western fried rice

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Mid-December I started taking Korean language classes at Hongik University. The building itself is actually in Sangsu but a short walk from Hongdae – full of shops and restaurants popular with college students. My school is full of kids in their early 20s looking to attend art school at Hongdae or acting programs at other universities in Seoul. The pace of the class is very quick with daily vocabulary tests and midterms and finals. Personally, the tests weren’t as difficult as I was expecting but the speaking test is nerve wracking. After 3 months of successfully completing Level 1 in first place (!), I’m on short break until next semester begins!

Towards the beginning of the semester,  my friend and I met up for a late lunch after my class. She took me to one of her to go fried rice places near the Hongdae station. Even though it’s called Western Fried Rice, it’s typical Korean fried rice. It’s actually delicious and less greasy than it looks! After we went to Sulbing for dessert where we shared a huge banana bingsu cake. Even though Hongdae is full of restaurants, the good places tend to be slightly hidden in the inside streets. Also hanging out in the area during the day and night is a very different feeling.


12月中旬からホンデ大学の語学堂に通い始めました。建物自体はサンスにあるけど、ちょっと歩けばホンデ中心です。ホンデは大学生や若者達に人気で店やレストランがたくさん。私の通ってる学校は20代前半の学生でホンデ大学の美術部や他校の演劇部に通いたい子達が多いです。授業のペースは速めで毎日単語テストがあり中間試験と期末試験があります。個人的に試験は思ったほど難しくなかったが話すテストは緊張します。3ヶ月通い続けた結果、無事1級を卒業し(学級1位も獲得!)、今は2学期まで休み中です。

1学期の始めの頃、授業の後友達と遅めのお昼を食べました。ホンデ駅近くの行きつけの焼きめし屋に連れてくれました。名前はウェスターンとついてるけど、定番の韓国風焼き飯でした。見た目より美味しく脂っこくなかった。デザートはソルビンででかいバナナビンスケーキを半分こ。ホンデはレストランが多いけど、美味しい所は大通りからちょっと隠れています。そして昼と夜の雰囲気は全然違うので面白いですよ。

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