Posted on April 4, 2013 by Wendy
This trip to Korea was one fabulous foodie trip as I did not stop eating. One of our most memorable meals was in Insadong for a taste of Korea’s soy marinated raw blue crab gaejang. Yes, raw crab. Please don’t be squeamish. This was probably the yummiest meal we had.
We had pinpointed a restaurant in Insadong to indulge in this delicacy but we didn’t anticipate how much there was to see there and so we lost track of time, and the restaurant we planned on going was close to closing for the afternoon, so we had to make other plans.
Luckily, we had been exploring a bit earlier in the day and had seen a few other interesting looking restaurants also offering this dish, so we decided to just pick one of them. Another lucky thing was that all the ones we saw were offering it for a bit cheaper too!! The restaurant we ended up choosing was Doodaemon.
From what we’ve researched, Insadong is more a traditional and cultural city, so a lot of the original buildings and structures were retained. It seems like Doodaemon is one of them. Or else the designer did a very good job of keeping the old world charm alive.
It’s very chic-ly decored…pairing both old style wood with large, chandelier embellishments. A thing we noticed though….it’s March and many, many of the shops and stores still have their Christmas decorations up…even at the Incheon International Airport =/
A single person serving of gegangjang was only $26, and it includes lots of banchan and a spicy seafood soup and rice. However we were not aware of that so we ended up ordering an extra seafood tofu hotpot… So we ended up with more food than we had wanted to order.
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Posted on April 2, 2013 by Wendy
Hi everybody!!! We’re so happy to announce that we now have our own domain at eatnabout.com!! Yep!! We’re close to being on our own now!! Yippee!!! Happy eating!!!
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Posted on March 29, 2013 by Wendy
In my previous post, I commented on how we didn’t get to eat everything we wanted to eat…that’s because there’s quite a bit of street eats that takes away our stomach space…whether it’s on the street, a little shop, in the subway station…there’s always something that catches our…well….mostly my eyes….
Myeongdong is such a busy and vibrant area at night. There’s so many lights and so many shops jam-packed. On the first night, we had planned on finding me Mister Donut to satisfy my mochi-donut craving…which I haven’t had since I first tried it in Japan 2 years ago. Sadly, the tour book was misguiding, as the Mister Donut listed in it is no longer in business. So in my disappointment…I looked for other rice-cakey things to eat.
We happened to walk by a Lotteria burger joint. One look at their products and you’ll see that they’re a complete rip-off of McDonalds…from the cups to the burgers…even their spoon for their McFlurry-ish treat is exactly the same as a McFlurry spoon.
Anyways on their window was a poster for what seems to be a Red bean soup with rice balls (4,900W). Of course I was sold on that.
It took forever for it to be ready…probably because no one else really orders it lol just tourists. The soupy part was not bad actually…not overly sweet and I actually detect a hint of saltiness. There were an assortment of seeds and nuts and beans in it too, topped with sliced almonds and a (generous) sprinkling of cinnamon.
The disappointing part was the rice balls…pretty mushy and not very chewy. Oh well.
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Posted on March 25, 2013 by Wendy
It was really nice to not have a set schedule when you’re on vacation. For our Korean trip, Fannypack and I have an understanding that it’ll be relaxed, not having to rush to sight-see and make time. Some may think it’s a waste of a plane ticket, but we didn’t feel that way at all. We only lament that we didn’t get to eat everything we wanted to try.
There were quite a few famous coffee shops that are really close to our hotel. We decided to visit one of them for breakfast the next day. Korean drama fans should recognize this one- Caffe bene.
I myself am not such a fan. Therefore I had no idea what this is. However, seeing that big poster on the side with who I can only assume to be a super famous Korean teen actor (he was on EVERYTHING….makeup shop posters, normal posters….he has great skin…and looks like a girl…), it should be safe to say this was one such coffee shop that had been on a drama.
I must say, the interior of Caffe bene is very, very nice. There’s a lot of 3D metalworks of flowers and just a very nice ambiance all around…too bad it’s so cold.
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Posted on March 21, 2013 by Wendy
When Fannypack and I were deciding where to go for our next vacation, I had already forcefully told her that it would be an eating trip for me, therefore we should go somewhere with good food. Hitman and I had previously discussed whether any Korean restaurants here serve sannakji (live octopus)…and after conferring with my Korean coworker, it didn’t seem so although Hitman heard a rumour of a place that supposedly serves it in North Van. Therefore, I suggested to Fannypack that we should go to Korea to try that out!! And that became the basis of our decision to go to Korea.
We stayed at Myeongdong, really close to Myeongdong Station. We had sannaki planned for another day. Tonight, it’s ginseng time!!!
Unfortunately we had a 3 hour delay on the plane so we ended in Myeongdong at around dinner time. It was very cold that night, so after we dropped off our luggage, we quickly headed back out to eat. We referred to our self-guided tour book and decided that our first meal would be at the YongYang Centre, which translates to “Nutritional Centre”. It’s been around since 1960s and they serve 2 things only- Ginseng Chicken Soup and Roast Chicken.
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Posted on March 18, 2013 by Hitman Howdy
Groupon had a tasting menu deal for Raincity Grill, a place I had yet to visit, where 2 can dine for $95. Wendy had taken her mother out for a previous Groupon tasting menu at Raincity and really enjoyed the meal, and since my mom was coming to visit I decided to do the same. My mom has never been to a small plates restaurant so I’ll pass the review over to her for a fresh perspective on the evening:
I was pretty excited when I found out what type of meal this would be. The first plate to arrive was of course the bread and butter, little buns that could have been warmer but were nonetheless very tasty. The dish of salt was a nice surprise but maybe a tiny spoon to scoop it with would be helpful. Could be my inexperience but I wasn’t sure how to get just enough.
West Coast Oyster with raspberry & shallot mignonette
This is a little embarrassing to admit but I had never tasted a raw oyster before. I wasn’t about to get squeamish so I quickly slurped it up and it was amazing, so fresh with a hint of tartness from the raspberry. Alas there was only one but I could become a devotee of the oyster.
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Posted on February 23, 2013 by Hitman Howdy
I’ve been wanting to try Maenam for a while now since I’m a big fan of all things Thai and was curious about trying Thai food with a gourmet twist, which is exactly what Maenam offers. The first thing I noticed was the warm, inviting atmosphere, made apparent through use of light and colour. I really dug their tabletops as well (see pics). We had made reservations for the Chef’s Royal Thai Dinner ($47.50/person) in advance, a 3-course, 9-dish tasting menu of on- and off-menu selections which changes occasionally. I’m not sure how often, but this one had started just that week.
First up was an appetizer platter featuring free range chicken satays (satay gai), tempura made with some thin type of fern, crispy fried oysters (hoi tort), prawn cakes and a couple pork rinds and cucumber wedges. The sauces included standard homemade peanut, a red chili one, some watery cucumber relish and my personal favourite: the house sauce, nahm jim. It embodied all of the Thai taste senses: sour, sweet, salty, and bitter (spicy). Each bite made me forget my surroundings a little at a time, daydreaming of bustling Bangkok streets teeming with the pungent aromas of various mobile food carts. The oysters were the highlight for me, and the nahm jim worked perfectly with them. The fern dish was very bland although an interesting idea, and the chicken was just your usual Thai streetfood variety, but were on the dry side. The pork rinds seemed out of place and had some inedible-y chewy hard bits in them. But everything tasted good enough when dipped in the nahm jim I suppose.
For drinks Wendy ordered a virgin Thai and Ginger which consisted of passionfruit and cassia bark topped with gingerbeer. She was expecting a bit more kick from the gingerbeer than what was delivered but still enjoyed the drink. I ordered a pot of lemon ginger tea. I found it a bit mild as well, but pleasant enough.
The next course consisted of soup, salad and mussels. Wendy regrettably forgot to take photos of the soup which is unfortunate since for me it was one of the high points. It was a hot and sour (tom yum) ling cod soup w/ Thai basil and oyster mushroom. Needless to say it was tom yummy! I think I enjoyed it a bit more than Wendy since she didn’t finish hers. I did notice the absence of any big chunks of ginger or lemongrass which I normally like in this type of soup though. But I guess that’s kind of the point here, this ain’t your traditional Thai food.
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