• Doddie from eGullet


    You mean there’s chinese sausages here in Korea? Gasp! To think I have my family mail me chinese sausages from time to time. How do I get to the groceries? What exit do I take when I get off at Bangcheong Station? I am quite excited. Directions, please. :)


  • http://zenkimchi.com/ ZenKimchi

    Yeah, I got one of the sausages while I was there and cooked it this weekend. It was pretty nasty, though. All mushy and gloppy.

    The Chinese groceries are, I think, exit 4 at Bongcheon Station, next to Sillim Station. You walk south of the station to this long market street. It’s in that area. The sign’s all in Chinese, and you can smell the aromatics outside.

  • Doddie from eGullet


    The sausages were mushy? Hmmm, that doesn’t sound like dried chinese sausages that is used in Chinese dishes. Chinese sausages are dried and loaded with fat. When you fry them, you just put them in the pan and it will render its own fat. I will try to see if the sausages they have in there is the real deal, not koreanized Chinese sausages.

    Thanks for the detailed explanation of the directions. Will give you an update when we go there soon.


  • http://www.seoulsteves.com/ SkinnySteve

    I’m a big fan of Mongolia and have been there several times to chill out with a book in the downstairs (regular coffee-shop area), or go with my girlfriend upstairs to the more loungy-area before going to Sideway wine bar just a stone’s throw away.

    Here’s an article idea for you: Do a tour of Seoul’s best coffee shops (focusing on freshly roasted coffee-which DQs Starbucks and Coffee Bean). You could start off with the coffee museum that’s in Bundang I think. From there, head to Gangnam where you have Magnolia and Cafe Classico (behind the Gangnam Hooters), up to Apgujeong which has that place who’s name I can never remember (also has pretty great sandwiches for a very reasonable price), before heading up north where I’ve heard there’s some good places but have never explored much personally. There’s a Facebook group for the Seoul Coffee Explorers you might check out for further recommendations.

  • http://zenkimchi.com/ ZenKimchi

    That’s a great idea! You know, the hard part is getting out to do the research. Finding more groups for resourcing helps a lot.

  • David

    That ramen place in Shinchon is 라멘 무사시, or “Ramen Musashi,” in case any other readers wanted to check it out. And it is one of the better Japanese ramen places in that part of town.

  • peter

    hi Zen
    def. up for accompanying you on the food-critic trips …(im kinda doing them on my own anyway for fun).
    im about having the same luck on the seoul restaurant front as you,hence cooking at home more now, ie.costco/e-mart based cuisine!
    strangely,a few years ago i got drunk in a bar with the Greek Joy owner and his chef..he lived in canada for yrs and picked up his greek cooking style there..saw the filthy state of their chef “whites” and decided never to check it out.
    love the more evolved critical style you are taking here,keep up the good work.
    and mail/call me about dinner!peter the archt.anyang

  • http://thebakerwhocooks.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Dear Alaina,

    I came across your wonderful blog after clicking through a few links in my bid to search for good restaurant critics in korea. I thought you might be able to help me out with this major project I’m working on for my company – Ate Media.

    I would be grateful if you could provide an email address so I could send you some info?

    Yep, and this is def. not spam thank you in advance and hope to hear from you soon!

    P.S. You can email me at my company email: [email protected]

    Cheers from Singapore,
    Cheryl Chia
    Editorial Consultant
    Ate Media Pte Ltd

  • http://www.koreanhomecooking.com/ Migi

    Hi Alaina
    I am a Korean food blogger living in the United States who magically landed on your blog via ‘worldwide’ web surfing. I used to live in Korea and left the country with my family about 15 years ago. I have to say, your blog makes me so nostalgic about Korea and the foods I used to have in Korea… Though there are many good Korean restuarants in LA KoreaTown in the US, having Korean foods in Korea gotta be a really special experience, which I used to take it for granted when I was living in Korea… Meanwhile, until I go back and visit, I am quenching my thirst for ‘Korean foods in Korea’ through your blog. Thanks!

    Please check out my blog at


  • http://zenkimchi.com/ ZenKimchi

    That is so cool! I didn’t think that my blog would spark nostalgia. I’ll do my best to keep up with putting more Korean food on here. I know I’ve been slacking as of late.

    (Oh, and my name’s not Alaina. I don’t know where Cheryl got that.)

  • http://thebakerwhocooks.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Hi! oh yes, I wanted to apologise! For mixing your name up with someone else’s! Weird thing was, I clicked on one of your links which was supposed to be an article written by you and it was credited to a certain Alaina Brown. That’s how I got mixed up. Sorry!

  • http://zenkimchi.com/ ZenKimchi

    Oh, that’s no problem. I kinda like the name. Maybe I’ll attach it to my current one somehow.

  • http://www.koreanhomecooking.com/ Migi

    I also wanted apologize! Blame all on Cheryl :P
    And, thanks for adding me to your blogroll!

  • Bob

    Wow, what great picts! The food looks so mouth-watering. Looks like you had a great experience.

  • Jiyoung

    Hi Zen
    I happened to visit your blog, while I was searching for Korea-related blogs in foreign websites.
    I’m really impressed with your research on Korean food.
    I’ve been living in Seoul for nearly 20 years, but I’ve never known there are so many interesting places to eat.

    I lived in Silimdong for a year, so I was glad to see the video clip on Silimdong Sundae village.
    What did you call Sundae in English? Did you enjoyed Sundae there? I hope you did.

    I’d love to join your food trip!
    Mail me if you need a Korean companion for your research.

  • http://zenkimchi.com/ ZenKimchi

    Thanks Jiyoung! I may take you up on your offer. I think in English, Sundae is Sundae. A descriptive term would be vermicelli blood sausage, but that doesn’t sound appetizing. I really have grown to like it. I’m a bigger fan of 곱창 구이, though.

  • bryan

    Where exactly is Ramen Musashi? Where can I find better Japanese ramen restaurants?

  • bryan

    And where can I find better Japanese ramen restaurants?

  • mike

    I recently discovered Sideway Wine Bar and being a wine enthusiast have been impressed
    with the quality and more importantly the price of the wines I have drank there. After some
    discussion with the French guy who works there I like their attitude of keeping their prices
    lower than their competitors to encourage more people to try and enjoy the beauty that is
    wine. The food is good, the service friendly and there are often many beautiful girls
    drinking long into the night. What more can I say.

  • http://justnbusiness.com/ Justin Chase

    But does it taste good?

    • http://zenkimchi.com/ ZenKimchi

      God awful.

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