This was my first time in Seoul, South Korea. My Cathay Pacific red-eye flight landed us in Incheon International Airport. We took the shuttle to our hotel. We briefly wandered the streets, showered and headed out to explore the city in 72 hours. First day…
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Minimani Myeongdong is a Korean restaurant in Myeong-Dong that specializes in BBQ and raw octopus. Raw octopus is one of the must eat items whenever you visit South Korea, Seoul. The modest restaurant and the hostesses does not speak English. Minimani Myeongdong serves up one…
One of the few if any Starbucks with a logo that is not Starbucks. 스타벅스 인사점 stands proudly written in Hangul in Insadong, downtown Korea. Apparently when coffee giant first opened Starbucks Insadong there were a lot of resistance. Later the nine letters were changed into Korean characters. Originally we passed by it like it was just any other Korean coffee shop until Dee pointed out the obvious.
Inside of this coffee shop looks quite traditional Korea and even their goodies of your regular lemon poppyseed loaf or banana bread are updated to mochis and Tteok (Korean rice cakes made with glutinous rice flour). The green tea, melon and black sesames are delicious and ridiculously soft. North Amerian Starbucks should consider importing some here!
Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Insa-dong
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Now that we had our tummies filled with yummy baked eggs custards and banana cake pastries from the streets, it is time to head over to the University District where Ewha Womens University and Yonsei University resides. EWHA Womens University dates back 120+ years ago and holds a prestigious…
After our visit to Tosokchon (the best Ginseng Chicken) and Gyeongbokgung Palace how could we not tour Ewha Womens University Fashion Street and see where our good friend Dee works. On the way there, we passed by this recently built mall YES APM which also had…
Tosokchon Samgyetang South Korea | 土俗村参鶏湯 | 토속촌삼계탕
Tosokchon Samgyetang South Korea 土俗村 “Local Customs Village” specializes in Ginseng chicken soup 参鶏湯. Samgyetang is basically a chicken stuffed with ginseng and rice soup. It is made by boiling 30+ medicinal and food ingredients, chestnuts, pine nuts, gingko nuts, garlic, black seasame seeds, brown rice, barley, jujubes, barley, and ginseng together. The milky broth provides much nutritiousness that it will keep you warm throughout winter. This is a filling deep dish and comes with some sides just to give your palate a break. Ginseng chicken soup: 15,000 won each (approx 15 CAD)
Outside resembles an old house with shingles, brick walls, and wood pillars. The interior consists of floor seating with low long communal tables. It you are tall or stiff bodied, than I hope you do some yoga to prep yourself.
Another popular item on the menu is the Ogolgye Samgyetang (black chicken): 22,000 won. Black chicken promotes blood circulation and very nutritious. Each chicken is slightly smaller compared to the regular spring chickens but again the dish itself is enough to be shared. For experience purposes, we each got our own. Of course, in the end I only ended up drinking the soup.
- spicy burned chicken soup
- spicy stew monkfish
- seafood pancakes
Tosokchon is quite convenient being about 10 min walk away from Gyeongbokgung Station. It is makes a great place to visit after touring Gyeongbokgung Palace 景福宮 |경복궁. Take Exit 2 towards Hyoja-Dong and turn left when you see GS25 convenient store (I hope it will still be there when you visit). Take the time to walk around the area, there are lots of cute shops and pathways!
Address: 85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 2 (about 10 mins walk)
Tel: (02) 737-7444
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