In Hongdae the eating possibilities are almost unlimited. Shall we start with America? I tell everyone that in America Dunkin’ Donuts is where the hobos and the prostitutes hang out. Not so here in the Land of The Kimchi.
Bharat is an Indian food restaurant. Unfortunately, most of their sauces tasted the same
Those wanting Chinese food can go to 대만야식장, “Taiwan Night Market” in English
This machine, not shown, comes from Japan and is very expensive. It mashes the fruit internally, creating juice that one can suck up with a straw, after one makes the kind of incision that a surgeon does when he is performing arthroscopic surgery
Here is my ex-wife trying out the results of a machine that mixes the pulp from within. This cost about 4,000 won, or slightly less than 4 US dollars for a grapefruit juice. This place also sells gelati and coffee. It is a franchise called Gustimo.
Speaking of gelati, an Italian franchise, Cibo de Panzerotti, recently opened in the Hongdae underground. They have delicious pies with all sorts of fillers such as mushrooms, hams and gorgonzola cheeses.
Koreans like to make new words from abbreviations of old ones. Here is a perfect example, this time as applied to the food industry.
Another view of the Italian franchise Cibo de Panzerotti.
Here is my ex-wife grazing on a noodles (soba) filled sandwish (reminds me of that joke about a “wish sandwich,” but in this case it is simply a typo) at Aiotori, a local, Japanese style bakery here in Hongdae.
Here is a place that sells pastel, or “meat pies,” this time courtesy of Brazil in South America.
Pho are noodles from Vietnam, finally all over the place in South Korea.
This is a plate of spaghetti that Yours Truly cooked at Under the Bridge Backpackers. That is a glass of sangria next to it.
They are having a strawberry promotion at Mango Six.
The interior of a Thai restaurant, Korean owned and operated.
The outside of the Korean owned and operated Thai restaurant close to the Yellow Submarine guesthouse.
“Jokbal,” or pigs feet in English, is a Korean dish that can be found almost everywhere
Koreans are really starting to appreciate non-commercial beer, those made from small breweries, better known as microbreweries in the USA. Here is a beer from California (I imagine) called Twisted Manzanita. I was pretty twisted to pay nearly 10 bux for the can, but I really liked the painting of the airplane. This picture was not taken in Hongdae, but this beer is available in Hongdae at the liquor store close to where I am staying
The King of Thailand, from the inside of the Korean owned and operated Thai restaurant near Yellow Submarine II guesthouse.
Tapas bars are a dime a dozen in Hongdae
Olives at Shim’s Tapas. Umm umm good.
I asked the woman who runs Shim’s Tapas if jamon Iberico was hard to find in South Korea and this she told me. “When I first started buying it, or trying to buy it, it was almost impossible to find, but now it is considerably easier to find.”
Finally, one last pic, the infamous MSG foto. MSG stands for monosodium glutamate, a staple of many Korean dishes.