I have dined in luxurious restaurants and exotic tiny local eateries around the world, yet when it comes to naming the most memorable meal of my life there is only one that comes to mind – our family dinners on New Year’s Eve at my grandfather’s house back in Tbilisi, Georgia.
This little bake shop is just a few blocks (maybe three) from the most popular area of downtown Daegu. Le Pouldu (that’s what it’s called) is still surrounded by stores, restaurants, and coffee shops, just not on the main street.
The Boxquare, just across from Sinchon Station, is a restaurant complex housed inside of three stacked shipping containers. It opened in last year and has become a hot spot for young people looking for inexpensive and delicious food.
The popular Bbang Dabang in Gangneung is almost like a Holy Land among Korea’s cream bun lovers. Bbang Dabang uses 100% fresh cream without any additives, serving buns filled with rich and smooth cream. The bakery serves as a café as well, providing drinks to go along with their signature buns.
Lee Sung Dang in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do province is the oldest bakery in Korea. The bakery has been in business in the same location since 1945. It is quite large and upon entering, visitors receive a sense of nostalgia and welcome that only this long-standing bakery can provide.
Wanda Mansion attracts visitors with vintage furniture, live plants, and an elegantly decorated interior. The tables are widely placed apart from each other, providing adequate space for visitors to sit and relax.
Kimchi, a fermented vegetable dish, is a traditional dish that accompanies every meal served in Korea. There are many variations in recipes and forms, using different vegetables such as cabbage, radish, and cucumber.
Tteokguk, or rice cake soup, is a traditional New Year’s Day food thought to bring good luck (energy of yang) and longevity. The length and shape of the rectangular garaetteok rice cakes, which are the key ingredient of the recipe, reflect this fortune.
When you walk around Korea, you will quickly see the passion for food spilling over from stalls lining the street and small restaurants full of people noisily slurping noodles or preening away at a dish with chopsticks.