Christmas in Korea starts off the way Christmas everywhere usually starts, with opening up presents in your pajamas!
As luck would have it Santa was able to find our small tree and deliver presents without the assistance of a chimney this year.
Despite the cold weather conditions in Seoul it was a sunny Christmas, not a white one. I was pretty disappointed by this since I figured it was freezing temperatures so it might as well be snowing, but a friend informed us that out of the last 50 years Korean has only had 5 white Christmases.
After opening up gifts we ventured off to a German (Korean) cafe and had amazing bread for brunch.
Finally, for dinner we were really fancy and ate a Korean-French fusion restaurant in Gangnam called Better Than Beef. It was interesting, kind of overpriced for what we got but interesting. To start off with the restaurant is in the basement that you take these sunken stairs into. For such a nice restaurant there was some serious water damage to the floor as all the wood was warped. But the ambiance was nice and the decor was interesting. We drank our beer and soda out of large wine glasses like fancy people.
The food we ordered was a bit controversial. Eunji and I loved the food, Josh on the other hand….well he didn’t think it was better than beef. In total we ordered three plates of food. The first was a tofu gratan which consisted of tofu topped with meat sauce and cheese…the result was lasagna esque and I thought it was delicious but Josh couldn’t get over the texture. The second plate of food was my favorite, a kimchi potatoe puree. It was pureed potatoes seasoned with kimchi and then topped with sour cream and some micro greens. The end result tasted like spicy mashed potatoes. Finally, the last plate of food was pork…and for a place named Better Than Beef I have to say the pork was just ok. It was pretty chewy and was covered in a teriyaki like sauce.
Overall it was a fun experience to sit and eat in an interesting environment. Though I think it was a good choice for a Christmas Dinner I doubt we would go back.
We then topped off the night at a local bar name 11 Degrees where the owner brings in her cute dog. We ordered drinks and delicious french fries, cuddled the dog and the bartenders even gave us presents! Not a bad way to end Christmas!