Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Oct: South Korea: Seoulful Taste

Ewha University Food Hall
Preference: 9 out of 10
Location: Ewha Campus Complex (B4), 11-1, Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Food: Pork cutlet
Value: 6000krw (240php, 2014)
Atmosphere: Since inside the university, it's a cozy place for studying while eating. Food is very affordable.

Haha's Restaurant (401 Loco Quan)

Preference: 7 out of 10
Food: Jeju pork belly
Value: Expensive - 31000krw (1240php, 2014)
Atmosphere: Mostly offer galbi (variety of grilled dishes in Korean cuisine). Has a raggae theme, influenced by the Haha's favorite singer Bob Marley.  Menu are mostly on pork side, hoping they could add more like beef/chicken/seafood as choices for the grilling.

Pal Ja Mak Chang (paljamakchang restaurant) - BBQ Joint in Korea 팔자막창

395-17 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울시 마포구 서교동 395-17)

As a fan of Running Man, this restaurant is must-visit for me.  The one in Hongdae is managed by Haha, while the one in Gangnam belongs to Leesang Gary. [Read]

Coffee Gum

Preference: 8 out of 10
Food: Ricotta cheese Salad, Kiwi juice cold
Value: 11500krw (460php, 2014)
Atmosphere: light food at cozy restaurant
Location: Sinchon

Korean Dessert Cafe

Preference: 8 out of 10
Location: (near Ewha University)
Food: Injeolmi Toast, Hot Plum Ade
Value: 10000krw (400php, 2014)

Great selection of desert and patries. Overflowing ice and sweet powder on every order you'll have.

Natural Food & House

Location: Sinchon
Preference: 8 out of 10
Value: 17000krw (680php, 2014) 
Atmosphere: Youngsters since near University area

The Kona Coffee & Kona Beans

Preference: 8 out of 10
Location: near Yeoksam-dong
Food: Blueberry Bagel, Vanilla Coffee
Value: 14000krw (560php, 2014)
Atmosphere: Since 2011 - Experience world's premium coffee with vitamina.

Ace Pizza Club

Preference: 9 out of 10
Location: 545-3, Seoul, Korea 135-889 (에이스피자  -  강남구 신사동)
Food: Build your own pizza 15000krw, Onion Rings 8000, Lemonade 5000
Value: Reasonable at given the location near Gangnam area - 28000krw with tax (1120php, 2014)
Open: Mon - Sat: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm    Sun: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Part of the itinerary just because ballad singer Sung Si Kyung used to be invited in the Topping Event by the restaurant.  The place is managed by Korean American R&B singer Kim Jo Han ("He is the husband of my father’s older sister’s husband’s niece", explained by Si Kyung in his guesting in Ho Dong and Seunggi's SBS Strong Heart)

Other artists who have been in the place are 2PM's Nichkhun, Ok Taecyeon and GG's Tiffany.

While taking a photo of our drinks, I have seen on the other table outstanding lady, which seemed to be familiar.  This is just a doubt if it is Han Chae-young of Only You (2005) and Pretty Man (2013). I have asked some of my friends who's been addicted in KDrama's but they are not sure either. So just a possibility only and no truthfulness on the identity of the person on the background.

Chicken Bus

Preference: 8 out of 10
Location: Sinchon
Food: Chicken with Cheese, Seafood Ramen
Value: 21500krw (860php, 2014)

Cafe Del Tren

Preference: 7 out of 10
Location: Hongdae Station
Food: Egg Sandwich, Caffe Mocha
Value: 8000krw (320php, 2014)
Atmosphere: Coffee and Breakfast

With My Recipe

Preference: 8 out of 10
Location: Kintex
Food: Tuboki, Ramyun with Fish Cake and Green Onion
Value: 8500krwn (340php, 2014)

Global Kitchen

Preference: 7 out of 10
Location: Incheon Airport Transit Hotel

Summary of 4 days itinerary in 2014 Autumn Seoul Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal
Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal
Day 2
Ewha Food Court/Canteen
Haha's Restaurant
Dunkin Donuts
24 Guesthouse Sinchon Style
Day 3
Yeoksam Catholic Church
Garosu-gil Road, Gangnam
Rubber Ducky at Jamsil
DDP - Dongdaemun Design Plaza
The Kona Coffee & Kona Beans
Ace Pizza Club
Chicken Bus
24 Guesthouse Sinchon Style
Day 4
Café del Tren
Kintex: With My Recipe
Korean Dessert Café
Global Kitchen @ Incheon
24 Guesthouse Sinchon Style