Thursday Travels is a new weekly column (yippee!) featuring sights and sounds from my wanderlust adventures. Come, fly with me, and we’ll explore strange cultures, exotic eats and everything in-between.
Just in time for the new column is this last installment of the Seoul series. Because it was a work trip, we didn’t have many opportunities to eat out. But my friend, who is based in Korea, managed to let us try some traditional Korean food that can’t be found easily in Singapore.
This huge plate of chicken and seafood is called Andong Jjimdak, which can easily be shared among 3-4 friends. There are different levels of spiciness to choose from, but we kept it safe for the chili-phobic friend.
It tastes similar to our soy chicken stew, only spicier, and it goes down really well with white rice.
We also headed down to Pajeon Alley, near Kyung Hee University, which is famed for housing numerous pajeon restaurants.
Pajeon is a crispy and savory Korean pancake dish that can be studded with various ingredients (think okonomiyaki). We chose seafood fillings which makes it Haemul Pajeon (bottom left). Another noteworthy dish is Dak-bokkeum (bottom right) which is a spicy and zesty chicken stew.
The Koreans love to drink, so we just had to try the Dongdongju (middle right); a milky and undistilled rice wine that is similar to Makkoli. The only difference, apparently, is the rice grains floating about.
This entire set you see above can easily feed 3-4 hungry people.