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Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

After eating lots of junks here in Seoul so far ( like 족발, 갈매기살 and fried chicken) it was time to introduce you some heathly food today 🙂 It is called Shabu Shabu ( 샤브샤브 ) which is, of course just in my humble opionion, a great eating experience for everyone from the Western countries. Shabu Shabu has its roots in Japan and is a dish where you cook meat and lots of vegetables in a huge cooking pot. Although i am not the big fan of veggies i deeply love 샤브샤브 !! Eating 샤브샤브 is like getting a three-course meal, for starters cooking the veggies and the meat, then cooking the noodles and enjoying the soup and at the end you are eating a rice dish. Really, really yummy!

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

At the very beginning you put all the vegetables inside the cooking pot and let it cook for a while. After a few minutes you can already start to grab some meat and put it inside the bowl. It’s tricky at the beginning to keep the meat on the chopstick but with some practise it won’t be a problem. Because the meat is cut into razor-thin slices it is done very quickly. You grab some onions and cabbage and eat it together with the meat.

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

After finishing the meat and the veggies you are putting some noodles inside the bowl and let it cook again for a while. Thanks to the vegetables and meat the soup gets a great taste and is truly delicious! My favorite part of Shabu Shabu. 맛있어요!

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

Shabu Shabu 샤브샤브

At the end you will get some rice and an egg, which will be mixed with the leftover soup. If you were not full yet, you will be probably now 😛

샤브샤브 definitely counts to my favorite dishes here in South Korea, although it isn’t a original Korean dish. Perhaps one day i will get the chance to taste the real Japanese version of it, this would be great. You can find Shabu Shabu restaurants on every corner here in Seoul, at least here in Sinchon 😀 So give it a try, it is a great eating experience! You won’t be disappointed!

Eating 갈매기살 at 서래

Seorae 서래 in Sinchon

My first two day of my Language Course at Yonsei are done and finally i had some time to go out and eat something delicious again. This time we choosed to go to Seorae ( 서래 ) to eat some delicious 갈매기살 and 껍데기.

Sinchon at night

Seorae 서래 Queue

Seorae 서래 Inside

Seorae 서래 Inside

It is not so easy to get a table there immediately, especially at night when Sinchon is packed with tons of people! So most of the times you signup on a waiting list and wait until they shout your name. We were lucky, just a few minutes later we got our table and ordered 갈매기살 and 껍데기!

Galmaegisal 갈매기살 and ggeobdegi 껍데기

Galmaegisal 갈매기살 and ggeobdegi 껍데기

Galmaegisal 갈매기살 and ggeobdegi 껍데기

Like most of the times you are preparing the food by yourself. My both lovely ladies took good care of the meat and roasted it well over an open flame. Honestly, i wasn’t that much into the ggeobdegi 껍데기 which is the skin of a pig. It was pretty chewy and kinda sweet. Luckily Sunjin liked it a lot, so she took care of it the most! 😀

Galmaegisal 갈매기살

Otherwise i liked the Galmaegisal ( 갈매기살 ) a lot. You grab a piece of galbisal, put into a sauce with onions and eat it. Soooo delicious!

Makgeolli 막걸리

It was friday night, no work for the girls and no university for me on the next day, so we decided to drink Makgeolli ( 막걸리 ) which fits perfectly together with the 갈매기살! We had really a nice and fun evening so i wanna say a big thank you to Sujin and Sunjin to be my company again!

Mika says: Both thumbs up again! Seorae ( 서래 ) is a great place if you like to eat well and have a good time. But don’t come here if you are in the mood for talking a lot and having deeper conversations because it is really, really loud inside. The meat is truly good, especially the 갈매기살! Very Yummy! The food is also very cheap here, we paid around 27.000 Won, about 17 Euro, for three people. I was even still full on the next day and skipped breakfast ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Where to find Seorae ( 서래 ) in Sinchon:
Seorae 서래 in Sinchon with Map

Seorae ( 서래 ) Website: http://www.seoraester.co.kr/

The Frypan – Fried chicken and beer

The Frypan in Yangjae-dong

Inside The Frypan in Yangjae-dong

The Frypan menu

If you like fried chicken, chips and beer and you are in South Korea, forget Kentucky Fried Chicken and give “The Frypan” a shot! You won’t be disappointed! The Frypan started as a University project and turned into a pretty successful franchise which you can find all over Seoul. After a busy day i was really in the mood for some chicken and beer, so i went to Yangjae-dong to pick up Sujin and we went to the Frypan together.

The Frypan salad

Usually i am the kind of guy who leaves the salad untouched but this salad was really, really good and tasted great! I was wondering a lil bit that they didn’t offer the salad as a stand alone menu, only as a side dish next to the chicken. So pick up the set menu to get also this delicious salad!

Freshly fried potato chips toppped with boneless fried chicken

Freshly fried potato chips toppped with boneless fried chicken

But let’s forget the salad now and focus why we are really here for: freshly fried potato chips toppped with boneless fried chicken! Yay! That’s what i call a menu and believe me you need some good appetite to finish this! 😉 The chicken is crispy and tastes great, especially with the garlic sauce! The spicy sauce is also really good but i like it more as a dip for the potato chips.

Mika says: Great place if you want to eat some fried chicken. I’ve been to KFC here already and believe me, you will do yourself a favor if you check out the “The Frypan”. We paid less than 30.000 Won for the menu and the beer, so around 20 Euro. Not cheap but a reasonable price for a tasty chicken, chips and a great salad.

The Frypan Website: http://www.thefrypan.co.kr/

맥주 Maekju

If you are in the mood to drink more beer like us yesterday, keep your eyes open for this magical word: 맥주 😀 Romanized it’s called “maekju” and means beer! We were really lucky because just across the Frypan was this great beer place, where you can grab the beer by yourself and it was really, really cheap! The perfect place to get drunk! 😛

맥주 Maekju

Cass and Hite

It isn’t the typical drinking place because usually you need to order something to eat too besides drinking. But in this place you could even bring your food along with you, grab a beer and enjoy your evening. Definitely i need to look for such a place in Sinchon too, it would immediately become my second living room! 😀

Packed subway in Seoul

And something you should get used to, if you are going home in the early evening. The “Super-packed-there-is-no-space-for-breathing” subway. It was even hard for me to put out the iPhone to shoot this picture. Priceless experience, especially if somebody close to you farted as well 😛