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    Fried Rice, Korean style!

    by amambaw Written Jun 19, 2004

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    Tasty treats

    There are many restaurants that serve this delicious meal, BoKimBap. We have found two very reliable ones!

    1)Nampo-Dong
    Get off at Jagalchi subway stn (#9, orange line). Take the Gukje Market exit. At the top of the stairs, follow the sidewalk to the first car-worthy street. Cross and take a left. The restaurant is the 4-5 building, quite large.

    2) Semyeon
    Go to the back of Lotte World Dept. Store. Facing away from Lotte, turn left and walk through the alley markets. The next block over is a major thoroughfare. Take the underground tunnel to cross under the street. On the other side of the street, turn right and head away from Lotte. Look for Judie's Taewah, a smaller dept. store. Turn left at the corner and walk for 2 blocks. Restaurant has a happy looking 3 ft. plaster chicken outside.

    Favorite Dish: BoKimBap is chicken fried rice, as far as I can tell. You may want to ask for chicken to clarify. It consists of chicken, scallions, rice and a spicy sauce all fried together. The meal usually comes with the usual side of kimchi. It is really tasty! If you are not adept with chopsticks, no worries, no one will be offended if you use a spoon.

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    Kimbabcheongug: Cheap, good and very Korean

    by Vita500 Updated Apr 12, 2006

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    Kimbabcheongug

    Kimbabcheongug (Kim-bab-cheon-gug) is a local franchise, Korean-style restaurant that serves all kinds of easy-to-make food for affordable prices.
    The menu is huge (at least 50 items can be selected!) and includes a variety of hot, cold, spicy, non-spicy, rice, noodle and soup-based dishes.

    As the name already implies, the shop primarily sells Kimbab, the Korean-style rice roll, wrapped in sheets of dried seaweed and filled with a variety of vegetables and/or sauteed meat. The cheapest roll of Kimbab comes for 1,000 KRW and is usually called *nude Kimbab*.

    Korean people mostly order a dish for each person and one or two rolls of Kimbab that is placed in the middle of the table and shared. Each dish can also be ordered as take-out.

    Prices range from 1,000 KRW to around 5,000 KRW.

    The picture shows the typical outlook of Kimbabcheongug. While walking through the streets of Seoul or Busan you will notice a couple of other chains that look very similar and sell exactly the same kind of food for identical prices. It's very popular among Koreans and foreigners (especially budget travelers) should give it a try.

    The only hurdle might be the missing English menu. As mentioned in my Tourist Trap tip, I suggest to either learn a couple of Korean letters or simply point at pictures that usually line the walls. An experience you won't forget...!

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    various: Busan: Cafe Culture

    by Intrepidduck Updated Jul 5, 2004

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    Pure Escapism? Coffee and a good read.

    Coffee houses are seldom visited in the morning time in Korea, as most people are busy at work. On weekends this applies also and even on a late Sunday morning, unlike the Italian tradition, they are quiet. Perhaps this gives rise to my obvious activity when having my morning coffee. Reading a book and drinking coffee is not always a comfortable activity in Busan. "Look at that foreigner, he's reading a book...and he's drinking coffee". This reaction to my customary habit had been noted more than once. I can't understand Korean yet, nor alot of the people either, but the idea of reading a book at a cafe is looked on as something a little odd! Reading in Korea is generally considered a study activity, so this is confined to the home or university.

    In Busan I frequented the Yongdusan Hill establishment called "Say-jeng Tea House", since the closure of "Seattle's Best". This place boasts typically a take away coffee counter. However it is much more pleasant to sit on one of the plastic tables out the front or in side and enjoy the tranquility of the space. Good temple music is piped here.

    Another excellent establishment is the "B & C Bakery", down stairs section in the corner at the window is best for peace of mind. Here they are fortunate enough to have a real barista working the espresso machine so quality coffee is made at a sensible price. Also the best quality bread and cakes in Busan are made at this professional establishment.

    Please if you come to Busan start a "new" trend and do what I have done for a while - relax and read a book, over your coffee.

    Favorite Dish: "Say-jeng Tea House", up the out door escaltor on Yongdusan Hill in Nampo-dong - cheap espresso coffee, ask for a real cup!
    "B & C Bakery", on Nampo-dong Street opposite corner to KFC - excellent cappuccino and apple pie.
    "Caffe Lungo", small modern establishment 100m up left hand side street when facing the entrance gates to PNU (Busan National University) - excellent espresso and iced fruit juices.

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    Seaman's Club: Honest western (American) food

    by DSwede Updated Jul 31, 2009

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    The decor might not be that great, but its not the reason to go. The costs stay down because it is a no-frills type place. But the food is very good. The service can be good or bad depending on the day.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is all good. The club sandwich for lunch or a steak for dinner...

    Or for those with a craving for something American, like Turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, this is the place.

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    Tong Yong Chung Muhwitchip: Seafood market restaurant

    by iwys Updated May 13, 2006

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    This is a typical Jagalchi market seafood restaurant. No frills, but good, inexpensive, really fresh seafood. The old couple who own the place are very friendly and the service is excellent. You have to sit on the floor, as you do at most Korean restaurants.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the oysters here. Korean oysters are small, but delicious.

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    Senora's (formerly "Taco al Puebla"): Best Mexican South of Seoul

    by DSwede Updated Mar 13, 2009

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    Hole in the wall Mexican

    This restaurant is literally a hole in the wall place. There is a small counter, behind which is the kitchen. There are about four sitting stools on the side of the bar, but you have to walk single-file to reach them.

    Alternatively if it is a nice day, or the place is busy (which it almost always is!), there are a couple chairs outside in the narrow street.

    Open 11am to 9pm.
    Closed Mondays.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is fairly limited, but the dishes are all excellent. Honestly speaking, the best Mexican in Busan, and possibly south of Seoul.

    The burritos are superb! And if you care for it, they have guacamole, which in Korea is not easy to come by!

    To get there: start at the Haeundae train station. If you walk out the station, cross the main street and turn left. Walk past the small bus terminal. Take your first right at the large stop light intersection. Walk straight down this road. After you pass the ~5-way intersection, it should be the 3rd alley to your left. ~150m down the alley.

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    Paradise Restaurant: A taste of paradise

    by iwys Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    Paradise Restaurant on Gwangalli Beach serves the freshest and best seafood I have tasted anywhere in the world. On the ground floor of the building is a small fish market, where you select your live seafood. You then take it up to the third floor restaurant, where it is prepared and served. The speciality is raw fish and live seafood. This includes nakji, live baby octopuses, which move around on the plate and offer quite a bit of resistance! With the seafood the traditional drink, as it is with most Korean meals, is soju.

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    Nampo-dong Food Vendor Alley

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 12, 2008

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    Food vendor alley -Pusan

    "Food vendor alley" in central Nampo-dong is known locally as called Mokja Golmok or "Let's Eat Alley" and is a good place to grab a snack while shopping and sightseeing. Sure, the old lady ("ajuma") never washes her hands and lines the bowls with plastic bags so they never have to be washed either, but where else can you get traditional food at rock-bottom prices?

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    Taco Loco: Sit-down Mexican

    by DSwede Written Apr 1, 2008

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    Taco Loco

    While most people might think of "Taco Loco" to be an imitation fast-food style restaurant, it is actually a sit down restaurant.

    The food is definitely Mexican, with enchiladas, tacos, burritos, etc. Yet, it is without a doubt served with a little Korean character. If you want extra salsa verde, you might have to be patient, but eventually it will happen...

    But for some reason, all the dishes are missing the beans all too common in Mexico... oh wait, that's because we are in Korea, and Koreans do it their own way :)

    Favorite Dish: The main platters are all pretty good. The TQB set is good with one taco, quesadilla & burrito.
    The appetizer of Championes al Ajillo (mushrooms in olive oil) is excellent.

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    Good Restaurant: Korean Barbecue

    by GracesTrips Written May 8, 2008

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    Another evening, we venture out to dinner. We don't have a car so we decided to go right (east) this time on the road that runs along the Haeundae Beach. I can see on the second floor of a building what looks like a restaurant and I see people next to the window. We go up to the second floor and to our surprise, it looked rather interesting with the various booths in which you remove your shoes and sit in a seat without legs. The barbecue here was pretty good.

    I'm not positive on the name of the restaurant but that's what I was able to read on the sign. See photo.

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    Kebapistan: Busan's First Turkish Restaurant

    by miketrudeau Written Sep 9, 2006

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    Ciara and Hookah
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    Kebapistan is a small basement restaurant in a young and vibrant district of Busan. It is frequented by much of the local foreign croud (or is "local foreign croud an oxymoron?), but there are usually a few Koreans in there as well. The service is very friendly and relaxed. The decor is pretty nondescript but that's not why people go to Kebapistan. The food is the thing. Their lamb kebap sandwiches are juicy and mouth-watering. Their pidaes are thick and saucy (a pidae is not a pita. It's a kind of turkish pizza and delicious). Prices are very reasonable and one can indulge in an excessive feed for a moderate sum. After dinner, why not share a hookah and some flavoured tobacco? A delicious and utterly satisfying start to a night out.
    Coming from Daegu, it was great to change up the old diet a bit. If you're a teacher in Korea, you probably feel the same way. Try going to Kebapistan for a switch up every once in a while.

    Favorite Dish: Like I said above, the lamb kebap sandwiches and pidae are terrific. The hummous is amazing to.

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  • Firenze: Pasta and Coffee with Private Booths!!!

    by terse Written Sep 18, 2006

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    The vibe and food at Firenze in Busan is one of the most relaxed in Busan. It is a very cozy cafe and all of the seats come in private booths. The restaurant is cleaner than most restaurants in Korea and I think the women's bathroom room even has a bidet.

    The restaurant is decorated very well and has a nice relaxed vibe to it. It almost feels like you're in Europe or something. I felt so relaxed that I almost took a nap in the private booths. While at this restaurant waiting for your food, if you have a window seat, you can look outside and see all the busy people wandering about.

    The place serves all sorts of things: Pasta, Coffee, Beer, Ice-teas, Pat-bing-soo, salad, some fried things and stuff. I've been here numerous times and I haven't tried something here that I wouldn't try again.

    On the way out, you can grab a pack of matches that has their name and number.

    Favorite Dish: I don't really have a favorite and I don't remember the menu that well, but from the mutiple things I've tried, there was nothing that didn't taste good.

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    Ganga Indian Restaurant: Delish Indian food

    by amambaw Written Mar 2, 2005

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    When you arrive at Ganga's, it's like stepping into a colonial restaurant. The decor is amazing, and the great Indian music adds to the ambiance. The servers are friendly and attentive, and make you feel very welcome.

    The selection on the menu is incredible: tandoori BBQ, curry, nen bread, soups and salads, it's all there. Everything we tried was spicy and delicious.

    The only downer was the price. All the selections were quite expensive for a Korean restaurant. The prices won't be shocking if you're from the west, but we've been in Korea for a few months, and it seemed a bit steep to us!

    Favorite Dish: We had the Ghost Vindaloo, which is a lamb curry dish... the curry was thick, spicy and delicious. Another really neat menu feature was the Butter boiled saffron rice. Just a little hint of saffron to give it that bitter raisin flavour... yummy.

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    Palace Royal: Not exactly French

    by GracesTrips Updated May 8, 2008

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    We settled into our hotel upon arriving in Busan (Pusan). Tried to do some shopping but had no luck. Was getting pretty hungry since we didn't have any lunch. So, we ventured out.

    The menu was not too extensive. And, not really French even though that is the kind of restaurant it advertised to be. They seem to push the live abalone that is accompanied with other entree items. We chose a beef dish and a halibut dish. It was good, not great. I got a kick out of the waitress whose hair hair appeared to be plastered to her head and face. Also, enjoyed the presentation of the food in these large sea shells.

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    Have no idea: Korean Food

    by GracesTrips Written May 7, 2008

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    Noodle Soup - Naengmyeon
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    After having several meals of Korean barbecue, I wanted to have something different. A noodle soup sounded good to me. We were walking through a fashion district in Busan near the Busan Tower. Restaurants were lodged here and there throughout the fashion marketplace. So, the only thing we can use to make a selection was looking at photos of food.

    We walked upstairs to this restaurant. Nothing fancy and seemed clean enough. There were other people dining here (that's always a good sign). Looked at a photo album menu and selected the noodle dish I wanted to eat.

    Naengmyeon turns out to be COLD noodle soup! With pieces of ice in the broth. A 1/2 hard boiled egg and some vegetables. I wasn't prepared to have cold noodle soup. Made with long, long strands of buckwheat noodles. They provide you with cooking shears so you can cut up the noodles. I was a trooper and ate my food. My boyfriend had a rice dish that was pretty tasty.

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