These days, there are so many ways for visitors to Seoul to explore the culinary treats of the city. With a practically endless list of taste tours and cooking classes available, it seems easy to delve into Korean cuisine. But the fact of the matter is that there are so many hidden treasures tucked away into the back alleys of Korea's capital that even most long-term residents like myself will never find most of them.
Enter Veronica Kang, founder of Gastro Tour Seoul. Having worked in the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years, Veronica not only has an extensive knowledge of the roots of Korean food, but also has many connections with those most influential in the industry. Many of these include the owners and chefs of Seoul's oldest restaurants, along with master brewers who have been preserving the methods of making Korea's traditional beverages for decades.
(side dish), variety of kimchi
(there's over 200!) and regional and seasonal specialty. Fortunately for gastronomes eager to sample Korea's tastiest cuisine in a limited amount of time, O'ngo Food Communications offers a number of food tours
that take all the guesswork out of the search for the country's best restaurants.
Korean cuisine, much like the country's people, is vibrant, flavorful, eclectic and packs a lot of punch. It's so diverse that it would take years to try each
It might be a plate of steaming mandu made with fresh kimchi at a street stall on a frigid winter day. Or a perfectly cooked jeon, served up with a bowl of homemade makgeolli in a back-alley hangout. It might be consumed alone, with a new lover, or a group of old friends. The meal might be a new gastronomical concept, unfamiliar and exciting, or may be Grandma's secret recipe, instantly recognizable and comforting.
It's rare, if not impossible, that you will find yourself having a bad Korean meal in Korea. It just doesn't happen. But every so often, usually when it's least expected, you will experience culinary nirvana. It will be a meal that proves to be unique from any other you've had in the past, one that changes you, one that finds you awake the following morning wondering if it was all just a dream.
. What many do not realize, however, is that Andong is famous for its cuisine and traditional alcohol.
Andong is a city located in Gyeongsangbuk Province, South Korea. Once a home to many Confucian scholars, it was historically known as the capital of academia and intellectual culture of Korea. It is also often associated with folk traditions, particularly the well-known Andong
UPDATE: This Saturday night only (June 4th), check out the night dining tour for a discount if you're an expat teacher. Contact Daniel Gray at seouleats at gmail dot com or 010-6661-7769.