Korean Eats

Bukchon Handmade (and Fried) Dumplings

I need a break of writing so I am…writing. Anyway, this is one of the better franchises to open in Korea. I mean how many coffee shops and tteokbokki (or is it tobokki) places do we need? Bukchon Son Mandu are monsterous dumplings that are stuffed with pork, crushed tofu, and sweet potato noodles. The best part about this place is that they will deep fry them so they are crispy and fricken hot.

They are the perfect thing to fight the fridgid cold these days.

You can find them all over, but this location is right before Samziegil on Insadong Street.

Bukchon Handmade Dumplings
Bukchon Handmade (Son) Dumplings
Bukchon Fried Dumplings

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Out of Seoul

Flying on a Jetplane: Shanghai Airplane and Airport Food

Flight to Shanghai
Tian Xia Dumplings: FAIL
I can’t say that I enjoy spending a day in airplanes or in airports, but that’s what one has to do when they want to get home for Christmas. Whenever, I travel I put myself into a “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” mindset so I am always prepared for the worst. 
The food on the flight was fine. Nothing special and nothing toxic. I liked that they added gochujang. They had a shrimp and cucumber salad. I stuck to rule and I stayed away from the shrimp. It didn’t look bad, but…I wouldn’t want to spend 14 hours in a tiny bathroom.

China Eastern in-flight meal: fried rice and shrimp salad.
Shanghai Airport

The Shanghai Airport isn’t bad. It’s not the most fashionable place. I didn’t really understand the white pilons hanging from the ceiling, but it’s spacious and not too crowded. The odd things that I found were the hot tea dispensers. I didn’t see many coffee machines at the airport.

At the convenience store: Cheerway Easy Go! (I love the name) you can get 2 bottles of green tea for 1 dollar. I only wanted one, but they insisted I take two- they didn’t understand 50 cents for one. I also found “Cream Prune Drops.” I guess they were candy, but they just sound gross (prunes and drop…yuck).

As for places to eat…meh…the food at the airport is atrocious. I was hoping to get good Shanghai dumplings, but I ended up getting old, cold dumplings whose wrapping was closer to a condom than steamed dough. I tried eating them at “Acting” cafe- which is the best of the lot and at Tian Xia Dumplings (awful).

I recommend you stick to the Tching Tao Beer and nuts.


Cream Prune Drops

Acting Chain at the Shanghai Airport
Acting Chain at the Shanghai Airport
Tian Xia Dumplings: FAIL

Tian Xia Dumplings: FAIL
Inflight Meal Eastern China Airlines: Lasagna
Inflight Meal Eastern China Airlines:Breakfast
Shanghai at night
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