A lot of foreigners to Korea (myself included) are captivated at the sights and sounds of the big cities. We’re always reminded however, that compared to most of the modern world, Korea has changed relatively overnight. While I was living in Gyeongju, I’d see a lot of ajummas (old women) and ajussis (old men) with some characteristic hair styles and clothing, and wonder how they lived when they were younger. It’s hard to imagine since the big buildings that make up Korea today were not always present in the recent past. *What I’m more curious about is how the elder women decide to join their ajumma friends and get the curly hair, but let’s leave that for a different day.
Ode to My Father helps to bring a little light on Korea’s transformation to an economic powerhouse. If you’ve ever wondered about your ajussi neighbor, it might be a good starting point.
Brings the spirit of mashing up cultures, similar to the best bars in Korea
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Korean Cowboy opened its doors just last week (written Sept.24.2014), on a Friday, but thanks to some good research between a friend and I we were able to get in a day earlier for the soft open. It was invite only (more like reservation only) and if you were lucky enough to know about it, you were already in. For the soft open everything was 50% off, and this meant for the first time in Soju Wave history you could see most of the dishes on the menu! We ordered a ton of food and drinks, and only paid $35 between five people. How? Read on!!!
Doo Roo Ae is located just across the P.A.T. mart in Christie. They are known for their 갈비탕 or short rib soup, and it doesn’t disappoint. They put quite a lot of other ingredients to really bring flavour to the galbi tang (short rib soup). You’ve got onion, enoki mushrooms, peppers and likely garlic. It’s only one of the few places that have got this down right! I usually don’t eat galbi tang because I prefer something with a little more meat, kamjatang (pork bone soup), but this made me fall in love with galbi all over again.
The rice that comes with it is the expensive purple colored rice. They don’t skimp on the ingredients. The side dishes that came were also really good. They were fresh, just enough spice and without the salty flavour. Again, it’s because they don’t skimp.
Paldo Gangsan is probably the best kept secret when it comes to soju, food, and deliciousness. That is, until now. This is the part where I expose its good and awesomeness to you. I’m also going to see how many times I can add “ness” to words as I write this.
My girlfriend and I happened on here as we originally went to christie for 팥빙수 (patbingsu – shaved ice dessert) at HodoKwaja. I arrived late because of traffic and hunger completely changed our plan. There were a few places close by. The infamous Owl of Minerva was tempting but we’ve been there one too many times after a club night. Luckily, right beside it is Paldo Gangsan, above the E-mart which isn’t really E-mart.
I’m stuck in Chicago for a bit and so I actually have time to write this.
임가네 Is a good spot for a quick bite, especially if you didnt have time to cook dinner. Lets not kid ourselves though, I’m pretty sure half of us were just lazy. I usually find myself here late at night, around 10 or so when I’m not sure what other stores are still open. Luckily for all of us, 임가네 is open 24 hours a day.