Friday, October 24

Genki Sushi, Orchard Central

We celebrated the intern-becoming-an-offical-member-of-the-team with lunch at her favourite restaurant Genki Sushi at Orchard Central. The guys were struck by the existence of Orchard Gateway - incredibly embarrassing. Anyho, it was super fun to watch the mountain tortoises take on the iPad ordering system. Good times. 

A very decent sashimi moriwase

Seaked salmon with pollack roe - top gun of the day

More salmon to boost our brain power

Seared fluke - always pleasing

Surprisingly good surf clam salad

Crunchy salmon skin

Vegetable kakiage with thin and crispy batter

Spicy salmon - likeable if you like heat with your kewpie. I do. 

Garlic-butter oysters, which I am told, were very good

Panko-crusted oysters - a weakness of mine

Overly starchy and forgettable 

More omega-3 for the little bun

Wednesday, October 22

Random bits, Seoul 2014

Love the passive-agreesive tone of the non-smoking warning

Travelling with kids tip #1: Pay for space. 
Service apartments rock, especially when you have a hyper-active 2 year who needs space to rrrruuuuunnnn! 

An pan from Sinsegae's bakery was amazingly packed with grounded red bean. 

A shitty version of an pan pancake... Don't you just love the quirkiness?

Travelling with kids tip #2: Take breaks.  
The cranberry muffin from Starbucks was surprisingly moreish. 

Travelling with kids tip #3: 
Bring along a partner who doesn't mind doing the heavy-lifting. 

Soft serve ice-cream brand Honey Creme

Liquid nitrogen ice cream Voila Noir

Parfait from Myeondong

Travelling with kids tip #4: Offer bribes that you can handle. 
That said, we never found an ice cream that hit the sweet spot in Seoul.

Travelling with kids tip #5: Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
Your kids might surprise you. Above it all, stay "wish full" and awesome!

Tuesday, October 21

Street food in Myeongdong, Seoul

Russell has recently taken a liking to chicken (kid loves his vegetables and I'm not complaining) so we got some grilled chicken and leeks on a stick.

Cheese and coleslaw (made with fake crabsticks and cabbage) enacased in a bread that has been coated in panko and deep-fried to bring out all of its glory. So wrong but so right. It's probably one of those things I would only find acceptable in Seoul, and more specifically the streets of Myeongdong.

Peekaboo, you can't see the crabstick within but yup, it's encase with the ubiquitous odeng (fishcake) and slathered with another ubiquitous sweet spicy red sauce. 

This is a popular parfait stand but I must admit milk-based ice creams which seem incredibly common in seoul are not really my thing.

At least the little one enjoyed it. 

This - a street food stand packed with skewers and bubbling pools of tteotpokki - was my favourite sight in Seoul!

Instead of a proper sit-down lunch, we spent our last meal in Seoul, over-ordering and soaking up whatever Myeongdong had to offer.

We tried sundae (blood sausage) for the first time and it went down well with the Mister; I found it too gelatinous for my liking. This only meant I could spend more time with my darling tteobokki. My love for tteobokki is pretty tragic, I know.

While we were noshing on the spicy skewers and stews, Russell busied himself with gimbap. 

Tteotbokki wrapped in odeng and sausages. Familiar ingredients, different configuration.

The odeng theme continues with this huge sausage wrapped in odeng.

I really liked it there. I could have stayed longer - and eaten more - but we had a flight to catch. Sad face.

Monday, October 20

Mister Bossam, Seoul

It's rare that all of our major meals (lunch and dinner) are local food. In Bangkok, we sought relief from Four Seasons Duck Rice and Zen Japanese; in Tokyo, we had burgers and pizzas; but all of places, we managed to do Korean for lunch and dinners in Seoul. I solely attribute this to pregnancy-whacked tastebuds that crave for spicy and savoury.

After having our fair share of carbs and stews, we decided to seek out meat. One of our stops was Mister Bossam, a basement restaurant that specialised in Bossam (steamed pork belly).

There was a self service bar which you could help yourself to mixed grain rice and other side dishes. I was surprised by how much Russell loved the marinated seaweed and unpictured mixed grain rice.

Quite frankly, the pale-looking steamed meat didn't inspire much confidence but this was a classic tale of don't judge the book yada yada. It was incredibly tasty and tender backed up by a depth of smokiness. The accompanying sauces - garlic and gochujang - prevented things from getting monotonous.

It seems as if every table receives a complimentary bibim naengmyeon. To be honest, I wouldn't have ordered it, given my aversion towards cold noodle dishes, but I am glad I got to try it because this single-handedly became one of my favourite discoveries on the trip. Every bite of bibim naengmyeon posed a zesty and refreshing kick to the otherwise meaty meal.

Saturday, October 18

Korean family Restaurant, Seoul

A meaty feast at Korean family Restaurant at Dongdaemun. Galbi, check!

Friday, October 17

(Dinner in) Kkanbu Chicken, Seoul

KW was adamant about having Korean Fried Chicken and bought back a motherfreakin'-awesome-smelling box for dinner one day. 

The name was Kkanbu Chicken. And its game "Feast of the Snowflake Chicken". Pretty much sounds like the sequel of Croching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. 

We took on the challenge of finishing the entire chicken but alas, the chicken outlasted us. At least we polished off the dark meat. 

Another photo because it was simply glorious. Greasebomb glorious.

Crazy crunchy and crispy on the outside, uber moist on the inside.

Having recently acquired a taste for chicken, the little one enjoyed his fair share too.

Along with the fried chicken, KW also bought a couple of gimbal because I had requested for "something light for dinner."

Two sections in and I was done. But not because it was good but my stomach was feeling the heat from the chicken. If only I could pack the gimbap home.

TV dinner in our Sunday best because we like it classy

And soon enough, eat-till-you-drop food coma ensued. Good times. 

Kkanbu Chicken