[Seoul: Sangsu/Hongdae] Gyeongju Sikdang 경주식당

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Seoul’s trendy restaurants are slowly taking over instagram, and one of them where many famous Korean instagrammers frequent is this one; Gyeongju Sikdang, which means Gyeongju restaurant. Gyeongju, being the Kyoto of Korea, or in other words, the ancient city, I was expecting the food here to be as traditional as possible, but it was actually very much improvised!

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[Seoul: Sinsa] Jangsarang

to balance things out between my Korean and Japanese posts, here’s a 5 month old outdated post on one of the best Jeongsik (Korean course meal) restaurants in Seoul, Jangsarang.

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salad and acorn jelly appetizer for starters! (and a lot of side dishes!) that kimchi acorn jelly appetizer was the bomb. I finished it all. hahahaha. salad’s just salad. Continue reading “[Seoul: Sinsa] Jangsarang”

[Seoul: Noksapyeong] Kkaolli pochana

I am pretty hipster myself and that is why I love the alleys of Noksapyeong because it makes me feel super very hipster. for those who is bored of eating Korean food every single day, there’s this place called Kkaolli Pochana where they serve Thai food in a very laid back Thai-looking environment.

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very Thai! I’ve actually wanted to try this place for a LONGGGG time but because the queue was always more than an hour long, I decided not to. but one day, I couldn’t stand it anymore and I queued up for it! but it only took me 30minutes! Continue reading “[Seoul: Noksapyeong] Kkaolli pochana”

[Seoul: Hongdae] my favourite cake shop! Peony!

OKAY. so there are a lot of nice places in Seoul but good cakes? well.. I’ve not had many good cakes in Seoul that doesn’t cost a bomb. I’m not saying that the cakes from Peony is very cheap but.. it’s average and yet it tastes sooooo heavenly! I love their cakes so much I queued for an hour to get their cake for my birthday last year. yes, their whole cakes requires queuing.

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SO! the bakery is named Peony. lovely name isn’t it? it moved from the old location to this new location still in Hongdae. near Hongik University! Continue reading “[Seoul: Hongdae] my favourite cake shop! Peony!”

[Seoul: Jongro] Samhaejib Oyster Bossam [종로] 삼해집 굴보쌈

I was devastated ever since Hongik Bossam closed down. I felt like there were no more good Bossam’s around. until I found Janggun Bossam at Myeongdong, which costs a bomb.

then I thought to myself.. okay, there is no more good AND affordable bossam anymore..

and my friend brought me to this bossam shop hidden at the alleys of Jongro, Samhaejib 삼해집.

홍익보쌈 닫아진 후 맛있는 보쌈집은 명동의 비싼 장군보쌈 밖에 없었더라구요.. 근데 친구 소개로 종로의 유명한 보쌈집, 삼해집을 알게 되었다!

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that red and yellow is the sign for this yummy place!

굉장히 작은 골목이긴한데 맛있는 집 많은 것 같았다. 신기한게 종로의 큰길에서 골목으로 들어가면 다른 세계로 들어가는 느낌이 있었다. Continue reading “[Seoul: Jongro] Samhaejib Oyster Bossam [종로] 삼해집 굴보쌈”

[Yangpyeong] Dreamy Camera 꿈꾸는 사진기, 양평

okay, to be honest, I had a hard time translating the name of this spectacular cafe in Yangpyeong, South Korea. it’s literally called the dreaming camera. but.. it can also mean dream camera too. like.. the camera that’s like a dream. and it actually is. and it is a place for you to share your dream.

there were actually nothing much nearby and it’s ridiculously difficult to go as it’s ridiculously far from Seoul. but for a ridiculous reason I find myself having the urge to go back there every season. because.. well look at it.

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this cafe has a surprisingly short history. it opened back in 2013 but from what I heard from the lady owner, they had planned for this from a long time ago. it was modeled after a twin lens Rolleiflex and it just look phenomenal from every angle. and there IS a reason to come here. similar to how this couple managed to build this dreamy camera, they try to spread their positive aura to motivate others achieve their dreams too! and the owner would LOVE to listen to your dreams! that’s actually what this cafe is for, to share your dreams. it ain’t just a normal cafe you go to and it is definitely not just a camera themed cafe.

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[Seoul: Samcheongdong] Masizzim’s Galbi ZZIM! (CLOSED, other outlets still available)

if you ask me what’s my favourite Korean food, I can’t name just one. but Galbi Jjim (or ZZIM according to masizzim hehe) got to be one of my favourite! (it means beef short ribs stew!) so there’s this new chain shop in town and they sell… well you’ve guessed it, one of my favourite Korean food, Galbijjim. and they only sell Galbijjim.

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there are quite a number of Masizzim chains. I’ve seen it in Daehak-ro, Hongdae and a few other random places in Seoul but it seems to me that the one at Samcheongdong looks the best. but however, the ones at Hongdae and Daehakro are much cheaper during lunch. the one at Hongdae seems like it’s going to be the same price the whole day. and it’s well.. still cheaper.

for this one, it costs 13,000won per portion. and god. it was soooooooo good. Continue reading “[Seoul: Samcheongdong] Masizzim’s Galbi ZZIM! (CLOSED, other outlets still available)”

[Seoul: Itaewon] Manimal Smokehouse

I came across a facebook post on this place and that one picture attracted me to turn on my detective mode and I searched all over the internet about this new place in town (probably more or less a month or two months old) called Manimal Smokehouse located at the joint of Itaewon and Noksapyeong. and.. I probably salivated all over my keyboard that night. I’m salivating even right now writing about it.

저번에 페복으로 매니멀스모크하우스 발견했는데 그 때부터 정말 오고싶었다. 이태원과 녹사평사이에 있음. 인터넷으로 사진만 봐도 침물리게 @_@. 그래서 시간 날 때 매니멀으로 출발!!!

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after 2 weeks, I finally made my visit to Manimal! I loved how they had Simpson looking down like that.

매니멀의 유모 ㅋㅋㅋ. Continue reading “[Seoul: Itaewon] Manimal Smokehouse”