[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] Authentic Russian cuisine at Gostiniy Dvor @ Dongdaemun, Seoul

I rarely venture to Dongdaemun area, if I do, it is for one reason only: for Soviet food. Outside Dongdaemun History & Culture Park station is what can be called “Little Russia”, where a number of Russian, Uzbek, Kazakstan etc. restaurants are located. The atmosphere itself is always unusually quiet and mysterious; it just doesn’t feel Korean at all.
The food scene, however, is vibrant. There lie some of the best eats I have ever had in Korea at a quite low price tag. Gostiniy Dvor–a Russian bistro–is the place I am especially fond of.

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