All posts tagged: dinner

Peking Duck | A Review

In a mammoth wedding hotel on the cusp of the Han River lies a Chinese restaurant called, ahem, Chinese Restaurant.  But, for me, it will henceforth be forever known as “that restaurant you can get a succulent yet crispy skinned duck I call Peking Duck but they call Beijing Duck.”  It’s a long, ridiculous name but its totally worth it. Advertisements

Roast | Chicken

I never thought to brine anything. I often don’t want to add an extra step to what should be terribly easy, like a roasted chicken.  But, it was Thanksgiving and turkeys in this country can run about $80 and you can absolutely forget about finding an organic turkey.  So I thought that I’d treat my little non-GMO, non-antibiotic chickens with some respect. I brined the little guys and the meat simply fell right off the bone after roasting. This chicken was ahhmazing. So if you are looking to make your chicken a bit more special, think about a simple brine. You only have to plan ahead overnight. And, if you’re like me, that’s about as far in advance as I can think about dinner. Also of note, I don’t have a roasting pan so I used onions to prop up the birds. The drippings make the most unbelievable gravy if you so choose. I served the onions on the side with the chicken. Ingredients:  2 (2-3 pound) whole chickens. NOTE: Chickens in Korea are infinitely smaller …

Julio’s Mexican Cuisine |A Review|

After a brief hiatus from updating the blog, I’m back with a food review because, well, they’re the easiest!  I’ve made it my personal mission to get out and explore something new this weekend but, as of now, I’m sat comfy in my bed watching old episodes of Black Books and drinking a heavy dose of coffee to get through writing this simple review :D. I’ve already gone over my affinity for Mexican food in my review for Vatos Tacos. To sum up my Vatos experience: I was disappointed. When I asked for recommendations for other dishes at Vatos I was told to order mostly Korean Fusion Mexican food (like the kimchi fries…fries? At a Mexican place?  Meh.) .  I don’t mind fusion food at all, I cook it often in my own kitchen, but it had left me with no restaurant to call my own Mexican sanctuary. Julio’s is in my neighborhood (sort of) and without realizing it when I planned to go there, it’s owned by the same person who owns Pier 17.  So, I visited both …

Brooklyn: the burger joint |A Review|

I am probably 1 1/2 years late in reviewing this place. This is the cat’s pajamas. The bees knees. The whatever of foodie meccas in Seoul. Errrrbody loves Brooklyn. There are hundreds thousands millions of reviews online (big ones, small ones, itsy bitsy blurbs) about the holy grail of burgers in the world of kimchi. But, this was my first ever visit so the world is getting one more review. 😀

Roasted Corn Soup + Bacon Fat Croutons

What makes this soup so kick ass is the flavor. The roasted corn and garlic make a partnership made in taste bud heaven. And that’s before you add in the sauteed onion and yellow squash and top it with all that is good in the world: bacon and toast cooked in bacon’s glorious leftover. Ingredients: 3 ears of fresh corn 6-10 cloves of garlic, whole olive oil for cooking fresh pepper + salt to taste cayenne pepper 1 large yellow squash, cubed 1 small yellow onion, diced 1 cup of stock 2 cups of (soy) milk chunk of stale bread, preferably French or Italian, cubed 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 4-5 strips of bacon handful of chopped chives Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place corn and garlic cloves on a baking sheet brushed with olive oil, and seasoned with pepper and cayenne pepper. Roast the corn for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile heat olive oil in a large pot and saute your onions and squash until soft. Season with salt and pepper. After the corn is out of the …

Bacon + Guac Springrolls

I basically wanted to shove some salad into a spring roll but I had a bunch of things in my refrigerator that needed to be eaten.  Why not just throw it all in there? I thought.  Sure! I told myself. I can buy this really thick cut bacon in Korea and it works really well for these rolls but any bacon is going to taste great.  Depending on how many folks you have to eat this will cause the amounts you need to vary.  The ingredient list and directions are quite simple. Ingredients: green onion carrot red pepper yellow pepper sprouts guacamole: 1 avocado, juice of 1/2 a lime, 1/4 cup of diced red onion, cilantro, salt + pepper thick cut bacon spring roll wrappers Directions: Place spring roll wrapper in hot water until soft, place on a flat surface. Add your ingredients and carefully roll tight but not so tight it rips. Hint: I tried different ingredient placement to see what worked best. Put your guac on top of other ingredients and cover it …

|Review| Double Trouble

In the back alley of the most annoying of all the Gangnam Streets, is a basement restaurant that I heard through the viral grapevine had a fairly accurate representation of a Philadelphia Cheese Steak. I was game. It’s been YEARS since I’ve had a cheesesteak. I lived in Philly for a bit in a previous life and had the fortune to try the sandwich on it’s home turf. When done correctly, it’s a sandwich that melts in your mouth with warmth, salt and cheese. The bread should be warm. The meat should be salty. The cheese should be cheesy.  It’s a real work of art when done right. I’m really happy with this place for one main reason. They don’t pretend to be ultra authentic. It’s obviously a Western/Korean fusion restaurant. They have ddeok and cheese as a dish. The corn on the cob was coated in mayo. The Philly Cheese Steak is actually called a Seoul Cheese Steak. The honesty doesn’t go unnoticed. There’s nothing worse than advertising some authentic place and then biting …

Zucchini Goat Cheese Rolls + Mushroom Pasta

Umm…I think I mentioned that I found goat cheese heaven in Korea, right?  Oh yeah. I did. It’s right HERE! I could not wait to use this in something other than shoving my knife into the tub and scooping it out for knife-directly-to-mouth type of maneuver. Enter: Zucchini.  I stuffed the zucchini with goat cheese and a makeshift black olive tapenade, baked it in the oven and then shoved it into my mouth. Much better. Maybe. It’s pretty good on its own. Hehe. I also tried something that I’ve been thinking about since I reviewed Jungsik; an upscale restaurant in Gangnam. They had a delectable lamb dish that included fried soft rice cakes (ddeok). It was just as wonderful as I remembered. If rice cakes weren’t so processed and unhealthy, I may just eat the rice cakes and goat cheese until I am sick. Oh, dreams… Ingredients for Zucchini + Goat Cheese Rolls 1 medium zucchini 1/2 cup of goat cheese 1/2 cup of black olives 2 tablespoons of chopped, fresh oregano 1 large garlic …

|Revisiting| John Cook’s Deli Meats

  Oh, how I love this place! I really intended to go and try something other than a sandwich but it’s a warm, summer day and a sandwich just sounded so perfect. I must go back to try the damn bbq…and I will…but at a later date. Today I decided to have a chicken + avocado sandwich on ciabatta bread. It was divine. The bread itself was so soft and had a perfect chewiness. The chicken was chicken breast, not processed, and the avocado was as perfect as that fruit can be. The sweet staff brought two “service” items. For those of you not in Korea, service items are freebies that Koreans love to give and Koreans and Westerners alike love to get. We got a little toast with German style meatloaf and a roasted pepper and sausage salad. Fantastic. And I just want to throw out there that they make their own pickles. So they are tangy and crisp…like they should be. There isn’t a sweetness in sight. Plus, they sell them in big …