[eat] Chinese lamb skewers at Megak @ Anam, Seoul

I am seriously committed to my new ritual of making a trek to Anam–where Korea University is located–to explore the food scene. That is why yesterday, the 3 of us–2 always-hungry-girls (who also went out with me for Korean BBQ last week) and I–treated ourselves to some yummy lamb skewers at Anam’s local Chinese restaurant MEGAK (미각/味覺)

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[eat] Uzbekistani & Kazakhstan food @ Dongdaemun, Seoul

I have been updating my blog with reviews about good restaurants so far, but truth is, on my daunting food adventure, I have had fair share of mediocre, and sometimes bad food. To be honest, I am not quite sure if I should write about such experiences, but I am sure that it is very frustrating when you are all happy and ready for some great eats only to feel disappointed, annoyed, or even disgusted by them.
This post starts my series of “let’s bitch about bad restaurants”; the targets of grumbling are Fusion & Kazakhstan, both located at the “Little Russia” in Dongdaemun, Seoul.

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[travel] Day trip to Ansan (1): Uber awesome Uzbekistani fare @ Samarkand Kafe

Sometimes people ask me–the self-proclaimed food critic–where they can get real Vietnamese food in Korea, and my immediate answer is always “Ansan”. Sound strange? Yeah it’s not in Seoul. Ansan–a city in Gyeonggi-do–lies to the south of Seoul and is connected to the capital via Seoul subway line 4. It’d take at least 1.5 hour to get to Ansan from Seoul center. The ride, albeit convenient, is an arduous one: the further you are from Seoul, the shakier the train. Yet at the end of the journey, you are rewarded with the truly authentic Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Chinese, Uzbekistani, Indian, and Nepalese fare at amazing prices.

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[eat] Uzbek & Russian fare at My Friend & ALA-TOO @ Dongdaemun, Seoul

Yesterday, we followed a Soviet woman (actually she is our Uzbekistan but ethnically Korean friend) to Seoul’s ‘Little Russia’ (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park station) for some Uzbekistan fare. However, the girl couldn’t find the restaurant she had in mind so she dragged us to another restaurant she knows: My Friend & ALA-TOO. The place offers both Russian & Uzbekistan food at very reasonable prices. Like many Soviet restaurants there, the price never reflects the quality of the food. What we got was simply amazing.

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[eat] You can’t go wrong with Lamb at Simyang @ Hongdae, Seoul

My heart has a soft spot (or lots) for meat on a stick. I go wild when I see any meat on any stick. Even just looking at them makes me happy. And along comes Simyang 심양 — specialized in lamb. Lamb on a stick? Challenge accepted.
Simyang is quite a popular hangout at Hongdae and seems to gather much love from Korean food bloggers. As far as I know, there is another Simyang in Cheongdamdong but I usually visit the one in Hongdae. At Hongdae branch, you can get Original lamb skewers, Tender lamb, and Spicy lamb (10000 KRW for 10 skewers); Pay 2000 KRW extra and the normal lamb is upgraded to lamb rib meat. They also have lamb chops at 25000 KRW for 300gr. Other standard Korean fare are available (you know, the ramyeon, and kimchi jjigae), as well as Chinese specialty aka. Qingdao beer. It looks like the Cheongdamdong branch has more choices on lamb, however.

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