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This would be the third time to Korea and many of you asked me how is my trip, I guess now I have to dig back my last trip food guide and slowly introduce to all of you as I was here to attend the Ultra Music Festival 2017. After arriving and drop our luggage, the first stop which is just a stone throw away from our hotel is this Myeongdong Kyoja, located right in the heart of Myeongdong, Seoul.

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This is a famous family chain that have a few outlets right in Myeongdong. A a family-owned restaurant that had been operating since 1966. A simple restaurant that offers only four items on the menu. A place that specializes in dumplings and noodle soup.

It is 11am when I am in this queue and will be forever a queue to this outlet. If I am not mistaken they recently had gain an award to be part of Korea Michelin Guide 2019. That shows how good and consistent they are.

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Also they are being nominated with one of the best.

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This is kinda like a scene in Hong Kong eatery where you have to share table in this small cramp area. It is fun.

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Their signature item are all on the menu. Yup only 4.

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Their homemade garlic-laden kimchi is awesome! love it. More toward sourish and hint of garlic that is just  nice.

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Their signature item Steam Dumplings @ 10,000 won (estimated RM 35)

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Steamed to perfection that skin is soft, not so sticky, an alternative of Xiao Long Bao but Korea version. Mince meat not too dence yet fragrant with the veggie had in it. A perfect dish!

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Chopped Noodles @ 8000 Won (estimated RM 28) is quite similiar to our Pan mee. Filled with mince meat and they top with dumpling. Soup punch with flavour, not too salty and little “so called wanton” is spot on.

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Indeed one of a famous and recommended place to eat in Myeongdong for a start and you happen to be in Myeongdong, then do drop by. Perhaps one of the best food in Myeongdong?

Other eatery in Myeongdong that I discover:

  1. Innisfree Green Cafe
  2. Hadongkwan (recommended)
  3. Black Pork at Yuktongryeong 육통령
  4. Issac Toast

Location:
29 Myeongdong 10-gil,
Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu,
Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm

tel: +82 2-776-5348

will be starting to blog some of the places I went in Korea last year and Jeju island is famous for their black pork. Where do you get that in Seoul? I have read up that, Black Pork at YUKTONGRYEONG (육통령) in Myeongdong, Seoul.

The only thing I do not like about Myeongdong Disctrict is because it is flock with alot China tourist and for most of the eatery in this area, they have a minimum spending. For example, 3 person must order 3 person’s food. You cant order 2 and share with 3 person. That is the set back.

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As we were quite full from previous lunch, we are here 90 mins later from our lunch to try out this famous black pork restaurant. It was odd hours at 3pm. Read some other article that this place have to queue.

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Side this were very minimal and given some sea salt and their special chili to dip on the bbq pork.

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this is good. Simple and perfect as the veggie is fresh and the sauce is unique that fit with some sourish sweet taste. Quite different from what we have here in KL.

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Lunch with these 2. . .

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we ordered: Premium Grilled black pork belly (19,000 won) @ RM 73 and Grill Black Pork Neck (15,000 won) @ RM 58.

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The taste of black pork is superb. The fats is perfect, meat is tender and juicy. very different from the bbq pork we had it here. I wanted to order another portion but it is too full for us as dinner is just around the corner. Certainly price is on the steep side as eating in Myeongdong is slightly more expensive compare to other district.

Location :
Black Pork at YUKTONGRYEONG (육통령)
No. 199-39 Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
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website: www.blackpigkorea.co.kr/

Operating Hours :
Everyday 11:00~24:00

Tel :
02-3789-0080

from MRT station :
Mtr Line No.2 Euljiro 1-ga station, Exit No.6, walk about 2 minutes.

When you arrive at Seoul, beauty  products is the most talk about topic among friends. To me is all about food as this is a great combination where Innisfree Green Cafe at Myeongdong is one of the cafe that you should drop by especially those of you love Lee Min Ho. A clever move by Innisfree where most of the customer get to enjoy their sweetness with Korean superstar Lee Min Ho VR Experience.

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This outlet is located at the main street of Myeongdong where you would not miss.

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Ground floor is the the main area that sells all the beauty products and as you head up to level 1, there is where you are transported to another dimension.

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An interactive zone of the VR experience with Lee Min Ho. He will tour you the scene of Jeju and history of Innisfree.

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Their VR Area.

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AS for the Green Cafe, it caught my attention the most where most of the items offer in here are very pretty and healthy. Look at the salad tube and their pastries. Just looks too good!

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Another signature here is their CLOUD Souffle Hotcake which is their signature here. We wanted to order but the wait is 90 minutes and we did not proceed. Best advise is to come here when the store just open to avoid such long queue.

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Level 1 is indeed very pretty for photo taking where the center seating area is filled with pretty bonzai and mini plants.

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Level 2 is very different as it is very ZEN. Interior is is more peaceful

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Offerings in level 2 is more on unique healthy cold press juice.

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Most of the item are prepare fresh in their level 2 kitchen.

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As being one of their signature flavour, Matcha or green tea is an item that we would try to order.

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We order 3 item. Green Tea tiramisu @ 7500 won = RM 28.50,  Jeju Snow Ice Tea @ 6600 won – RM 25.50Original Green Tea @ 5500 won = RM 21

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For their original green tea, it is serve with a shot of strong matcha where the original cup is serve with milk and mild green tea. Love the strong flavour of green tea and definitely love it! Green Tea Tiramisu is a bomb. So soft, fluffy and airy. Flavors hit the mark and just loving it.

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I would say if you are here then do hit on their signature Cloud Souffle and Green tea. As for their Jeju Snow ice, it is perfect for summer where a good thirst quencher.

Location:
Innisfree Café
15, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
(Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station Exit 5, Seoul Subway Line 2)
서울특별시 중구 명동길 15 (명동1가)

Tel: +82 2776 0117
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm

Starting off with my recent trip back to Seoul, Korea. This round I did massive food hunting and lets start with one of the famous U.S brand that Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is now operating in Gangnam district. There are 2 items is a recommended by many blogs and local instagrammers are Cruffin And Brioche Donut.

 

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An easy walk of 10 minutes from the station and head all the way in. Rather easy to find with google map. All buildings look nearly the same and you will come across this little white brick house.

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I got excited when see all the colourful donuts and its fillings in it.

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The other must-get was the Brioche Donut ranges from 2,800 Won = RM 9 that is filled with hazelnut chocolate in it.  They have other flavours such as  vanilla cheesecake, passion fruit curd, caramelized banana and strawberry cream. the Croissant looks tempting too 4,400-4,600 won = RM 16.50 – 17.50

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The famous item in the cafe is their signature Cruffins. I read that they are limited to two per customer, and changes flavour every single day. On that day I had 2 flavours to choose from. Earl Grey or White Choco. Hitting onto Earl Grey as the cream is more unique for me.

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Other Beverage available.

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Then only the lady told me that, lower level is for take away and upper level is for dine in.

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There are many parts that can hit OOTD in this outlet where my sis wanted a few.

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Top level pastry bench is even more pretty. Marble top with Gold Box Showcase.

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This is the signature shot that most people would do. I ordered Croffins – Earl Grey, Brioche Donut Hazelnut and chocolate croissant as it looks too good with its pastry look too and a glass of with total damage estimated of 18200 won = RM 69

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Among the three items, Cruffins stood up the most where the texture of it is crispy yet the dough and texture is perfect. The filling of Earl Grey is perfect where it is not too sweet yet smooth finishing. As for Brioche donut, turns out to be better than my expectation as it is like pillow soft, slightly fluffy and the filling in it, thumbs up!

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Some posing before we left.


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As you walk along the stress, I am impress with the creativity of the retail outlet and the amount of investment that they are putting in. Such as Dr Jart+ Flagship store in Gangnam is actually a beauty product house and below, that looks like a vault got rob actually sells handmade premium shoes ranging from 220,000won and above.

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If you do have some spare time, then you can drop by for this outlet. If not then you can head to other places as this area as I only found Mr.Holmes bakehouse only. or there might be others as there are tons of other eateries around the area that look pretty upscale.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, not bad the pastry– !! -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse Seoul
34, Apgujeong-ro 10-gil
Gangnam-gu Seoul
(Sinsa Station Exit 8, Line 3)

Opening hours:
(Mon – Fri) 10am – 10pm ,
(Sat – Sun) 10am – 11pm

on the next day, we head off to Seoul Tower & Teddy Bear Museum. Namsan Seoul Tower was the first tower-type tourism spot in Korea. The top of the tower is at almost 480m above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower’s own height (236.7m), making it one of the tallest towers in the Orient. It is comprised of Seoul Tower Plaza, recently opened to public access after 40 years, and N Seoul Tower, operated by CJ Foodville since 2005. The tower was first established as a broadcast tower to send out TV and radio signals in 1969. As of now, it has become one of the representative landmarks and multi-cultural venues in Seoul. (source visit Korea)

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Got off from the nearest train station and stroll all the way uphill.

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[Namsan Cable Car]
Operating hour: 10:00-23:00
– One hour extended operating may occurs on the day before holidays and Friday and Saturday depending on situations.
– Fare: Round-trip (Adults 8,500 won / Children 5,500 won) / One-way (Adults 6,000 won / Children 3,500 won)
* Group discount available for groups of 30 people or more
* Children (ages 36 months to elementary school students)
* Seniors (ages 65 or more): Children’s fare is applied.

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Teddy Bear Museum: The museum in N Seoul Tower narrates with teddy bears the past, present, and future of Seoul. There is a history gallery and a special gallery where a teddy bear is dressed as a king of Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) and also shows a wide variety of early images of Seoul in the old days. The museum also features models of major Seoul tourist attractions, such as the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Myeongdong, Insadong, and Dongdaemun, allowing foreign travelers to see at a glance what Seoul has to offer. (source visit Korea)

 Place: Teddy Bear Museum N Seoul Tower
○ Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (Last admission: 21:00)
○ Admission
– Teddy Bear Museum
Adult (19+) 8,000 won / Teenager (14~18) 6,000 won / Children (13 or less) 4,000 won
– Observatory Package (Teddy Bear Museum + N Seoul Tower Observatory)
Adult (19+) 12,000 won / Teenager (14~18) 8,000 won / Children (13 or less) 6,000 won

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Alternatively you can get the ticket combo for cheaper price.

[Observatory]
Sunday-Friday: 10:00-23:00
Saturday: 10:00-24:00
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
* Operating hours are subject to change depending on weather or business schedules.

Individual Admission Ticket
– Observatory: Adults 10,000 won / Children 8,000 won
– Ssentoy Museum & Show room: Adults 10,000 won / Children 8,000 won
– Hello Kitty Island: Adults 8,000 won / Children 7,000 won

[Namsan Cable Car]
Operating hour: 10:00-23:00
– One hour extended operating may occurs on the day before holidays and Friday and Saturday depending on situations.
– Fare: Round-trip (Adults 8,500 won / Children 5,500 won) / One-way (Adults 6,000 won / Children 3,500 won)
* Group discount available for groups of 30 people or more
* Children (ages 36 months to elementary school students)
* Seniors (ages 65 or more): Children’s fare is applied.

Location:
105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)

Right after viewing on The Guard Changing Ceremony, it takes us about 10 minutes walk from Deoksugung Palace to reach this famous and largest traditional market in Korea known as Nandaemun Market that located in the heart of Seoul, not only that as this make them one of the oldest market too as they started since 1964. In this market, you can find alot of variety of selling items such as Children’s Clothing, Men & womens, daily groceries, kitchenware, local products and most of the shops here do have their own factories and make the product themselves that offer both wholesale and retail price.

For traveller like us, do not worry about it as they have 3 Tourist Booth area to guide us and you will see roaming Tourist info Guide with red vest ready to help us. They are equip with English,Japanese and Chinese speaking guide.

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A traveller like me, I am impress with the friendly people around this area and of course I am hunting for food more than shopping. In here you will get a variety of food products, from Japanese items like  gim (seaweed), gimchi, and ginseng, while the Chinese are into clothing trade and others. This market is rather big and you can spend at least half a day here if you were to slowly walk and stroll around.

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 manage to find a translation map as below: (source from Visit Korea)

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The first thing I am here is to hunt for their local food and went to food street first. Its so pack as it was lunch time and many working people are here to hunt for their favourite stalls. In this little ally you will find all the auntie selling pretty similar food and all have their own customers.

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And those famous stalls there are line of people waiting behind patiently to wait for their seats. Do expect seating here is cramp! as the owner trying to squeeze as many customer possible.

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We stroll around up and down twice without knowing what to eat and also did not know which is better option as everything in here looks good.

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Then we end up this stall as the owner herself is the most attractive in asking us to join them yet also she got alot of TV coverage in this stall and also one of the busiest too.

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She even pose for me as we wait for our turn to eat.

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All food are served with their kimchi and kimchi in this stall are marinated towards more sourish and with sweet end. That’s something new.

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Its hard for us to take picture as the turn over of this stall is very fast. People quickly sit down and eat then move to let other customers to come in. You can order any sides if you want besides the complimentary and its additional charges.

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We ordered one set by pointing to the owner as they do not know how to speak English. Therefore what people around there eat we follow suit. This is their famous Glass noodle in this stall that is served cold.

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Something new to us as its showered with peanut, yet its cold platter with sourish, yet mild of sweet and spicy end. Something new yet very appetizing. We could not finish it as the portion is pretty huge!

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Follow by their local handpull noodle that serve with seaweed, dry bean curd skin, meat and others.

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Soup base is sweet and this opens out our appetitite for eating, with chili paste added on top to make it mild spicy yet noodle texture is al dante. Finish till to the last drop of it. We call it Korean Pan Mee version! A MUST TRY! One set cost is about RM 20 = 6500 Won

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Korean people sure do can eat as their one portion serve with small glass noodle and a sides its pretty huge for us yet the finish it like eating a small meal. Impressive.

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AS we stroll along the main market, then we saw this is also another product that must eat in Korea yet people are queuing up. I was too full even to put something into my stomach instantly.

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For any online seller or retailer, this would be your paradise of shopping as most of this owner they handmade all the accessories themselves and the quality is GOOD! In this Jangan Accessories Shopping Mall they only sell wholesale price and if you do own a shop online or buy bulk, you have a special discount. After we came back only regretted we did not buy a huge pack to sell as its cheap.

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Right outside this Jangan  Mall, we saw this and decided to try.

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 cost 100o won for 3 pieces

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filled with peanut and another flavour with red bean. Not my type of local pastries as I find the skin is too thick yet very chewy. .

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 Then comes to street snacks that this caught my attention.

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 We stood there and observe as they did it so fast yet customers just come buy and go . .

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Its very good that its thin, coated with mild black sugar with a hint of honey  . .

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Then we saw another long queue that this auntie is doing their traditional breakfast omelette. Smells good though.

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 This is how they do their delivery . .

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This is another side of Nandaemun which is pretty near to GAte 2 that sells all seafood and also alot of pig spare part item.

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Till this stall caught our attention again as the queue is super long and turn out to be like a snake queue.

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They are doing this non stop and it smells so good!

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Anna is queuing while I was looking for something else to eat. It takes us about 20 minutes to reach our turn.

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Among the ingredients, after it was cook, the owner will paint 3 times of this special marinated soy sauce with green papper, red dates, apple, onion, green chili and others to make it so special that the sauce is so fragrant when top on it.

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Inside the fillings are glass noodle with special sauce. Fragrant and huge in pieces that makes it a good snacks. We could not finish though as its too much food for both of us.

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This famous snack can be hunt at this Gate 2 pillar which is directly next to it. Do come by if you are here.

Nandaemun Market CLOSED ON SUNDAY!

How to get here:

Seoul Subway Line 4, Hoehyeon Station Exit 5

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