cold recipe

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The area north of Hongdae is up and coming with a large foreigners super market. After a failed naengmyung lunch, we decided to walk around the area a bit before heading to Jamsil. Supposedly there are a lot of cafes and bakeries but they were all a bit far from where we were. I was about to give up on dessert when suddenly an ice cream store appeared in front of us.

We had walked this street last year but I never noticed this store before. It was a small cozy artisan type ice cream store with some classic and unusual flavors. The options were few but a good amount of sorbets for my foodie partner. I tried a matcha cream cheese (I think?) flavor which I didn’t like. So I went with peanut butter chocolate chip and my foodie partner with grapefruit. It was very smooth with a strong flavor. My foodie partner was satisfied with his choice too. If only we had a place like this near our apartment!


ホンデの北は最近流行りだしていて、大きい外国人向けのスーパーもあります。まずい冷麺を食べたあと、チャムシルに向かうまでに回りを散歩しながらデザートを探すことにしました。カフェやパン屋は沢山あるはずなのに、歩いていた場所からちょっと離れていたそうです。諦めかけていたら、目の前にアイスクリームの店が!

去年もこの道を歩いたのに全然気づかなかった。小さい今風のおしゃれな店でちょっと変わった味も置いてあった。味の数は少ないが彼が好きなソルベ系はいくつかありました。私は抹茶クリームチーズ(かな?)を試したけど、微妙だったので定番なピーンアッツバターチョコチップにしました。彼はグレープフルーツ。アイスクリームは滑らかで味はしっかりしてます。アパートの近くにこんなアイスクリームの店があったら…

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thai man

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A couple of months ago, my foodie partner’s high school friend opened a thai restaurant in the southern side of Seoul. We finally decided to take the trip across the river to say hello and try his food. The menu is small but with good options especially for lunch. I ordered the basil pork rice, my foodie partner beef pho, and we shared the shrimp croquette. The food wasn’t too greasy or salty. My foodie partner is pretty picky when it comes to pho soup, but he was impressed. We also tried the thai iced tea and were surprised it wasn’t sickly sweet like how it usually is.

Unfortunately, the location is pretty out of the way for us to visit often, but it’s a solid place if you work nearby, or are looking for lunch with friends in the near the gangnam area.


数ヶ月前、彼氏の高校時代の友達が南ソウルでタイレストランを開いたので、やっと挨拶と料理を食べに行きました。メニューは小さいけど、お昼としては丁度いい品数。私はバジルポークライス、彼はビーフフォ、とエビコロッケをシェア。料理は脂っこすぎず、塩辛すぎず。彼氏はフォのスープには結構こだわるけど、ここは美味しいと頷いてました。タイのアイスティーも普段気持ち悪いぐらい甘いけど、ここは控えてたのでいい意味でびっくりしました。

場所は私たちにとって不便なので、頻繁には行けないけど、近くに働いていたり、カンナム辺りで友達とお昼を探してたら、丁度いいと思います。

eulji myeon oak

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Again, it’s been awhile to update. After coming back from Japan, I still had a week before school started. My foodie partner took a Friday off and after taking care of some business in the Euljiro area, we headed off to eat lunch at his late grandfather’s favourite naengmyeon restaurant. Since it was a weekday lunch, the line was already long with office people but within 15 minutes, we were seated and waiting for our cold noodles. Similar to eulmidae the broth is light and the noodles soft. It was very refreshing on a hot day. Almost a week later, we ended up going again for dinner when we were in the area.

I’m still not a big naengmyeon fan, but in the summer it definitely helps when you’re too hot to think of what to eat.


またお久しぶりですね。日本から戻ってきて、学校が始まるまでまだ1週間あったので、彼氏は金曜日を休みました。ウルチロ辺りでの用事を済ましたら、おじいさんが大好きだった冷麺の店でお昼を食べに行きました。平日のお昼ごろだったので、社員で行列。でも15分も経たない内に、席に座ってて冷麺を待っていました。ウルミデ見たくスープは薄めで麺はあ柔らかい。暑い日には丁度いいさっぱり感。また一週間後、夜ごはんで食べに行きました。

やっぱりまだ韓国冷麺はそこまで好きじゃないけど、暑い夏の日に食べることすら考えられない時には丁度いいかも。

 

mies container

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Wow, it’s already been over a month since I finished level 2 of Korean language school. Unfortunately, no big scholarship this time. Apparently I was really close, so I was pretty bummed about it. And my new friend went back to Fukuoka too. But before she left, we hung out one more time after the closing ceremony.

We were debating about what to eat and decided to go somewhere with french fries. I’ve been to Mies Container a couple of times and they have pretty good thin cut french fries. This time we stuck to the plain rather than garlic which can be greasy and too garlicky. We also ordered a cream spaghetti and later garlic bacon pan cheese since my friend thought it wouldn’t be enough food. Boy, do Koreans really love cheese. The cream spaghetti was good but thickly sauced. I was full from that and the french fries, barely touching the pan cheese. It’s really like the name, just cheese and whatever toppings they add. My stomach immediately said “No” after a few bites. Even my friend regretted ordering it.

After my 3rd time coming here, I think I’ll only stick to the fries and MAYBE the pasta salad to share if I’m going to eat a full meal.


もう語学堂2級が終わってから1ヶ月以上も経ってしました。残念ながら今回は奨学金なし。すごく惜しかったみたいので、がっかりでした。そして仲良くしてもらった友達も福岡に帰ってしまいました。でも彼女が帰国する前に修了式の後もう一度遊びました。

お昼に何を食べるか迷ったがフレンチフライがある場所を探しました。何度かミズコンテーナに行ったことがあるか細切りフライはなかなかいける。ガーリクフライはちょっと油っこくてニンニクが強いので今回はプレーンにしました。クリームスパゲッティと後で量が少ないと思い友達はガーリックベーコンフライパンチーズを頼みました。韓国人は本当にチーズが好きですね。クリームスパゲッティは美味しかったけど、ソースがどっしり。それとフライでもうお腹がいっぱいでした。フライパンチーズを本当に名前通りフライパンにチーズだけ。ちょっと食べたらお腹がストップ。友達もちょっと後悔してました。

これで3回目だけど、また行くとしたらフライだけ頼むかな。でも食事しないといけないなら、パスタサラダシェアがオススメです。

grunge

mogumogu_050717.jpgDuring my second semester of language school, I finally made a friend! Sadly, it was her last semester in Korea and recently returned to Japan… But during the semester we hung out occasionally eating some good food. We also pared up for one of our pronunciation tests and met up with her Korean language assistant to practice at a cafe in Hongdae.

The cafe menu was hard to read since it is hand written in Korean but we all chose lattes with ice cream on top. I don’t drink coffee so of course mine was Green tea. I was craving something sweet after lunch so it was perfect. I think it’s a well known cafe, but luckily that day wasn’t too crowded. It’s no quiet enough to study but not a bad place to work for a few hours as my foodie partner did while he waited for us to finish. It’s pretty close to school and Sangsu station so not bad to stop by with a friend if you need a couple hours to waste.


語学堂の2学期は友達ができた!でも彼女はその後すぐ日本に帰ってしまいました… 😦 帰国までおしゃべりをたくさんして時々外食も。そして発音テストのためには二人で組んだので、ある日トウミと3人でホンデのカフェでテストの練習。

カフェのメニューは筆ペンで手書きで読みずらかった。みんなは上にアイスが乗っかったラテを飲みました。私はコーヒーが飲めないので抹茶。お昼の後甘いものが食べたかったのでちょうど良かった。結構知られてるカフェだと思うけど、以外とその日はそこまで混んでいなかった。静かではないので勉強しずらいけど、数時間パソコン仕事をするのにはちょうどいいかも。学校とサンス駅に近いので、友達と時間を潰したかったらいいかも。

ojangdong hamheung

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I think I’m getting more used to eating naengmyeon. With the hot weather, it’s definitely a good way to cool down. Although this time we ate hwe naengmyeon (spicy sashimi cold noodles), famous in the Jongno-gu area in Seoul. There are many knockoff restaurants but we went to the original Ojangdong Hamheung. The chewy noodles are mixed with a spicy sweet sauce and sashimi. But this isn’t the typical sashimi you’re probably imagining. It’s a marinated raw fish that’s kind of chewy and hard. It might be peculiar for westerners, but I like the different textures and the sweet spiciness of the sauce. But be warned that it’s quite spicy and you’ll be grabbing lots of tissues as you eat. Don’t be fooled by your first taste. My foodie partner thought it wasn’t spicy enough and added more hot pepper only to regret it a few seconds later.


冷麺に食べ慣れてきたかも。まぁ気温も暑くなってきたから、体を冷やすのにはいいしね。今回はジョンノ区で有名のフェネンミョンを食べに行きました。真似たレストランは多いけど、私たちは元祖のオジャンドンハムフンに行きました。コシのきいた麺に甘辛ソースと刺身。でも考えてるような刺身じゃなく、漬け込んだ刺身で(大抵カレイ)食感が少し硬い。西洋人は苦手かもしれないね。私は甘辛ソースと二つのな食感が結構気に入ってるけど。注意するが、かなり辛いので最後はテイッシュで鼻をかみっぱなしですよ。最初の一口で騙されちゃいけない。彼氏は辛さが足りないと思い、唐辛子を足したら、数秒後に後悔w

shilla bakery

mogumogu_050517.jpgWhenever there’s a family gathering with the in-laws, the pastry shop at the Shilla Hotel is our go to for cake. This time we chose ssuk (mugwort) short cake since the color was beautiful. It was actually really good and moist. No leafy taste at all. But the downside was it was hard to cut and fell apart instead. Everyone was also too full from the pizza lunch to eat the cake we brought too 😦 Maybe next time we should choose a smaller cake.


義理の家族と集まりがあるときは、新羅ホテルでケーキを買うのが定番になってきました。今回は色がきれいで(彼氏もヨモギが好きなので)ヨモギのショートケーキを選びました。ケーキはしっとりで生クリーは甘すぎず、本当に美味しかった。でも切りにくくて、完全に崩れてしまいました。みんなもお昼に食べたピザでお腹がいっぱいでケーキも食べてくれなかった 😦 次回はもっと小さいケーキを選んだ方がいいかも。

fritz coffee

mogumogu_050317.jpgFritz Coffee is a cafe/bakery that started in our neighborhood and has lately expanded around Seoul. The original cafe is in a semi traditional looking 3 floor house (?) with a chill relaxing vibe. The bakery items range from scones, croissants, and cookie/brownies.  I had a scone which was ok but the cookie I tried later was better. I think the cafe is most famous for the coffee though. They sell their own branded and packaged beans and have won several barista awards. The branding design reminds me of retro Korea and the walrus logo is pretty adorable. It’s definitely a hip place popular with the young crowd and instagrammers. Personally, we like the varied option at the bakery closer to our apartment. But I recommend if you’re south of Gongdeok station or need a place to chill with friends!


フリッツコーヒーは近所で始まったカフェベーカリー。そして最近人気を誇り、ソウルで拡大中。本店は伝統的っぽいような3回建の家(?)でゆっくりできる空間。ベーカリーはスコーン、クロワッサンやクッキーとブラウニー。スコーンを食べてみたけど、まぁまぁ。後で食べたクッキーの方が美味しかった。でもカフェはどちらかといえばコーヒーが有名。バリスタ大会で数々受賞し、自社のコーヒー豆も販売。ブランディングデザインはレトロっぽく、セイウチのマスコットも可愛い。若者には人気のカフェですね。私たちはアパートの近くにあるパンの種類が多いパン屋の方が好きだけどね。でもコンドク駅の南側で一休みを求めていたらお勧めです。

isaac toast

mogumogu_050117.jpgSometimes we watch the youtube channel Korean Englishman and in one episode, they stop by Isaac Toast with Ollie’s father. My foodie partner was curious if it’s as good as they were raving, so after my class ended on labor day (I still had school!), we decided to stop by for lunch. There are about 10-13 different sandwiches all under 4000 won. I went with the hot chicken mvp which included those funky cafeteria type meat sausages, lettuce, egg and some delicious sauce! The toast could be crunchier but probably soaks up the sauce quickly. With the price and ample sandwich options compared to the street toast vendors, we could see the reason for Isaac Toast’s popularity. Since then, we’ve been back about 2-3 times for an easy quick lunch.


時々人気のyoutubeチャンネルKorean Englishmanを見るが、あるエピソードでは、カメラマンのオリーのお父さんとイサックトーストに行ってました。トーストを絶賛していたので、彼氏は本当に美味しいのか気になり、韓国の労働者の日、授業が終わった後(そう、私はまだ学校があった!)、お昼を食べに行ってみました。10~13種類のサンドウィッチは全て4000ウォン以下。私はホットチキンmvpを選び、中身はアメリカの学食によくある奇妙なソーセージ、レタス、卵、そして美味しいソース!パンはもう少しサクサクなら良かったけど、多分ソースを吸収してグニャ。値段とたくさんのトーストの種類を屋台のトーストと比べたら、イサックトーストの人気が納得できる。それから、私たちも簡単で早いお昼を食べに2−3回行ってます。

dangdo

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I’ve probably mentioned this before, but Korea’s ice cream scene is still pretty lacking. Especially north of the river. There are a couple places in Hongdae but nothing I can call a regular spot. But one weekend we tried out the Seoul city rental bikes and biked to the upcoming hip Mangwon dong. Truthfully, we were pretty disappointed since the cafes felt spread out and hidden. If you know where you’re going it might be fun, but if you’re looking to stumble across something… we didn’t have much luck. But through the mangoplate app, I found a gelato store! Dangdo is a tiny shop but has at least 10 rotating flavors that skew towards the unique. There are also an ample amount of fruity flavors — good for my foodie partner 😉 The first time was green tea and black sesame, which my foodie partner wasn’t a fan of. But a few weeks later we went back and I chose pistachio and strawberry. The price is reasonable although there is only 1 size plus a take home pack. And they’ll add a tasting scoop of one flavor you’re curious about too!


前にも話したと思うが、韓国のアイスクリームはまだまだです。特に川の北側。ホンデには何ヶ所かあるが、行きつけはない。でもある週末ソウル市のレンタル自転車を借りて、最近流行りのマンウォンまで行きました。カフェは以外と探しづらく、隠れていて、ちょっとがっかり。行く場所が決まっていたら楽しいかもしれないけど、偶然探すのは難しいかも?私たちはその点には運がなかったね。でもアプリで探してみたら、ジェラト屋発見!ダンドは小さいけど、10週類のアイスが毎週ぐらい変わる。どっちかといえば、アイスの種類は変わっていて、さっぱりフルーツ系も多い。最初は私の好きな抹茶と黒胡麻(彼氏は好きじゃなかった)。数週間後の2回目はピスタチオとイチゴ。値段はリーズナブルだけど、サイズは一つと持ち帰り用だけ。でも最後に気になる味も一口くれます。

eulmidae

mogumogu_042317.jpgOn the walk home from school, I always pass by a restaurant with at least 10 people waiting outside. I told my foodie partner excitedly that there seemed to be a popular restaurant nearby our apartment and found out this was the pyeong yang naengmyeon place he had mentioned when he first moved in. I’ve tried pyeong yang naengmyeon before but this is one of the authentic restaurants. The broth is very subtle that at first tastes almost bland but by the end tastes rich and full. It’s very refreshing and perfect to cool down from the summer heat. The noodles are also on the soft side rather than the usual chewy type. They also have a nokdu jeon (mungbean pancake) with pieces of pork which is well worth trying. The flavor is much stronger than the naengmyeon but doesn’t overpower the subtleness of the noodle broth. Even if the line is long, don’t let that deter you. There is ample seating with 4 different seating areas so the wait shouldn’t take too long.


学校の帰りにいつも10人以上並んでるレストランを通り過ぎます。急いで彼氏に家の近くに人気のあるレストランがあると教えたら、なんとそこは引越し当時両親と寄ったピョンヤン冷麺の店でした。何度かピョンヤン冷麺は食べたことはあるが、ここは本場の味。最初出汁は薄くて水っぽいかもしれないが、食べていくうちコクと深みがでてくる。さっぱりして、蒸し暑い夏には最適。麺は柔らけめでいつも見る腰のある麺より噛みやすい。そして豚肉の緑豆のチヂミもオススメです。味は冷麺より濃いけど、あいます。列は長くても諦めないでください!座席は4ヶ所もあるので、待ち時間はそんなに長くかからないはずです。

and lab

mogumogu_042117.jpgMy language program has 2 cultural days per semester. The first one for the spring was a trip to Everland! I was excited to finally go to an amusement park but ended up being pretty disappointed… There were barely any roller coasters and the lines were too long. In the end we walked around the zoo and flower garden, trying to waste time at the end.

After being bus sick twice that day, I walked home from school to meet my foodie partner for dinner. I had recently been following a japanese expat bloggers site who had mentioned a japanese izakaya and ramen place that opened nearby our train station. So we decided to try it out the izakaya first. The food was pretty good but the sake options were mainly bottle only. After satisfying our stomachs, my foodie partner exclaimed he wanted to go to itaewon.

We hopped on the train and wandered around looking for a dessert cafe we hadn’t tried yet. And suddenly I notice a familiar figure. My foodie partner’s friend! They chatted for a second before we headed onto our destination — And Lab. Unfortunately, there were only 2 cake choices left. I had been hoping for the mont blanc but at least there was my favorite pistachio! We also ordered the milk assam tea. Pricey but surprisingly very delicious. The cake was good too but not as pistachio as I hoped. The place was crowded even an hour left to closing. I would much rather come during the day and snag dessert when there are more options. Oh, and on our way home, I tripped on the stairs to the subway and ended the day with a big bruise on my knee.


私の語学堂は1学期に2回文化体験があります。春学期の最初の遠足はエバーランド!やっと遊園地に行けて張り切ってたけど、がっかりしました。ジェットコースターが少なく、全部行列。結果的、動物園と花園を見学だけで、最後の2時間はどうにか潰そうとダラダラ。

その日は2回もバス酔いしたので、学校から家まで歩いて、彼と夜ご飯を食べに会いました。最近在韓日本人のブログを読み始めて、近所に日本人経営のラーメン屋と居酒屋ができたと読み、最初は居酒屋を試してみることに。料理は美味しかったけど、お酒はほとんどボトルオンリー。お腹を満たしたら、急に彼がイテワォンに行きたいと。

電車に乗り、デザートを探しながらイテワォンをウロウロ。そしたら、見覚えのある顔。なんと彼の友達!ちょっとおしゃべりしてから、デザートカフェのAnd Labにゴー。残念ながらケーキは2種類しか残っていなかった。モンブランを食べたかったけど、ピスタチオはまだ残ってた!ミルクアサム茶も頼みました。高いけど、まろやかでとても美味しい!ケーキも良かったけど、ピスタチオ味は薄い。閉店1時間前だったのに満席。私は午前中にもっとケーキのする意があるときに行きたいかな…そしてその日の帰りは、地下鉄の階段で転んで、膝に大きいアザ。