[eat] Korean BBQ at 화통 (Hoatong) @ Anam, Seoul

Wow it’s been a really long time since I last wrote a food review. Even more so since I had a proper Korean BBQ meal. Feeling absolutely desperate for some nicely grilled marinated meat, last week I literally had to drag my friend to a BBQ restaurant that I’d been dying to try out for weeks.

화통 (Hoatong) is a newly opened BBQ restaurant in Anam that has quickly gained popularity due to their fantastic menu relatively different from that of other BBQ restaurants. Even if opening 화통 meant Alice’s Table (one of my favourite cafes in Anam which I almost did a write up but kept procrastinating) had to shut down, the sacrifice was worth it.

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[eat] The homilbat of Anam: Patbingsu at Del Mar Cafe @ Anam, Seoul

I figure this is going to be my very first and last post dedicated to patbingsu because a) summer is officially over and no one in their right mind would want to eat this dessert just to suffer from the cold b) I still strongly believe there’s no better patbingsu place other than Homilbat to write about and c) Del Mar cafe is an exception.

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[cafe] Pika coffee in Anam & 여우사이 in Sinchon, Seoul

As school is just around the corner all streets around university areas are burst with students and coffee shops, once empty during vacation, are filled with streams of people ordering drinks and looking for vacant seats. It also means autumn is coming. The humidity is a lot less horrendous and the heat is a little more merciful. The change in the weather though has succeeded in wrecking me and making me stay in bed during the entire weekend with bitter taste buds, relatively high-grade fever and absolute desolation.

Ok enough with ranting, let me get back to why I’m writing this post. With school and friends and the ridiculous amount of papers one needs to work on, a place to hang out/study during lunch time or between lectures is much needed. Among a number of coffee shops in Anam (Korea University campus) and Sinchon (Yonsei University campus), Pika and 여우사이 (yeo-oo-sa-ee) so far have been my most favorite ones.

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[eat] Shabu-shabu at 등촌 샤부 칼국수 @ Anam, Seoul

A review I have been procrastinating on >.> 2 days before I left for my trip to Japan, Han took me to her favorite shabu shabu restaurant in Seoul, 등촌 샤부 칼국수 (Deungchon Shabu Kalguksu). As the name indicates, the place specializes in shabu-shabu & kalguksu. As I confided some time before, I am not a fan of shabu-shabu, as this stuff tastes a bit too bland for my taste, but what I had at 등촌 샤부 칼국수 was quite solid and should definitely be a place to visit if you are in the mood for some affordable yet tasty shabu-shabu in Seoul.

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[eat] Indian food at Otsal @ Anam, Seoul

I’m no expert when it comes to Indian food but without a doubt this is by far my best experience with said cuisine. Among a bunch of Indian restaurants in Anam area, Otsal is my personal and also many people’s favorite. It’s only been a month and a half since I first went to Otsal but I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve eaten in this resto.

After hurriedly finishing off my work I immediately left for Otsal. By the time I arrived at the resto, my friends had already ordered one Butter chicken curry (9000 KRW) and a Honey naan (2500 KRW). Too much work makes Jack a dull boy. Being extremely exhausted from work made my brain clouded with hunger and irrational decisions which resulted in me ordering the most boring curry dish ever: Bean curry (8000 KRW). We also ordered one Chicken Biryani (9000 KRW).
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[misc] Goodbye Korea~~~~~

*Words by LaCrymaMosa; photos by Han K Ngo & LaCrymaMosa*

Greetings from Helsinki Airport -v- I am waiting for my second and last flight today to Amsterdam. Yep, I am going to spend 10 months in The Netherlands, starting from today ;A;

My last day in Korea was, uh, uneventful, I guess? Han accompanied me for the whole day so thanks a bunch bro. We went to 서울쌈냉면 for a bowl of icy noodles before heading to the nearby Cafe Labri to avoid the sun. As if lazying around for ~2 hours in a cafe was not enough, we went back to her room and debated for 4 hours as to where we could most meaningfully spend my last hours in Seoul.

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[cafe] The Chloris of Anam: Cafe Labri @ Anam, Seoul

I have found the Chloris of Anam. Chloris–a famous tea/coffee house chain which I have blogged about million times before–is my favorite place for tea in Seoul, but the price tag sometimes does make my heart cry. My substitute, Cafe Labri, located in Anam, though much smaller in size and without as extensive an menu as that at Chloris, has quite a similar vibe with comparable tea quality. The best thing about Labri is, of course, a lower price tag.

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