Cooking

Andong Jjimdak Cooking Class

This is a class that we’ve had a number of requests for. After working on the recipe for a long time, we finally have one that tastes great. So on July 9th we’ll have an Andong Jjimdak Cooking class.

Our Saturday Classes are designed for those looking for more interesting Korean dishes and those that are currently living in Korea. On Saturday, they are priced at only 55,000 won per session. ($50 USD). If you are interested in signing up, please contact us at [email protected] or fill out our reservation form here: http://www.ongofood.com/?page_id=19

July 9: Andong Jjimdak and Banchan
July 16: Kimchi Fried Rice, Korean Soy Sauce Pickles made with Cucumber and Onion
July 23: 3 Types of Panfried Pancakes: Chive, Chili Paste, Potatoe, Sujeongwa (Persimmon and Cinnamon Punch). For this class you need to bring your own bottle so you can take your drink home with you.

August 13: Marinated Galbi and Chive Salad
August 20: Vegan Doenjang Chiggae and Pan-fried Burdak with Chili sauce
August 27: Samgyetang

Come take a cooking class or take a Culinary Tour in Seoul! http://www.ongofood.com
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Delivered: Half plain, half spicy chicken from BBQ Chicken

My diet has hit a wall this week. I mean the week started out good. I went running Monday- Wednesday, but then work and meetings and late night drinking took over. I’ll get back on the wagon soon.

The other thing that is ruining my diet are all the delivery chicken places around here (Haebangchon). The newest one is BBQ Chicken.

I think they make the best batter for the chicken and they fry everything in olive oil, so…it’s healthy fried chicken, right? The oil does make it seem less greasy and there is a nice crunch.

The spicy one was…spicy. Loved it and the plain was just like the crispy chicken from KFC.

Good stuff.

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A Weekend of Good Eats

It was a good food weekend. Despite the rain, we had several food tours and I think everyone had a great time. Yesterday morning, I got to take a family to the Noryrangjin Fish Market and we ate the ocean’s worth of fish. We even got a steamed king crab and mixed the top shell that had the delicious juices of the crab with rice and ate that. The family said it was a delicacy they never had before. Of course, we did raw fish, abalone, live octopus and finished the meal with some fish soup. It was great to meet the Knight family.
After the fish tour I went to see the play Suicides in Vegas. Great play with incredible actors. It was a very well written play that was well paced, humorous and compelling. The play will be touring the Canadian Fringe Festival. I recommend you check it out if you are there. Hopefully they will do another run of the play in Seoul.

For Sunday dinner, I went out with my friends Danya and James to Craftworks where we ordered some burgers with their famous beer. I started with their hoppy IPA and then had a pilsner. The burgers were quite good: well-seasoned and beefy. I got a side of their chipotle sauce for dipping and this sauce was smoky and spicy. It went great with the burger and I wish I had a few fries left to sop up the rest of the sauce.

Late Sunday Night, I was feeling a bit peckish- but more curious about Itaewon Charcoal BBQ Chicken. When I wrote the post, I noticed that the post was one of my most popular posts for about 2 weeks. Also, when I walked by the place, it seemed busier than usual. I gave them a call for some of their spicy sauce chicken (yangyeum chicken). 25 minutes later the owner of the place was at my door with the chicken and a 2 liter bottle of beer (cutely put into a water bottle). I asked him how he was doing and he said that he was much busier than before and many foreigners have been coming to the shop.

Hmmm…I guess somebody actually reads my blog.

Cheers,

Dan

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Korean Chicken Noodle Soup with tear-inducing garlic

Samgyetang at Mu-gyo

Rating 2 Stars: Recommended (Spicy Garlic! Good Chicken Broth and Samgyetang. Good Value for Money. Service could be more polite.)
Samgyetang is my gloomy day food. I guess it’s because when I was sick or when it was really cold, my mother would make chicken soup with Dutch egg noodles. Hit with a touch of pepper, it was one of my favorite dishes growing up.

In Korea, I’ve had to get a substitute and my Korean equivalent is Samgyetang: Chicken and Ginseng Soup. This dish can be great or average (it’s really hard to mess up this dish). Of course the best places for samgyetang have amazing broth.

Mu-gyo Samgyetang in Insadong does have great broth and their chicken is quite good. For 12,000 won, it is excellent. I can’t say it is the best version that I have had, but it is darn tasty. The place has 39 years of history, so they have a good formula for the dish. Of course, what really stands out at Mu-gyo is the spicy garlic. This side dish brings tears to my eyes and gives me an endorphine high because it is so potent.

I’m not sure exactly how they do it, but man is the stuff painfully good. This, next to the golden chicken broth is a contrasting pairing that works to balance themselves out.

The other great thing about this place is their lunch special. You can get Chicken Gomtang which is a soup with rice and sweet potato noodles. It’s a good fast lunch and at 4,000 won a bowl, it doesn’t break the bank.

My only complaint about this place is the service- it could be nicer. Then again, the place has been around so long that maybe they don’t feel they don’t have to. I went in on a Saturday to ask for the Gomtang and the lady berated me for asking for it and treated me like I was a beggar or something. It didn’t make my dining experience very pleasant. For my honor, I felt like I had to order the Samgyetang.

I went back for the Gomtang on a weekday and the woman treated me the same way. Hmmm…I guess they don’t like serving the dish. But honestly, what they should do is just charge more for the dish (duh!).

Mu-Gyo 무교
Seoul, Jongro-gu Gwanhoondong 198-17 서울시 종로구 관훈동 198-17
02-734-4635
Directions: Go out Anguk Station (Orange Line 3) Exit 6 and walk down Insadong. Make a right at the intersection with the Turkish Icecream guy. Walk a block and make a right at Cafe Verranazo.

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