Food: My Top 10

Hello!

Here I am back in sunny Singapore for approximately 3 weeks now – wait, has it only been 3 weeks?! Gosh it feels like I’ve been home for a few months now. So far all’s good, except for this horrid Singapore weather… T.T Anyways, a couple of my friends have asked me for food recommendations in Seoul, and so I’ve decided to do a Top 10 post!

#10: Bossam

The one I always go to is called Mr.Bossam, and is located at Edae. Awesome stuff with free flow side dishes, rice and soup! The dish is also cheap – 6,000 krw 🙂

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#09: Jokbal

The idea of eating Jokbal or pig’s trotters used to disgust me, but I grew to love it after awhile. The shop I visited, called Ohyang Jokbal is really famous in Seoul & I’m pretty sure they’ll change your mind about them – for the better 🙂
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#08: Jjimdalk

Jjimdalk is one of the few dishes that remind me of home. It’s really like the braised chicken stew that my aunt makes, except that Jjimdalk is spicier and has the taste of gochujang. I love this dish for its tender chicken, together with thick tanghoon and potatoes. There are many shops selling Jjimdalk and more recently, I have tried Cheese Jjimdalk (which is basically cheese topped over the dish). The one at Yeolbong Jjimdalk gives you the option to add cheese!
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 #07: Ddeokbokki

When I say ddeokbokki, I don’t just mean the ones you eat along the streets in cups. The ddeokbokki dish that I like is similar to budaejjigae, with ramen, eggs, sausages, ham, meat and what not. There are 2 shops that I like – Red Sun Ddeokbokki and Meokswidonna Ddeokbokki. Red Sun is located in Myeongdong, and is spicier. On the other hand, Meokswidonna is more affordable, and the stew is sweeter.
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#06: Korean BBQ

Of course, how can I leave out BBQ? There are many different kinds of BBQ in Seoul, and even though I’ve tried many, my favourite is still the stone BBQ at Hongdae. This is a MUST try and I can safely say you will like this more than any random BBQ shops along the road. Must try! HSBBQ.014 HSBBQ.015

#05: Chicken + Beer (ChiMaek)

You have not been to Korea, if you have not tried their Fried Chicken (try it with beer and you will never forget the taste). I like both KyoChon Chicken and NeNe Chicken (the Snowing Chicken is da bomb!!!).

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#04: Ginseng Chicken

Slurrrps. Tosokchon Ginseng Chicken has been my go-to-restaurant every time I want to have ginseng chicken for my meal. While some may find other restaurants better, I like Tosokchon for its convenient location, fast service, and of course it’s ginseng chicken which never fails every time I try it 🙂
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#03: Hanguk Godeungojorim & Alchon Albab

Alright I cheated – I cannot decide which one I like more, and so I decided to just rank them my #3 both together.

Hanguk Godeungojorim is definitely one of the food I will have whenever I go back to Seoul, and I’m more than willing to travel down to Hanguk station just to have this!
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#02: Soy Sauce Marinated Crab

Ganjanggyejang!!! I cannot forget the taste of this dish the moment I tried it for the one and only time in Seoul. Sigh I wish I had the chance to have it another time, but I will definitely return for more!!! The shop owner is also really friendly and gave us drinks for free! It’s conveniently located at Ahyeon, just a few stops away from Cityhall station 🙂 Give this dish a try, especially if you’re a fan of crabs and sashimi! You won’t regret it 😀

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MY FAVOURITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For me, nothing beats the taste of gamjatang ❤ ❤ ❤ I absolutely love the taste of gamjatang, especially the hot soup that has been boiled to perfection for hours. The tender pork together with potatoes, mushrooms, vegetables and rice cake is the perfect combination when eaten with rice. Ohhh how I miss gamjatang already!!!!! Guys, this is a MUST MUST MUST try!!! My Korean friends have recommended me 2 chain restaurants, namely Chamimat Gamjatang and Onedang Gamjatang. The one I always go to is Chamimat Gamjatang at Hongdae! 😀CMMGJT.017Processed with VSCOcamTa-da! After looking through all my food photos I’ve finally come up with my Top 10! Pardon the double dishes at #3 because I simply couldn’t make up my mind. If you’re in Korea for a short trip, do check out the above places!!! Looking at all the food photos makes me hungry……..

I miss Korean food!!! Eat more on my behalf guys 🙂

Love, J ❤

Food: Soy Sauce Marinated Crab @ Ahyeon

간장게장 (Ganjanggejang), literally means soy sauce marinated crab. The meat is raw and fresh, and is similar to sashimi-style. A few days back, my friends and I went to a shop at Ahyeon to try 간장게장 for the first time! Guess what? 간장게장 is officially my #1 favourite food here in Korea!!! 😀 I’m an avid crab lover and sashimi, and having crabs in sashimi style was simply a wonderful experience! I love it so much, I’m making time to go down to the restaurant one more time before I fly back home. The restaurant is relatively easy to locate, and the prices are reasonable. On top of everything, the service we got from the restaurant owner is definitely A+! I think he was excited to have foreign patrons (lol) he even took a photo of us kekeke. We also got coke for free so yay to that!!

Directions:

Take to Ahyeon Station (Line 2), and exit the station via Exit 4.
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There were a few options on the menu, including the spicy version of the marinated crab. We chose this because the shop owner said it’s a larger portion (LOL). This costs 15,000 krw each 🙂Crab.010How to eat: Holding the crab head in one head, mix the crab fillings properly, ensuring that you get every bit that’s stuck in the corners (you don’t want to waste any). Upon mixing, add a scoop of rice and mix the rice together with the crab filling. Continue doing so for the remaining crab parts! You can choose to suck the meat out of the different parts, or use a chopstick to get the meat out and mix them together with rice.

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The crab fillings, sauce and rice goes superbly well! When I tried it for the first time, I was so amazed at the taste, because it was something I have never tried before. Ah how I wish they sell this dish in Singapore too. I’ve asked a few Korean friends about it and apparently they feel that this dish is well-loved by Koreans but still relatively unknown to foreigners! This is really a pity because it’s reaaaalllyyy goooood especially if you love crabs 😀

The next time you visit Seoul, do give this a try! Personally, I would say this is a MUST try, especially if it’s not available in your country.

Love, J ❤