I finally got to try the AZ burger from Lotteria.
I found out about this burger from the pregnant with diabetes Naver Cafe and most of the mommy’s who tried it didn’t have high blood glucose levels afterward. So I ordered it too and tried it out. Most women would just eat the burger with water or coffee (usually an Americano) but I wanted to also try the twisted potatoes that they were selling so I ordered mine as a Combo (burger and drink) and added the curled up fries on the side.
그래도 임당카페에 나와있는 햄버거가 롯데리아 아재버거라서 얼마나 다행인지…
Apparently, the AZ burger is one of the new menus. I thought I saw them promoting this burger when I first came back to Korea, which was about three or four months ago. I guess they forgot to take down the NEW sign.
Lately, I’ve been going through a slight “not wanting to eat” phase of my pregnancy. Not craving anything, not wanting to eat anything, so I would just have a sweet potato as a meal with some milk or something and call it a day.
Today, my in-laws were both going to out and it would just be me and the kids, so my parents came over from InCheon.
We were originally going to order food from KKANBU but mom doesn’t really like fried chicken and hamburgers so we ordered something else.
Josh said he wanted shrimp tempura and mom said she would like to have a sashimi rice bowl so we ordered delivery from Sushi Gin, Hang Dand.
How nice of them to pack us two free drinks!
The food came so nicely packed and not messed up!!
Everything was put into separate containers and everything was packed so nicely I was kind of impressed!
Today, I really needed to get out of the house (literally OUT) and so I decided to try out Noodle Box, at Enter-6 near Hang Yang University.
Noodle Box is located on the Basement 2 floor. Once you get off the escalator, turn towards Coffee Bean, it’s to the right side of Coffee Bean, across from the Photo Zone.
Noodle box is a self-serve restaurant. You order at the counter, they give you a vibrating bell, when your order is ready, the bell vibrates and rings. That’s when you can go and pick up your order.
So in Korea, there are probably thousands of Korean BBQ places. Out of all of the places that exist, I like to go to places that are well known to the locals and not the big, huge franchised locations.
The one we went to the other day was near our in-law’s place. Family run and decently priced, MA PO SOOT BUL GAL BI is a place well known to the locals in Keum Ho Dong.
서울특별시 성동구 무수막길 89
서울특별시 성동구 금호동2가 464
Priced at 13,000 won per serving it’s not the typical super sweet gal bi. It’s marinated with natural ingredients and is served to have that balance of flavors.
We ordered 4 servings then added 2 more servings later on.
Some gal bi places marinate their meat with lots of sweetness. This makes the “eaters” get really tired of the flavor of the meat. Therefore, you can’t eat a whole lot of meat. It makes you drink more water or alcohol than eating the actual meal. You get sick of the gal bi pretty fast. However, here, at Ma Po Gal Bi, everything is nicely balanced and is just enough for even the kids to enjoy.
Each table has its own charcoal burner.
There are about 16 tables for seating and the seating is the kind where you sit on the floor.
Today I had BRUNCH with my mom at Passion 5’s L’atelier.
Passion 5 is located at Han Kang Jin Station (line #6 right before Itaewon Station) exit #2.
A bit on the pricey side for their menus but made with fresh ingredients and great tasting flavors, you can’t NOT want to eat here.
Kaden and I took a walk yesterday during the kid’s nap time and we were a bit hungry (just a little) and so we stopped by Keum Ho Dong’s famous dumpling place “귀일만두”.
Just a short walk from Keum Ho Station line #3 (the orange line), Gui Il mandu is famous for their steamed meat dumplings.
8 dumplings for 4 bucks. Not bad eh?
These steel pots are stacked up high with dumplings in them and are cooked by steam that is added to the tall steel towers.
You can eat in, or do take out.
There are about only 5 chairs so if you wanna eat in, you gotta grab a seat FAST.
These dumplings are well known in this neighborhood as street food. Most people just get the dumplings to go. However, we decided to try eating it there while the dumplings were hot.
They also sell Kimchi Dumplings, JJIN BBANG (which has sweet red bean paste in it), and cold Korean noodles AKA Nang Meun 냉면.
We couldn’t go without one so we ordered one to share. They have two kinds, the spicy sauce one and the Mool Nang Meun which is the nonspicy cold noodles. However, if you want, you can get the mixed version which is half and half.
After a good street snack, Kaden and I headed to THEO COFFEE for a nice relaxing quiet time of our own
If you’re ever in the Keum Ho Dong area in Seoul, you should check out THEO COFFEE.
It’s a small coffee shop located near KEUM HO Station Line #3.
I was craving this old school Korean style tonkatsu for a while. Since I was in Singapore actually. I finally went, by myself to Hanyang University and had a good solid meal for $5.5 dollars.
It’s located near Han Yang University and Enter-6.
So I’ve been trying really hard to stay on this “diabetic diet”. Making sure I don’t take in too much sugar, white rice, and white flour. I’ve also been trying really hard to make sure I exercise and walk for at least 45 minutes. I looked up different diabetic recipe websites to get ideas for my diet and tried to stick to my own meal plan during the past week. It’s been really hard, to be honest. Trying not to eat just whatever is around and making sure I get enough nutrients in every meal is harder than I thought. However, there were plenty of websites and books that I was able to find to get me started.
The first recipe I tried out was steak with grilled veggies.
I first made the sauce.
In a saucepan or a frying pan, caramelize slices of 1/4 of an onion in butter. When then onion starts to turn brown, add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1/2 tablespoon of honey or Splenda and 4 tablespoons of water. Bring to a boil and add 2/3 tablespoons of butter. Mix well turn the heat off.
The steak, just sprinkle some salt and leave aside.
So the other day, Kaden and I were exercising (or more like just walking) and we happened to walk all the way to OkSuDong. Our friends live at the OkSu Remian apartments and we would go to the Twosome Place there sometimes to meet up with them or just to sit and have some coffee by ourselves.
Anyways, while walking towards the coffee shops we found Kkan Bu Plus. Which is an upgraded version of Kkan Bu Chicken.
They don’t have many outlets yet (I searched on naver.com and only 4 showed up, the OkSuDong location isn’t even registered yet).
BUT!!! They have great chicken and burgers!
So while on my eating spree during the holidays, we decided to call and see if they delivered to our house (and as you can see, they do) and ordered a chicken, a burger combo and a hot dog.
Compared to other chicken delivery places, Kkan Bu is a bit on the pricey side. A Crispy chicken (with sweet and hot sauce) is about 18000 won and the burger combo is about 10000 won.
I made the kids ho dduk today cause Josh wanted to have some.
I haven’t been much of a cook here in Korea. Since our family is living at our in-law’s place, I really don’t cook. However, there are times that I do want to eat something that I made. Like today, I felt like having something I had made before but an upgraded version. My friend had told me earlier that if I make chilli paste soup, I should add some Korean preserved shrimp sauce instead of soy sauce for flavouring. So I tried it today.
I made the same soup that I usually would make, then added the shrimp sauce for flavouring (more like saltiness cause it’s usually just really bland).
Today, my parents came over from INCHEON and they stayed for dinner. I said that I was going to make pasta tonight so I think they stayed to eat dinner with us. I used the think pasta and the sauce was the usual tomato paste, ground beef, cheese (sliced cheese), a little bit of full cream, minced garlic, onions, white button mushrooms and a little bit of sweetener.
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Today was my second time at the cooking class I went to last week. I was really eager to go and was curious of what we were going to be taught today.
The menu for today was Pork and Veggies in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Pickled Onion Salad, and Oyster Dduk Gook.
The scones were a bonus.
Before getting started, the teacher put the pre-made scone batter into the oven.
This is a glimpse of the table setting today.
Everything looks like it all popped out of a food magazine or something right?
Mom and I had brunch at Paris Croissant. We went to the Kyobo bookstore at Kwang Hwa Moon station and ended up eating here.
Paris Croissant is located on level 1 of Kyo Bo Bookstore.
When you order at the front cashier, they give you your drink and a number sign. Place the number sign on your table and they will serve you your food.