School Food has been around for a while, there’s always a long queue outside the restaurant and I have always been intrigued. So finally, one lunch time, we decided to give it ago. School Food is a modern Korean restaurant chain that is very popular in Korea (or so I have read but why did I not try it when I was there?!). It takes your traditional Korean food and is re-invented into something more ‘modern’, like Carbonara Tteobokki, fried chicken curry ramen, beef bulgogi mari and many many more.
The menu is definitely interesting! We started with this lovely and refreshing drink – cotton strawberry athie – deliciously sweet smoothie blended with fruits and soda. You could definitely taste the strawberry and on a hot summer day, this was perfect.
We started with the special – three different types of fried chicken served with fries. The chicken wings were my favourite out of the three – wings, thighs and chicken strips. The chicken strips were probably the driest, and the thighs which were slightly spicy were pretty tender and succulent.
The carbonara tteobokki was definitely interesting – in a good way that is. The rice cakes were a little chewier than norm and it was smothered in a rich, creamy carbonara sauce – yum! This would be perfect for winter – winter comfort food!
We couldn’t go past the bbq beef ribs with rice and fried potatoes. The beef ribs were cooked to perfection, incredibly tender and incredibly succulent. It had a nice gravy sauce and full of flavour. The fried potatoes were more like wedges which was a wonderful complement.
I thought the bulgogi quesadilla was a little disappointing. There wasn’t enough beef bulgogi in it! Too much dough and not enough beef, and it needed some guacamole I thought.
Now the mari – which is which is originated from the combined word of Gimbap and roll. We started with the spam II mari which was had a lovely egg layer outside the seaweed and chili and roe. This was surprisingly tasty but I am a sucker for spam!
We also ordered the squid ink mari – this is their signature mari. I have to admit, I wasn’t blown away by it, thought there wasn’t enough squid ink flavour and the squid was a little tough.
Overall I thought the food was interesting, warrants another visit to try their other dishes but not sure if I would wait more than 20 minutes though. Service was pleasant and food came out relatively quickly. Wouldn’t mind trying the fried chicken ramen next time.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
Shop 1302, 13/F, Times Square
1 Matheson Street
Ph: +852 2480 3666
Sinseon Seoulnongtang is a restaurant specializing in Seoulnongtang, which is ox-bone soup. A friend of mum’s recommended this restaurant and since we going to Myeongdong to shop, we thought we would check it out for lunch. There was a queue already when we got there but thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long, 15 mins max?
The menu is really quite simple – soup and lots of it.
All of us pretty much ordered the Seolnongtang – Australian ox bone and brisket, which came with a bowl of rice. The soup was pretty flavoursome, it wasn’t as thick as I had hoped but it was tasty. The ox bone and brisket I loved! It was the perfect meal for a cold day in Seoul!
We also ordered dubuyachae seolnongtang – ox bone stew and boiled with tofu and vegetables. The tofu and vegetables were a nice addition and gave it that extra flavouring.
I can’t remember how many serving of this dumpling we ordered – 4 I think, and I am pretty sure I ate 4 dumplings in one sitting. It is undoubtedly the BEST dumpling I have had. Filled with pork and vegetables, the dumpling was moorish and juicy. It was so hard to stop at one, or two for that matter. It was quite large which made it very filling!
Service minimal, it’s a eat, pay when you are done kind of place so turnover is quite quick, even if there is a queue outside. Food definitely recommended, I really loved the dumplings and the soup was pretty flavoursome!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
3-1, Myeongdong 10-gil,
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I was on the hunt for the best fried chicken in Korea. We were there for 5 days and believe me, it wasn’t enough. I wanted more time to shop and eat. So many things to see and buy and so many places to eat and especially if you are on the hunt for the best fried chicken and best Korean BBQ!
Kyochon Chicken specialises in Korean Fried Chicken and opened its first store in 1991 and have expanded and opened 150 stores within 8 years around Korea. They even opened branches in USA and China. The best thing about Kyochon Chicken is that they do delivery! As we were waiting, we did contemplate of having it delivered, but thought it would be better if we ate in.
Kyochon Chicken has many branches in Seoul, we ate at the Dongdaemun branch after an afternoon of shopping. The fried chicken comes in five different flavours – original (soy), red (spicy), honey, salsa and fried series and comes in four various – whole chicken, mixed wings, and drumsticks.
We ordered 2 servings of the whole fried chicken and oh my – it was seriously tasty. Crispy skin, tender meat, it could potentially be one of the best fried chicken I’ve had in Korea!
We also ordered the spicy whole fried chicken. It was spicy but not as spicy as the one at Two Two fried chicken.
And as if that wasn’t enough fried food, we had a serving of chips also – chips were ok, fried chicken is definitely their specialty.
The branch in Dongdaemun was small, we had to wait a good 25 mins and it was definitely worth the wait! Poor Dragon and C though, they were starving by the time we sat which was about 7pm (yes, Dragon eats early but she definitely enjoyed the fried chicken!) Compared with Two Two Fried Chicken, think I like Kyochon Chicken slightly better!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
217-105, Sindang-dong, Jung-gu,
Dongdaemun, Seoul, Korea
Ph: +81 2 2231 9337
Lotte World is Korean’s version of Disney Land. Good thing about Lotte World is that there is an indoor part as well as outdoor part, so if it’s raining, one can still go to Lotte World. It is not only for kids but for adults. I dragged the whole family here and they absolutely loved it. Tickets aren’t cheap but what fun parks have cheap tickets right? Adults who are over 65 pay child fare which isn’t too bad.
The problem with going to amusement parks are the queues and crowds. The adults didn’t really go on many rides, Dragon and her cousin went on 5 rides maximum and they had a ball. Dragon especially loved the merry-go-around, she insisted that we go twice. I am not a big fan, going around in circles, it really does give me a headache but as long as she enjoyed it that’s the main thing.
We arrived around lunch time and were all ravenous. Was recommended by one of the staff to try this restaurant called La Paloma, which is on the first floor in Adventure land and the restaurant serves various grilled and fried foods. Our family loves fried chicken, so we ordered two servings of this. Mum still thinks that this is the BEST fried chicken she had in Seoul! Big CALL but it was good. The chicken were cut into small pieces and was incredibly crispy. Meat was deliciously tender – I can see why she really enjoyed it but saying the BEST she ate in Seoul was definitely a big call.
We ordered a couple servings of the pork cutlet which was served with fried rice and some macaroni salad which was interestingly nice.
We also ordered a serving of the fried rice which went down so quickly that I didn’t even get to snap! Dragon definitely enjoyed the fried rice and the fried chicken. So grateful that she is quite an easy baby to feed – as long as there’s chicken she is one happy girl.
Outside, there is an ice-cream / ice block store which we kept coming back too called the ice factory. So many different flavours in different shapes.
Dragon and I had two servings of the watermelon heart-shaped ice block – it was so refreshing and prefect for a hot day. As you can see from the picture below, Dragon couldn’t wait to dig in!!
We had the panda – which was vanilla ice cream with chocolate through them – it was seriously good. The cookies and cream (can’t remember what shape it was) was also very good. Like Dragon, I could and would like to try every single one of them but.
We spent a good 7 hours in Lotte World, we were absolutely shattered but it was a great day with the kids and family. Will be back to Lotte World in October – yes we are visiting Seoul again! We seriously loved Korea, can’t wait to go back!
One cannot go to Korea and not have Korean bbq! It was my mission to have Korean BBQ at least twice or possibly three times on this trip. A friend suggested that I go to Wangbijib Myeongdong which specializes in charcoal-broiled meat. This restaurant (chain) is quite popular, as prices is quite reasonable. A set meal for one person can cost anywhere between KWR8,000 – 12,000. We ordered a couple of set meals and lots and lots of meat.
Started with a mix of banchan – my favourite was definitely the kimchi.
I quite enjoyed this salad actually, mixed with raw egg – quite tasty.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of all the meat we ordered, but the beef ribs were probably my favourite and we ordered two servings of this.
We also ordered Korean seafood pancake which wasn’t too bad.
Service was good, food was deliciously tasty. We didn’t make a reservation but we did rock up at about 6.30pm and by the time we left at 8pm there was a long queue of people waiting outside.
Definitely worth visiting if you are in Myeongdong and if you want some Korean BBQ.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
Seoul-si Jung-gu Myeongdong 8 ga-gil
26, 2F (Chungmuro 2-ga)
When I was searching for places to eat in Seoul, the first thing I googled was Fried Chicken – I have missed good KFC – Korean Fried Chicken, especially those in Sydney. I have yet to find one in Hong Kong so this was priority!
Two Two Fried Chicken is located in the shopping central of Korea, Myeondong. It has over 500 outlets in Korea alone. The menu is simple – fried chicken and lots of it! The menu is in English also, so easy to read with colourful pictures! There are other dishes on offer, but we were here for one thing only – FRIED CHICKEN!
Between the 5 of us, we ordered THREE servings of fried chicken – overkill much? But it was necessary and I can’t tell you when the last time I had KFC! Started with the original – it was excellent, crispy skin and the meat was tender. Dragon absolutely loved it – I lost count how many fried chicken she ate, she just kept asking for more.
We also ordered half plain and half smothered in sweet and spicy sauce. The sweet and spicy sauce was a little too sweet for my liking, and believe it or not too spicy for me? Not sure what is going on with my taste buds!!!
We also ordered a serving of the garlic fried chicken – the garlic flavour was strong, even the next day when I ate it. The skin wasn’t as crispy though but the meat was still seriously tender.
Overall, I still prefer the normal fried chicken – like any other places the normal fried chicken is always the best. Service minimal but fried chicken was good!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
Two Two Fried Chicken
6-4 Namsadong 2(i)-Ga
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Ph: +86 2 2275 2297
It’s definitely been a while since my last post – apologies for being MIA! It’s been a hectic couple of weeks – my family are in town, work was a tad crazy and we went to Korea for a week. Loved Seoul – the food, the shopping – am definitely keen to go back again sometimes soon.
Dragon also turned 2 last week and we had a birthday party for her, so trying to organise that and everything else, the blog got a little neglected. Hopefully things will get back to normal and there will be more posts to come, especially about Seoul and the food there.
Dragon and I went to Seoul with my family, unfortunately, ‘The Mother’ couldn’t go due to work commitments. We were there for 5 days and believe me that was not long enough! Stayed at the Fraser Place near City Hall and it was extremely home-y. We didn’t want to leave, there was a pool and kids area which was perfect for Dragon and I! We went swimming almost every morning and we loved it!
We had dinner one evening at Myeongdong Gyoza – now Myeongdong is one HUGE place! Lots of shopping and lots of food – absolutely loved the alleys! We spent a good 2 days in Myeongdong and I feel we didn’t cover everything! lol Now, Myeongdong Gyoza has been around for about 40 years, the restaurant is quite big, 2 floors and quite spacious. The menu is short and simple – dumplings and noodles and that’s it. They are quite famous for their kalguksu noodles which is their knife-cut handmade noodles.
The steamed dumplings are excellent! Filled with pork, mushroom, stir-fried zucchini and mungbean spouts. The dumplings are HUGE, meaty, and scrumptiously good! The skin deliciously soft and thin that if not picked up in the right way may tear! It was so good that I demolished about 8 on my own!
We also got a serving of the Kalguksu – which is similar to that of Chinese dumpling soup. The noodles were thin and soup had a wonderful pork broth, which was extremely flavourful! Dragon absolutely loved the noodles. The noodles were also served with dumplings and shredded vegetables.
I forgot to take a picture of the bibim guksu – which is noodles served cold and incredibly spicy! The sauce is sweet and sour and has a wonderful aromatic sesame oil. It was so spicy that my brother started to sweat! It was a little too spicy for my liking but perfect for hot humid summer.
It was cheap and cheerful dinner – I was extremely satisfied with the dumplings. My family came here twice – they really enjoyed the dumplings and the noodles. Food came relatively quickly, service was surprisingly ok.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
25-2, 2-ga Myoung-dong, Chung-gu
Seoul, South Korea
Ph: +82 2 776 5348