It's been awhile. #HomeSweetHome
집밥 - Homecooked Meal
There are so many things to love about being home, and of course, home-cooked meals are one of them. All the dishes are prepped and cooked by the most amazing women in my life: my mom, grandma and my aunts - for us to feast together!
길거리 음식 - Street Food of Seoul
Korean spicy rice cakes "떡볶이": one of my favorite Korean dishes that I grew up with #whatkellycravesallthetime
Fishcake skewers "오뎅국": make sure you get the delicious hot broth, or it'll be a bit dry (the broth is the best)
Korean fried chicken& rice cakes "양념통딹": choose from spicy or sweet, soy or garlic, they're all delicious
Baked mozzarella cheese & rice cakes: wasn't our favorite but still worth trying, if you like cheese and rice cakes
Cabbage omelet "명동 양배추 오믈렛": one of the "healthier" street foods you can try on the streets of Seoul
Melona "메로나 (in a bottle)": say whaaaaaaaat? Yep, it's real, a drinkable Melona! *chug chug chug*
Mayak kimbap "마약김밥": tiny sized kimbap! Best to eat when you want to try all 10 different flavors
원님공탕 - Wonim Gomtang
It's been about 18 years since I was able to celebrate my birthday with my whole family, and it has been one for the books. Although, it started off with a super crazy thunderstorm, I couldn't have asked for a better day with my loved ones, especially over one of my favorite Korean dishes. Beef soup ("곰탕", on the left) is a beef bone soup that is enjoyed by many, usually with brisket, flank or ox tail in the soup. The broth is made with white radish, sesame oil, garlic and soy sauce, then seasoned with simple salt and pepper. After the soup is cooked with the beef, it is then topped with big scallions and sesame seeds. Sounds amazing, right? Yes.
The Boiled Meat ("수육", on the right) is also just as amazing. This dish is chilled after it's boiled/cooked, giving it a more texturized meat to enjoy alongside the Gomtang. It's best enjoyed when dipped in a bit of sauce that's made out of mustard, soy sauce, and radishes/cabbages. #ICanHaveThisEveryday
함흥냉면 - Hamheung Nyengmyeon
It was hot and humid (nothing compared to NY summer), all perfect for a summer day in Korea to slurp up some Iced Buckwheat Noodle Soup ("냉면").
My friend took me to an amazing Italian place in Shinsadong (신사동), and we enjoyed some lovely Squid Ink Penne (with squid, shrimp and sausage), Zucchini Lasagna, Truffled Arancini, and some Bresaola. Everything was wonderful: the food, the ambience, and the service - definitely need to visit here again!
My parents took my boyfriend and I to one of the most famous and oldest chicken restaurant in Myeung Dong (명동)! We enjoyed both the Roasted Chicken ("통닭" healthier than your average fried chicken) and Chicken Ginger Soup ("삼계탕", super healthy and nutrious) which were both very delicious and hearty. Pro tip: make sure to order their fluffy bread and butter here as a side.