Let's face it, Asian countries make the best soups on the planet. From the many different soups and stews of Korea, to Japanese Ramen, and last but not least, Vietnamese Pho, the soups in Asia are fantastic. I'm always on the lookout for new places to try these dishes, and a few days ago I found one. While exploring the area around Sangsu station with my girlfriend, our senses were ensnared by the intoxicating smell of rich broth wafting through the street. The smell was so wonderful we had to check it out. We ate the Pho there and loved it so much, we had to go back with friends. The first time, I ordered the well-done flank steak Pho (7500 won) and the second time I ordered the chicken Pho (8500 won), and the fried spring rolls (5500 won). First, I noticed the incredible taste, but I was also thrilled by the size. I'm a big guy (90+kilos), and after a hard work-out session the soup still made me feel full. That is no small feat. The broth was rich, but not over-powering. The noodles were the perfect consistency, and the meat was tender. For the money I think the steak Pho is a better deal than the chicken Pho because of the amount of meat in the soup. The fried spring rolls were mind-blowing, and I could eat them all day. The outside layer was perfectly fried and not burnt at all. The outside was flaky, and perfectly golden brown, while the inside was moist, and packed with flavor. Also available at Little Papa is Banh Mi sandwiches, fried rice topped with egg, noodle dishes, and Vietnamese beer. The interior was small but inviting, and from the open kitchen, you could smell incredible things cooking while you wait. The service was also great and fast. If you want some delicious Pho, then you should visit Little Papa.
Directions: From Sangsu station exit 1, make a u-turn.
Walk straight until you see Paik's coffee on your left.
Immediately, take a left and walk straight 3-5 minutes.
Little papa will be on your right.
by Michael Jones
Sorry for the hiatus, I’ve been traveling a lot lately, but it’s time to start reviewing delicious food again. For the first post of 2016 I wanted to review one of my favorite restaurants in Seoul, The Flying Chicken. The Flying Chicken (닭날다) is located near Sangsu station and serves incredibly delicious Cheese Dakgalbi (철판치즈닭갈비). One chicken costs 20,000 won and is large enough to serve 2-3 people. You can also order a half chicken or one and a half chickens. The chicken is served on a hot plate and is mixed in an incredibly delicious spicy, yet slightly sweet, red sauce. The chicken is covered in gooey, stick to your lips mozzarella, and is mixed with onions, diced sweet potato, and rice cake. This combination of ingredients makes an incredible flavor profile and I have a hard time describing this without drooling on my keyboard. They have other varieties, but the one we always order is the second one listed on the menu (the one for 20,000 for 1 chicken). I also like the Ju Meok Bap (주먹밥), which literally means fist rice. At the Flying Chicken, their Ju Mok Bap is filled with a hardboiled egg and covered in purple sticky rice and seaweed. Here at this restaurant, they call it 알밥 (al bap), instead of ju meok bap for some reason. ButI love the flavor of the salt from the seaweed mixing with the steamed rice and it’s a great thing to order, if, like me, you eat a lot of food (2,500). The atmosphere is also pretty interesting and the inside looks like a military bunker; the place is decorated in ammo canisters and military storage boxes. The beer is even served in military tin cups. This place is really cool, it's in a great location (especially if you want to explore Hongdae after), and most importantly, it serves some outstanding food. If you are hungry and want some stick to your ribs sort of grub then this place deserves a visit.
Directions: Go to Sangsu station, exit 2. Go out and walk for a bit and turn right on the diagonal street on your right named Wausan-ro 18 gil ( 와우산로18길). The restaurant will be up the street on the right.
Enjoy the food :)
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