Places to eat in South Korea

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    Tom n Toms cafe, Seoul
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  • Traditional Korean Food - Kimchi

    by beachboy Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Kimchi is a traditional food of Korea. It is a fermented product at low temparature to preserve the food. Kimchi was born since 7th century, fresh vegetables are pickled to prepare for long winter when cultivation was practically unavailable. Generally, the types of kimchi can be categorized by season or region. Even until today, kimchi is served in every Korean meal.

    Favorite Dish: Some people may love kimchi very much but not all. It tasted a little spicy!

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  • Hot 'dog'!

    by beachboy Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Dog meat is one source of human food in Korea and there is a tiny portion of industry that produces dog meat for human consumption. The Korean consumption of dog meat is neither a daily practice or weekly practice. Visitors will have difficulty finding restaurants that served dog meat.

    Favorite Dish: I've not tasted any dog meat and don't encourage such practise!

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    many different ones: do it yourself

    by jessmorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Kalbi, bulgogee, chicken bulgogee and sam gyup sal, are the most delicious meals i have ever eaten. korean food is fantastic....

    they are all versions of do it yourself BBQ.
    i highly suggest you try all these different meals. you will not be dissapointed!

    Favorite Dish: KALBI is my favourite, its sooooo good. i wish there was a good korean restaraunt in London.

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    Tani Nomadic Bistro Restaurant, Seoul: Like having your own private cook

    by acommon1 Updated Sep 17, 2010

    Tani Nomadic Bistro Restaurant, Seoul
    Price: Dinner for two from around 140,000 won (£75.60)
    Opening hours: From 12pm-3pm for lunch, 6pm-2am for dinner and drinks

    I will add more information soon. I loved this place.

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    Bonjuk: Restaurant without BBQ or spicy food

    by paulvir Updated Aug 17, 2010

    Think Korean restaurant and you automatically think about BBQ or some kind of spicy main dish. Korean cuisine has more to offer than that. And the perfect place to experience non spicy/meat dish is called Bonjuk. It's a chain with 1000+ stores in South Korea alone.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish from this chain of restaurants is Bonjuk, which happens to be the name of the restaurant. Bonjuk is rice porridge with different choices of additional ingredients such as seafood. Portion is pretty big so it may be too much for one to finish.

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  • myeong-dong gyo-ja: delicious Korean food~meat noodle

    by fabulous36 Written May 29, 2010

    Myeong-dong gyo-ja is already famous among Japanese. I guarantee you can found your favorite taste.

    Main food'kal noodle' is Korean traditional food. kal noodle is named beacause Kal means sword in Korea. It have various sort such as chiken, seafood and so on.

    Myeong-dong gyo-ja is famous for meat kal noodle. You can visit easily because of their locale.
    It place in Myeong-dong called youth-street in South korea.
    You can enjoy delightful shopping if you visit here.

    Meat kal-noodle including meat, pleasant aroma, chewy noodle.
    and also dumpling is delicious too.

    Favorite Dish: Of course meat kal noodle.
    It is not spicy. So it is good for foreigner.

    They have only three menu.
    1. meat kal noodle
    2. dumpling
    3. bean noodle(Only in summer)

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    Mr. Pizza: Korean Pizza Franchise

    by Arial_27 Written Apr 20, 2010

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    I thought I'd have trouble finding a lot of good pizza in South Korea, but that was far from the truth. I find there's even more pizza here than back home. Koreans love their pizza. Mr. Pizza is a Korean chain which you won't have any trouble finding in a large city. There are several of them in Busan, Seoul, Daegu and most other places I've travelled to. The food is good and the price is probably comparable to pizza back home; not that cheap. Its a sit-down restaurant with a salad bar and always good service. There is a lot of Korean-style pizza (with seafood or sweet potato on it, but also several more Westernized options.) They have English translations of everything on the menu.

    cheese and pineaplle... mmmm

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    Smoothie King: A good smoothie bar

    by Arial_27 Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Perfect drink for the beach... they have all kinds of smoothies here with different flavours and for different things (some to boost energy, for slimming down, etc.) They're pretty large and filling so its also a good snack/small meal. Smoothie King is actually an American franchise, so the prices should be similar to in the US. A large smoothie can be up to 6,300 won, so they're a little pricey but good. You can also buy multivitamins here for men and women, although the ingredients are written in Korean so I wasn't too sure what they contained exactly.

    Favorite Dish: I got the mango festival smoothie. Very yummy

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    Loving Hut: For all the vegetarians and vegans out there :)

    by Arial_27 Written Sep 6, 2009

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    The slogan of this restaurant is "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the planet."
    The food in here is nothing short of delicious. There are a lot of asian type dishes, but also western food like veggie burgers, sandwiches and salads, etc. Lots of non-vegetarians enjoy going here too. You can also buy frozen food to take home like veggie-chicken and other soya products. There were also healthy cookies and biscuits available for purchase in a small bag. They also have a wide selection of beverages, like smoothies, teas and juices. I LOVE coming here :)

    Favorite Dish: I ordered a Japanese dish with apricot, vegetables and tofu - as seen in photo. It was really good, I loved the sauce that was on it.

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    Angel-in-us Coffee: A South Korean Cafe

    by Arial_27 Written Sep 3, 2009

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    This is a huge, and growing cafe chain in South Korea. You'll find several of them in large cities and some in smaller cities/towns as well. It is similar to a Starbucks and has most of the same types of drinks - teas, coffees, frappacinos, and cappucinos. There are donuts and other pastries/snacks there as well. Pretty much anything you'd expect to see in any other coffee joint. The prices are also similar to Starbucks prices. I paid about 5,300 won for a frapaccino the first time I went there - which is the equivilent to about $5.

    Favorite Dish: The frappacinos are good.

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    by hanspeter_W. Updated Aug 30, 2009

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    Bulgogi (Barbecued Beef)
    Yang Gobchang-gui (Broiled Beef Tripe and Chitterlings)
    Jangeo-gui (Broiled Eel)
    Galbi-gui (Broiled Short Ribs)
    Dak-gui (Grilled Chicken)
    Saengseon-gui (Grilled Fish)
    Samgyeopsal-gui (Grilled Side of Pork)
    Deungshim-gui (Grilled Sirloin)
    Anshim-gui (Grilled Tenderloin)
    Deodeok-gui (Grilled Toduk Root)
    Jeyukbokkeum (Spicy stir-fried pork with vegetabl)
    Ggakdugi (Chopped Radish Kimchi)
    Chonggak Kimchi (Ponytail Kimchi)
    Nabak Kimchi (Red Water Kimchi)
    Bossam Kimchi (Rolled Kimchi)
    Yeolmumul Kimchi (Summer Green Water Kimchi)
    Baek Kimchi (White Cabbage Kimchi)
    Baechu Kimchi (Whole Cabbage Kimchi)
    Dong Chimi (Winter White Water Kimchi)

    Meats and Poultry
    Bulgogi (Barbecued Beef)
    Galbi-gui (Broiled Short Ribs)
    Samgye-tang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)
    Samgyeopsal-gui (Grilled Side of Pork)
    Deungshim-gui (Grilled Sirloin)
    Anshim-gui (Grilled Tenderloin)
    Sundae (Korean Sausage)
    Jeyukbokkeum (Spicy stir-fried pork with vegetabl)
    Dakbaeksuk (Steamed Chicken)

    Noodles and Noodle Dishes
    Makguksu (Buckwheat Noodles with Clear Chicken Soup)
    Hoe Naengmyon (Buckwheat Noodles with Raw Fish)
    Naengmyeon (Cold Noodles in Soup)
    Kalguksu (Handmade Noodles)
    Udong (Japanese Noodles)
    Japchae (Mixed Vegetables with Noodles)
    Naengkongguksu (Noodles in Soy Bean Water)
    Bibimguksu (Noodles mixed with seasoned hot pepper paste)
    Ramyeon (Ramyon)
    Ssalguksu (Rice Noodle)
    Bibim Naengmyon (Spicey Buckwheat Noodles)
    Jjol-myeon (Thick Noodles mixed with fresh vegetables)
    Mul Naengmyon (Watery Buckwheat Noodles)
    Guksu (Wheat Flour Noodles)

    Rice and Rice Dishes
    Ogokbap (Five-Grain Rice)
    Yakbap (Flavored glutinous rice mixed with )
    Bokgeumbap (Fried Rice)
    Kimchi Bokkeumbap (Kimchi Fried Rice)
    Bibimbap (Mixed Vegetables on Rice)
    Kongnamulbap (Rice with bean sprouts)
    Jjajangbap (Rice with Brown Bean Sauce)
    Ojingeo deopbap (Rice with cuttlefish on top)
    Yeongyangsotbap (Rice with healthy ingredients cooked in a sto)
    Mapadubu deopbap (Rice with tofu and Chinese hot pepper)
    Gimbap (Rice Wrapped in Seaweed)
    Dolsot Bibimbap (Sizzling Vegetables on Rice)
    Tteokbokki (Stir Fried Rice Cake)
    Nakji Bokkeumbap (Stir-fried Octopus)

    Jangeo-gui (Broiled Eel)
    Saengseon-gui (Grilled Fish)
    Maeun-tang (Hot Spicy Fish Soup)
    Nakji-jeongol (Octopus Stew)
    Nakji Bokkeum (Stir-fried Octopus)

    Seasoned Vegetables
    Doraji Namul (Bellflower Root Salad)
    Kong Namul (Boiled and Seasoned Bean Sprouts)
    Gaji Namul (Eggplant (Steamed or Fried))
    Sukju Namul (Mung Bean Sprouts Salad)
    Gosari Namul (Parboiled Fern Braken Salad)
    Chwi Namul (Scientific name: Ligularia fischeri)
    Hobak Namul (Summer Squash (Pan Fried or Braised))

    Kongnamul-guk (Bean Sprout Soup)
    Oinaeng-guk (Chilled Cucumber Soup)
    Yeongyang-tang (Dog Soup)
    Bosin-tang (Dog Soup)
    Mandu-guk (Dumpling Soup)
    Gyeran-tang (Egg Soup)
    Altang (Fish Egg (Pollock Spawn) Soup)
    Samgye-tang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)
    Maeun-tang (Hot Spicy Fish Soup)
    Yukgaejang (Hot Spicy Stew Soup)
    Gimchiguk (Kimchi Soup)
    Dogani-tang (Knuckle Bone Soup)
    Chueo-tang (Loach and Bean Paste Soup)
    Seolleong-tang (Ox Bone and Stew Meat Stock Soup)
    Galbi-tang (Ox Short Rib Soup)
    Ggori Gom-tang (Ox Tail Soup)
    Bugeo-guk (Pollock Soup)
    Gamjatang (Potato Soup)
    Ddeok-guk (Rice Cake Soup)
    Miyeoknaeng-guk (Sea Mustard in Chilled Vinegar Water)
    Miyeok-guk (Sea Mustard Soup)
    Dakbaeksuk (Steamed Chicken)
    Gom-tang (Stew Meat and Tripe Soup)
    Haejang-guk (Sunrise Soup)


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    (general): vegetarian food

    by Ianchen Updated Apr 19, 2009

    Being a vegetarian in south korea is pretty tough, and even tougher if you don't speak korean. A safe bet for vegetarians is Bibimbap which can be ordered without meat. If you order, you should not only ask for no meat, but also add "without seafood, i.e. crab, fish, mussels, squid... and without ham". Very often meat is used for the broth of for example kimchi-jigae.
    Kimchi-jeon usually is okay, too. But note that Kimchi is actually not vegetarian since it is prepared with a paste made of fermented fish!!

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  • Fish market: Don't Miss the Fresh Seafood

    by Cocoe Written Dec 18, 2008

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    This is the fish market where locals go to get their daily seafood. All types of fresh, live seafood available for sales and you can actually buy it and send it to be prepared immediately at restaurants located on the 1st floor of the market. Sashimi style.

    Favorite Dish: Live octopus

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    ..: Sea weed Soup,MiYukGook

    by bryankang Updated Sep 24, 2008

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    Mi Yuk Gook is very common ,light soup
    and it has mild taste from Mi Yuk ( sea weed ), meshed garlic, some chopped beef, and sesami oil, salt and soysauce.
    Some moms cook without beef, to make a clean taste, also instead of chopped beef, chicken or sea mussel, abalone shell is replaced to this.
    Among them, Mi Yuk Gook with Abalone shell ( Jeonbok miyukgook ) is the highly regarded one.
    ( Actually I haven't have Jeonbok miyukgook yet, because my mon didn't need to buy abalone for this soup but my wife cook Miyukgook with sea mussel named Honghap Miyukgook very well.)
    And in restaurants we koreans regard it as a plain soup served
    for free regardless of soup bowls, especially main dish is red colored wih pepper waitresses serve you as manytime as you want!

    In Myungdong area, I think you could order good Miyukgook in Japanese Style
    restauant, because in korea Japanes restarant is qualified as for sea product specialty and for red pepper excluded taste, so you can order shell added Miyukgook in Japanese restaurant.
    ( But I have no Idea whether Japanese have same soup in thier own recipes too. )

    Also you can find retort poch in stores for your bag,

    And here's Bryan's recommendation!
    Me Seng Ee Gook, sott of Miyukgook but so soft,and looks like a cluster of fine black thread in Bowl, you don't need to try to bite, just have like a soup.
    It was a rare taste only regarded in southern seashore towns, but for anyhow
    we can enjoy it in Seoul recently for years.
    It cooked with oyster, even varis to Noodle( Me Seng Ee Calgooksu )

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    Indian Restaurant(RED CASTLE): EnJoy indian Food!

    by waqas143 Written Feb 6, 2008

    I am a huge fan of the Indian cuisine and have never eaten this fantastically ever before. The eye-catching mural dominates in this smart restaurant that is popular with Indian. The friendly staff offers both meat-based and vegetarian North Indian cuisine, including a variety of tandoori. I visited the 'RED CASTLE"many times while being in Geoje_Do south korea.I have had the pleasure of dining in...Incredible food unlike any other.unmatched..soft classical music,enough light to see your food and surrounded by original.Great Food,Beer & wine at reasonable prices.
    You simply won't want the meal to end.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed all type of Food But my favorite dish From this Restaurant is "Chicken Tikka Masala"

    Indian Restaurant south korea,Geoje Red castle,
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  • Apr 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Love this Ginseng chicken soup. One of the healthiest soup of all time.. More korean food recipe fromKorean Restaurants Singapore

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