A Fat Girl's Food Guide to Eating in Korea

Bulldogs Brunch

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It’s Friday and that only means one thing, that brunch is fast approaching. Now that the weather is getting nicer, tables are coming outside and everyone is looking for that perfect spot to have a lovely and enjoyable meal with a few tipples on the side. So when I found out my regular haunt Bulldogs was now offering brunch, I was straight round there to give it a go.

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Sadly it was raining last weekend so we could not sit out on the lovely terrace, or what I deem to be the VIP spot, so we sat inside instead. However when the sun is shining I’m often found drinking a vat of Pimms.

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We of course had to get some cocktails, and I decided to mix things up a bit and get a mimosa (8,000) instead of my usual Pimms, though I did get one later. This mimosa was extra lovely as it was made with freshly squeezed orange juice, which really made a big difference.

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My new partner in crime Georgie got my old favourite, the Breakfast Martini (8,500) which comes with the most adorable garnish, a  piece of toast and jam! This drink is sweet, jammy, and all kinds of delicious.

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TFB decided to be nice and manly and try the Kingsman (12,000). Jamesons, pale ale and ginger over crushed ice, he really loved this one, especially since it came in a tankard which was oh so Game of Thrones.

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On to food, we of course couldn’t resist The Big Ben (15,000). Pristinely presented, it was quite a mammoth load, french toast, pancake, hash brown, sausage patty, bacon, tomato, asparagus and a quail egg. This breakfast stack was monumental and not for the fainthearted. It was not officially an English Breakfast with the french toast and pancake but I think it was better for it, as you get the best of both worlds. I’d like to see some baked beans on the side though as for me it’s just not breakfast without them. Owner Tom noted our suggestion and said he will include them next time.

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Georgie opted for the Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg (12,000). Served on toast, it’s certainly a lighter option than the Big Ben. You know I can’t bear salmon so didn’t give it a try, but Georgie seemed to like it.

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Lastly we had to try the fish and chips. The fish was coated in a lovely yummy batter and the home made tartar sauce was divine. Sadly it was missing the mushy peas though.They used to do an awesome posh fish finger sandwich which came with mushy peas, so I really wish they would put that back on the menu.  Sadly the chips are not hand cooked, but since it’s not a specialty  I’ll let them off.

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One thing I love about Bulldogs is the warm and friendly welcome I always receive when I go there. It feels like being back home in the local again, and they are always willing to make you a lovely cup of tea if you require one.

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Bulldogs is located at 2F 116 Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon station and walk out of exit 3. Go back on yourself and take a left at the intersection. Go stright past Taco bell, its a few doors down on the left on the second floor. Call 02-6248-2998 or check out their facebook page for more information

 

Coreanos – Brunch

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Being a self confessed brunchaholic I’m always on the look out for a new place to dine during that magical time between breakfast and lunch, although these days we start so late it’s pretty much lunch plus booze, but lets not split hairs, especially since I rarely rise before 10am on the weekends. Now that I’m self employed, I can now spend my days being a fully fledged lady that lunches. However my favourite meal of the week brunch is  usually only reserved for the weekend which is why I was excited to find out that Coreanos was offering their own brunch menu every day from 12pm-3pm! (more…)

Manimal

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Watch out Seoul, there’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s brought a big bad smoker with him. Owned and run by Jeff Kang, previously of Wildfire, Manimal is the the latest American BBQ restaurant to set up in Itaewon. This review is coming to you straight off the press, as they only opened for soft launch a mere 5 days ago. (more…)

Rocky Road Cheesecake

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I love a good rocky road, which is why I often make it, in fact anything with marshmallows is always a winner for me. My friend just lent me her spring-form cheesecake tin so I was itching to give it a try. I knew I had to make a cheesecake which was truly splendid, but was unsure of what to put on top. After a good root around in fridge I found that I had lots of half eaten boxes of  sweets, so I decided to use them all and make a rocky road cheesecake. With the Oreo base it’s super chocolatey and with the extra crunching yumminess on top it was a real knock out out. Which I think we can all agree is a very important feature in a cheesecake. (more…)

Bird Riders

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Considering how often I cook and eat out, I also manage to make my way through an awful lot of take out food too. Nothing makes me happier than lounging upon my sofa watching The Real Housewives and knowing that a delicious treat is winging it’s way to me without having to lift a finger. After many years together I have TFB pretty well trained and he diligently collects my take out treats for me when I’m feeling lazy, hungover, or both. But sometimes TFB is feeling lazy too and neither of us can muster the strength to feed ourselves, which is where a delivery service comes in handy. (more…)

WinK

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I’m a creature of habit and sloth, so rarely leave my little neighbourhood unless pressed to do so. However offer me the chance to try a new menu, and you can usually lure me out. WinK is a new restaurant and tap house located just next to Seoul National university of Education, and is owned by When in Korea head honcho William. This week they opened for their soft launch and invited me for a sneak preview. (more…)

Second Ground

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Being a Brit I take my fish and chips very seriously. It’s one of the foods I hanker after the most. For me there is nothing more thrilling than the car ride home with a hot paper package upon your lap scalding your legs while the smell of salt and vinegar fills the air. The wait to get home just makes ripping into those fish and chips even better.

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French Dip Sandwich

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This is a delicious little treat I whipped up for dinner last week. It was a crazy busy day so I needed something quick. I had picked up some fresh chuck steak from the foreign food mart in Itaewon the night before and wanted to use it on something new. Chuck steak needs to be cooked slowly to get it nice and tender, but it was far too warm for stew so a hot sandwich seemed like the perfect idea. I sliced a couple of onions and threw them into my rice cooker along with the steak, a pinch of thyme, and a couple pints of beef stock, then set it it to cook and walked out the door. When I came home 6 hours later I was treated to the most fabulous smell ever. I sliced open a couple of crusty bread rolls I had picked up on the way home, slathered on some melted cheese, and had the onion sauce for dipping. It was incredibly delicious and beyond easy. I often use my rice cooker when I’m short for time, as you can just throw in everything raw and come home to a ready cooked meal.

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The 100 Foodtruck Smoke & Grill

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I’m always on the search for my burger holy grail, so when I heard that an awesome new burger place had just opened at the top in the hill in HBC I was straight up there to check it out. The 100 Food Truck Smoke & Grill is a food truck-cum-hole in the wall located up on the hill. There is seating for about 6 in the back of the restaurant, along with a few tables for you to lean upon outside.

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