Friday, April 26, 2013

Donghae Haemul Kalguksu (동해해물칼국수)

Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Heukseok Station (Line 9)
Distance from Subway Station: 88 meters (Exit 3)
District (gu): Dongjak-gu
GPS: 37.507841,126.963645
Kalguksu is usually made from seafood ingredients. However, sometimes instead of clams or anchovies, the broth is made from chicken stock instead. This restaurant's name is Donghae Haemul Kalguksu (East Sea Seafood Kalguksu) so I think it is safe to assume that they use seafood stock? No harm in asking first though :) Their kalguksu costs only 4,500 KRW per bowl. The store is open on weekdays from 10.30 to 8.00 PM. It closes at 3.00 PM on Saturday and is not open on Sunday. (source 1, source 2).

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Haemul Sotbab Morang (해물솥밥 모랑)

Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station:  Gangnam Station (Line 2)
Distance from Subway Station: 75 meters (Exit 5)
District (gu): Gangnam-gu
GPS: 37.494686,127.028645

Bibimbap is a really popular Korean dish. It is no wonder that there are many variations of this recipe. This restaurant, Haemul Sotbab Morang (Seafood Hot Stone Pot Rice Morang) is a chain that has seafood "sotbab" (hot pot rice) as its signature dishes. Most of their dishes are seafood or vegetarian base, with only two or three containing beef.

Their number one menu, Haemul Sotbab (seafood hot pot rice) is 8,500 KRW and comes with soup and side dishes. The restaurant has pictures and English descriptions on their menu so you can know what dishes to order. The restaurant is open from 11AM to 9PM and doesn't operate on Korean public holidays. It is located on the second floor, the same floor as Baba India. (source 1, source 2)

The restaurant is in this building, same floor as Baba India
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Is it Safe to Visit South Korea Now?

I've received questions on is it safe to go to South Korea. Not being there myself I don't know what is the current mood among the citizens. What I can do is provide travel advisory from various embassies, and press releases by South Korean agencies. If you have other info not listed here please comment below and I will check and add them to this entry.
Additionally, if you are currently in South Korea please comment below and tell us about the situations and moods there. Our readers will really appreciate it.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mapo Gui Gui Grilled Fish Restaurant

Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station:  Mapo Station (Line 5)
Distance from Subway Station:  141 meters (Exit 4)
District (gu): Mapo-gu
GPS: 37.538463,126.946412

Dongdaemun is not the only place to dine on grilled fish. Grilled fish is a popular dish in Korea so there are a lot of grilled fish restaurants scattered around. This grilled fish restaurant has a very cute name "Mapo Gui Gui" (Mapo Grilled Grilled). Located in Mapo-gu district, this restaurant has received good reviews on its Mackerel grilled (Godeungo Gui/고등어구이), cooked over coal fire.

The grilled fish meal comes with "baekban"; defined by Naver dictionary as: 백반 - meal with a bowl of rice, soup, and side dishes. So you can have a very filling meal. Mackerel grilled with baekban in Mapo Gui Gui costs only 6,000 KRW. The restaurant opening hours is 10 AM - 10 PM and it is closed every Sunday (source 1, source 2)

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Travel Planning Service - Miss Lidiya's Testimonial

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