Korean street food, traditional cuisine, popular snacks and restaurant guides

Bibimbap at Jeonju Jungang Hoegwan, Myeong-dong, Seoul

Hot stone pot bibimbap Myeongdong Seoul

Bibimbap, literally “mixed rice”, is one of Korea’s signature dish. Jeonju Jungang Hoegwan (established 1956) is a restaurant famous for Jeonju bibimbap in a hot stone pot. The one in Myeong-dong is the main branch, with two others in Seoul.

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Isaac Toast egg-cheese sandwich, my first meal in Korea

My first meal in Korea (January 2010) was a simple egg-cheese sandwich at a Korean eatery chain known as Isaac Toast. I just arrived my hostel that day and couldn’t check-in on a cold winter morning, so decided to wander around for breakfast, and there it was, and the meal tasted really good despite its simplicity.

Korea Isaac Toast cheese egg sandwich

Isaac’s sandwiches (or toasts) are freshly made and the menu is quite simple with affordable price. The bread was grilled with butter, with egg and cheese the common ingredients. Customers can add ham, bacon, salad etc. in between.

Besides sandwiches they also served coffee and drinks; AFAIK the egg-cheese sandwich is no longer available on the menu though.

Koreans tend to pronounce the brand “yee-sark” instead of the conventional English way. The franchise is quite popular among Chinese-speaking visitors, branches at tourist areas are often packed with foreigners.

I’m still a regular customer but there’s one downside with Isaac, their food may seem simple to prepare but each outlet has different quality; some are a bit too oily and soggy etc. Luckily there are more good than bad; the one I frequent near Dongmyo is pretty consistent IF the boss makes the meal herself.

The old Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul is closing/moving soon

Photos from my April 2015 trip to the Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market, an iconic seafood market in Seoul which is in the process of relocating to a new building just across the street. Many vendors still refuse to move for various reasons though, despite being issued an ultimatum in March 2016.

Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market, Seoul, Korea

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