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[24 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

The next time you find yourself in the mean streets of Seogwipo with a hunger for galbi, be sure to check out these local favorites.
Tong Kun Tong Galbi | 통근통 갈비 | ☺☺☺☺
Tong Kun Tong (or “Spicy’s” as it’s known by area expats) has been a favorite with locals as much for it’s great galbi as for its friendly service. The house specialty is galbi served in a spicy marinade. The owner, Mr. Lee, is always happy to have foreign guests and …

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[23 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]


A small foreigner haunt serving wholesome western food, La Vie provides both good food and atmosphere at very affordable prices.
THE DIRECTIONS: From the Jeju Grand Hotel in Shin Jeju, head east on that same street (towards Gu Jeju). After passing the Sing and Sing bar on your left, turn left and then take your next right (across from the Show Noraebang) and La Vie is a few doors up on the right hand side.
THE FIRST BITE IMPRESSION: Any better and it would be a foodgasm. …

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[18 Mar 2008 | 7 Comments | ]
Bagdad Cafe Indian restaurant, Jeju, South Korea

By now most foreigners in Jeju will be familiar with Bagdad Café. Since opening in 2006, the restaurant has established itself as one of the most popular expat haunts on the island, and has built a reputation for offering authentic Indian cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Bagdad owner and Jeju native Hyun Ju-Roung named the place after a 1987 West German film called Out of Rosenheim, about a group of people whose lives change after connecting in a rundown café in Bagdad, California. The movie was re-released in America a year later as Bagdad Café. The film is one of Hyun’s favourites, and helped to inspire her venture into the restaurant business. She says she wanted her own Bagdad Café to be a place for locals and out-of-towners to meet and connect in friendly surroundings here in Jeju.

Hyun places a strong focus on quality and authenticity. When she needed chefs for her fledging restaurant, she sent her business partner, Sobu, out to India to find them.

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[1 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

As I stand watching Cho BeobSeong, I can’t help but admire the sell. From his stall inside the Taewangsashingi drama set he draws over a group of passing tourists with details of a Korean treat – “Crispy Dragon Beard”. A Korean treat that was once popular with the royal courts.
In fourteen twists of his hands, a warmed block of honey mixed with sticky rice turns into thousands of thin, white strands. Wrapping this around a small mixture of roasted coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds it is …