Central Seoul 2, Snack Food/ Desserts

Oh, Bao has Deep-Fried Oreos. Yeah you heard me.

Deep-Fried Oreos

And they are good! I really wasn’t expecting them to be, but the chocolate pieces have a dipped in milk quality and the cream becomes like…warm ice-cream. It’s sort of bizarre, but I like them! I wouldn’t eat them everyday- especially since they have deep-fried bananas and fun-sized chocolate bars that they deep fry as well. Good dessert and one that I would consider having again. I think this is a contender for Thisiswhyyourefat.com.



PS. Read more about Bao on the post just before this.

Deep-Fried Oreos
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Central Seoul 2, Non-Korean Eats

Noodles with Malay Sauce and Brown Rice with Singapore Sauce at Bao

Brown Rice Stirfry with veggies at Bao
These days I eat pretty healthy and I exercise (My mom would be proud). But I find it is hard to eat healthy outside- especially in the Haebangchon and Gyeonidan area. At home and at work, I usually eat brown rice instead of white but you can’t find that at almost any Korean restaurants, so I could forgo the rice (which would make the meal less satisfying) or…I could just eat white rice (which isn’t very good for you). This is why I was so happy that I found Bao.
It’s a great noodle shop that serves up great plates of noodles and rice with lots of veggies and meat in different Asian sauces. They’ll stirfry rice, wide noodles, thin noodles, and…brown rice. 
I love the texture of brown rice when it has a great sauce and stirfried, it is even better. Over the weekend I had the brown rice stirfy with the Singapore sauce- curry with a nice spicy kick. My friend, David, got the wide noodles with the Malay Sauce: Coconut Peanut flavor…nice.
Good stuff and cheap at only 9,000 for a big plate of food:


Price: 7,500-10,000
658 Itaewon 2(i)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
South Korea
Go out Noksapyeong Station exit 2.
Noodles with Coconut Malay Sauce at Bao

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CLOSED Burgers at Maloney’s in Gyeonidan

Mini Slider’s at Maloney’s Pub
The burgers at Maloney’s pub are simply classic pub fare. The atmosphere has all the fixtures of an Irish bar (without a belligerent yet friendly Irishman). They have Guiness and Erdinger Beer on draft as well as bottles of good Rogue Stout. It seems to be a local handout because I saw quite a few regulars both times that I went.
The burgers are a bit grissly but they are moist and flavorful. The first time I went I got the mini sliders. These were good and actually quite filling. They reminded me a bit of White Castle Burgers because the bun is toasted.  And at 10,000 won with fries, it was pretty good value.
The second time I went I got the Mushroom and Swiss Cheeseburger. Also, very good. The bun was toasted and the mushrooms were sauteed and there was real, melted swiss cheese on the burger. 
The one thing I think they could improve are the fries. I mean they aren’t crispy. The pub uses real potatoes to make them and I applaud them for that, but I like crisp fries. Either they should blanch them in oil first, freeze them and refry them or do store bought.
Maloney’s Pub
2 stars out of 4 
Address: Itaewon 662
Phone: 02-793-7982
Homepage: blog.naver.com/maloneyspub
Mushroom and Swiss Burger at Maloney’s Pub

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Coffee from Chan Bros and a Pretzel from Wing

Cappuccino from Chan Bros

When it rains I get nostalgic for home and near my home there are places that help me fill that void. Growing up, I loved having coffee at Brew Ha Ha! coffee house in Delaware. I used to work as a barista there and I would waste gallons of milk trying to do latte art and make sweet microbubbles. I got pretty good and even got some awards (and many tips$$).  The guys over at Chan Bros Coffee does a good job with it and I would say that they make the best wet foam cappuccino in Seoul. Oh, and they can pull a good shot of espresso.

Down the street from Chan Bros is Wing Bakery and they make good pretzels. I mean maybe a tad expensive at 2,400 won for one, but…meh…they are a specialty item here. The pretzels are big and they taste authentic- especially when you put some yellow mustard on it (mustard not included).
Soft Pretzel from Wing Bakery
Pretzel with Yellow Mustard from Wing Bakery
Central Seoul 2, Non-Korean Eats

Quick Bites: Gyeongnidan Food Tour

Originally published in the June Edition of Seoul Magazine. Reprinted with Permission.

The Gyeongnidan area is one of the hottest places for food thanks to the rise of young entrepreneurs that are focused on taste rather than slippery dreams of franchising. If you are tired of the Itaewon food scene, head out Noksapyeong Station (Line 9) exit 2 and cross to the other side of the street. Here are a list of some of my favorite new establishments.

Stop #1: Chan Bros. Coffee
Hands down, the best cappuccino I have had in Seoul. The espresso is perfectly pulled from the precise La Marzocco Machine and the milk is gently frothed to create sweet micro-bubbles of moist foam.
Chans Bros Coffee
Price: 4,000

Stop #2: Trevia Pizza di Roma
Hand-pulled pizza dough that goes through a baking and then a toasting process to create a snappy crust. They don’t skimp on the toppings here. My favorite is the cheese-less Siciliana topped with tomato sauce, fruit capers, anchovies and real green and black olives.
Trevia Pizza di Roma
Price: 5,500-6,300 a slice

Stop #3 Bao
Here you’ll get properly wok’d noodles or rice with an assortment of different sauces and toppings. You first have to custom order your dish. I got the wide rice noodles, with Thai sauce, all veggies, beef and holy basil. The place has a cool hip-hop feel about it and sitting here eating a bowl of noodles makes me feel like I am in Thailand.
Price: 7,500-10,000

Stop #4 Siberia 1 & 2
My days of having to go all the way to Dongdaemun to get a proper bowl of Borsch with a shot of vodka are over. Offering a variety of Russian favorites such as Pelmeni (lamb dumplings), Pirozhki (buns stuffed with onions and potato), and of course light, crepe-like blini’s. Their Cherries Jublini has vanilla ice cream with triple sec, fresh orange and lit on fire with Cherry Brandy. It’s a dessert and a drink.
Price: 4-6,000

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