Lunch. I’ve spent more than a week in Seoul. And since, I know my way around the major parts of the city (the places that I’m familiar with), I’ve been spending most of my time in the Myeongdong shopping area. After going to Lotte Young Plaza and Lotte Department Store (similar to Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s in America), I debated on having lunch in a sit down restaurant because I don’t know how to speak or read basic Korean. So I went to Noon Square to look at the restaurants on the 6th floor. Luckily there were pictures on the menu. And I took a risk. It took me ten days to finally have the guts to step out of my comfort zone. The restaurant was lovely. I got to sit anywhere as it was 2pm when I walked in to have my lunch. I sat behind the curtains, where on one else was sitting.
I ordered udon with tempura. And I did not expect this many sides with what I ordered. Everything tasted lovely. My favourite was the rice roll (in the middle).
I couldn’t find an english name for the restaurant, as it was in Japanese. But I’m sure there are other restaurants that have similar dishes.
For dinner, Carmen took me to Gwangjang Market. It was the perfect cold night to be at the market. It was a different experience since being in the city. There are different food booths that you could sit at and eat from. The benches are heated, so that makes life a bit better. But honestly, it was about negative 10 degrees celsius plus wind. My hands were almost frozen from holding the chopsticks with just my bare hands.
There are different foods at each booth: dumplings, kimbap, noodles, seafood, soondae and dukbokki.
We both shared an order of noodles and dumplings. The kimchi was the best I’ve had so far. Not too spicy and not too sour. I was putting my dumplings in the noodles’ broth, cause they turned cold. So the owner of the stall that we were eating at gave me a new bowl of hot steaming soup so I can put my cold dumplings in. She was super nice to us. I don’t know how they manage the cold weather so props to them. I’ll never forget eating like this.
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P.S. Make sure to check out my cousin’s (Seoul) travel blog (here).