Yo I’m on a roll. 2 entries in 2 days. Either I am on drug or I don’t have a life, or both.
Anyway, yesterday, me & two amigas from Finland decided to meet up after weeks of not seeing each other. We skipped all the greetings/ hugging/ being emotional after eons of being apart and went straight to business: lunch, right now.
Being ever resourceful, I already came up with a place for us to try: 레타스 Shabu-Shabu (Let Us or Lettuce Shabu-Shabu) in Hongdae. I am not a fan of Shabu, the hardcore woman in me prefers the tongue-numbing piquancy of Sichuan hotpot, but upon learning that at Let Us one can eat ALL one wants in 90 minutes… well, quite a no brainer that it is da place to go.
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.
I love the idea of hotpot: a big pot of boiling broth, a pile of veggies, and a heap of meat–what is there to not like? In Sinchon, there is one Chinese restaurant (authentically Chinese, as most staff there refuse to speak Korean lol) where they serve awesome hotpot at quite a steep price. I cannot afford to go to such places all the time so looking for a substitute is a must. Thanks to Korean food blogs, I came across this often mentioned name 뽕잎사랑 (Ppoingip Sarang)–a shabu shabu restaurant. Although I believe that the ultimate beauty of hot pot can only be found in the Chinese version, for the time being, shabu shabu is not too bad a choice. Plus the price is also a bonus. That’s why yesterday my friend and I dropped into 뽕잎사랑 for dinner.
Actually I am enjoying my long vacation in Hong Kong. How I love this city, the landscape, the shops (esp. nail polish stores), and the food. I’m just back from a super lunch — a hotpot lunch at Little Sheep (Xiao Fei Yang), branched in Mongkok, Kowloon City, Hong Kong. I have known about Little Sheep for a long time, it is super famous and has branches in many countries (I know that there is a branch in Hongdae, Seoul. The name is 샤오훼이양).
If I were to rate the meal on a scale of 5, I’d give it 6. It was just amazing. The broth, oh the broth. Usually I’d prefer the spicy broth, but the ‘plain’ (? — I mean non-spicy) version here just blew my minddddd. Both are SO good, though. There are tons of garlics, ginger, chilies etc. in it. We got the half/half broth (83 Hong Kong dollar). The whole ‘plain’ one is 73 and the spicy 88.