Korea 2013

I love being in Korea – this was my second time there. When I say Korea, I actually just mean Seoul. Had a short break in September and managed to join my mommy and sister who were there earlier.

I haven’t really utilised my basic Korean language lesson since I took it a few years back. I also haven’t been able to remember the few Korean phrases I learnt from watching k-dramas. Somehow, I feel embarrassed trying to speak a language I’m not competent at.. but I have to start somewhere. If I don’t practice, I will surely lose it – yet if I do, I feel embarrassed. So much for being a language teacher – totally not practicing what I preach.

Street ice cream, new shades and a brownie

It has been useful knowing how to piece the characters together to form the sounds. I’m the only one in the family able to ‘read’ korean (menus)  and contributing the most to finding awesome food on our Seoul trips.

Yummy galbi in bibimbap (갈비 on 비빔밥) – closed
A ginseng chicken soup restaurant which had the simplest and yummiest fried chicken. Just that and salt.
30, Eulji-ro 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 을지로 30 (소공동)
Lemonade along the streets of Myeongdong
Some crazy spicy Bibim-naengmyeon (비빔냉면) at the corner of the street near our hotel, Ninetree Myeongdong
Kimchi jigae (김치찌개), hotpot?

The dish above had a huge slab of meat in the pot that cooks and reduces to a thick stew in front of us. The option to add instant noodles was just empowering. Also had galbi on the side, which ended up too much, even for us, who are huge-eaters.

Update (2015): This jigae place is closed 😦 So is the bibimnaengmyun place. Many shops change along those streets but not to worry, there were more finds during  my 2015 Seoul trip to Seoul.

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