Seoul – South Korea – The food will blow your mind!
Seoul is a modern city of millions located fairly close to the border in South Korea. It is a fast paced city with a good bar scene, Asian markets, busy shopping malls, relaxing bathhouses and delicately beautiful Korean food. Seoul is an organized city with a great public transport system but due to the mass population the city does experience smog. This creates a hazy surface, but once you get past that outer façade, the food scene is worth the effort.
I visited Seoul a couple of month ago and stayed with a couple of expatriate friends of mine. They had been there for a while and knew the city quite well, so they were able to show me around. I was initially unimpressed with the city – it’s not the best-looking city I’ve ever seen, but it works. The food on the other hand was a completely different beast, it blew my mind! Koreans don’t mess around with their food – in Seoul food is serious. This is the land of Korean BBQ, Kimchi, Bibimbap, Korean Fried Chicken, Edible Dog and ice cold beer.
In Korea the food is so incredibly flavorful. A lot of restaurant goers are expected to cook their own food over a red hot grill located center table, plates are often replaced with various types of edible leafs (which adds a kick of flavor and depth to any dish), Kimchi is used like a condiment found on every table and meat is always on the menu. In addition to well thought out, meat-filled menus, the beer is cheap and always ice-cold. Seoul is a food tourists dreamland.
Seoul can be a little intimidating at first because of the pace, smog and general ugliness of the city, but once you dive past all of that, way past into the deep laneways or smoky bbq joints, you may just be surprised how much wonderful food is on offer. Go, eat and enjoy. Seoul is as foodie as any modern city I’ve seen.