Fried Seoul food

I had experienced some excellent Korean fried chicken a few times before I stepped foot in the country, s of course I hoped these previous experiences hadn’t ruined me for the real thing I would eat while in South Korea. Would the chicken here meet my expectations? I needn’t have worried, in South Korea Fried…

KOREAN SOUPS

Having spent plenty of time pondering menus it was easy to see that chunky broth style soups are very popular in South Korea, I saw dozens of varieties on dozens of different menus in all the places I went. They always looked appealing, but I was cautious to try them, because of the rather bland…

KOREAN BBQ

I could not have left South Korea without eating some Korean barbecue, I was awfully close to this tragedy happening, having failed to find an affordable place I liked in Seoul, mostly due to my malaise, and being too focused on bibimbap and snack foods in Jeonju. Considering how much I loved eating Yakiniku, Japanese…

Busan

Busan is the last port of call on my fleeting trip to South Korea, Busan is an attractive coastal city with an active port, so I was quite looking forward to a bit of time by the coast with some bracing sea breezes. Perhaps the sea breezes were not as brisk as I wished they…

Mas-issneun gansig

The old quarter of Jeonju is an incredibly good place to find tasty snack food, with many of the hanocks converted into casual eating places. It was so easy to grab something, pick a direction and allow myself to get distracted by whatever I could find along the way. Sometimes I’d head back to grab…

Bibimbap & Bachan

One of the draws for me in Jeonju was bibimbap, the rather attractive and complex rice dish created here. Bibimbap is not a dish I’m going to claim familiarity with, I know it’s a dish made up of component parts that are mixed together just before eating. I don’t know what the components are, or…

Jeonju

Jeonju is a small city ringed with green hills, within this small, very Korean city there are many traditional style houses, a few superb temples, some nice parks and an appealing river. Jeonju is an easy city to kill some time, with enough sights to be interesting, yet none that are unique enough to be…

Warming the Seoul

I knew little of South Korean food besides Korean barbecue, kim chi, bibimbap and gochujang (Korea’s ubiquitous red pepper paste) before I arrived in South Korea. I had not even experienced bibimbap, but was up to speed with the fried chicken and beer culture having worked and drunk with a few South Korean chefs in…

Seoul searching

I felt pretty rotten after China, having been given a fairly unpleasant cold while on tour. I fought the cold as best I could while in China, but arriving in Seoul on a red eye flight from Beijing via Kuala Lumpur I found I could combat it no more. My reasons for visiting South Korea…

Peking at the duck

I really didn’t want to leave Beijing without eating Peking duck, it’s one of those food experiences that I hoped would be even better in its city of origin. With our national guide happy to come and share the experience with us on our last night on tour, I was fairly certain that it was…

Xi’an’s Lazy Susan

A few mouthfuls into my first lunch in Xi’an I realised that I was facing a noteworthy meal, our local guide had made pains to stress that the meal was representative of Xi’an and the Shaanxi Provence, and how the influence of the Silk Road made the food of this region quite unique. I certainly…

Hutongs

A rickshaw ride through the Hutongs is certainly an experience that I wouldn’t have chosen to do myself, but with it included in my tour itinerary I had no concern or expectations of the experience I was about to have. I didn’t expect or receive any commentary from my rickshaw driver pushed us around the…