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Central Seoul, Restaurant Reviews, Snack Food/ Desserts

Omija Choux at Pierre Gagnaire’s Bakery at Lotte Hotel

I have a late start today before starting my day so I am at Pierre Gagnaire’s Bakery to get some coffee and some cake. It is located in the lobby of the hotel at Deli Hans and you’ll see the amazing desserts in the cases. There are a range of desserts from macaroons, eclairs and cakes.

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I decided to get a light and buttery citron cake and a omija choux. The citron cake was bright and rich with a light sugary crunch. The omija choux had light whipped cream that was not too sweet and it went well with the complex omija filling. Delicious and a fine way to start my day.

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Central Seoul, Cooking, Food News, Korean Eats

Saturday and Evening Cooking Classes at O’ngo Culinary School

For those living or visiting Korea or for those looking to do something in the evenings or weekends, O’ngo Food Communications is now offering weekend and evening classes. It’s a great opportunity to meet other foodies and travelers, learn about Korean food and have a great meal. Our classes are taught in English by professional chefs that will explain each step of the process. After you watch an exciting demonstration, you’ll make your own dishes. Afterwards, you’ll be able to enjoy your meal with others taking the class.

Tuesday and Thursday 6:30pm Evening Class Korean Barbecue at Home

Korean barbecue is a popular menu enjoyed by both Koreans and foreigners alike all year round. With O’ngo Food’s evening class, you will learn how to make a full course Korean barbecue complete with salad and noodles the quick and easy way. Now you can enjoy this fun and delicious menu at home with friends and family. Your chef will also show you how to present your finished dishes for a Korean style barbecue table which will make a special addition to your summer feast.

/Chargrilled Bulgogi /Seasonal Salad with Chili and Soy Sauce Dressing /Cold Buckwheat Noodles

The evening cooking classes are taught in English and they will last for 2 hours including eating time: quick, simple, easy! First you are given a demonstration on how to make the dishes, and then you will make your own dish. Afterwards, you get to enjoy the food you made. Evening classes are scheduled twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning at 6:30pm. Classes will only be available for 2 people or more. Classes cost 65,000 won per person. Please contact us at [email protected] for reservation.

Saturday 10am Cooking Classes

These classes are for those with a busy schedule but would like to learn how to cook Korean food on a Saturday.

  • The 1st Saturday of each month has Beginning Bulgogi and Seasonal Kimchi (Cucumber or Napa Cabbage).
  • 2nd Saturday: Beginning Seafood Pancake (Haemul Pajeon) and Soft Tofu Stew (Sundubu)
  • 3rd Saturday: Beginner Spicy Chicken Barbecue (Dakbokkeumtang) and Glass Noodle Salad (Japchae)

We need a minimum of 3 students to run classes on Saturdays or it will be canceled.(There are no 2pm classes on Saturday)

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE

MON. TUES. WED. THUR. FRI. SATURDAY

10:00 AM Lunch

2 dishes: Beginning Bulgogi and Seasonal Kimchi (Cucumber or Napa Cabbage) 2 dishes: Beginning  Seafood Pancake (Haemul Pajeon) and Soft Tofu Stew (Sundubu) 2 dishes: Beginning Stone Bowl Bibimbap and Seasonal Salad (Geotjeolri) 2 dishes: Beginner Spicy Chicken Barbecue (Dakbokkeumtang) and Glass Noodle Salad (Japchae) 5 dishes: Intermediate Korean Barbecue Class (3 different meat and 2 vegetable dishes with sauces) The 1st Saturday of each month has Beginning Bulgogi and Seasonal Kimchi (Cucumber or Napa Cabbage).2nd Saturday: Beginning Seafood Pancake (Haemul Pajeon) and Soft Tofu Stew (Sundubu)3rd Saturday: Beginner Spicy Chicken Barbecue (Dakbokkeumtang) and Glass Noodle Salad (Japchae)We need a minimum of 3 students to run classes on Saturdays or it will be canceled.(There are no 2pm classes on Saturday)

2:00 PM

5 dishes: Intermediate Korean Barbecue Class (3 different meat and 2 vegetable dishes with sauces) 5 dishes: Intermediate Banchan Class (5 different Korean side dishes) 5 dishes: Intermediate Temple Cuisine Class (5 different Vegan Dishes) 2 dishes: Beginner Bulgogi and Seasonal Kimchi (Cucumber or Napa Cabbage) 2 dishes: Beginner Spicy Chicken Barbecue (Dakbokkeumtang) and Glass Noodle Salad (Japchae)

6:30 PM Dinner

Closed Korean Barbecue at   Home: Chargrilled Bulgogi, Seasonal Salad with Chili and Soy Sauce Dressing, Mixed Buckwheat Noodles. Minimum 3 people, 65,000 a person. Closed Korean Barbecue at Home: Chargrilled Bulgogi, Seasonal Salad with Chili and Soy Sauce Dressing, Mixed Buckwheat Noodles. Minimum 3 people, 65,000 a person. Closed Closed

Reservation Policy. All participants are required to pay for the class in advance or pay a 10 USD (10,000 won) deposit 24 hours prior to the start of the class. Cancellations 3 days in advance will be issued a full refund. 2 days in advance will be issued a 50% refund. Cancellations on the day will be charged the full cost of the class.

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Cafes/Bars, Central Seoul, Northwest Seoul, South Seoul

Save Money and Get Wasted! – Free Alcohol Refill Joints in Seoul


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If you’re traveling to Korea and looking for some bars in Seoul, there’s plenty to choose from. But we’re all trying to save a bit of cash, right? Find out where to go in Seoul for free refills on alcohol so you can get wasted the cheapest way possible!

(This post was originally posted at seoulistic.com)

Ssada! Maekju! in Hongdae

I’m Sexy Cheap and I Know it

The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination (ssada maekju = “It’s cheap! Beer!”). So if having a few beers at a cheap price is your idea of a good time, head over to Hongdae to find this college town watering hole. Hopefully, you’ll be surprised by the better-than-expected interior along with the inexpensive anju (안주). But who are you kidding. The only reason you’re reading this is because you want to find a cheap place to go drinking in Seoul. And this place has got what you want: free refills for draft beers (8,000 won/person) and soju (5,000won/person).

Tip: The owner knows this is a real bargain, so he asks on the bar blog that you order some sort of anju (side dish). Help the guy out. The guy’s gotta make a living somehow!

Location is hard to find. Here’s the owner’s directions (in Korean), and a blogger pinpoints it on naver map here. (Check the blogger pictures below to see signs to look for.)
Closest Subway Stations: 홍대입구역 (Hongdae Station – Line 2) & 상수역 (Sangsu Station – Line 6)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.
Bar’s blog/website.

 

Makkeolli Salon in Hongdae 

Happy Juice Refills

If you’re not a fan of beer or soju, lots of people tend to gravitate to makkeolli for a nice little buzz to get them feeling happy. This milky white happy juice has been making Korean farmers sing and dance since olden times. And although this aiin’t the Korean country side, you can drink at this Seoul makkeolli bar till you feel like dancing at a few clubs in Hongdae just down the block! Get your groove on for 5,600 won a person.

Address: 서울시 마포구 서교동 358-92
(Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong 358-92)
Maps: Wingspoon (Click here for the Shinchon branch)
Closest Subway Stations: 홍대입구역 (Hongdae Station – Line 2) & 상수역 (Sangsu Station – Line 6)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

 

200 Brau Haus at Gangnam Station

BYOB – Brew Your Own Beer

You’re probably expecting all of these listings to be Seoul’s versions of dive bars–cheap and dirty. If you are then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by 200 Brau Haus’ European inspired interior. The anju (안주) looks fancy enough, and the beer they offer is better than your typical Korean bar offerings. They brew their own beers, so you’ll have your choice of fruity, hoppy, or dark beers–all at the can’t-beat-that-deal price of 9,900 won for free refills! Yay for not having to drink Cass!

Tip: Free refills are not available on Saturday or Sunday.

Address: 서울시 서초구 서초4동 1307-23 보성빌딩
(Seoul Seocho-gu Seocho4-dong 1307-23 Boseong Building)
Maps: Naver Maps
Closest Subway Stations: 강남역 (Gangnam Station – Line 2)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

 

O’Hara Culture Club at Seolleung Station

Drink Like a Rich Old White Guy

With a name like “O’Hara Culture Club,” this bar in Gangnam is exactly what you imagine it to be: a bunch of rich old white dudes smoking cigars and getting tipsy off of scotch whiskey. Just kidding. There’s not too many old white dudes. And you don’t have to be rich either! For 25,000 won, you can chill like Hugh Hefner for a night at this trendy Seoul bar and sip on your choice of wine, sparkling wine, cocktails, and beer to your hearts content. Bring your own cigars to be cooler.

Tip: Look for Scarlett (restaurant name). The bar is located inside the restaurant.

Address: 서울시 강남구 대치동 891 B1F (대치타워 지하 1층)
[Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Daechi-dong 891 B1F (1st Fl. basement of Dachi Tower)]
Maps: Wingspoon
Closest Subway Stations: 선릉역 (Seolleung Station – Line 2)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

 

Star Flair at Gangnam Station 

No Frills, Just Drinks

For Star Flair

Star Flair keeps it real. Unlike other bars in Korea, you don’t have to order any side dishes (anju) to help offFoset the price of drinks. It’s simply a straight dive bar that relies on cheap booze for you to have a good time. Most nights there probably aren’t going to be any Coyote Ugly type antics, but for 15,000 won you can grab a cocktail or seven with locals and foreigners alike and just have a good ol’ fashion time getting wasted!

Tip: If you want something to nibble on, Star Flair allows food to be brought in. McNuggets and tteokbokki combo anyone?

(Note: Has been edited with the help of seoulfoodyo.com. Thanks!)

Address: 서울시 강남구 역삼동 818-7 3층
(Seoul, Gangnam-gu Yeoksam-dong 818-7, 3rd Floor)
Maps: Naver Maps
Closest Subway Stations: 강남역 (Gangnam Station – Line 2)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

 

Tell me Your Wish in Bucheon

For the Broke and Hungry

Are you currently broke and on a kimbab diet cause you spent all your money on clubbing and drinking? Alcoholics deserve better. That’s why this bar in Bucheon makes our list of Seoul bars to get free refills: you not only get unlimited alcohol refills, you also get access to a surprisingly wide array of food to go along with your drinks! Buffets in Korea are typically high-end deals that can cost upwards of 50,000 won a person. This 9,900 won buffet does one up on all those hotel buffets and offers unlimited alcoholic drinks. Screw the Sheraton, let’s go to Bucheon!

Address: 경기도 부천시 원미구 심곡동 180-14번지 5층
(Gyeonggi-do Bucheon-shi, Wonmi-gu, Shimgok-dong 180-14, 5th floor.)
Maps: Naver Map
Closest Subway Stations: 부천역 (Bucheon Station – Line 1 of Gyeongin Line)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

Know any other bars in Korea where you can get free refills? Share with us in the comments!


Language Tip:

- 맥주 (maekju) – beer
- 안주 (anju) – side dishes to eat while drinking alcohol
- 무한리필 (muhanripil) – unlimited refills

(This post was originally posted at seoulistic.com)

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Cafes, Central Seoul, Restaurant Reviews, Snack Food/ Desserts

Ice Cream Waffle at Beans Bins

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I am out with my mother in Seoul so we did some lunch and I did some shopping and now we are relaxing at Beans Bins Coffee having an ice cream waffle. What you get is two scoops of ice cream (my mother ordered vanilla and strawberry). The ice cream comes on a big waffle topped with banana, whipped cream, grapes and powdered sugar- oh and chocolate syrup, I just found out it was the first time she ever had this and she says it is, “cool and delicious.” She asked if it was bread and I told her it was like a pancake or fish bread (뽕어빵). She likes it very much.

For me it is nothing special, but I have had this before at different places. I think the waffle is too light and there is too much whipped cream. The ice cream is good and the bananas are ripe. For 13,500, it is a bit expensive and my mother scolded me about this. But then again, we are here for the experience. To spend the afternoon with my mother is worth more than all the money in the world.

Beans Bins Coffee
Jung-Gi Chunmuro 1ga 23-1 2fl
02 3789 1980

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Cafes, Central Seoul, Restaurant Reviews

Hu’s Table: a Discombobulated Italian Cafe

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I know that is hard to survive as a restaurant. Especially if you are in an area that might not get too much foot traffic. Most businesses think the menu is the blame and they start to add and add and add stuff. I think that is what happened at Hu’s Table. Billed as an Italian Table, they have Italian food, coffee, sandwiches, wines beer and Patbingsu. A whole lot of stuff. Which is not bad if you can do them all well. I go there for coffee once in a while and recently I tried their strawberry Patbingsu. I was imagining shaved ice with fresh strawberries but what I got was ice with frozen strawberries topped with strawberry ice cream. Fresh would have been better but frozen was pretty awful.

The atmosphere is cool. They have drawings all over the walls and an array of colored pencils. It is a cool place to relax and have coffee or wine.

Service could be better but it is run by one person. Anyway. Cool cafe but the Patbingsu could be improved.

Hu’s Table
Jongno-Gi Gahwae-dong 70-2
02-766-5061
종로구 가희동 70-2

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