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Cathay and British

Wow exactly my style of menus. Thanks for that ;) Now I've started looking forward to the flight lol.

Jun 11, 2007
jo_k in General Topics

Din Tai Fung -- What has been your experience?

Din Tai Fung is a chain? Would you believe, I didn't know! The one I've been to is in Meongdong, Seoul Korea. I just love the place. Shrimp noodle soup and crab meat dimsims were just perfect.

Jun 09, 2007
jo_k in Chains

Cathay and British

I've booked a flight by Cathay and British Airlines.
What kind of menus have they got?
I hope I don't get airsick T-T

Jun 09, 2007
jo_k in General Topics

(Korea) Shinchon cocktail bars

If you want to experience the lively night culture it's either shinchon or hongdae.
Hongdae is well known for clubs and nights but if you prefer something rather tranquil or just a light clink with intimates, Shinchon is the pick.
Get off at Shinchon station through exit #2 toward Yonsei Uni. On the same street ZEN 1, ZEN 2, ZEN 3 is located. I liked these ZEN series the best.
Or if you pick the way toward Ihwa Uni, you can find 'Jazz nine' on the top floors of Krispy Kreme. It sure has good views.

Jun 09, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

(Korea) Han-river romance

Han river runs through the heart of Seoul. It's a romance of many to walk by the banks with one's lover. For the situation where you get hungry from all the walking, try Naembi-udon. Get off Ichon station, exit #4. Stroll through the apartments to the shops. 'Bo-cheon' is quite small, easy to miss.

Jun 09, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

(Korea) Sillim Soondae

Soondae, also a popular street food that goes real well with Teokbokki, tastes best here in Sillim-dong. Soondae is a kind of a sausage made of bean curd and green-bean sprouts stuffed in pig intestine. It may look a little unwelcoming to beginners but Soondae Bokkeum (Roasted soondae) sure is a delight for most Koreans. There are many kinds of soondae: white soondae, roasted soondae, seasoned soondae, soondae with chitterlings, soondae soup and ever more.

Get off at Sillim station and out through exit #3 or 4. A few steps forward and you will be able to find many alleys full of soondae places!! Choose one that's most crowded ;)

Jun 09, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

(Korea) Gangnam eatouts

Gangnam has to be the high-end place always in a bustle full of lovers and foreigners. As for being the center of a business district, it offers fairly high quality restaurants.
But to keep it light for the travellers here are some places that are pleasant and delicious.

Get off at Gangnam station, out through exit #6.
Walk straight up the street until you get to Giordano. You'll find a small entrance to 'Pepe viola'. It serves real nice Italian food as a buffet at lunch time and as a order-meal at dinner.
Walk further up until you find 'Keumgang shoes'. Across the alley on the second floor you can find 'Primo piatto'. It also is a bright, cozy Italian restaurant with real nice thin pizzas.

Not so much "Korean" but for those who may miss western food.

Jun 09, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

(Korea) Jongro bites

Well, you could have it in Jongro by ordering it without the oysters because the meat in the Gulbossam is the same big fat piece of pork OR find your way to JangChung-dong, the famous jokbal street. Get off at Dongdae-ipgu, exit #2 or 3!

Jun 09, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

(Korea) Insadong delights

Insadong of Korea is where tradition and modernism meets.
Most recommended to visitors from outside.
Get off at Ankook station exit #6 and you'll find yourself at one end of the Insadong street.
About half way down, there are chattery cheerful chefs in an open kitchen making Ggultarae which is a bundle of honey threads.
Taetmarujib offers best Bibimbabs (traditional dish, rice with assorted mixture of well being stuff).
It's just impossible to explain all the places. Just pop into one and you'll find yourself satisfied.

Jun 08, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

(Korea) Roasted shellfish

Everybody knows that Korea is a peninsula surrounded by sea on 3 sides, right?
Koreans surely have an appetite for seafood.

Other than fish, shellfish has to be next in line for typical common people.
Ulmido, an island on the west coast a little off from Incheon offers great roasted shellfish with places overlooking the ocean.
Take the incheon line subway to the last stop, Incheon station and change on to any bus departing from the station with Ulmido on its front windshield.

After a runaround in the tiny joy park, roasted shellfish tastes evermore better!

Jun 08, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

(Korea) Jongro bites

Soft yet hard. It's when you bite into a ssam of oyster and bossam.
Bossam is Korean word for a bundle. You wrap the oyster and sliced meat in a lettuce often with kimchi and ssamjang(sauce for these type of food) and eat it up in one bite.
It has to be my favorite Korean delight.

Jongro has the best Gul(oyster)Bossam places.
Jongro 3Ga station, exit # 15 into narrow endless streets and you will find the whole little town full of GulBossam diners.

Jun 07, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

(Korea) Teokbokki is best here!

Keokbokki, which is a broiled dish of sliced rice cake or sticks of rice cake with eggs, oden and seasoning, is a typical street food of Korea. But you will find that it tastes rather polar place to place. Shindangdong is most famous for it but I recommend H.O.T Teokbokki in Haehwa.

Get off at Haehwa station and out through exit #4 onto the road to Sungkyunkwan university. On the left, about half way up you will find a small cozy bunsikjib plastered with posters of legendary H.O.T., singers of 1990s.

One cannot forget the spicy yet tempting flavor of Teokbokki there.

Jun 07, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

SEOUL - Restaurant Name

Oh I haven't been around CHOW for quite a while. Sorry for a late reply. Hope you already got numerous suggestions for 'IF I CAME TO VISTIT'. I'll go over and check it out in a moment.

Jun 07, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

August in Munich!

Marc! Thanks so much!! Your list seems quite enough for the whole month! lol* I've printed it out and doing Google earth searches for the streets. Thanks alot!

Jun 07, 2007
jo_k in International Archive

my first sushi - etiquette question

yeah my bf does it all the time as well! He hates carrots. Chefs don't seem to mind you isolating your partial dislikes if you express great pleasure overall.

May 14, 2007
jo_k in Not About Food

August in Munich!

I'm a Seoulite Korean, planning a stay in M√ľnchen for a month in August.
I have no idea whatsoever about Germany but I sure am a great chowhound.

Recommendations about gourmets to check out? I would be thankful for a range at around or hopefully below 20 Euro per person.
And perhaps tourist sites that doesn't have to include eating?

There's something I've heard about not eating oysters during months that doesn't have 'r' in its name (Januar, Oktober has 'r's but August doesn't). Is it reliable info?

May 14, 2007
jo_k in International Archive

How do you eat your smoked salmon?

that sounds so yummy!! I've never thought of using it as a topping lol. I'll try it as soon as possible ;) I like something simple and easy-do.

May 14, 2007
jo_k in General Topics

Does Bottled Water Ever Go Bad?

So there's nuthing wrong w/ a bottle of water that's been in the fridge for since i donno? I've always been somewhat doubtful and thrown them out!

May 12, 2007
jo_k in Features

Restaurant date dilemma

That sure seems to be a dilemma. I suggest you take him to one of your own fav restaurants and tell him you've been craving to go there for weeks and want to share the gourmets with HIM. Lovely partner and fab food makes the date!

May 10, 2007
jo_k in Not About Food

How do you eat your smoked salmon?

I've had smoked salmon for lunch today with lemon and caper. Other suggestions?

May 10, 2007
jo_k in General Topics

KGB, where's it from?

My fav bottle of beer has to be KGB. It's written on the side of it that it's made in New Zealand. Is it really originated from NZ?
Lemon and grapefruit and the two flavors I've tasted so far! Are there any more?

May 10, 2007
jo_k in General Topics

What am I eating? A Korea Town Mystery...

Well, i'm not quite sure about the one standing there ^ ^; But hotteok surely is a winter treat. The brown sugar becomes quite unbareably "hot" on a scorching summer day.

Apr 21, 2007
jo_k in General Topics

SEOUL - Restaurant Name

Wow one can only dream of getting proposed at such beautiful place. You are visiting Korea? That's greaaaat! How long are you planning to stay for? Not only 'they' but most Koreans you will get acquainted with will be grateful for your effort with the language. So hang in!! If you have any trouble I'll be more than pleased to help you out ;)

Apr 18, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

(Korea) A resto or a museum?! ;)

The other day I was in search of a creamy, cheezy pasta with an old friend of mine in the Hongdae area. What I found was 'Tanto tanto', an Italian resto (trot down the road from Hongdae toward the broadcasting station and take the right turn at the three-forked way) resting on the left side of the road, a step back from the path. I thought this was the place and stepped in. The place was full of diners so my friend and I had to wait, wait and wait.
We might have been bored out of waiting if it were not for the roomful of antiques and jewelry that surely looked fit to be in a musuem. I thought the proprietor brilliant for thinking up this idea to help guests kill time.
We finally got seats and ordered Fusilli Ragu Rosi, Linguine Ragu Rosi each and dinner salad. The given bread tasted somewhat special as it was cooked firsthand by the chef. Food was great and most of all, from tiny pieces of earrings to a real size rocking horse, the place was full of eye-catching stuff.

Apr 17, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia

Drunken Affogato (Ice Cream Shots)

Yeah same here. I'll try it without the nuts lol. Sounds kinda like "Spider" where ice-cream goes with coke. Wonder what it tastes like with Kahlua?! ;)

Apr 16, 2007
jo_k in Recipes

Korean booze and drinking - recommendations and insight

Wow! That sure is quite an exact piece of observation! I may fit into 'the average 20something FEMALE Seoulite' you mentioned above. I'm a sophomore in college and just about every night my friends go on a binge that may seem just absurd and crazy to an outsider but "heartwarming" to an insider.

They call it "college culture" but I don't quite get the "culture" part as not all people are attached to it. I don't mind enjoying the drinking games as they are actually FUN games and I cannot say no to pleasant clinks with intimates but when those few who call themselves 'Ju-sin(god of booze)' take control of the tables it turns into a disaster with everybody filling their glasses till 'surface tension' and gulping them down without giving thought to 'why' they have come to the meeting place. The inevitable result from that is what we call 'corpses' scattered about Hofs and even on the streets.

I couln't agree more with Papa. Non-Koreans who are adventurous enough to follow the indigenous to drinking places should always be alert when 'Ju-sin' appears grinning with a bottle of soju in hand.

Apr 16, 2007
jo_k in Spirits

Brains, Intestines, Pizzle

Maybe the above are numbered in degree of delicacy in palate? Even though I do enjoy #1 and #2, I cannot even think to dare taste below #3! T-T How many actually can? I'm curious.

Apr 16, 2007
jo_k in Features

In which section should I place 'Korea'?

Greeeat! Thank you for that :)

Apr 16, 2007
jo_k in Site Talk

In which section should I place 'Korea'?

Well, I'm quite new in this place and btw I'm Korean. I seem to have a lot to post about Korea, Korean food, Korean restos and Korean tourist sites BUT cannot seem to find the right section of the board to put them. T-T Does it go in the 'Greater Asia' or 'South Asia' or 'International'?
I would be more than happy to see an individual section only for 'Korea' as I can see countries like japan and china have one.
Would it be too much of a work? :-D

Apr 15, 2007
jo_k in Site Talk

SEOUL - Restaurant Name

Oh, I got a foto of the place!

Apr 15, 2007
jo_k in China & Southeast Asia