Today I got the chance to go to a REALLY SUPER NICE Brunch Cafe in JANG AN DONG.
From JANG AN PYEONG Station (Purple Line #5), use exit #3. Walk straight towards the road and you’ll see a bus tation.
From this station take bus number 2233 and get off 4 stops later in front of KYUNG NAM HOTEL.
Once you get off the bus, you’ll see CAFE BENE on your left. Walk towards Cafe Bene and make a right, towards Cafe Bene.
Walk straight to the end of the road and make a left. You’ll see this.
Walk about 50 steps and DEAR TABLE will be on your left.
TA DA~ The exterior is like any ordinary cafe & brunch restaurant. Very westernized. Just looking at this, made me miss home.
Felt like a restaurant in downtown Vancouver.
The entrance is in the middle and there are two balconies on each side. The doors are folding doors that I think are kept open during days that are cool.
That’s my mom walking in. She was so excited to eat here!
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.