Exploring Seoul…I mean, What I ATE in Seoul!

Seoul is the biggest and most diverse city in Korea…all the newest and trendiest restaurants usually start in Seoul and if they do good then they will probably expand and franchise to the rest of the country. That being said, I took advantage of my time in Seoul to explore some good eats!

Friday Night…

Got off the train to Seoul and ran to catch the last subway leaving after midnight to our buddy’s apartment in Gangnam. What do you eat in Korea around 1 am? Chi-mek…aka chicken and mekju (beer). This particular ch-mek joint had a fondness for powders and you can get everything from curry powder to strawberry powder sprinkled over your fried chicken and wedge fries. We chose the cheese option and it was ok.

Chicken!! When its not covered in flavor powder Korean fried chicken is the best chicken on the EARTH!!

Chicken!! When its not covered in flavor powder Korean fried chicken is the best chicken on the EARTH!!

And the second half of chi-mek...the mekju (draft beer)

And the second half of chi-mek…the mekju (draft beer)

Saturday Lunch…

Saturday we slept in and when we woke up we treated ourselves to Mexican food!! I haven’t had a sit down Mexican meal for about 4 months, and the last one wasn’t really authentic so it was nice to have our friend take us to a pretty legit Mexican restaurant not too far from his apartment. I have to say it was pretty good, I ordered the carnitas enchiladas and they were very good. Josh and the rest of the crew ordered burritos and everyone was happy. My stomach has definitely shrunken since arriving in Korea…back home three enchiladas, rice and beans and a hefty serving of chips and salsa was a pretty regular occurrence, but this time I had a hard time finishing my plate.

Tomatillo...Korea's take on Mexican food, kind of a cross between Chipotle and Baja Fresh

Tomatillo…Korea’s take on Mexican food, kind of a cross between Chipotle and Baja Fresh

My plate....3 carnitas enchiladas, rice and beans

My plate….3 carnitas enchiladas, rice and beans

One happy customer!

One happy customer!

The burritos were good too!!

The burritos were good too!!

Saturday Snack…

Walking around Korea can be pretty draining…so Josh and I definitely love to take breaks at random cafes to just rest the feet and do some people watching. We stumbled upon this dessert cafe that was really inventive…we ordered the “Thunder Bomb” which was frozen yogurt topped with thunder (Pop Rocks) and topped with a grey cloud (grey cotton candy) and a lightning bolt (white chocolate decorated lightning bolt). Such a genius design and super fun to eat!

The dessert selection at

The dessert selection at Remicone…it’s like an evil scientist had a midlife crisis and decided to open a dessert cafe

How cool is this dessert?!?!?!? AND it comes with Pop Rocks??? Yeah, best dessert ever.

How cool is this dessert?!?!?!? AND it comes with Pop Rocks??? Yeah, best dessert ever.

Enjoying the Thunder cloud

Enjoying the Thunder Bomb

Saturday Dinner…

For dinner we settled on some random Italian restaurant our friend found courtesy of Naver (Koreans use Naver not Google) which ended up being the best Italian food we’ve had in Korea! I ordered the cream pasta with bacon and Josh ordered some alfredo pasta that came in a bread bowl and they were both quite scrumptious.

Le Bois...notice the large chesspieces sitting on light shelves...really cool

Le Bois…notice the large chesspieces sitting on light shelves…really cool

More on that Alice in Wonderland theme

More on that Alice in Wonderland theme

Oh yeah, and the food is pretty great too

Oh yeah, and the food is pretty great too

Sunday Brunch…

Caffe Themselves was our choice for brunch…the brunch was ok and the atmosphere was pretty cool, kind of hipster but the food was decent so no complaints from me! We ordered a gorgonzola panini and American style breakfast to share between three people. I really love in Korea how most brunch plates come with a balsamic salad…makes me feel like I’m being healthy.

Caffe Themselves...see it wasn't a typo when I wrote it above :)

Caffe Themselves…see it wasn’t a typo when I wrote it above 🙂

The brunch options

The brunch options

Where you order the food at

Where you order the food at

First floor is strictly for ordering...floors 2 and 3 are for dining

First floor is strictly for ordering…floors 2 and 3 are for dining

Found a nice place to sit and wait for our food!

Found a nice place to sit and wait for our food!

Brunch 1: Gorgonzola Panini on weird colored bread

Brunch 1: Gorgonzola Panini on weird colored bread

Brunch 2:

Brunch 2: American Style Breakfast

Sunday Dinner…

Our last meal in Seoul was ironically enough the only Korean food we ate. We settled on a dukkbokki restaurant. Most of the time dukkbokki in Korea can be bought off of street vendors and is crazy cheap and filling. The restaurant we found served the dukkbokki in large pans that reminded me of deep dish pizza pans over a stove. First, you pick the type of dukkbokki you would like: cheese, veggie, meat, seafood (we chose the cheese duh) and then you can add whatever you want, we added ramen, mandu (dumplings), and kimmiri (glass noodles wrapped in seaweed and deepfried…just trust me that this is really good). Most of the time eating Korean food in Korea is pretty cheap so this was a fun and inexpensive meal, three people fed for under $15.

We are dukkbokki monsters....

We are dukkbokki monsters….

Close up of the dukkbokki, looks kind of like a pizza if you ask me

Close up of the dukkbokki, looks kind of like a pizza if you ask me

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