I think I’ve just come across the first sighting of pierogies in Korea. Please tell me if you’ve seen them sold anywhere else.
They come from a fairly new pub, Happidus, in the Beomgye district of Anyang. The chef is Canadian, and he’s gradually introducing foods that he has missed to the menu. We had a good talk and a few beers with him, and hung out in the kitchen as they made the pierogies.
They also offer some of the best nachos I’ve had in Korea and a mean chili with cheesy garlic bread. There’s the traditional Korean hof fare, too, but it’s not popular–even with the Koreans. The pierogies are the hottest seller. They call them Polish Mandu.
Just look at ’em! Cooked in real bacon fat with red onions and smothered in cheese, bacon and sour cream. They make the dough from scratch and don’t cut corners.
I had two servings last night, and I’ve been craving more all day today.
Happidus also has a pool table and looks to be in the running as the new foreigner bar for Anyang, challenging Uncle Don (burritos and fresh salsa) in Bisan-dong and Irish Dream (the Friend Lee bar) in Ilbeon-ga. The Beomgye area (off of Beomgye Station, of course) is a cool looking area but has long been short on actual things to eat unless you’re in the mood for fifteen chicken hofs. Happidus is a welcome newcomer to the scene.
To get there, walk from exit 2 of Beomgye Station and head down the strip. It’s on the fourth floor of the last building on the right.
ADDENDUM: Unfortunately, the Canadian chef is no longer associated with Happidus, and the quality has gone downhill–especially regarding service. They frequently add extra drinks to tabs by accident and mix up orders.