We've enjoyed multiple memorable meals in South Korea, but this post will focus on three of our favorites in the street mall of Songdo. From the cheap high-schoolers' favorite Hans Deli to the shabu shabu (hot pot) and buffet, our edible adventures continue.
During our second week in Korea, we wandered in Songdo, looking for a cheap place to eat. One of our company can't handle spicy food, I avoid meat and our resident translator wasn't around, so this is an interesting set of specs. After perusing menus and finally stumbling upon one with pictures and English (this was quite a feat!), we decided upon Han's Deli, a place where high schoolers frequent for its cheap meals, as we were told later. I ordered the bonito rice shown in my last Thankful Thursday post and my friend who can't handle spice ordered the pork cutlet.
|Bonito rice on the left, pork on the right.|
The pork was not as good, I'm sad to report. I didn't eat this, but my spice-averse friend did. It was breaded and stuffed with cheese and potatoes, with a sauce on top. It was accompanied by a cute scoop of rice on the right and a little bit of macaroni salad, up top. Unfortunately, my friend didn't feel well after the meal, later that night, and thinks it was the sauce, which he did not like. Both dishes came with pickles, the more Western dill kind and bright yellow pickled daikon. The bonito rice also had some white shredded cabbage.
Overall, a filling, cheap meal. Not the best quality, of course, but I liked it for its price and halfway decent food.
The next weekend, we visited Seoul in search of shopping and adventure. If you've been visiting my other blog, There and Back Again (TBA, I guess), you'll know that Mr. Pizza was actually two Fridays ago, right before one of our previous trips to Seoul. If you pay a little extra, you're allowed to take as much as you want from the little salad bar, which has various items, including fresh lychees! They were probably previously frozen, but still very good. My favorite item was a green jelly, which had pineapple bits in it. I think the structure is provided by agar agar and not gelatin, since pineapple has a tendency to prevent the cross-linking needed to form the structure in gelatin.
|Fruit, including lychees (round brown things), canned mandarin slices, grape tomatoes, a peep of jelly and mashed potatoes on the left. On the right, more mashed potatoes, crab salad, croutons.|
|Another plate: more croutons and some grape jelly. But the green jelly was better :)|
Our food came soon after we chose our salads.
|Baked spaghetti with so, so much cheese and a sampler basket of chicken, cheese and corn.|
My spice-averse friend and I split a pizza, with meat on his side and vegetables on mine.
|The pizza was about a medium, back in the States. Gratuitous slice with oozy cheese shot!|
A few weekends later, we encountered one of our guides whom we had not seen in several weeks by chance, and invited him out to dinner with the four of us.
|So, our guide photographed me back with his phone, my roommate caught it all on her camcorder, |
and our spice-averse friend simply eats. I wonder who has the right priorities here?
|Pumpkin, mushrooms, fresh greens, noodles. And the Koreans love their meat... I think it's beef.|
|Plates full of tasty food make me happy...|
|Some of my favorites, clockwise from left: the fries, a crispy rice cake, the fried rice, dubokki and the eggs.|
After the meal, I had everyone sit for a shot. Our guide and our resident translator both look so.... Korean...
|Look, I processed it! I think it looks a little better than the original.|