Myeongdong, Seoul Street Eats – Part 2

Did you ever think that you could have a working oven assembled on a street cart?  One that could produce freshly baked yummy cakes?  One particularily memorable street eat Fannypack and I had in Seoul was a snack made from one of these incredible innovations….

Myeongdong, Seoul Street Food

Myeongdong, Seoul Street Food

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Myeongdong, Seoul Street Eats – Part 1

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, Seoul

Myeongdong, Seoul

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.

Lotteria Myeongdong, Seoul: Red bean soup with rice balls

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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Phnom Penh 金邊小館

After hearing so much about the chicken wings and Butter Beef at Phnom Penh, I was finally able to go to try them out!  I think we over-ordered though.  Way too much food for 2 people.

Phnom Penh is a Cambodian/Vietnamese restaurant, but they also make food from other regions too as you shall see.

(Please ignore the date!  Forgot to turn off the date stamp function!)

This is the revered Butter Beef ($12.85).  It is thinly sliced pieces of raw beef brushed with butter then covered with a special garlicky vinagrette.  Topped with LOTS and LOTS of cilantro (man I love cilantro!!!!).

It was good and the beef were tender but I found the vinagrette a bit too sour.

Now their famous Garlic Chicken Wings ($7.95).  It was deep-fried goodness!  It was served with a lime pepper dipping sauce.  Each piece was juicy and tender.

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The Clubhouse Restaurant

A favorite Japanese restaurant of Boyfriend and mine is The Clubhouse Restaurant.  We been going since the early days of our relationship.  Unfortunately we don’t get to go often since it is just so out of the way.  We also found that the place seems to have irregular hours…we wanted to go once on a Tuesday night but arrived only to find it wasn’t open.

The Clubhouse Restaurant

It is a pretty eccentric restaurant.  I don’t think there’s a particular theme, kinda just like throw whatever here and there.  It wasn’t dirty though.

The Clubhouse Restaurant

Clubhouse Japanese Restaurant: Okonomiyaki

Their most famous dish has got to be their massive Okonomiyakis on a hot iron plate.  This takes a while to make.  If you don’t know already, okonomiyaki is what English would like to translate to Japanese pizza.  Their version has yakisoba underneath so one of these is already massively filling.  Obviously they don’t really put thought into presentation ‘cuz I can tell you that this is pretty ghastly looking.  If you’re someone that is into looks, close your eyes and just smell it if you order it.

Again I must reiterate- this thing is MASSIVE.

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Kyung Bok Palace 景福宮

Kyung Bok Palace of Lansdowne Mall in Richmond had been offering a “5 items for $19.95” menu for quite some time now. I’ve always been meaning to go try it. Finally I went with a friend to go try it out for lunch.

This menu is offered until 4pm each day.

Kyung Bok Palace: Pork Bulgogi with banchan

The meal came with 3 side dishes.  I’m not sure if they’re refillable since I forgot to check the menu, and I vaguely remember something about having to pay for refills when I came here before a long time ago.  Not sure if they’ve since changed that.

Firstly commenting on the side dishes, I found the kimchi too sour.  I really prefer the kimchi from Dai Jang Kum.  The potatoes are better there too.

The first item to arrive was the Pork Bulgogi (on the right).  It was pretty good.  We thought the portion was really small though.  However when we finished the meal, we were glad it was that small.

The pork was very tender and moist.  Thinly sliced, very flavorful.

Kyung Bok Palace: Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodles

Then was what’s described as “Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodles”.  I originally thought this would be a noodle dish, but it turns out there’s only a few portion of noodles.  It was very chewy though.  There were 4 pieces of chicken and those were good.  This was more like a dish to serve with rice.

Kyung Bok Palace: Spicy Rice Cake

Next was the Spicy Rice Cake.  There were 6 pieces plus the fish cake on top.  By now we were starting to be filled.  We ended up not eating the fish cake.

The rice cakes were very big and chewy.   It wasn’t overly spicy so I can take it.  Although there were only 6 pieces, there was also just 2 of us.

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