[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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