Dakgalbi, Banpo Bridge, and Drinking Like Locals!

Getting close to the end of our time in Korea! We are now trying to fit in everything else that we should do in Korea. So we wanted to find some dakgalbi for lunch first. Since Pork had it when he was here when he studied abroad at Yonsei University a long time ago, he wanted to take me to eat it and he knew most of the dakgalbi restaurants were near the university. So we went to Sinchon again! I think the dish is mostly known to be a really good drunchie (drunk munchie) for all those drunk students.. 🙂 I knew it was spicy marinated chicken cooked on a hot, flat stone, but different restaurants had their own variations of it. The place we went to cooked the chicken with vegetables and cheeeese (mm mm, my favorite)! They also serve it with spaghetti. You can also opt for the fried rice at the end, just make sure to leave 1/3 of the meat and veggies to be cooked with the rice. We didn’t get the fried rice since we didn’t want to be too filled up with carbs, but everyone else in the restaurant seemed to get it and eat it all up. Another nice thing about Korean restaurants is that they provide aprons for you so your clothes don’t get splattered on with the spicy sauce.

Also, the weekend had so many more tourists and people than usual. We noticed a lot of tourists from Taiwan in the restaurant as well as a lot of other areas in general. We were glad to have gone to the really popular tourist areas already, otherwise we would have been packed in like sardines.

Dakgalbi restaurant in Sinchon

Dakgalbi restaurant in Sinchon

Piggy excited to eat

Piggy excited to eat

Pork donning an apron

Pork donning an apron

Raw ingredients ready for some cooking magic

Raw ingredients ready for some cooking magic

Voila! Cooked dakgalbi

Voila! Cooked dakgalbi

Spaghetti added into the mix

Spaghetti added into the mix

After lunch, we decided to cool down at Gong Cha and get some teas. Gong Cha is a really big franchise of tea in Korea; it’s basically the Starbucks of tea. Pork got the Wintermelon with Crema, which was REALLY good. I wanted to steal it. >:] If only my Grapefruit green tea wasn’t so good too, haha. I know, I’m greedy.

Gong Cha! Wintermelon with Crema and Grapefruit green tea

Gong Cha! Wintermelon with Crema and Grapefruit green tea

We walked toward the area of Ewha University to check out the area and maybe do some shopping – definitely did some shopping alright, got a HAUL at this one store called Be Seto. So many cute things for good prices (the range was from 5,000 to 30,000 won but MOST things were 10,000 won). Woo woo! A lot of other clothing stores actually sold similar things so I didn’t bother looking. I had to pee really badly after (from the shopping adrenaline? Baha jk, from that grapefruit tea probably), so we went into the nearest cafe, which was a Dunkin Donuts. Hence, the cronut.

New York pies aka Cronuts

New York pies aka Cronuts

After that, we walked toward the station to get to Banpo Bridge and stopped to get some street food!

Chicken skewer stand in Ewha

Chicken skewer stand in Ewha

Grilled chicken skewer with green onion, spicy sauce, and drizzled cheese

Grilled chicken skewer with green onion, spicy sauce, and drizzled cheese

Pork enjoying a spicy chicken skewer

Pork enjoying a spicy chicken skewer

Banpo bridge is a famous bridge that has a water show every night with lights and music. I honestly didn’t think it was THAT impressive. Maybe we didn’t go on the right night? I’ve seen pictures online where the lights look really vibrant but when we went, I could barely see the differentiation. I will admit though, it is still a nice place to bring your significant other and/or friends, maybe some snacks, and blankets to sit down and chill out.

Banpo bridge water show

Banpo bridge water show

After Banpo Bridge, we set out to find some dinner near our place so we found this alleyway full of food. I think we walked up and down the entire alleyway 3 times before we decided on something. Since it was our last night, I thought we should get some good ol’ KBBQ because it just never gets old when you’re in Korea, haha. But this time, we decided to drink like the Koreans do! Or as close as we could get. We decided to share a bottle of soju. Man oh man, Koreans are hardcore. They usually drink 1 bottle of soju per person for DINNER. And then go drinking more after at multiple bars and then karaoke. I started realizing and was amazed that in all of the restaurants we’ve been going to, even though Pork and I are still in that young, prime-drinking-age, we found the ajusshis/ajimas and older business men/women sitting near us pounding soju like it was nothing. Sharing this bottle of soju and having 1 bottle of beer each got us druuunk. But it was probably the best kind of drunk, definitely didn’t feel sick and had lots of giggles. It was probably the best way to spend our last full night out in Seoul.

Some food alley in Cheongdong near our place!

Some food alley in Cheongdong near our place!

Prepped for KBBQ action

Prepped for KBBQ action

Kalbi and samgyepsal. Yummmmm

Kalbi and samgyepsal. Yummmmm

Piggy pre-buzzed

Piggy pre-buzzed

Drinking soju to have a real KBBQ meal

Drinking soju to have a real KBBQ meal

– piggy

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