[Hyehwa] Ojju Mini Octopus Fondue 오쭈 쭈꾸미 퐁듀

May 21st, 2015

I had been procrastinating on blogging about this awesome place for a bit now. and since the line is not as bad as before now it’ll be the best to visit this place! it’s a famous “matjib” (means yummy restaurant) in Hyehwa/Daehakro and they have a branch in Sinchon which I heard isn’t as good as this one here. they also have one opened up in Gangnam too! with super long lines as well. haha.

신촌과 강남도 있는 맛집 오쭈 쭈꾸미이다! 저녁시간이면 줄 써야하는 맛집이고 혜화역근처에 있는 소나무길에 있다.

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located along the Sonamu-gil (Hyehwa exit 3 take a u-turn upon exit and turn left on the 2nd junction), this restaurant had always been filled with people during dinner time.

요즘 줄이 줄여서 이 맛집 방문하기 좋은 때이다. 제가 작년 가을에 갔을 때 45분 기다렸다 ㅠ. 이근처에 살아서 예전에 지나갈 때마다 줄 써있지만 요즘은 줄이 별로 없는 것 같다.

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the spicy small octopus dish costs 10,000won per portion and they have other stuff like small octopus with samgyupsal etc.

여기의 매콤한 쭈꾸미는 일인분 10,000원이고 다른 메뉴도 있었다. 여기에 나온 반찬은 샐러드이고 올리브 올려서 보통것보단 조금 더 있어보인다 ^^.

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and finally! our Jjuggumi arrived! jjuggumi is what you call these small and yummy octopuses.

짜짠! 맛있어보이죠?

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here’s my best friend, Wai Kit looking quite silly in that apron hahaha.

서울의 베프, 와이킷이다! 나이 많이 보일 수도 있지만 나랑 거의 같은 나이임. ㅋㅋㅋ.

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forget about Cheese Ribs because.. cheese ribs are basically rip offs and it doesn’t even taste that good. you can order a pot of Cheese Fondue for I think around 5,000won? and man that cheese was definitely real.

음식과 사진 찍는것은 필수.

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I don’t particularly like octopuses but the ones here are just super addictive. you get what I mean. I have to warn you that this dish IS pretty spicy and if you can’t think hot things, you may choose to skip it. but Koreans love their food spicy. =D.

익혔다!!! 사실은 여기의 쭈꾸미는 매콤하는것 보단 정말 맵습니다. ㅠ. 말레이시아 사람으로써 정말 맵다고 생각한다. 매워도 중독성이 있고 퐁듀와 정말 잘 어울리다. 치즈 퐁듀에 찍어 먹으면 매운맛을 좀 더 가라앉힐 수 있어서 그런가.. 암튼 치즈랑 같이 먹으면 덜 매워욤 ^^.

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the super duper creamy and cheesy cheese fondue! <3. I loved this fondue in comparison to many other places which.. don’t add cream into their cheese I think? I don’t know but this was easy to dip and the cheese smell of it was just splendid.

짜짠!!! 한국에서 이상하고 가짠 치즈를 많이 먹어서 이 퐁듀를 시킬 때도 좀 의심스러웠지만 반면에 정말 맛있었다! 크림성 많아서 그런가 치즈향도 강하고 치즈등갈비 먹을 때 그런 찍기 어려운 치즈아니라 쉽게 찍을 수 있어서 편하게 먹을 수 있었다. (치즈등갈비는 치즈 없으면 더 맛있으며 등갈비 맛도 그저그래요 사실..)

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now look at that.

어머어머 이거봐요 <3. 맛있어 보이지 않아요?

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we also ordered a jug of cream makgeolli (4,000won) since I’ve never had any sort like this and it was really something fresh. I’ve never had anything like it and it isn’t the easy to make it yourself at home kind of drink so I thought it was pretty worth it! of course, it tastes absolutely delicious too!

they also had other kinds of special makgeolli like the Yuja Makgeolli and the Grapefruit Makgeolli

크림막걸리 (4천원)도 시켰는데 후회 없다!!! 딴데보다 특별하고 매우 맛있었다. 강추! 자몽/유자 다양한 막걸리맛도 있었다. 나중에 먹어야징~

directions: come out of Hyehwa Station exit 3, take a U-turn and walk straight. turn left on the second junction, walk straight into the road and you will see shops like snob on your right.. walk further in and you will see 오쭈 쭈꾸미 Ojju Jjuggumi on your left. there’s probably a queue there if you’re there for dinner. expect to wait for around 15-45minutes.

price: it costs around 10,000~15,000won or more per person depending on what you order =). our bill that night came up to a total of 29,000won. we could’ve totally drank much more makgeolli. but oh well, we’re student’s on budget!

장소: 제가 갔던 오쭈 쭈꾸미는 혜화동의 소나무길에 있다. 혜화역 3번 출구 나와서 U턴하고 왼 쪽의 2번째 거리으로 들어가면 될 겁니다~

가격: 마원에서 만5천원

My 23rd Birthday @ Prep, Buam-dong 프렙 부암동

May 16th, 2015

먼저 내 생일 디너 와준 친구들에게 와줘서 고맙고 초대 받고 못 오는 친구들은 담에 나한테 밥 쏜다!!! 일어나서 메세지 미치게 들어오는 것도 고맙고 페복에서 글 남긴 사람들에게도 고마워욤.

프렙은 원래 홍대에 있었던 페페로니입니다. 작은 가게였지만 음식은 제가 한국에서 외국음식 중에서 제일 맛있다고 생각하는 가게이고 여기의 음식은 대부분 와인과 잘 어울리게 만든 음식입니다. 프렙은 이제 부암동에 있습니다. 가격은.. 저같은 학생에겐 그렇게 착하진 않고요 대신 음식질도 보장할 수 있는 거죠. 가격에 따라 품질도 다르는것과 똑같은거죠~. 여기는 넘 맛있어서 돈 모아서 올 수 있는 정도입니다 ㅋㅋㅋ.

so exactly one week ago, I celebrated my 19th 23rd (ㅠㅠ) Birthday with a small group of close friends and I am really really glad everyone made time to come despite living far, busy schedules etc.

Prep used to be called Peperoni, a small and cozy restaurant located at the convenient Hongdae (or Hapjeong) but after it had moved to Buam-dong, it was pretty difficult to access but since I was a big fan of it since its early days, I decided to hold my birthday dinner here! it’s pretty pricey but the price we paid for that night was pretty decent.

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happy birthday to me! =D.

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this salad was amazing. I mean, it looks amazing right? that’s because it was. but for 20,000won I am not exactly sure if it’s worth it. everything was great but some of the vege tastes a little weird =S.

이 연어 샐러드는 사진 잘 나온것 뿐만 아니라 실제로도 맛있었다! 야채에 약간 이상한 남새 있었지만 딴 것은 짱 냔냠! 근데 가격은.. 2만원입니당 ㅠ.

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the mushroom salad was great as well but I think I prefer the salmon one in both presentation and taste. but this was good too!

버섯 좋아하시면 이 샐러드도 맛있었다. 저는 무적건 연어를 선호하다.

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this is called the Ugeoji Spaghettini and it’s famous since it’s earlier days in Peperoni for being the pasta only served in their restaurant. I personally loved it but some of my friends didn’t seem to like it very much. if you love Korean food and vege, I highly recommend this. it’s nothing heavy and really yummy. it’s priced at 15,000won

홍대에 은영했을 때부터 유명한 페페로니만 있었던 특별한 파스타! 우거지 스파게티니! 전 완전 맛나게 먹었는데 내 외국인 친구들은 별로 좋아하지 않았다. 흠.

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the custom made pasta! it was a platter for 3 and it costs 45,000won. it wasn’t as good as the other pasta’s but it’s decent. I guess this became so-so because the rest were just amazing. =S. they did not skimp on the seafood though. those prawns were so fresh they were literally dancing in my mouth!

좋아하는 것을 셰프님에게 말하고 우리의 적성맞게 만든 파스타! 3인분이래요. 여기 셰프님 젊고 잘생기고 굉장히 친절해서 또 보고싶었는데 제가 갔을 때 콘디션 별로 안 좋았나봐요 약간 행복하지 않은 느낌? ㅠ. 그런데 우리 테이블의 서버는 정말 귀엽고 서비스도 정말 잘하셨어요! <3.

이 파스타의 맛은.. 평범하다. 근데 싱싱한 해물을 많이 넣어서 좋았다. 45,000원이였다.

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yummy mushroom spaghettini with mushroom cream for the mushroom lovers! like myself hehe. this costs 20,000won.

포르치니 스파게티니도 넘넘 맛있었당 <3. 전 버섯을 좋아하니까 ㅋㅋㅋ. 20,000원이였다.

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the 4-type of cheese and salmon pizza was…… beyond words. the crust was so crisp and everything just seems to go together. I wouldn’t say it’s pizza-like but it’s more like wine food. the cheese part especially. I greedily ate two slices of the cheese one. I am a huge fan of Camembert cheese. and they were really generous on it and having a sip of wine after a bite of that cheese pizza was just… heavenly. the smoked salmon was very fresh too! absolutely loved this one. I forgot how much this costs but I am guessing it was around 27,000won.

이 피자는.. 완전 제 사랑이였다. <3. 반 4가지의 치즈고 반 훈제연어. 카망베르 지츠 가득해서 짱 사랑함. 피자 한입 와인 한 입. 더 완벽한 것이 없을 듯해요.

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look at that cheese! 냠냠.

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since Korea don’t sell duck meat very much so I decided to order this. but it came out to a total surprise as it was.. amazing. for such a small portion it costs a hefty 23,000won (I think. or was it 25,000won hmm.) but every bite of it was just phenomenal. it’s basically the best dish of all. it had cranberries, mashed potatoes and I think they have caramelized onions too. sorry the picture was taken at a pretty bad angle but….. if you ever make it to Prep, you HAVE to order this.

한국에서 오리고기 잘 없어서 시키는건데.. 전 메뉴의 가장 맛있던 것인 것 같다. 23,000원 쯤인 것 같다. 크랜베리도 있고 매쉬포테이토도 있고. 프렙 가면 이것을 꼭 시켜요!!! 정말 고급스럽고 맛도 독특했다. 100점에서 110점이다.

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the Buam hanwoo steak. I am a big fan of hanwoo and this did not disappoint me. it was good and after dividing it amongst 9 people, we only had one small chunk each. for 30,000won, I’d say go for it. I liked the duck better but this is great for the beef lovers.

부암 스테이크 (한우 채끝)은 정말 맛있었다. ㅠㅠ. 한우를 정말 좋아해서 시킨건데 역시 프랩은 맛있게 했다. 쇠고기를 좋아하신분에게 딱!!!

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so there’s three races of people in this picture. <3. my dear schoolmates from SKKU. junior, same year and senior.teehee. =D.

민죽성대! 후배, 동기와 선배랑 <3.

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AHHHH I was so full. despite not ordering a lot for 9 people, I guess most of us had just enough or like myself, I was very filled. it’s really a wonder how Koreans can fit so much into their stomach and not gain weight.

아아아아아 배부르다.

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I was actually going through lists of cakes to buy the day before and coincidentally my friend gave me a cake as my birthday gift! gotta thank Sangjun for this lovely ice cream cake! he couldn’t make it but he sent me a coupon via SMS and voila! it’s crazy how handphone shopping in Korea is like..

상준오빠 사준 케이크! 감사합니다 ^^. 잘 먹었습니다. 상준오빠 못 와서 정말 아쉽다 ㅠ. 그리고 한국의 발달된 스마트폰 쇼핑은 참으로 대단하다.

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^^

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FUUUUUUUUUUU.

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thank you Neoh, Shi Wei, Mandy, Leo, Jiahao, Sheryl, Hizuru and Hyojeong for making my 23rd birthday an exceptionally memorable one <3. I seldom get gifts in Korea but you girls all prepared me something ngawww <3. Neoh too. <3 <3.

네오, 시애, 맨디, 가우, 가호, 셰럴, 히즈루, 효정 와줘서 고마워 <3. 선물까지! 외국인들 대부분 선물 준비하지 않은데 올해 선물 많이 받아서 정말 고맙구 나두 나중에 이쁜 선물 준비해야 겠다!

the bill came to a total of almost 300,000won (we also ordered 2 bottles of wine which costs over 40,000won each) and we paid a fair amount of around 32,000won each. Prep had a 50,000won and a 65,000won course but sadly I don’t think I can afford that yet so I shall save more money and just.. go back for that duck and ugeoji pasta that I love =3. not to mention that pizza too!!! how I wish Prep would invite me there for a food review T_____T. oh well.. the best thing about Prep is that, they will not cook you anything on the menu if they don’t have the freshest ingredients. which is another reason why I love it so much.

9명에 30만원 쯤 나왔다. 와인 2버틀 열었고 각 4만원 넘었다. 프렙은 5만원과 6만5천원 코스도 있는데 학생인 저는 그것을 아직은 못 먹겠다. 와인 포함하면 각 6만원에서 8만원인데 어뜨케. 부자돼야함. 한국에서도 파워블러거였으면 리뷰 초대 받을 수 있을 텐데….. 힝. 암튼. 돈 저측해서 그 맛나는 오리와 치츠 피자 또 먹고싶다!! 우거지 파스타도! 프렙의 가장 좋은 점은 바로… 싱싱한 재료만 쓰는것이다. 프렙의 조개요리도 시켰는데 조개가 상태가 별로 안 좋아서 그것을 못 해준다고 했어요. 아 정말 싱싱하지 않으면 서빙 안 해서 에티켓이 좋군요. <3.

PS: this place doesn’t is pretty difficult to access and they do not have any English menu so coming here with a Korean friend will be recommended. it’s located at the second floor =).

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peperonino1

tel: 01095670629

location link 위치 링크

address 주소: 225-1, buam-dong, chongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-817
서울특별시 종로구 부암동 225-1
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[Sinsa-dong] Pro Soy Crab

May 8th, 2015

located only a stone throw away from Sinsa’s famous Garosu-gil, Pro Soy Crab is yet the best access to quality soy crab any time of the day as it is open for 24 hours. I hadn’t been into soy crab so much as I’ve only had low quality ones in shops that claim that they have “delicious” soy crabs. after a few bad experiences, I guess I’ll stick to Pro Soy Crab and my all time favourite Kuengiwa-jib. I heard that there’s this shop which specializes in Soy Crab in Gwangjang market except you can’t dine in and it’s only for take-away. there are also a few restaurants I’ve heard of but they always came out to be a little pricey and are normally situated at odd places (with nothing around it seriously) so…

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the entrance of Pro Soy Crab was pretty grand with their pro looking design and all. they have 3 restaurants across Korea one being in Haeundae Busan, another in Jamsil and one here in Sinsa. they also have restaurants in Japan (Tokyo and Osaka) and China (Shanghai and Beijing). but of course, the best has gotta be eaten here at where it all started right?

plus, a Korean friend brought me here the first time and he described the taste of the soy crab as “melting butter” I guess I can trust him for recommendations.

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I mean, the whole building belongs to them! I went there on a weekday and it was over 50% filled. when I went there during a weekend.. I had to wait for half an hour just to be seated. the service here isn’t very “pro” I’d say but the crabs are definitely decent.

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had been a fan of Beast since their early stages but I still only like Dongwoon and Dojoon. ahahah.

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the amount of celebrities whom had been here’s.. crazy. even BoA’s been here! there’s another wall filled with signatures. it’s mad.

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the set up was nothing fancy, plastic plates and metal cutlery.

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at Pro Soy Crab, a minimum of 2 crabs (they use blue crabs. sweeter I guess?) will be required. they have 2 sizes. and for me, I’d say one smaller crab is already enough for me to devour my whole bowl of rice. Soy crabs are not called the rice thief for no reason. their banchan (side dishes) on the other hand was nothing special. their Miyok-kuk though was fantastic.

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and here’s the amazing soy crab!!! these crabs, if you don’t already know are raw but fermented in a way so yummy you wouldn’t taste any fishiness. their roe was not quite comparable with Kuengiwajib but the taste was about as good! it costs 55,000won for 2 while it costs 50,000won for ONE at Kuengiwajib T_T. I’d definitely go for this one as I get similar happiness for almost half the price.

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with my Filipino American friend from Alaska, known as Miumiujagiya~ bubbly and down to earth! love this girl!

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let’s eat!

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while most of the meat of the crab’s easily eaten by just simply biting it and have the meat splurt out into your mouth, the best part of the crab to me was the “head” of it. or do you call it the shell. it’s so DIVINE. just mix some rice with the sauce already present on the shell and voila!

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I went back after 2 days because my HK friends were here ( all my friends came back to back T_T) and we ordered the same thing except more roe can be seen that day despite waiting for 30minutes. the food was the same except the service was a lot poorer since it was a busy day. but they hadn’t taken our orders but had served the Koreans behind us who came LATER than us >_>.

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I had a similar dish called the “gaeal bibimbap” at Kengiwajib and it was fabulous there but here…… I’d say it was a big disappointment because they had very little meat and roe in contrast to the amount of rice. the seaweed definitely overpowered the taste of everything too. although 10,000won cheaper than the other place, this bibimbap still costs a hefty 20,000won. for such quality, I’d say don’t get it.

the crab and rice is enough to make you happy. trust me.

they have quite a large range of menu but because everything’s pricier than normal.. I’d still only go for the crab T_T.

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I mean, look at these divine-looking crabs! and this is Gigi, the prettiest HK girl I know! =D.

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I can’t get enough of this really! MMMMMMMMM.

directions: get out of Sinsa Station Exit 4 walk straight and turn right on the 2nd alley.

price: 55,000won for 2 small crabs and I think it was around 80,000won for 2 bigger crabs. you can also get an extra crab for 29,000won. 20,000won for the bibimbap. they serve fermented abalone and sannakji as well.

Spring Photoshoot

May 1st, 2015

here’s some more pictures taken in Jinhae and.. some in Hyehwa.

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random old train track near Gyeonghwa Station.

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candid picture at Gyeonghwa station!

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when your best friend tries to ruin your picture.

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when BABARI GIRL strikes AGAIN.

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trying something out of my errr comfort zone? I’m not a jeans and shirt kind of person to be honest. =X. I’m a skirt and dress kind of girl hahaa.

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here’s the area I live in. I give you the permission to be jealous =P.

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kthxbai.

all pictures above by Neoh Ke Chean

#1 Tiramisu in Seoul?

April 25th, 2015

so last month for le DongSaeng’s birthday, we headed to Brera, a shop in Beotigogae (near Itaewon) owned by a humble Italian man and food here’s said to be as original as it gets. I’ve never been to Italy and most of the Italian food I’ve had were all tweaked to adjust to the local’s taste.

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despite studying in Korea, le dongsaeng seems to hang out mostly with foreigners. well that kind of happens to me too but I still have a handful of Korean friends!

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the menu was pretty simple and most of the main dishes were 14,900won. they had 1-3 choices for every category and they also had desserts which was not shown on the menu. Brera apparently moved to this new location not too long ago and even though the place was pretty quiet, (definitely not a place for you to stumble across nice Italian food) it was pretty crowded! that proves how popular it is as most customers gotta be regulars to visit the restaurant in a.. not so crowded with restaurant/entertainment place.

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they first served toasted bread as starters with two type of.. jam? the red one’s sweet and spicy. it was pretty weird but delicious at the same time and the other one’s olives.

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we decided to go with a bottle of red wine.

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Happy Birthday Dongsaeng! meet Yie Chern, the dongsaeng (little brother) that I favour the most in Seoul but he acts more like a big brother instead; listening to all my babbles and rants about everything and he’s just cool like that hahah.

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first up! rose creamy sauce and ham pasta! the portion wasn’t very big but the taste was no doubt superb. it seems like the pasta was handmade and it had a very homey feel to it. this place’s definitely not the posh type of Italian food with sky-high prices but instead it’s pretty affordable and it makes you feel like you’re in an Italian home.

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this was my absolute favourite. it’s called the slow cooked hanger steak pasta. the beef was so soft and tender and the taste… just thinking about it makes me salivate =3. they absolutely didn’t skimp on the beef but I wish there was a little bit more pasta T_T. I may look like a lady but I nom like a man!

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I forgot which pasta was but it wasn’t my favourite. mainly because.. I’m not a big fan of olives =X.

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traditional lasagna. NYAMMMM. this was purrrfect ^^.

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that lasagna with the lid on’s the chicken lasagna and it’s surprisingly super good too. most voted for that to be the best lasagna but I couldn’t choose between the two!

we also ordered the pizza but I wasn’t very fond of it since I found it to be a little too bland for my taste. my favourite (authentic too) pizza place is still Salvatore Cuomo. but it costs a bomb there (the one in Japan’s cheaper pfft. but I still love that place so very much.) so.. this place is better price wise!

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the degree of cleanliness shows how delicious it is! =3.

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time for… the apparent best tiramisu in Seoul! to be honest, Seoul barely has any nice tiramisu. I once went to this tiramisu specialization shop but oh goodness.. it was so bad I don’t even want to blog about it. the tiramisu from Holly’s Coffee’s not bad and the one in Brera? absolutely delicious. it could’ve been more yummy if the cheese taste was stronger but again, that’s probably just a personal preference.

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look at that delicious scoop of melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu! <3.

desserts in Brera were around 5,000won or was it all 5,000won…? well the tiramisu was 5,000won. pretty decently priced if you ask me. =D.

so if you’ve never had original Italian food before, Brera would be the best place to finally try it! =).

directions: get off Beotigogae Station exit 1 and take a u-turn then walk up the hill on the right and tada! Brera!

my best meal in Hokkaido: Genghis Khan!

April 24th, 2015

so when you go to Hokkaido, there’ll be a few things that the locals will tell you to eat. there’s of course the fresh and cheap(er) seafood, soup curry and…

Genghis Khan.

I kid you not. there’s this dish in Hokkaido literally called Genghis Khan. and it’s basically Lamb BBQ.

wait what? isn’t he that historic guy from Mongolia? that guy who’s the direct ancestor for 0.5% of males in the world? (apparently he had many wives and raped many too. and had thousands of kids) what’s that got to do with Hokkaido?

I asked people from Hokkaido but they don’t seem to know how the name came about so… I wikipedia-ed it:

“The dish is rumored to be so named because in prewar Japan, lamb was widely thought to be the meat of choice among Mongolian soldiers, and the dome-shaped skillet is meant to represent the soldiers’ helmets that they purportedly used to cook their food.” — from Wikipedia

ooooooooohhhhhhh.

anyways, there are plenty of Gengkhis Khan shops in Susukino and I think I was lucky to stumble across this reasonably priced yet popular shop. there was a line, so it must be good! I was at the redlight district of Susukino and… well.. I found this.

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the prices of 1 portion of meat is around 500-930yen. pretty reasonably priced no? hey it’s lamb meat! I think there were cheaper stuff but the cheapest one I ordered was the 500yen ones. they also have internal organs and all but I opted for all meat.

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what’s better than to have a chilled mug of Sapporo beer in Sapporo with Gengkhis Khan? my meal couldn’t have gotten any better to be honest. it was my most enjoyable meal throughout my whole trip in Hokkaido.

oh and that sauce is just amazing. it is a little salty but it goes with the meat so well I just had to dip a lot of it. the sauce tastes like the usual yakiniku sauce except that it had a hint of garlic and chilli flavour to it.

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because I am a huge fan of lamb meat (Korea’s lamb meat costs a bomb and they only have them on skewers), we ordered 4 portions for the 2 of us. where in the end I added 1 more portion just for myself to devour. yeap. I may not look like I can eat a lot but I had 3 portions of Genghis Khan. hahaha now that sounds wrong.

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the small restaurant I went to had 2 floors and they only had such limited space but yet their service was so good. they asked if we needed more vegetables and served us with patience despite the long queue of people waiting outside. I was lucky that I only waited for 15minutes since they had 2 spots and people in front of us were all groups of 3-4 people hahaha.

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waiting impatiently with a happy face for my meat to be cooked!

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TADA! LOOK AT THAT FRESH MEAT. have you ever ate mutton that MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH? it’s like the Kobe Beef for lamb meat. except this is much more affordable compared to Kobe Beef. I’ve never had lamb meat like this. this was one of the reasons why I want to return to Hokkaido so bad U_U. also, even if you come alone, there is a BBQ plate for every seat so no worries!

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satisfied customer. I mean, super duper uber ultra satisfied customer.

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so I dip it with that much of sauce and let it sit on my rice for a bit so the sauce will get to my rice and ohhhhhhh it’s serious yummy stuff. and Japanese rice’s so delicious. do you know that Japanese rice are so delicious they taste good by itself?

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if you need extra garlic or chilli flakes for your sauce, you can just ask for more! I added a lot of chilli flakes for mine =D.

if you love meat, you’ll have to go to Hokkaido because this will blow your mind away!