Where we ate in South Korea?
Budget : ~Php200-300 per meal
Bummers : food can be expensive
Being in Korea did not prevent me from having my favorite breakfast meal from McDonald’s. I got the Big Breakfast (Korean style, boom!) and the only thing missing is the cup of rice I usually have when I order it in the Philippines. In exchange for the rice, two pieces of English muffin are there. Aw, and their Big Breakfast automatically comes with a hashbrown. And they offer the meal with Minute Maid juice drink so I got that. I just had Big Breakfast recently here in the Philippines and I have known that they already have the same set here. I guess McDonald’s is trying to standardize the meal.
Han’s Deli seemed like a Western cafe in the heart of Myeongdong. They serve chicken nuggets, omelet which they called omurice, burger steak, and sausages. We ate a late lunch here and we really loved it. These are not the actual names of the meals but these are what best describes them.
A Local Korean Restaurant
I had the opportunity to try authentic Bulgogi when I was in South Korea. Well the price is quite steep at 17,000 Won (which is about Php650) for one serving. But I learned there how to eat it right because we usually eat by putting the viand in the rice. It was the other way around there because you put the rice in the Bulgogi. Their Bulgogi is quite soupy which is a bit different than the ones I have in some Korean restaurants here in the Philippines.
The upside of eating in that local Korean restaurant is that they are serving free banchan. Banchan are like appetizers which you are usually eaten with the main dish. They serves lots of different banchan.
Oriental Restaurant in Everland
I did not have much fun eating in the Oriental Restaurant in Everland compared to riding the rides in this theme park. We were so hungry when we arrived in this place that is why we decided to eat immediately when we alighted the Everland bus. In my opinion, the food at the Oriental Restaurant was good but it was not as great as Han’s Deli. Maybe it just did not match my palate. Others seem to be having fun eating there.
Again, I was not able to get the actual names due to me being very hungry. So, the captions are merely descriptions.
Family Mart is like 7-11 convenience store in South Korea. You can find this store in almost any street corner in Seoul. One night, we came home late so we had no other choice where to eat but in this 24/7 convenience store only. Being a daredevil and wanting to try their local beer, I had Cass Light and a sundae for dinner. Lucky enough, my stomach did not act up afterwards.
This beer tasted a bit light compared to our San Miguel Beer Light. While their sundae is goood!
Like Family Mart, Paris Baguette is widespread in Seoul. While we were traveling from Incheon Airport to our dormitel in Myeongdong, I counted more than 10 Paris Baguette shops. This drew curiousity into us so we decided to have breakfast there before we leave South Korea. Paris Baguette had a BreadTalk-like shop. The style of buying bread is also the same because breads are on display and you get the ones you like then pay for it at the counter.
Their bread is really delicious. So is their milk tea. And the packaging of their pastries and cakes are pretty awesome. I wish they have a franchise here in the Philippines.
Shopping in Myeongdong can take a lot from you. So to cool off after walking the entire shopping strip, I had my first experience with Baskin Robbins. We shared a serving of chocolate and pistachio ice cream.
Our last meal in Myeongdong was a treat from Alvin, a former projectmate when I was still working as a software engineer. I am not sure though what we were celebrating then. Aw well, free pasta and pizza. The good thing with dining at Pizza Hut is that they give 20% discount to tourists. Just present your passport upon paying.
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