The K-wave has been the rage for the past 10 years or so. K-drama, K-pop, K-beauty, K-fashion, K-food. I’ve never been a fan of K-anything except for the looks of Song Hye Kyo or the sexy voice of Rain Bi (the only Korean stars I can name before Asna introduced me to BTS — are they still relevant?). Hence my Seoul plan was being a tourist, not going to drama locations or shopping for clothes or beauty masks or trying street food. But my my my what a surprise it was to experience actual K-food in Seoul.
Here’s a list of things I tried and loved:
Tteokbokki, from my limited observation, is chewy rice cake cooked with other condiments in spicy sauce.
Happened to pass by long street with lots of shops and restaurants and saw seafood so we decided to try it. Each table has a gas cooker installed on top of it. We ordered seafood tteokbokki with noodles and received a big bowl of noodles, clams, squids, cabbages and tteokbokki with spicy sauce and it was cooked/boiled in front of us.
It was so so so good that on another day, we traveled from another end to the city and walked under heavy rain just to have it again. It was unfortunately closed so we had to walk further to find a similar restaurant lol. In hindsight, there were probably a lot of tteokbokki restaurants everywhere we go but since we didn’t come prepared when it comes to food, we didn’t know.
Went here because not everyone can sustain on only seafood Not usually a fan of BBQ (I’ve tried Korean BBQ back home but it was meh) but man, was this place good! Lamb was succulent, with plenty of side dishes to complement it. Like in the previous case, we also walked from another part of town here under scorching hot sun to have it again before departing Seoul. Worth the hype.
Check out Yang Good.
Teppan Fried Rice
Like tteokbokki, teppan fried rice can be found at many places — think we went to at least 3 different restaurants in our last visit. Like tteokbokki too, each table had a gas cooker installed. We ordered seafood teppan and received a big bowl of chili paste, rice and ingredients and was shown how to gaul everything until it became teppan fried rice.
I never thought nasi goreng with chili, rice cake and seafood can taste this good, although the degree of the deliciousness varies from one restaurant to another.
I ate a lot more stuff but these are the things that have left an impression although they’re so simple lol. It’s the reason I warmed up to Korean food 🙂