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: Chamimat Gamjatang

Gamjatang 감자탕, is Korea’s famous pork bone soup. 감자 (gamja) is actually potatos in korean, and so many of us were confused when we first tasted the dish because we expected to see tons of potatoes in the dish. Rather, this dish is served with boiling pork bone soup with a tinge of potato taste. I believe the potatoes are boiled together with the pork bone (and hence the name? I’m not very sure about that!). There are huge chunks of pork bone in the dish, together with some potatoes, vegetables, mushrooms and tanghoon. It goes best with rice, which can be additionally ordered at 1,000 krw (in general). 감자탕 is actually my #1 favourite dish here, because I love the tenderness of the meat, softness of the potatoes and thickness of the broth!

The shop that I usually go to is called 참이맛 감자탕 (Chamimat Gamjatang), and it is situated in Hongdae. In fact, the shop is approximately 200 metres away from Yeolbong Jjimdalk (as blogged previously), and so the first half of the directions will be the same as that of Yeolbong Jjimdalk’s.

Directions:

Take to Hongik University Station (Line 2) and exit via Exit 9. Once you come out of the exit, you will see this view:

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JD.002From Exit 9, walk straight along the road as shown in the above photo.
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CMMGJT.012A few shops after 7-11, you will see “Snow Spoon Frozen Yoghurt” right at the corner.CMMGJT.013Take a left turn at Snow Spoon Frozen Yoghurt Café.CMMGJT.014From the picture, you will see an arrow pointing at a yellow signboard. That’s where 참이맛 감자탕 is.CMMGJT.015 CMMGJT.016The restaurant is located at the 2nd level, so you will have to climb the stairs up.

CMMGJT.017My favourite – 감자탕

I shared this with 4 other people, and it costs a total of 27,000 krw for the medium one. Rice costs 1,000 krw each. In total, I paid approximately 8,000 krw for the entire meal (since it is shared among 4 people) – totally worth my money! Small eaters can go for the small portion, and it costs 21,000 krw. The large one costs 32,000 krw.

Many of my friends said that it tastes a lot like Singapore’s bak kut teh (and I think it’s true!), except that it’s a little spicier. The dish is one of my favourite ones here in Seoul, and I even had it twice when I visited Seoul last December. Do give it a try! 🙂

Love, J ❤