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Food and Drinks in South Korea Part 1

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Silly me… How can I possibly finish my South Korea travel log without talking about the food! Admittedly, being someone who knows absolutely nothing about Korea, I mainly went for the food. Is that almost as bad as going just to shop, check out K-pop studios, and visit locations that appeared in K-dramas? ^^;

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Only in Korea can you get away with serving instant ramen ramyeon at a restaurant…

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First meal of the night. It’s gotta be yakiniku Korean BBQ! And Korean BBQ restaurants are a dime a three dozens there. We asked the hotel receptionist if he can recommend a good place and his response was “they’re all the same!”. I supposed he has a point. It’s all grill-it-yourself meat anyway. Tons of side dishes that we couldn’t finish and lots of meat for cheap. We got a filling meal under 30,000 won (3,000 yen = $30 USD) for the three of us! We didn’t know if there were any all-you-can-eat like there is in Japan though… nor did we know how to look for it since none of us understand Korean.

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Rice cake in some chili sauce. These are sold everywhere!

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Oden. Fish cake.

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Lots of tempura stuff.

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Blood noodle sausage thing I think… and liver :D. I love street vendor foods! Something about the uncleanliness, cheapness, taste and atmosphere that just charms me ^^

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Yea… we had KFC for breakfast one morning because nothing else was opened.

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A restaurant that has a display full of Gundam models? It must be good then!

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This was indeed one of the most awesome meal in South Korea. Kimchi jjigae, a stew loaded with tofu, green onions, rice cakes, fish cakes, slabs of pork, kimchi and… of course, ramyeon.

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I’ve noticed Korea is very big on waffles and cheesecakes. I see many little shops specializing in the two. That’s awesome!

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Banana milk is popular stuff here.

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Black soybean milk? Sure why not. Just trying something new. It was… interesting I guess ^^;.

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Taste just like any other energy drink.

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Soju with PSY. This guy’s face is everywhere.

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Korean fried chicken. Looks ordinary but actually taste somewhat different. It’s spicy (as in, different blends of herbs in the batter) and spicy (hot).

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More fried chicken! And… fried cheese balls?

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BBQ chicken! One thing that we kept running into half the time was that the stuff we ordered on the menu by photo was quite different than the actual dish when it comes out. Take this dish for example… on the photo in the menu, it clearly looked like a “dry roasted” BBQ chicken but it came out all drenched in sauce!

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This one was also different than the photo. It showed “block cut” beef like a steak but this is… stripes? Not sure if the restaurants are taking advantage of us being tourists and can’t speak the language of if it is a common occurrence there. It didn’t bug me either way since the food was all yummy.

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Some cream cheese and sweet potato croissant cube things…

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Gorilla vanilla shake.

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More BBQ!

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After tasting this, I am now more determined than ever to go to Singapore. What is this awesome thing they call kaya toast?! It was absolutely delicious! The particular one I had was a grilled cheese sandwich with the kaya spread inside… sweet, cheesy, and just flavorful… Consider me hooked! I need to find this in Japan!

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Hazelnut (insert fancy coffee name here). Goes quite well with the kaya toast ^^.

I was hoping to dump all the food photos here but didn’t realize I still have quite some ways more to go. Do any of you like Korean food?

4 thoughts on “Food and Drinks in South Korea Part 1

  1. these photos are making me sooo nostalgic ( i used to live in korea)–thanks for sharing!

  2. hahah i see you’ve discovered kaya toast z! come on down to singapore and have a taste, you won’t regret it hahah ^^

    • I intend to!… Sometime in the future. ^^; Along with Hainan Chicken rice and Laksa…

      Okay, I’m hungry now…

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