After a restless night on a VietJet plane packed full and with non-reclining seats, we found ourselves in Seoul with several hours to kill.
Luckily, my former student Eunhye was willing to come out and meet with us in Seoul’s Gwangang Market (광장시장). The last time I saw Eunhye was by random chance in Luang Prabang. This time it was planned.
We sampled Bindae-tteok (빈대떡), a mung-bean Korean style pancake. There was so much more to try, but with impending Korean BBQ, we had to save the food tour for another date.
We also video chatted with Alice (aka Ji Won, unisexual name). She had to work and couldn’t join. But it was still nice to see her.
We took a 30-minute subway ride south to one of Eunhye’s favorite Korean BBQ restaurants. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the name is but it’s located near Seoul University of Education. The original restaurant located above a 7-11 had only plain meat grilled to perfection. The restaurant got so popular that the owner opened another restaurant across the alleyway with a different menu of marinated meats.
We ate a lot. Oh, how I missed Korean BBQ! Grilled meat wafts in the air. You stink of smoke and meat afterward. It was wonderful!
Sadly, we had to leave to get back to the airport. It took us almost 2 hrs to do so. But it was nice to get out and see a familiar face.
Gomabseubnida (고맙습니다) for showing us around Seoul. We promise to stay a little longer next time!