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Taro bingsu is lovely

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It has been a while since getting to enjoy a huge bowl of bingsu, the Korean shaved ice dessert. Have tried to keep track of the different flavors tasted but that’s been lost. Took a shot in the dark and ordered the taro bingsu, whether it’s been requested before or not, it was delicious.

The refreshingly flavored ice, red beans, ice cream, cheesecake bites, and whipped cream mode for an amazing treat – as always.

It is amazing how all the different flavors go so well together and the ice, as it melts in the mouth, takes on a creamy feeling, not just water. The worst part is when it is over; it’s such a unique dish with a taste that is all too delicious.

Taro bingsu with red beans, cheesecake bites, and ice cream.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 19, 2017 at 12:18 AM

Could eat gimbap every day

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Have been fan of gimbap, or kimbap, for years and have yet to have one that was not absolutely delicious. On the last trip to Seoul, had it on several occasions, in a restaurant as a side dish, grabbed some for takeout, and had some off a food cart in Myeongdong.

A longtime fan of sushi, gimbap is a completely different beast. Yes, they have similar looks but the taste couldn’t be more of a contrast and can literally have it nonstop for days – and thinking back, it feels like it may have happened whilst wandering Seoul.

Mostly enjoyed the ones filled with shredded vegetables and delicious bulgogi – probably one of the greatest preparation methods for beef. The ones from the street cart, literally threw those back like they were chips.

Enjoyed gimbap nearly every day in Seoul, it looks so simple, yet it is loaded with delicious flavor.

Enjoyed gimbap nearly every day in Seoul, it looks so simple, yet it is loaded with delicious flavor.

Cravings are made of fish cakes

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There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by that the thought of a delicious street snack on a stick doesn’t come to mind. Of all the delicious treats available all over Seoul, it would seem the basic stick of fish cake and hot dog takes the lead when it comes to cravings from the last vacation. For ₩3,000 (around $2.50), the delicious flavors that can really only be found along the streets of Seoul are deliciously encompassed on a stick.

Enjoyed everything from bulgogi to steak to tteokbokki, even a macaron ice cream sandwich – all delicious – but there is just something so special about the fish cake and hot dog on a stick.

On any given day, it’s merely a matter of sitting back and thinking about strolling the streets and alleyways of Myeongdong with a stick in hand. Enjoying each morsel one by one, looking left and right at the variety of sites along the bustling thoroughfare, and hearing an assortment of K-pop hits while passing each storefront.

Fish Cake

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 16, 2016 at 6:57 AM

Frying the entire chicken

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Visiting Seoul for the first time, there was no doubt some of the famous Korean fried chicken had to be tasted. Had always been a fan, having been a frequent visitor to the Bonchon location in midtown Manhattan. One of the first nights there, a particularly late night, wandered around the neighborhood of Myeongdong for a spot to grab dinner and found Chicken 678.

Walking past the rather large outdoor space, was seated towards the rear of the restaurant – perfectly tucked away and hidden. Browsed the menu and immediately saw the chicken, it was a split-second decision that an order of soy friend chicken was the one.

Being used to other establishments denoting a specific number of pieces or which part or what shade of meat is preferred, a large plate with bunch of friend chicken goodness arrived – the entire chicken was split up and served, no arguing over what parts to order, they were all there.

Crispy, juicy and everything expected of Korean fried chicken.

Ended up enjoying friend chicken on another late night and it was just as delicious – they know how to do fried chicken.

Chicken 678

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 6, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Heart and Seoul

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Located within the Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, I Love Burgers offers an array of unique burgers — on the most recent menu, there are 14.

Along with burgers, slides, and salads, the restaurant also had a menu option called Garbage Fries. The menu describes them as: Golden brown French fries with buffalo chili, jalapeños, green onion, cilantro, black olives and aged cheddar cheese sauce.

A fantastic arrangement.

The Heart and Seoul burger, a veritable tribute to East Asian cuisine, includes ground angus marinated in Sriracha and soy, avocado, kimchi, onion strings, farm fresh egg and furikake-wasabi mayo.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

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