by Ashley Heil
Last week my friends and I just happened to be in the Anam area and we stumbled across this Vietnamese restaurant, Quan Bui. We decided to give it a try because it had Bún chả on the menu, which my boyfriend and I haven't seen much on other Vietnamese restaurant menus in Seoul. They also serve Pho Bo for 7,000 won, but we went with the Bún chả for 9,000 won. Now we are by no means Bún chả experts, I've only ever had it one other time in Hanoi, but it was awesome. The dish is served with grilled fatty pork with a nutty topping, a heaping amount of rice noodles, onions and fresh herbs on the side. At Quan Bui, they served the dipping sauce on the side, so you can dip any combination and amount of the noodles and meat and herbs into it as you'd like. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious, and I felt very satisfied by the end of the meal, despite it looking like a small amount of meat at first. I'd love to come back here to try the Pho as well. I'd love to continue trying Bún chả in Seoul, but if you are near Anam, it's definitely worth checking out. It's very easy to get to as well.
Directions: Anam station, line 6.
Take exit 2. Turn left on 인촌로 27길 (It should be the first road you see)
Keep walking about 5 minutes and it'll be on your right.
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.
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