Jalan – Jalan Cari Makan Seoul (part 1)

I always got question from others “ How much you budgeted for your food?”. Frankly speaking, I never put an X amount for my food during my visit to South Korea. I do concern on how much I pay for my lodging, transportation and shopping but never do as food is concern. Food for me is something that equal to places I should visit during my stay at Korea. I eat what I want to eat and what I suppose to eat at South Korea. Besides the street food and raw seafood that I talk about at previous entry, I would like to share other Korean food that you can give a try and Insyallah for Muslim, it’s Halal.Grill Seafood with the best Banchan ever @ Kui Kui, Yeoido
Miss Han is a frequent customer at Kui Kui Restaurant located at the ground floor of her apartment. And I naturally become a frequent too whenever I went to Seoul. I love their banchan or side dishes the most. Usually, they will serve not less than 4-5 banchan with our main dish which usually consists of spicy seafood soup and variety of grill seafood. We love to order Moli Fish. I don’t know what fish it is in English or Bahasa but it taste tender with fish fat (should I describe it like this?) which give a special taste. You might face a difficulty to order due to NO English translation on their menu .But they do display pictures of their menu on the wall and also display it outside the shop. Even, Wawa, Fidza and Syikin (my ex-office collogue) managed to order it in Bahasa Malaysia for their second visit…. Hahahaha

Price: 10,000 ++ Won per dish (per person)

Our favourite : Moli Fish

How to get there: National Assembly Station, Line 9, Exit 4. Go straight; cross a road till you see an apartment next to KBS, turn right and find Kui kui restaurant (5 minutes walking). It’s actually opposite to KBS and if you are lucky you might see Korean artist around. As for me, I managed to meet an in-famous Emcee, Mr Kim Gura at the coffee shop next door. Huh.. I wish I can switch that moment with another person.. Kim Gu Ra says Thumbs Up to Kui Kui !!!


Spicy Octopus @ at Octopus Street, Gwanghamun

I never missed going to Gwanghamun area before. After the second trip, I realized that if I was there I can access to many sightseeing area that I luv to go by walking – Bukchon Village, Insadong, etc . And I never miss eating Spicy octopus dish at this area. Small octopus fry with spicy hot sauce and bean sprout and eat with hot rice…aghhh .. I wish I can describe the taste with a word!!! “Fight Fire with Fire” , yups Spicy octopus is the answer. And after having spicy food, cool down yourself at Cheonggyecheon Stream nearby. I bet even a king food can’t win this.

Price : 15000 – 20000 won

How to get there: Exit No. 5 of Gwanghwamun Stn., Seoul Metro Line No. 5. Find the Cheonggyecheon stream nearby. Follow the stream till you see a bridge and turn left to the alley full of small restaurants selling octopus. Octopus here, octopus there.. me, is everywhere.

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STREET FOOD

Street food is something that you must taste whenever you are at Korea… Can i say that it’s represent korean food besides Bibimbap? But whatever it is.. it is a must to try and as for me .. i luv it!!! Here the list of the street food for you to give a try, my favourite one.

Ddeokbokki (떡볶이): Spicy Rice Cake
I don’t really love the Tteok coz it’s hard to chew but there are other things inside to eat and it’s something that i can’t but craving for it!! And eating it with Odeng during rainy day .. hahaha .. alamakss..feel like eating it now!!! Omma!!!
Ddeokbokki at Jeju 5 days market

Ddeokbokki at Hongik UniversityUncook DdeokRamyeon at Ehwa University

Odeng @ 오뎅 : Fish cake with soup

Imagine that u eat this during winter…heaven!!!

Fish Bread@잉어빵 : Read been bread

My happy face after eating the fish bread at Jeju 5 days market

Ho Ddeok @ 호떡 : Bread with cinnamon and sugar
The only thing that have cinnamon i’m ok to eat

Our perfect breakfast with Banana milk that i love

You can find the street almost everywhere as long as you can find a street?? hahaha .. with a cheap price too 1000 – 3000 won .. Please do give them a try!!!

Love for freshness … Raw seafood is the answer!!!!! ehehehe

Some people say that raw seafood is good, some says the other … but my taste bud never denies that raw seafood is the best!!! As I can’t consume meat in Korea…and Korea is best known for their raw seafood or회..It’s something that I can’t leave behind but to taste it even it’s damn expensive.

Raw Fish @ 생선회
I never know that Korean way of eating raw fish can be this amazingly delicious… and if someone afraid of the smelly taste of the fish (for me it’s not smelly) also can enjoy this. Korean style raw fish will be eaten together with sesame leaf (this leaf has a strong taste), and spread with 고추장 @ pepper paste, add green chili, fresh garlic and the main ingredient, slice of raw fish. Fold it and eat…. Nyummmm .. the taste? I can’t describe it with words…. Maybe the feeling is like when you can swim in cold water during hot/summer season …

Raw Fish at Jeju

Raw Fish : Tapau
Live octopus @ 사는 오징어

Yes..it’s still alive, crawling, moving even after ahjumma cut it to small pieces… and people don’t wait till it’s not moving to eat so it won’t be live octopus anymore…

This is something that I eat not because I want to eat but challenge myself to eat … haahah … and for seafood lover, this is something not to be miss at least once.. and i do experienced a little hesitance at first and took almost 5 – 10 minutes to try my first spoon, thanks to our next table guest, a couple who already there for a quite sometimes but the girlfriend still having a scary expression when she look at her plate and somehow I get her indirect message telling me that I shouldn’t eat it. But hey, I paid 20,000 Won for that small “scary” thing, hell no, I need to eat ya!!!

Live Octopus at Jagalchi Market, Busan

Hungry!!!!

What else I love about being in South Korea? Weather, culture, scenery.. It’s all about Food!!

Being a Muslim traveling in Non-Muslim country, food will be a big problem!! But in South Korea, I found myself having less distress on this matter. As I can’t enjoy meat in South Korea and refuse to be bound to only Pakistanis restaurant in Itaewon for that.. I’m enjoying seafood the most here!!! And I’m glad the way Korean cooking and taste fit my taste bud just nice …

Basic things you will find at Korean Restaurant.
1.Main Dish – Stew @ grill/fried , rice
2.Banchan (side dishes) – Kimchi (a must), others (vegetable, anchovies, peanut, etc), it’s very
rare to find meat based banchan
3.Mineral water @ sometimes tea

After ordering, you will find on your table ready utensils (chopstick and spoon), tissue, mineral water and cup. It’s a job of the maknae (youngest) of the group to set the table to his/her seniors. Place a tissue each, and a set of chopstick and spoon, pour the mineral water and shortly the banchans will be serving. So, you can dig in your banchan first while waiting for the main course (my style). Following the etiquette, you should taste your soup/stew first before eating.

General Table Manners
– At first, taste soup or kimchi juice, and then try rice or other dishes. Use spoon for rice and
liquid foods, such as stews or soups; use chopsticks for other foods.
– Do not make noises with spoon or chopsticks hitting the rice bowl or other food containers.
– Do not hold the rice bowl or soup bowl in your hand during the meal.
– Do not use your hands to pick the foods.
– Use an individual plate for foods served for a crowd, and also for sauces such as soy & vinegar
sauce or sweet & sour hot pepper soybean paste.
– After a meal, put the spoon and chopsticks on the spot where they were placed first and put
used napkins on the table after folding it little bit if they are big.

Table Rules
– Hot and watery foods are placed on the right side and cold and dry foods are placed on the left
side.
– The rice bowl is on the left, and soup bowl is on the right, with other bowls placed in the
middle.
– The spoon is on the right side and chop sticks are behind the spoon and placed a little towards
the outside of the table. Place kimchi dishes in the back row, stew dishes on the right, sauces in
the middle of the front row, meat dishes on the right side, and vegetables on the left side.

    How to use chopsticks and spoon
    – Do not hold the spoon and chopsticks together in one hand
    – Do not suck the chopsticks and do not hold spoon and chopsticks at the same time. When using
    chopsticks, place the spoon on the table.
    – The spoon and chopsticks should not rest on any bowl or dish during the meal. Use spoon for
    rice and watery foods and chopsticks for other side dishes.

    But, hey!!! You are foreigner, so you don’t really need to follow all this. They will understand. But who says learning something new is not fun?? So, have fun!!!