Seoul-ful Saturday

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Seoul-ful Saturday

Saturday morning. The sky is bright and clear, the wind gusting and temperatures plunging toward single-digit territory. It's a gorgeous day in Seoul.

I'm meeting Ryan, Burt, Aaron and Annie for lunch, but my taxi driver can't figure out the map the hotel printed out for me. He calls dispatch and then plugs the coordinates into his GPS.

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Disclaimer: Air transportation provided by Hawaiian Airlines.

Bennies of traveling with techies: Ryan Ozawa’s (updated) video of today.

Read the complete Seoul food series:
OMG — going to Seoul!
Hello Seoul!
Seoul food: Nonstop grinds in Korea
Seoul-ful Saturday
Basement food mania: Sunday in Seoul
Top picks: 72 hours in Seoul

53 comments
michaelni
michaelni

I've only tried Bon Chon (my all-time favorite fried chicken) in Sunnyvale, CA but need to try Kyochon. Both have outlets in Los Angeles.

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

Another awesome post, Mari! Much mahalos to the Nambas for their hospitality!

hikino
hikino

And isn't it somewhat appropriate that you left during the rains (which cleared up just for you! I heard you were bossy but I didn't realize you had that much power.) and come back just before it supposed to start storming again. And you arrived back home on time, which was better than their inaugural flight the other day which was delayed due to mechanical trouble (and with the big boss on board....oopps!).

ShawnNakamoto
ShawnNakamoto

Sounds like you're having a great time! Love all the pictures!

808marv
808marv

Another awesome post! I think you guys had some great experiences for the short time you were there. Street food, restaurants, shopping, even ordering take-out from an apartment thanks to Aaron and Annie. Nice to know the secret police delivers jajangmyeon. ;-) Just kidding I can only imagine how cold it was for the guy to wear a mask like that.

I wonder if anyone in Hawaii serves the budaechige with the sausage & mash? I'd definitely like to try that combo. Also gotta check the markets here for that budaechige "kit".

I don't know if it's just me but it seemed the audio sync went off near the end of the video, the whole segment in the apartment. When you were trying the chicken it looked like you were dubbed over a la NHK World or the kung fu movies! But hey it was still very cool to get video of things as they were happening thanks to Ryan and Burt.

From looking at twitter it sounds like you guys are on your way back. If so have a safe trip back to 75 degree weather and 80%+ humidity!

harrycovair
harrycovair

OMG, that pic of the Jajangmyun looks almost real enough for me to grab a chopstick and start picking at the noodles on my screen. Great to know the Namba's took time out to show the local gang the lay of the land.

Kudos to the Namba's, @hawaii, @bytemarks , and your blog for making this a very unique and special Nonstop Honolulu report. Of course @hawaiianair did provide the transportation for you all.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

Oh yea, ask your friends who live there to take you "booking" and see what kind of reaction they have. ^_^

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

Nothing beats having locals show you around. Looks like you got a lot of the local experience today with the delivered jajangmyun and fried chicken. Budaejjigae was also a good choice.

You should try bossam, or jokbal, or pork skins on your last day! All with soju! Hahahaha...

And as you know by now, we Koreans eat a lot! That's cuz we're normally drinking till it's nearly dawn and every drinking stop along the way has to be accompanied with food.

BTW....don't forget the pojangmacha experience! That's the real Korea if you ask me! Odeng, gizzards, ddukboki, washed down with soju, and wiping yourself off with toilet paper that hangs from the side of your table. And nothing beats the cold like the free odeng liquid....perfect!

Also, I absolutely love Gyobomoongo. I can spend hours in there.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

I love that you're rockin' my cougariffic earmuffs!

svache
svache

Getting an awful lot of water running down my mouth again watching all that yummy food :D

EurekaGal
EurekaGal

OMG~that was so sweet of Annie and Aaron to host you guys around like that and show you what life in Seoul is like for young folks! What an amazing treat. I loved the video. Reminds me of the brief trips I've taken to Tokyo. Hyper-urban. So different from life in Eureka. So different from Honolulu, too. Thanks, guys! What a great tag team production.

Ynaku
Ynaku

Wow, that was a quick trip. Hope you had fun...Wait, foolish statement. I know you had fun.

aaronnamba
aaronnamba

I can't believe we forgot to bring out Annie's mom's kimchi last night!! And I didn't get to show you real Korean kalbi (and kalbi-tang, one of my favorite soups), assorted jun, Korean pizza, some modern Korean fusion, and so much more... Ah, I guess you can try the kalbi-tang in Hawaii if you haven't had it before. Just have lunch at Yakiniku Seoul (King/Kalakaua)!

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

EO: I cannot believe how much fuud you guys consume! Yikes! Plus it is a full day of stuff. Me, I would be in the hotel zonked out by lunch time!?

michaelni
michaelni

@nonstopmari Haha. If you wait, it might come. Just think of Target and Jollibee :)

I would have to say the drumsticks are my favorite. Mmmm...I think I need to take a drive down to Sunnyvale this week to get my fix.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@michaelni oh u so lucky oh i'm so j :< KYOCHON! BONCHON! do we not have enough critical mass in hnl for one of u to offer a franchise here?????

so michael, which is it, wings or drumsticks?

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@ShawnNakamotothnx shawn! it was a fantastic 3 days. u shd see what we did the last day -- will post new blog and pics tmrw.

808marv
808marv

@hawaii Oh thanks for fixing it, looks and sounds great! @nonstopmari and others are back in sync. I like this Extended Director's Cut, it tells more of the story haha.

Bytemarks
Bytemarks

@hawaii @808marv To have seen the actual footage and being there live was the best. There was a crescendo of laugher right as Mari was about to utter her first words after taking a bite. It was classic and what followed was even more memorable. She uttered "my tongue is watering" but what didn't make the cut was "I need to brog about this."

hawaii
hawaii

@808marv I have no idea what happened with the video and audio sync in this video. I think the rest were okay. Maybe an iMovie bug? The pity is, I deleted the working files, so to fix it, I'd have to reassemble it from scratch. I kinda like the "bad Asian movie dub" effect, fortunately.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@808marv thnx marv. i know there's a market for korea beyond k-dramas. seoul is not hard for foodies, even if u don't know anyone. my hotel overlooked myeong-dong and its street food, and was steps away from lotte's glorious food basement. all else was a subway or taxi ride away. heck, i even liked the food at incheon!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@MyongChoi i saw pojangmacha! one went up around a cart where i'd bought bibimbap earlier, and where the lady yelled at us for taking photos, so i didn't want to go back. unfortunately, the only soju i had was in the airport, where we ate before our flight back. went w/ @bytemarks 's bulgogi soup (? bulgogi tang? chim?) which was so yum, @aaron namba , and w/ my pork neck soup, which was in an evil-red broth loaded w/ kim chee and which i loved.

have to save bossam, jokbal, real kalbi, kalbi tang etc for my next trip. i love a cold korea!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Melissa808 they saved my ears from turning to ice and falling off in the arctic blasts. i wore them out, tho, so got u some new cougarrific ones.

svache
svache

@nonstopmari Haha but you also know how it tastes... for me it's still a wait and see lol

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@EurekaGal nothing like traveling w/ techies, esp after i explained that i needed vid w/in hours of the experience or it wd be too old to post. after that, @hawaii @bytemarks were so on it, they spent their last hour in seoul editing video in the hotel business center while i went shopping, and now they're ahead of me!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Ynaku total blast. i'd get on the plane and go back, even in january, only i need some serious fruit and veggie therapy first.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@aaronnamba hey, we tried roast potato and bacon pizza in the lotte basement today, and dokbokki (4000w, expensive no?) and we even found hot dok! good but under plastic, not the same. meat jun etc, i'll just have to come back :D

i'm bringing back some yummy kimchee i found. can only imagine what annie's mom's tastes like *sigh*

thnx again for everything!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@aaronnamba @svache it has been unblvbly humid since we got back yesterday, tho not esp hot. cool and humid. and btw i can't stop thinking abt korean food, and where to find the korean food we had.

what is the name of the bulgogi soup dish in @Bytemarks 's photo above?

aaronnamba
aaronnamba

@svache True, indoors the air has to be kept on the dry side to keep the windows from sweating too much. I learned that the hard way after turning the humidifier up too high and finding pools of water around every window.

svache
svache

@aaronnamba Yeah but with that arctic cold that you guys had lately, there was hardly any humidity, was there? I remember from living in Europe that we hardly had any humidity during the winter because of the cold.

aaronnamba
aaronnamba

@svache Seoul's humidity is quite comparable to Honolulu's, except during monsoon season (July/August), when it is 80-100% most of the time.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@harrycovair @svache @hikino @Annoddah_Dave yo everybody, we're back, just landed. @bytemarks @hawaii discovered that the cold in seoul broke 10-year records, and even the changing of the guard at the palace was canceled. and we just thot we were hawaii wimps!

cold or no, i didn't think i cd have sustained that rate of eating much longer, but on our last day, as we headed to the airport and after we got there, i had to get my last bites in. then landed and stopped at palama market for a quick bite. *sigh* literally a world apart.

harrycovair
harrycovair

@svache @hikino @nonstopmari @Annoddah_Dave That's so true. When it's cold, as in snowing, I tend to consume a lot of carbs throughout the day. We'd pack Energy Bars and Bagels in our jackets so that we didn't need to stop at the lodge and keep on snowboarding all day. Although I think Mari's description of sub-zero temps are bordering on extreme edge of survival.

svache
svache

@hikino @nonstopmari @Annoddah_Dave You know, I actually think you have a point there... when I lived in Europe, where it's usually much colder than here on this rock, I ate a LOT more.. but here... idk what happened lol, I cannot eat half of what I used to eat there haha

hikino
hikino

@nonstopmari @Annoddah_Dave Mari, don't think of it as penance. Think of it as cold weather survival. You have to consume more to stay warm and to keep your energy levels up in the biting cold. And since you're much thinner than my, uh, bulkier frame, you have to eat constantly to keep the internal heat up since you don't have the insulation I've acquired over the years.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Annoddah_Dave i have never been so full, so constantly, in all my life. have a lot of penance coming up when i get back to hawaii :) but it's worth it.

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