The Food Connoisseur

Got the food? X. Got the liquor? X. A young man with expensive tastes, ability to cook in-doors and money to go enjoy other peoples' cooking. Current location: Seoul, Korea.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is RON!

After much thought, because I want to be more involved in cooking and fine dining, I realized and agreed that every food blogger has to have their own voice. And I got me a voice that gets me heard or either in trouble. Ha.

I read my first post and it didn't sound like me. It sounds like me as if I were getting interviewed by some big conservative firm. No. I ain't that type. I'm young and I'm free. I want to be real with this blog, let my personality be known. So from now on, I will be myself.

Off we go, to where the trumpets blow... to Myungdong, Downtown Seoul!

Myungdong is a popular spot on the North half of Seoul. Easy to get here by bus or by subway, close to the city's City Hall and right next to the river within the city, Chun Gae Chun(sp), which was opened in late 2005. Many foreigners come here, mainly Japanese tourists, for clothes, make-up, and other things I'm not too interested in. But what here makes me go crazy?

The food, of course. There are MANY famous restaurants here. Restaurants that are famous usually have been passed down for 1 to 2 generations and they take pride in that. So many different Korean delicacies. But today's dinner menu was Tong-Ddak (Rotisserie Chicken) and Sam-Gye-Tang (Chicken Soup). Yeah boy!

Down the main road, walking past people, bumping shoulder to shoulder with them (don't worry, they don't hate you, it's normal here), you'll come across a nice brick storefront. You'll see two monster machines filled with spinning chickens. It's the Nutrition Center of Myungdong! Check out the tough guy just posted up and ruining my picture.

The service here is quite speedy. Three floors they have in this restaurant and they usually shoo you on up to the second or third floor, first floor is usually for the alcohol drankers. As you sit you're asked what you want and today, me and my girlfriend got one of each of the house's specialty.

The rotisserie comes out. Man, it's a dream come true. I've never eaten a chicken that's so juicy, yet not oily. So flavorful, and not greasy. To accompany the bird you eat the white "moo." I'm not sure if it's a radish or not, I'll get the vegetable right soon.

After tearing it up, eating about 3/4th, out comes the soup in a rock pot boiling. Chicken stuffed with 찹살, a different, better tasting rice when boiled in a chicken I guess, ginseng, chestnuts, and dates. I prefer the soup to have a strong garlic flavor than ginseng, but gin-sing is good for the body so I don't complain. Neither does my girlfriend. With this comes the Chonggak Kimchi, "moo" that's kimchi-fied.

Eating here really doesn't make you regret what you've eaten. You feel healthy, maybe it's just the stigma. Both of these dishes came out to be around 21-22 dollars. Kind of on the expensive side, but you pay for what you get.

This place is endorsed and co-signed by celebrities, tv shows, and the people. You see everybody here. New families to old folks, couples to groups of junior high schoolers and tourists.

Coming to Korea is somewhat difficult for most so don't be too sad. It isn't too hard to cook this baby at home. It doesn't feel too real without the stone pot but it's easy to close your eyes and use your imagination :) I will add a recipe when time permits and when making it myself becomes an urge.

Until next time...
Eat, drink, and GOD bless!

Ron the FoodConn
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At 3:07 PM, Blogger The Food Connoisseur said...

You gotta love Picasa uploading my pictures for me...

Anyways, hope you like the pictures everyone, please leave comments/suggestions, because I'm starting to get a hang of this and wouldn't mind becoming a seasoned professional soon!

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous amanda said...

You're well on your way ron. Tell me, your profile says you're from tucson, what are you doing in korea? just there for fun?

At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Kirk said...

Hey Ron - Nice photos. I enjoy all the atmosphere, along with the good looking food.

At 6:09 PM, Blogger FatMan Seoul said...

Welcome to the foodie blogosphere Ron. Look forward to your future posts. Stay happy and eat well .....

p/s : yes those "white stuff" are pickled radish.

At 6:11 PM, Blogger FatMan Seoul said...

Sorry for the double post - yeah I've been to that very restaurant myself - very well known and popular, though I believe their present clientele are mostly (not all) tourists and the curious.

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