I was very excited to visit La Yeon at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul on my recent trip to Korea after seeing beautiful photos of their yookhwe bibimbap on Instagram. My interested piqued even further after seeing it was award 3 Michelin Stars by the Inaugural 2017 Michelin Korea Guide that was just published this November. La Yeon is one of only two restaurants in all of Korea that received 3 Michelin Stars….
Restaurant Reviews Seoul
Gwangjang Market the True Soul of Seoul Food
There are many food markets in Seoul with their own distinct personalities and characteristics. I highly recommend Gwangjang Market (광장시장) for a first time visitor to Korea because of its bare bones, nitty gritty feeling and because it features many of the traditional foods of Korea under one roof. Most food here is between $2-$5, so you can sample many foods for under $20….
Popular Korean Pizza at Pizzeria d’Buzza
I had some amazing pizza at the original Pizzeria d’Buzza in Itaewon this time in Seoul. The restaurant is small and cozy with only about 6-8 tables. The pizza is great because it is baked right after you order in a big fire oven. The dough is unique in that it has a lot of chew while still being puffed up and airy like a cloud. The name of this pizza joint is quite clever because “booja” means wealthy or prosperous in Korean, so when people call this restaurant “booja pizza” (부자피자) it has a very positive ring to it….
Udon Caden (우동카덴) was the best cheap eat of my recent trip to Seoul. I have been a big fan of the show Please Take Care of My Refrigerator these days. If you like cooking programs this one is great because many Korean chefs cook using only the ingredients from the refrigerators of Korean celebrities. I really wanted to try Chef Jung Ho Young‘s (정호영) restaurant Udon Caden because of the show and also because I just like udon in general. This restaurant more than met my expectations and I will be sure to return on my next trip….
Where to eat Ganjang Gejang in Seoul: Jinmi Sikdang and Pro Ganjang Gejang
Ganjang Gejang 게장 is a very special and unique Korean food that you must try if you visit Seoul. Unlike other indigenous Korean dishes such as kimchee, kimbap, bibimbap, etc. with good versions easily found outside of Korea, Ganjang Gejang is best enjoyed in Korea. This is because the crabs that are used in Korea taste differently than the blue crabs that are used for this dish in the states. Ganjang Gejang is a soy sauce marinated crab dish. The beautiful flavors of the raw crab with the soy sauce along with roe and rice pair so unexpectedly deliciously. I have only been eating this dish for a few years now because I was afraid of the raw nature of the dish; but now this is one of my favorites in Korean cuisine….