Gun Bae to Korea with my new favorite drink Makgeolli!
I was recently lucky enough to spend almost a week in South Korea and let me tell you, if it's not on your list of places to visit it should be! The people, the culture, the food...all of it was amazing and I barely scratched the surface. I spent most of my time in Seoul but also made it down to the ancient Silla capital of Gyeongju and up to the Demilitarized Zone at the border of North Korea. You can see my foodie itinerary
here that I created before going but now I want to share a photo journey through some of my self-created favorite food adventures. I say "self-created" food adventures because I also took an amazing guided food tour while in Seoul which you can see here
. I also shared a video you can view here from the Noryangjin Fish Market
where you'll get to see us eat live baby octopus among other amazing treats fresh from the sea!
If this all tickles your appetite or curiosity about this amazing country then make sure to check out all of my South Korea photos here
. Happy visual feasting!
First up, a late night binge on Seoul street food just steps from my hotel! Clock-wise from the top left...squid chips, egg bread, me slurping on the bright red Tteokbokki, the stall selling Tteokbokki and Fish Cake Skewers (in a most delicious broth!) and a pork dumpling. If you've never had Tteokbokki this bright red one is the street food version that is super popular with locals...basically a super thick rice noodle chopped into bite-size pieces and slathered in a bright red spicy-sweet sauce. Super yummy...so much so I brought a bag home of the chip-like junk food version of it! One other must-try that's not pictured here (and is perfect for street food dessert!) are Hotteok...little fried, filled pancakes. The Honey Hotteok was my favorite. So yummy.
My first breakfast in Seoul...Haejangguk, better known as Hangover Stew. This is a rich, hearty stew made of beef broth, cabbage, bean sprouts, tripe and chunks of congealed ox blood. It's served with scallions, kkakduji (radish kimchi - one of my favorites) and rice. First, let me say, I was definitely the only non-local at one of the more well-known spots, Cheongjinok
(19, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul) that I had to really go out of my way to find and
most locals I asked about this or told I tried this almost fell off their chairs. This is legit...so much so that they are not expecting some petite American girl to be interested in it, apparently! It seems, even that most of the