Korea Trip 2010, Part 14: Seoul Food P0rn


This is a continuation of Part 13: Emergency Road Services + Samsung AnyCall MVs
To start from the beginning go to Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

So this really just a mashup of some of the food I ate in Korea...yum :}  Not much reading to do for a change ;)

This is a Japanese sushi restaurant on the top floor (6th I think) of Seoul Shinsaegae.   The whole 6th floor is a food court, if I recall correctly.

A little salad that seems to accompany most meals in Korea - Korean or non-Korean.
It's an amusing nod to Western salads but with a light vinaigrette and composed of mostly just iceberg lettuce, carrots, and other "mild" tasting veggies.

 Lunch special: Bento Box

We also ate at this place called Hana Restaurant, which specializes in dol-sot bap (rice cooked in a stone pot) dishes and tongkatsu (the Japanese fried pork cutlet).

It still amazes me how cheap food is in Korea. And no tipping is required either ^_^ To get an idea of the prices, just move the decimal three places (aka 5,000W = ~$5.00...actually less, more like $4.50).  So whole entrees are $5-7 :D

I adore stone-pot rice, it tastes so good compared to rice made in a rice cooker!  It tastes deeper and at the bottom and edges the rice is crackly (like a cracker) and after you eat all the rice, a waitress pours some water into the pot to lift off the slightly burnt/scorched rice making nu-rung-gi (누룽지)!  Asians eat scorched rice as a snack too - the Western equivalent is essentially a rice cracker.  Good stuff!  Scorched rice-flavored candy is really good btw - check it out next time you are in an Asian market ^_^

They also sell one-person (and bigger) sized stone pots at market places.  They are mad heavy but totally worth lugging home if you eat rice every day.  You can cook the rice in it on the stove just like a regular metal pot :)

Tong-kat-su (pork cutlets).  I'm not a huge fan of tonkatsu and this one was fried out of its mind (I like mine a little softer).  But the taste itself was pretty good :)

I forgot where I ate this but it was good stuff :) I love fat noodles, it's such a comfort food ^_^ I went to Busan after this for a few weeks and went around to a lot of museums/landmarks and took SO many pictures...I kind of dread picking through them ><

Continue to Part 15: Love Locks!


  1. omg! Everything looks SOOOO good. I wish I was in Korea right now! ^o^

  2. YUM!
    Korean food is one of my favorite non-chinese foods!!! :)

  3. oh wow mouth watering! that stone pot rice seemed super yummy! but my favorite is bbq short rib.

  4. Everything looks so tempting
    and the food is quite inexpensive too~

  5. I love stone pot-everything too! I love eating the 'burnt' crunchiness :D So good. everything is pretty affordable! I remember last time I went all the entrees were more than $10 and I was like @@ So pricy. Food is amazing in seoul though haha

  6. I love rice in stone pots and I agree w/you that they taste better, deeper richer flavor even. Mmm! Every time I go to a Korean restaurant, I wonder how they wash those things. I usually try to get every last bit out but i'm sure there's still rice residue on it. The food you pictured here looks amazing and totally tantalizing on a boring work day for me :p I'm so tempted to print out your pictures and stare at them and be torturously hungry. :p I know i'm totally creepy! haha

  7. okay, drool mania. i LOVE stone pot rice!!!! especially the parts on the edges that get really crispy and cruncy, hehe. and yes, food in Asia is amazingly cheap - i miss it but am excited to go back to the Philippines next month!

  8. drool drool drool !!! I want to go to korea as well ~_~..

  9. all the food looks amazing!


  10. Mmm- stone-cooked rice souds delectable. And dude-- Jamaicans eat the scalded rice, too! We call it 'bun-bun' (burn-burn). <33 My one aunt and I fight over it at family gatherings. Haha.

    Anyway, oh maaann. You made me really want to eat in Korea. ; 3 ; The prices (and cuisine, of course) are irresistible.)

  11. Such a yummylicious post. I had rice cooked in a stone pot recently and it took me a while to get use to eating the crusty rice. Can't wait for part 15.

  12. Wow.. lucky.. ^^ I've been wanting to travel to Korea for ages. I envy you :P

  13. I'm drooling over your food porn! We've been just given a stone bowl so we can make proper bibimbap!


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