GRANDMA’S SOONDAE SOUP (순대국)

It’s our first night in Korea.  We arrived late at Incheon airport and we took a big airport cab (due to our huge luggage) to our Hostel at Hongdae area.  After we checked in, we got hungry and decided to find a local restaurant around (of course we should eat korean food ^^ right?).  We walked along this road.Across the Street

And across the street, a big sign attracted me.  We crossed this huge pedestrian lane to get closer to the local restaurant.

Crossroad to the Restaurant

Big menu welcomed us, introducing their new dish.  We found it very enticing for a local korean food.  So we decided to enter.

Big menu are also posted outside the restaurant for passersby to see and catch their attention.
Big menu are also posted outside the restaurant for passersby to see and catch their attention.
The face of the restaurant.
The face of the restaurant.

We were greeted happily by the staff and as soon as we sat.  These side dishes and water appeared before we even get to decide what to order.

Korean restaurants always serves side dishes along with your order and its free and unlimited.
Korean restaurants always serves side dishes along with your order and its free and unlimited.

And since it was our first dining experience during on this Korea tour, we first handed-ly experience the big menu on the wall (which was all in korean language of course). I had the privilege to use my korean language skills (ahahahhaha!).  After some deliberation (longggg deciphering of the caligraphy on the wall…ahehehe!), we placed our order (which was another challenge to order in korean language). Phew~

Most Local Korean Restaurant have their menu posted on their walls for easy access. However, it is written all in Korean unless it is an international restaurant.
Most Local Korean Restaurant have their menu posted on their walls for easy access. However, it is written all in Korean unless it is an international restaurant.

We ordered for Coke but local drinks are being served on this restaurant.  We were offered this soda instead and fair enough it tastes really good.

Clear Soda like Sprite or 7-up 1,000 won / less than $1
Clear Soda like Sprite or 7-up
1,000 won / less than $1

Our order arrived steaming hot served on hot ceramic bowl.  Pretty exciting huh!? Looks appetizing, isn’t it?

Blood Sausage soup with noodles. Small (for 1-2 people) (소) 5,000 won / $5
Blood Sausage soup with noodles.
Small (for 1-2 people) (소)
5,000 won / $5

The soup was delicious for me as it has a very refreshing taste, however, it is a bit spicy for me.  I can’t eat so spicy food (which was a down-er).  My mom and Cassy has the similar challenge with spicy food.  I bet spicy eaters will enjoy this soup especially on a winter day.

The other menu was the Bossam Special.  I enjoyed the wrapping experience and the vegetables are really fresh.  It seems like it was picked out of the field and served directly to our table  (I’m not over exaggerating here… Jinjjayeyo!). 

Boiled Pork and Pork Sausages with vegetables and side dishes. Medium Size (for 3-4 people) (중) 22,000 Won / $22
Boiled Pork and Pork Sausages with vegetables and side dishes.
Medium Size (for 3-4 people) (중)
22,000 Won / $22

My first dining experience was a blast.  My tummy was satisfied and my heart was filled with joy.  I finally got to taste real korean food cooked on its origin country, South Korea. (Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeyy!!!)

This is just the beginning of our One Month Vacation in Korea. (yes… you read it right! 1 Month).  Exciting!!!