South Korea

Eat, drink, sleep, repeat.

I haven’t posted in a while. Unfortunately, COVID cases are increasing for Ulsan which means cafes and pubs are restricting hours again. It’s necessary but it still sucks.

I don’t really have a topic for today but we went out for some AMAZING food last week and I wanted to share.

BIBIMBAP CAFE

We visited the Homeplus Mall this week to buy a blanket (very exciting).

BUT, a bonus is that we found this amazing Bibimbap cafe just down the road.

I had mushroom and bulgogi and it was amazing. Ben tried Vegetable rice porridge and had to deal with a ladle. it was heaven.

BIBIMBAP: Bibim= mixing various ingredients + Bap= rice

I ordered fine. I am getting better at that. BUT I went to get a drink and all they had was this Pomegranate juice- it looked nice enough so I ordered a bottle.

Well- I thought it was pomegranate juice. I unscrewed the lid and went to take a sip when the store owner started to yell across the room at me. I thought I had committed some awful crime. Was I meant to use a straw? Did I grab the poisoned kind?

But no. I had ordered pomegranate concentrate. She was merely saving me from drinking syrup. We recovered. And mixed with water it was delicious.

Mixing it with soju at home later was even more so.

Samapae

Friends of ours took us to an amazing restaurant in the city. It’s the kind of place where as soon as you walk in you know the food is going to be amazing. It was dim, it was dingy, it was crowded. They gave us a duffle bag to put our jackets in. Posters were taped to the wall. I loved it.

Our friend knew the owner and had been there a hundred times.

We fully put our faith in him to order for the table. It was the best decision I had made all day.

I would much rather eat at a place like this then a fancy restaurant. The food was spectacular and fresh. Oysters, ribs, cold noodles, the fluffiest omelette I have ever seen.. And it was so relaxed. It felt like a family meal you’d eat at home, messily reaching across the table from one another passing dishes back and forth.

I stupidly didn’t take a photo of the literal BUCKET of scallops we had on the table.

Also not pictured was the bottomless bowls of fish cake soup.

Or the army of Cass and soju bottles littering the table.. I guess I can finally tick indulging in Somaek off my list (4 am Caitlan did not thank me for this).

And did I mention napkins hung from the roof? Is that not one of the smartest thing you’ve ever seen?

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