one, apparently its popular for a rainy day.

The latter of the evening was spent in Insa-dong, an area of art shops and restaurants, which I had visited on my previous visit. By late evening it had stopped raining so on a rather heavy stomach I made my way back to the guest house in Myeong-dong and prepared for my rather epic day to follow…

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Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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  1. Seonhye Lee says:

    what you had is probably Garae-Tok. long stick shape and no taste. i like it with honey instead of sugar. we have many different kind of Tok here. you should try them all. 😀

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