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Review: 원터골 통갈비 (Wontuhgol-tonggalbi):Where have you been all my life?!

Yay, the second review written by a user. I guess we have 2 people in the running for a Valentine’s Day Dinner. Rikey Spicy has written a review of Sloe Bistro in Shinsadong. Submit your own review and get in the running to win a free dinner or dining tour for two here.

Review: 원터골 통갈비 (Wontuhgol-tonggalbi): Where have you been all my life?!
by Rikey Spicy! 
Being bored one day and wanting to find a restaurant that had some spicy goodness (I am highly addicted to spicy foods ), I found a place on naver and decided to go try it with my lovely girlfriend. This is how I was able to find: 원터골 통갈비 (Wontuhgol-tonggalbi).

Upon arrival you get an immediate feeling that this is a restaurant that has been around for quite some time and for good reason. This place is famous for their “spicy pork back ribs.” The ribs come to you swimming in this delicious, soupy, spicy concoction that I will probably never find the recipe for. In the soup you will find some onions, peppers, and green onions. It is very simple but the soup is what most people come for. Like most great stews, it only gets better with time as it cooks and reduces.

Pork Ribs

The pork ribs are great and tastes much better once they start to marinade in the broth and starts to fall off the bone. I won’t lie, I wouldn’t mind eating it right now if it wasn’t so darn far from where I live.

Regarding their service: It is pretty much your general Korean restaurant service. If you don’t ask, they won’t help you, so get ready to yell “”yu-gi-yo”" (meaning: “”over here”") and its not “”yu-gi-oh”" dont get that confused. :) You will only need to ask for more sides (ban-chan) or soju. Simple!|

Bonus Tips:

- This place gives you a complimentary serving of “”su-jje-bi”" which is pretty much wheat dumplings that are torn into small bite size portions and added to your soup.

- What I like to do when I go is cut the carrots they give you into about an inch and toss it into the soup. It adds a nice sweetness that you will probably need for the spicy, lava soup (oops i meant “lovely”).

Summary: Overall, this is a great place to go with your friends after a long day of work or the weekends to just relax, share good stories, and sweat out all your joys and sorrows. If you like spicy foods like me, you will start to salivate thinking of this place once you leave (after the burn wears off, of course).

원터골 통갈비 (Wontuhgol-tonggalbi)
 *** 3 Stars: Recommended: A place you would recommend your close friends
$ 10- 20 USD
Nowon-gu Sanggeh-dong 725-103
02-937-2487
Hours: 10:00 ~ 24:00″
Visited on January 2012 with Wife/Partner
Photographs by Maro


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Live Blog: Bossa Nova Brazilian in Uljeongbu

I am having dinner with my friends in Uljeongbu at Bossa Nova. The place has a cool vibe and unlimited meat. This Brazilian BBQ is generous with their meat. I recommend their rump steak and their top sirloin. The meat is 25,000 a person.

Directions Uljeongbu exit 2:

Take exit 2, when outside look for 7-11 on the corner, (at about your 10-11 o’clock with your back to subway exit). Get to 7-11, then continue down the street for a couple of buildings, turn right into Seo-bu Tower (orange sign, between cell phone store and empty restaurant under construction. If you look up, you will see big sign that says Bossa Nova on the second floor. Take elevator and you are here!

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Activities/ Events, Northeastern Seoul

BYOB: Bring Your Bottle Night at the W-Hotel

Chef Ciarian Hickey over at the W-Hotel is one of the last foreign head chefs in Seoul. He has had his position for almost 5 years because he is constantly innovating. Over his tenure he has made the W-hotel ‘The Hip’ venue for Seoulites in Seoul. His champagne brunch is top notch and so are the meals over at Kitchen. Chef Hickey also came up with the humongous X-burger (which I haven’t had a chance to try.)  I have had his other burger and that is pretty darn tasty.

These days over at the W-Hotel, they have a BYOB promotion. BYOB is bring your own bottle night. You can bring your own bottle of wine and have it with the menu the W-hotel will prepare. This is a great idea and something I am looking forward to going to again. Now you can pick your own bottle and share it with others without having to pay Hotel prices for wine. Plus the food is darn tasty.

The dinner per person is only 100,000 won and with the luxury of bringing your own bottle, I’m totally there. The next one is November 9th from 7 to 10pm. Who’s free to go with me?

Dan

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Cafes/Bars, Northeastern Seoul

Cafe Review: Luni Euli in Hyeri

Written and Photographed by Aaron JacksonCrabb

Luni Euli Cafe in Hyeri

“Hello, how are you today?” came the soft warm voice of the proprietor as she walked up from behind. “I am well, thank you,” I replied glancing over my shoulder to see who was speaking to me. “How are you?” I inquired as she moved around me taking up her position behind the counter while opening a menu book and placing it before me. “Do you know Dutch Coffee?” She asked. “Unfortunately, no. I do not.”

“Well than, let me introduce you to Dutch Coffee. My name is Euli. My friend Luni and I opened this café just two weeks ago,” she began to explain, “Dutch Coffee takes a very long time to brew. It is a specialty coffee. You see the shelf in the corner over there,” pointing towards the corner where a three columned shelf sat on top of a mechanics red tool box with a bunch of glass chemist beakers, “that is our brewing equipment. When we pour water into the top dripper it slowly drips a single droplet of water out landing on top of the paper filter resting on the top of the coffee grounds. Eventually, it seeps through the coffee grounds until it reaches the vertical nip dropping down into the three-inch spiral cylinder. Then it slowly trickles along with gravity until reaching the spout where it drops down into the 2000ml beaker. It takes sixteen hours to complete the process,” she explained smiling.

Taking a small glass cup off the rack she inspects the inside and out then sets it on the edge of the sink with other dirty dishes. Her brow furrows as she chooses another cup then with a tea towel polishes a tiny spot on the edge. Stepping beside me she pulls open a glass door reaching inside the six-foot refrigerator pulling out a square bottle with a deep dark brown liquid. Popping, back the flip top she slowly pours a three-quarter full sample of the dark nectar. Sliding the glass over she doesn’t say a word. Thanking her, I brought the cup to my nostrils pulling in a long deep breath. Inhaling the scents of caramel and cinnamon. Smiling I took a sip then another. Letting the liquid slide across my taste buds before swallowing. On my third sip the liquid has changed in its intensity allowing the subtle hints of caramel and nutmeg linger. “What do you think?” Euli inquires.


“It’s like a fine wine. I am surprised by the taste. It’s amazing the contrast between what I know about coffee and the essence of this vibrant bittersweet taste.” She smiles, then hands me a chocolate truffle, “take a bite of the truffle, then a small sip of the coffee. Let the two sit on your tongue before chewing the truffle.” I do as instructed, biting into the dark chocolate truffle, holding it to the inside of my cheek and pulling a small sip. Letting the two meld together inside my mouth an intense sensation unfolds as a gigantic grin purses my lips. I cannot believe the powerfulness of the flavors hidden deep beneath the layers of the coffee bean. “This type of coffee is best consumed within three months of it being brewed. This bottle you are sampling from was brewed on February 6th about a month ago. Do you like?” she asks in a subtle tone.

Like? Wow! Like is not even a word I would comprehend to use in describing this unique creation. This is far beyond like… “This is extraordinarily delicious times a hundred,” I reply smiling as I pull another small sip into my mouth. Gleaming my eyes drift across the counter onto the open glass display below were I take in several choices of cupcakes (4,000 won) and a toasted sandwich called Kaya toast (2,500 won). I think to myself a cupcake would be a tasty compliment to this fine cup of coffee. “What flavor of cupcakes do you have?” I inquire. “Today, we have tirimasu, chocolate and green tea. The green tea is made with Japanese Matcha and the other two are Dutch coffee based. I make them fresh every morning,” she responds with her endless smile. “May I have a green tea cupcake,” I order turning around and withdrawing the small chair from the table behind me. Sitting down I pull out my laptop and begin to write.

As she busies herself extracting the cupcake from the display case, I begin thinking back over the last hour and a half wondering how fate and a flip of a coin had brought me into this Dutch coffee shop. ‘Sometimes ‘fate’ just has a plan for us and we just need to follow,’ I type… as the words sink in I hear the voice of an old friend, Harold come fluttering back into my mind, “this is a blessing in disguise, you wait and see.”

Luni: Euli
The Steps
Heyri Art Valley
Tel. 070.8202.2330
http://map.naver.com/local/siteview.nhn?code=19728399
Open 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Author Bio:
It’s simple; Aaron travels therefore he is happy. He has lived in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the United States. He’s traveled extensively throughout central america, the oceanic region and back again. Full of vim and vigor he’s a globetrotting freelance photographer and writer. To catch up with Aaron email him at;[email protected]. You can also follow him at http://www.examiner.com/asia-travel-in-national/aaron-j-jacksoncrabb

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Review: A Cafe among Love Motels: Café de L’ange

Written and Photographed by Aaron JacksonCrabb

Café de L’ange near Heyri Village

This is the sixth time in fifteen days I have returned to Café de L’ange for a delicious cup of green tea latte. Off the beaten path, stuck between two enclave’s of love motels and trapped on the west side of the outdoor cinema in Beopheung-ri, this little coffee shop appeals to all five senses. It’s simplified space, minimalist furnishings and splendid décor keeps the eyes occupied while the fingers are enticed to touch the white brick counter, stroke the flannel blankets and run along the top of the 40-foot leather couch. Softly jazz singers waft their ballads in Korean and western voices. These ballads bounce off the white brick walls adding to the warm homey ambience. During my first encounter a subdued scent of lilac filled the air. Today it’s a muted mix of cinnamon and spice. Sitting down I pick the table at the cusp of the corner where the leather couch changes directions along the back wall. From here I can enjoy the view inside the café as well as peak out the six-eight foot storefront windows at the pine trees swaying in the wind.

Pulling out my Seoul Lonely Planet 2007 edition, flipping through the pages, occupying my time as I await the latte. Sounds of metal tinkering, spoons swirling and milk being poured distracts my attention as my lips dry out and my tongue salivates for the first sip.

The door opens, the chimes rattle and the coffee shop workers stand at the counter greeting their next customer. With each new customer I observe their attire, mood and behavior trying to match the person to their drink when a staff member wanders over with a tray. Reaching out she sets down the white saucer holding the cup with the green tea latte its frothy white milk swirling around the vibrant green tea powder. Knowing she’s not done, I smile when her hand sets the small yellow ramekin on the table with two Belgian Caramelized Cookies, all this for 3,700 won.

One benefit to enjoying this café is I have to meander down the road a short fifteen-minute stroll in order to enjoy this quiet café during the week. Weekends are slightly more crowded but there is always a seat to be had with the six-table patio out front for enjoying those great afternoons after enjoying a visit to nearby Heyri Art Valley or Odusan Observatory. The coffee’s range in price from espresso’s 3,300 to Vienna drip coffee’s 8,000 won. Plus a range of desserts like the triple layer chocolate mousse cake, a personal favorite for 3,000 won or try a slice of lemon cheesecake or a nib lit of dark chocolate. If coffee or dessert isn’t your ‘cup of tea’ then they have just that a wonderful selection of loose-leaf teas like rosehip and peppermint or perhaps you need something a bit stronger after a long workday like a Heinekin or Miller. Still haven’t found what will wet your whistle then pick from a selection of lemonades, juice and smoothies to quench your thirst.

Café de L’ange tel. (031) 944-5231

Author Bio:
It’s simple; Aaron travels therefore he is happy. He has lived in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the United States. He’s traveled extensively throughout central america, the oceanic region and back again. Full of vim and vigor he’s a globetrotting freelance photographer and writer. To catch up with Aaron email him at; [email protected]. You can also follow him at http://www.examiner.com/asia-travel-in-national/aaron-j-jacksoncrabb

If you are interested in contributing to Seouleats.com, please contact Daniel Gray at seouleats at gmail dot com

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