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Baking Bites in Seoul

Seoul signs

For the next week or so, there will be some slightly off-the-beaten-path (by which I mean the baking path) posts here at Baking Bites. Don’t worry, there will still be plenty of new recipes to look forward to, but I am currently in Seoul, South Korea and plan to get a few posts up about travel, the food and the scenery so I can share some of the trip!

I’ll be posting some updates on my Twitter, if you want to take a look, and if you’ve been to Seoul, feel free to leave any recommendations for things to see or places to eat in the comments. I’ve already gotten some good recommendations on the markets and finding some street food. I’m no expert on Korean food (although I like it), so I’ll do the best I can to report back on what I find!

Korean Hanok Village street

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  • Ang
    October 1, 2009

    Korean food is divine!!! I lived in Seoul for a year and half. Make sure to try Duc-boki. It’s found on the street and also in restaurants. An area in Seoul called Shin-dong is famous for it.

  • Hanna
    October 1, 2009

    Wow, you’re in my city! I’m not sure what kind of Korean food you’ve had/like, so I’ll do my best with the recommendations…

    In Insadong, you’ll find several vegetarian restaurants (many are based on the traditional diet of Buddhist monks). If you’d like to try a regular Korean spread, there’s a place called “Jirisan” in the area that’s quite tasty as well.

    For seafood, I’d highly recommend you try and find a place for johtgae guui (grilled shellfish/clambake).

    And if you can do spicy, do give the nakji bokkeum (pan-fried octopus) a try.

    If you’d like, e-mail me and I can try and find specific places/directions to places near where you’re going to be!

  • Hanna
    October 1, 2009

    whoops…typos already.

    That’s *joh-gae guui* for the clambake.

  • Ariel
    October 1, 2009

    Awesome! I love the food in Korea; I think it’s my favorite part. All the street food is tasty. There are these little pancake-type things that have an entire egg cracked into them as they’re cooking. I tried one the last time I was there and it was pretty amazing.

  • Jin
    October 1, 2009

    yay! 😀

    make sure to try ‘duk-bok-gi’.

    it’s a spicy rice cake thingy which is extremely delicious.

    also try ‘O-dang’. which is a fish cake skewer but it’s delicious. They also have this thing called ‘tornado potato’ which is really interesting looking.

    eat sun-dae also :D:D

  • Sora
    October 6, 2009

    I can’t believe you’re in Seoul. I’ve been keeping my friends fattened up with recipes from your blog for a couple years now.

    If you’re interested in seeing how Western-style baked goods have been claiming a space in Korea, check out some of the department store food courts (usually in the basement), such as Hyundae Department Store or Sinsegye. Likewise, Hongdae (the neighborhood in front of Hongik University) has a whole warren of side streets filled with cafes and bakeries.

    You should also look for han-jung-shik, if you haven’t already. That’s the equivalent to a multi-course formal dinner, and it will introduce you to many, many different banchan (side dishes).

  • Polprav
    October 22, 2009

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

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