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 ❤

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Food: Yeolbong Jjimdalk (Hongdae Branch)

Woohoo! I’m here to introduce one of my favourite dishes in Seoul: Jjimdalk 찜닭. Jjimdalk is basically braised chicken with various vegetables, potatos and tanghoon – korea style 🙂 Slurps. It’s really dishes, and is a dish that reminds me of home! I personally like 열봉찜닭, a shop that’s opened by the singer Se7en. 열봉찜닭 has many branches across Seoul, and the Hongdae branch is the most accessible for me.

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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Getting to 열봉찜닭 might be a little tricky if you do not know the way around, but that’s what I’m here for /beams/ follow the photo directions in this post and you should be able to get there rather quickly 🙂JD.002From Exit 9, walk straight along the road as shown in the above photo.
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We ordered the medium portion for 5 girls, which costs about 25,000 krw (the price went up from the time we went there previously). You can also order rice, which costs 1,000 krw per bowl. Overall, this dish is worth the money, and will definitely leave you feeling satisfied 🙂

Address: 364-23 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 11am – 11pm

Hongdae is filled with everything I like, and I simply have too many things to recommend! Other than 열봉찜닭, there’s another restaurant that sells my #1 favourite dish in Seoul. The directions are rather similar, but in order to prevent confusion I will leave that post to another day. Look forward to it 😀

Love, J.