I won’t pretend to be an expert food critic or anything, I just wanted to share some of the foods we’ve eaten during our couple of months in Seoul. Foods that I haven’t already shared with you in previous posts. Here they are, in no particular order. And don’t worry, there will be plenty more, I’m sure. 😉
They bring you a bowl of broth and your meat and veggies, and you boil everything together (various greens, soybean sprouts, mushrooms and fish cakes). We also ordered some kimchi dumplings and regular dumplings on the side.
Manjoo Hana (Korean):
Cream/custard-filled little doughy things. You find them in many subway stations — they smell delicious and taste best when fresh and warm.
Jjamppong and Jajangmyeon (Korean-Chinese):
Jjamppong is a spicy noodle soup with seafood (hello Mr. Octopus! – I ate one of the octopus legs! First time for everything.) and veggies.
Jajangmyeon is a noodle dish topped with a thick black bean paste sauce. I think it had some meat in it. It was surprisingly tasty.
Rice bowl topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet, onions and egg.
Naengmyeon and Korean BBQ (Korean):
Naengmyeon is a cold buckwheat noodles soup with beef broth, julienned cucumbers, slices of Korean pear, a boiled egg and slices of cold boiled beef. Again, served cold. The noodles are thin but packed, so you can use scissors to cut them.
Korean BBQ, of course, can consist of cuts of beef or pork cooked over a charcoal grill. Usually served with many small side dishes.
Japanese curry (Japanese):
Rice served with pork/chicken/minced cutlet and curry sauce (with meat). We ordered some croquettes as well (fried balls of potato).
Churros, fried dough with cinnamon and sugar, are very popular in Seoul, actually. Long lines for them. You can get them with or without fillings. I like mine original, no filling. Mmm mmm.
Dunkin’ Donuts (American):
The Dunkin’ Donuts here has a different menu, of course. From churros to almond pie donuts to donuts with Fruit Loops on them to glutinous rice sticks. We ordered an assortment. My hot cocoa came in a Kakao Talk character cup. 🙂
I love ice cream, if you haven’t noticed. Baskin-Robbins here is very different from back home. Much…nicer. They have beautiful desserts and a wide variety of very decorative cakes, as you can see. People come and order ice cream by the huge tubs! Larger than a gallon. No joke. I just ordered a sundae.
More Korean BBQ (Korean):
This place in Itaewon is so good. Notice the different kind of grill. At this place, you can refill your sides as many times as you want. This time, I tried eating my meat and sides wrapped in lettuce like many folks do.
Pizza Hut (American):
We finally tried the Pizza Hut here. We selected the “festival” option, if I remember correctly, which basically means you can have as many slices of eight different flavored pizzas as you want. They come around your table and serve you a slice of every type of pizza (whether you want it or not) as it’s ready out of the oven. This meant a bit of a wait for some….they have some unique toppings, so if you only like a few of the pizzas, it’s not ideal. But we still ate plenty. And they had a “salad” bar as well.
California Pizza Kitchen (American):
It was fine. Seemed pretty close to CPK back home. I ordered their classic BBQ chicken pizza. We also ordered some spring rolls, and as you can see…. we didn’t get many! We only got three small pieces. ?!?! On the plus side, they offer discounts for military personnel which was nice to see.