South Korea Series:
How to Apply for a Korean Visa for Filipino Employees
8-Day South Korea Budget and Itinerary (Seoul + Jeju)
Adventures in Jeju
Where to Stay in Hongdae, Seoul
Aside from sightseeing and hostel hopping, we thoroughly enjoyed the food in South Korea. We are so in love with samgyupsal and we were so ready to fall in love with other South Korean foods. I wasn’t originally planning to write a blog post dedicated to what we ate, however I find myself constantly missing the food and I realized that I took pictures of everything that we ate – which isn’t usual for me. 😀 We budgeted 10,000 krw for each meal. There were a few times when we went overbudget, but more times when we underbudget 🙂
When we arrived in Hongdae area, we were so hungry so we immediately looked for somewhere to eat. The first thing that caught our attention was the pojangmacha stationed beside Starbucks cafe, near Exit 2 of Hongik Station. Pojangmacha are street stalls which sell a variety of street foods such as gimbap, tteokbokki, sundae, fish cakes and an assortment of fried food like egg, squid legs, shrimp and dim sum.
Pojangmacha. I wish we were able to drink here like we see in KDramas. But it got too cold at night.
The ahjummas were really nice despite the language barrier. I ordered a fish cake and 5 pieces of assorted fried food all for 3,000 krw or around 120 php. At first I thought this wasn’t enough but these foods were actually very filling and felt heavy to the stomach.
First meal in South Korea. It’s more delicious than it looks
We bought snacks at Namsan Seoul Tower. The ice cream churros was very tempting even though it was already very cold.
Churros and ice cream even though it was 16 degree Celsius cold. Teehee.
For dinner, we ate at Kkanbu Chicken located right on the corner of where we were staying. We ordered 2 kinds of Korean chicken and a glass of beer. We split the bill and paid 10,750 krw each.
Garlic parmesan friend chicken
And I forgot what this is called 😦
Breakfast at O’sulloc was milk tea and a slice of green tea roll. It was delicious! Though for 11,000 krw it wasn’t very filling.
This was more apt for a light snack than for breakfast
Lunch was a slightly heartbreaking affair because it was expensive. Our driver in Jeju brought us to the restaurant without knowing the price point. We were too shy to leave because we already sat down and the staff were already fixing our table. The food was okay, but not the taste I was looking for. The lunch set was 110,000 krw good for 4 people. We should have ordered the set for 2 because we barely were able to finish half the food.
Easily our most expensive meal from the trip
Dinner was an assortment of instant noodles, bread and snacks bought from the grocery store because we were too tired and too broke from lunch to go out. LOL.
Our simple dinner of bread, noodles and gimbap from the grocery store. The kimchi was donated by our Airbnb host. LOL
We first climbed Mt. Hallasan so we got hungry by mid-morning. Jella and Karla bought corndogs and I bought a hotteok – a Korean pancake with a sweet sugar stuffing. I loved my hotteok but it’s not to be eaten without water at hand. The sweetness became a challenge when I already devoured more than half of the pancake.
I don’t really like corn dogs but Karla and Jella loved it
My favorite lunchtime meal was when we were finally able to taste the famous black pork of Jeju. My eyes closed in ecstasy when it went into my mouth. ❤
Dinner that day was a repeat of the previous day’s menu. LOL.
We ate lunch at Tongin Market so we could sample many South Korean food in one go. For 5,000 krw, I was able to fill my plate with gimbap, egg rolls, friend Korean sausage, chap chae and tteokbokki. My favorite was the chap chae and gimbap.
My plate at Tongin Market
While walking around Samcheongdong area, we passed by a stall selling fried squid. And of course we bought one because it looked so delicious and we were very tired from all the walking that day. The sauce made it heavenly!
Fried squid ❤
That night, Karla’s friend treated us to a full course Korean dinner. Everything was delicious, even though I had to slightly force myself to taste some of the food because they looked really unfamiliar. It seemed that the meal was never-ending. The food just kept on coming until we can no longer count the number of dishes on the table.
Full course Korean dinner which left us surrendering in defeat from eating
This was the day of our JSA tour and lunch was included in the tour package. I honestly wasn’t expecting much because I read some reviews that the lunch provided wasn’t very good. But we were pleasantly surprised that the food was not that bad. In fact, it was sumptuous! The meat in the galbi tang (if I remember the name correctly) was very tender and spiced just right.
Lunch c/o Tour DMZ 🙂
Then came my favorite discovery of our trip. We met up with a friend from college that night and just chose a random restaurant near Konkuk station. Ate Gellene ordered the dish that would made me forget my name. LOL. Haejangguk literally means hangover soup according to Google. But I didn’t need to be drunk to appreciate it. The best part is that one huge bowl cost us only 6,000 krw. I’m still searching for a Korean restaurant here in Manila that serves haejangguk.
The best meal I ate!
Since we all loved samgyupsal and we realized that we spent 6 days in South Korea without showing our love for our favorite meal, we pigged out on samgyupsal for lunch and dinner. 😀
Samgyupsal would always have a special place in our stomachs
I was drawn like a magnet to a street stall selling egg bread in Myeongdong. I think it’s my favorite street food in South Korea ❤
Egg bread is the most amazing street food ever!
Lunch was again samgyupsal. Because we realized it’s our last day in South Korea.
Samgyupsal for the nth time ❤
Tired from all the shopping we did in Myeongdong, we decided to just buy food from pojangmacha in Hongdae area. Because I was so hungry, I bought a lot but I wasn’t able to finish everything.
Pojangmacha in Hongdae area. There were many customers even though it was 8 degrees Celsius that night
More dinner options. There were many more not pictured.
We all bought churros for dessert because the store claimed they were better than a boyfriend. LOL.
The churros was a great dessert
But I still love my boyfriend more. LOL
And aside from all the food we ate, we also bought Korean snacks to bring home. I can never get enough of Korean food.
Pasalubong shopping / hoarding before our trip back home.