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Sam Gyup Sal

When the door opens, the smell makes me salivate.  Instantly I go from comfortable to starving.  It is time for delicious food.  Sam gyup sal translates roughly to mean 3-layered pork belly… or “bacon”.  This stuff looks like yummy bacon, but it’s not cured, so it’s extremely different than the bacon we’d eat back home for breakfast.

One thing I love about Korea is getting to cook our own food on the tables.  There is a small restaurant called ‘Don Day’ extremely close to our apartment that we frequent because the sam gyup sal is fabulous.  The menu is simple, but it is a very filling and satisfying meal.

Put the meat and kimchi on the grill.

Now the meat sizzles and cooks.

Once it cooks, cut up the meat and kimchi into bite size peices.  We always throw garlic and onions on the grill too. YUM.

Now roll it up in lettuce and enjoy.  YUM.  :razz:

The aftermath… a dirty grill.

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Uncle Tomato’s

A new restaurant has opened up between our apartment and work.  How convenient.  It’s called Uncle Tomato and it is meant to be an Italian restaurant.  The menu does have spaghetti and serves pasta with various meats, but it doesn’t look anything like an Italian bistro and serves things like breaded pork chops.  Nana’s Kitchen came to mind when I entered this establishment.  We were surrounded by ruffled curtains, ceramic cow figurines, pink doilies and white scalloped lamp shades.

It was the giant red sign that made us drool.  It was a 1 + 1 rib meal deal for only 23,000 Won (~$20).  Who can resist BBQ ribs, french fries and a salad?  We couldn’t.  Pork BBQ ribs aren’t exactly Italian cuisine either… but nothing in Korea ever makes perfect sense, so it’s OK.  Seth’s face is priceless.  He hates when I take pictures of him and I made him smile for this … so he looks really funny, I think.

Surprisingly, our meal looked very similar to the picture on the sign.  Usually that never happens.  Needless to say these were the best ribs we have eaten in a long time.  The BBQ sauce tasted like BBQ sauce… and not some horrible concoction of Korean fusion cooking.  The sides were pickles that almost tasted like dill pickles but not quite and jalepenos.  Strange combination.  The picture on the right is Seth’s plate… he didn’t lick the plate clean, but he did eat the entire rack of ribs.   Three ribs remained on my plate… and actually that’s my tomato that I threw on his plate.

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I realize that I talk about food too much

For some reason I just can’t help myself:

We were at a Japanese restaurant called Izakaya

We were at a Japanese restaurant called Izakaya

For a while now, we have been wanting to check out this Japanese restaurant on the 3rd floor of a building downtown.  It was good.  The place was decorated with empty boxes of food products and old Saki bottles.  It was a fun atmosphere.  What drew me in though, was a craving for a Dragon Roll.  It turned out to be a completely different Dragon Roll than what I was expecting, but it was still good.  I love eel.  It was missing avocado though… but I haven’t really seen much avocado at all since I’ve been here.

Dragon Roll Sushi

Dragon Roll Sushi

I think that this looks like a plate of fish… but underneath all that stuff is a sushi roll.  It came served with pearl onions, cherry tomatoes and sweet pickles.  Very weird.  On top of the roll is eel (yummy), squid flakes (not soo yummy), and roe.    The only thing that I was upset about was that I could not get soy sauce or wasabi.  :cry: The waitress did not speak English, but still understood what I was asking… she said that it was to be eaten “No sauce” and she would not bring me any.  Oh well…

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Great Street Corner

While in Hongdae, we found this cute little street corner.

Misses Mai

Misses Mai

This is interesting on many levels.  First, it’s just a pretty picture… great colors, fun building, cute little light out front.  Second, Mises Mai is the name of an Italian restaurant… this is the front door.  Third, I believe the name is a play on “Mama Mia”… which is probably the name they were actually going for here.  :grin:  It made me smile.

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Shabu Shabu

This has to be one of the best dinners ever.  It’s really tasty and an all around fun experience.  The restaurant is in traditional style… meaning that you have to take your shoes off at the door, sit on the floor, and your food is cooked right in front of you.  It’s sooo fun.  This place is on the 2nd floor of a building we pass everyday… it looked intimidating so we had never been in.  Last night we decided to give it a try anyway.  The owner did speak some English, which was nice.   We will definitely be going back again.

Tons of side dishes and condiments... Love it!

Tons of side dishes and condiments... Love it!

Okay, so Shabu Shabu is basically a soup.  It’s a broth base, they add cabbage, green onions, mushrooms and some other green leafy stuff into the kettle right on the table.  It boils.  Then you have a plate of very thinly sliced beef that you add into the pot after about 15 minutes.  The meat cooks and you spoon out the soup into your bowl.

You can add rice noodles, dumplings, onions... as you like.

You can add rice noodles, dumplings, onions... as you like.

Seth sitting down to the lovely meal.

Seth sitting down to the lovely meal.

What’s even the coolest part of this whole meal was that the mushrooms are grown in the restaurant!  They grow in these jars… they actually cut them out of the jar filled with dirt into the kettle.  They were the best mushrooms I have ever eaten.

Mushroom farm in the fridge.  :-) Weird, but awesome.

Mushroom farm in the fridge. :-)

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Pretty colors

Everything is colorful here.  Even walking down the street, looking at a random row of buildings:

on our walk to school

on our walk to school

Even in the convenient stores, the rows of soda and juices are pretty.  All the cans are about the size of regular Red Bull back home.

I recognized Mountain Dew...

I recognized Mountain Dew...

Everything is colorful except for the clothing.  Mostly, people wear black coats.  A few of the children I teach have worn pink or red… but looking out my window right now, all I see are black coats walking around.  Weird.

It’s overcast today and a bit chilly, but feels good enough to be outside.

Last night we went to this tiny Korean restaurant.  Wooden tables and chairs lined the room.  We were handed a peice of paper for us to write down our food choices… but we had to point to pictures on the wall just to order something.  The food was good and really cheap.  :razz: We’re trying to branch out of our comfort zone and try new things.

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