Oh I personally think I should say eating is a little bit problem to me when I was travelling in Korea through that 10 days. We didn't have the time luxury to commute to Itaewon daily just so our tummies are happy with rice although it is reachable by subway. It will be like get into a LRT from Kelana Jaya to maybe KL Sentral for lunch. Big NO for us. We have many OTHER places to cover then. That's when I appreciate staying in a hostel/guesthouse because many facilitate their guests with kitchen area where u can cook (or heat) simple dish. My survival kit then included Maggi cup (curry flavour with Mawi pic on it LOL), Brahim's rendang daging and ayam masak merah, tuna, cereal, biscuits and lots of chocolate bar. Those were also the major weight contributor to my luggage! I made sure everything finished before fly back to Malaysia and make the room for new clothes bought :D
But I didn't fly 2829miles to Seoul just to eat all those foods I bought at Giant u guys, the local flavour was what I looked for. Let's see what I managed to get myself while I was there.
1. Tteokbokki (Stir Fried Rice Cake)
It was the first Korean street food I tasted on my first night of arrival. Got one bowl while roaming the streets at Myeongdong and shared it with Sis Ernie and Sayra. There were many other street foods available but this was one I found edible. I doubt the rest. It's a rice cake with finger shape (and super chewy) cooked with spicy sauce. The pepper used for making its sauce had some kind of spiciness I couldn't eat more than 2 pieces. But it's a popular snack among Korean like how we like our goreng pisang for tea break.
2. Smallwillow basket of Korea
Practically the food wasn't served in basket but in this tin instead.
What? U wouldn't eat this?
Fine, it's not ready yet anyway.
Underneath the rice is sauce to give some taste and u have to actually mix those ingredients before putting some in your mouth and taste a spoonful of Korea's smallwillow (no!).
Now, how do u like it when its ready?
Honestly although it looks like nasi goreng telur mata, it tasted nothing like it. Again, the Korean pepper has weird spicy taste and I just have to brace up and swallow down, SLOWLY.
The special thing about this food was after paying at the counter, u were given a set of heat resistant glove. It was for holding the heated tin firmly and shake it as hard as u can to well mixed the ingredients. That was the best part, not the taste :')
I had it in Nami Island, and it's the only halal restaurant there.
3. Vegetarian Bibimbap
My sister told me bibimbap literally means 'mixed rice'.
The ingredients minus meat (usually beef).
Mixed and ready to eat.
It was like no other. I don't know how they do what they did, it was beyond delicious. The taste is at my tougue end now, can someone suggest a good one to me now? I had tasted many here and always ended up in frustration.
The one I had was in Jeju and I couldn't go there in instance when my craving for bibimbap come.
4. Smoked octopus/squid
U recognize those aight?
That is tentacles, from very enormous octopus.
That lady is cutting into smaller pieces and smoking the octopus before rolled it with special hand operated machine into super thin layer snack like dried squid we usually buy at Pulau Pangkor. Bought them on my way to Everland.
And this is similar snack from smaller size squid I bought in Jeju.
5. Ssambap (Korean lettuce wrap)
This probably my most enjoyable lunch time while in Korea as I enjoyed wrapping the seasoned seafood in leaf called kaenip.
In Korean, ssam means wrap and bap means rice. However there are many variation of filling to choose from in making ssambap than just rice. The restaurant I went only serve seafood ssambap, no other meat.
To eat ssambap, place the leaf on your palm and add some amount of seafood, rice and finish with other option of condiments. Wrap them neatly about a size that can fit into your mouth and enjoy every bit of it.
Kimchi is a famous Korean dish made from fermented vegetables with varied seasonings usually eaten as side dishes. It has soury taste and sometimes spicy. I tasted my first kimchi at Kimchi Museum in Coex Mall :D
That are all my food adventure in Korea. There are in fact many other I tempted to try but hindered by the halal status. Someone who enjoy Korean food, let's have them together. I miss Korea :')