My friend, Annie, and I spent a weekend in Busan. While there, we decided to try some 낙지 (nakji)! 낙지 is a small live octopus. When it is ordered the chiefs take a small octopus out of the fish tank, chop off its legs, sprinkle some oil on top, and then serve it to the customers immediately. When you ask for raw octopus…you can’t get any more raw than this!
It was such a great experience. I could feel the legs sucking to my tongue, teeth, and cheeks! It was also pretty tasty! 🙂
I don’t think I will ever get tired of topokki! This topokki meal was a cheesy seafood soup. The soup was still simmering when it arrived to my table! As this spicy soup slowly disappeared, I found a few tasty friends hanging out at the bottom (crab, squid, octopi, and shrimp)!
My first American-ish meal! A friend told me about this restaurant, Mama and Sons, that is located a block away from my work. I am so glad he told me about this place! I ordered french toast and it is the best french toast I have ever had. I need to learn how to make this heavenly meal! This meal was basically a stuffed french toast. Inside was cheese, peppers, onions, meat, and some red sauce. It may sound odd, but do not judge until you try it!
My mouth is already watering thinking about it. Yep…going to go eat it now! 🙂
One thing that I absolutely love about the restaurants here is that most of them let you cook your own food! Every time I eat this type of meal I leave extremely satisfied. I also love looking and eating at the same time! 🙂
South Koreans always serve so much food! I chose this meal because it was one of the cheapest. It might be a bad thing that I like it so much because the restaurant is located in the same building as my school!
With each meal, comes side dishes…which you can see in the background. The dish in the far back left was filled with mixed vegetables. The dish in the far back right is one of my favorite sides! It is called a fish cake. I don’t know how it is made or what all goes into it, but I always want more! The side located in the front left is kimchi. Kimchi is a staple in South Korea. It is served with everything. You can eat is cold, grilled, or as a soup. I need to learn how to make it because it is only pickled cabbage in a red pepper paste. So simple, yet so tasty. The front center dish consist of a cold, soft seaweed salad. The front right dish is filled with bean sprouts…always great with every meal! Finally, the bowl located to the right of the main dish is a soup. I am not sure what kind of soup this is, but it taste similar to a hot chicken broth…not too shabby! 🙂
Now, I can’t forget the main dish! The main dish is a type of bibimbap, which is usually meat and vegetables mixed with rice. The meat I chose for this meal was pork. Although I am not a big fan of pork, I believe I am slowly starting to love it! I do wish each and every one of you could have the option of eating this meal because, so far, it is my favorite dish in Daejeon! 🙂
김밥, pronounced “kimbap” is the cheapest and most delicious meal to order when in a hurry. This meal consist of a seaweed rice roll with meat or vegetables stuffed inside. The best part is that it is served with pickled radishes. Did I also mention how cheap it is?! 🙂
This meal was the first full meal in Daejeon! Prior to ordering, I had no idea what it was. The only thing I was able to translate was the symbol for rice…which was the main reason I ordered it. When the meal came out, I was full of excitement to see all of the muscles delicately placed on top. This dish was a spicy soup with sauteed vegetables, muscles, and shrimp! I need to find out what this dish is called so I can order it again!