Foodie day filled with tranquility@ Paul & Paulina 폴앤폴리나, Namusairo 나무사이로 & Shimson Tang 심슨탕

The week of meeting had finally ended. Woohoo! Even though I left the hotel room in the evening after clearing off the pending work mails, I didn’t want to waste any second of the bit of time left.

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Coughing and sneezing away through this chilly weather ain’t stopping me from re-kindling my love for Paul & Paulina 폴앤폴리나  and Namusairo 나무사이로. It took me a good 20 minute walk to reach here. And I was lucky! To get the last few croissants before waiting another 1 hour or so for the next batch.

I got all excited too, knowing I’d be bringing them home and eating them on weekends. Kekeke.

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Meantime, after the 20 minute stroll with clogged nose and a temperature, worked up an appetite. I’ll officiate one croissant first with a freshly brewed cuppa americano from Namusairo, enjoying every sip and bite at the courtyard of the quaint wooden house. Surely wished my home was like Namusairo!

The only downside was my clogged my nose and sore my throat was, which hampered the taste of my delicious croissant and americano…but I’m not complaining teeheehee. The tranquility. Finally. After a long week of noise.

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These medications were given by a retail pharmacist who knew his shop would be visited by many foreigners who are unable to speak Korean. It was kinda cute to point out my symptoms on a card filled with cartoon drawings of a kid coughing, having a flu, fever, tummy ache and all sorts (language limitation).

I’ve never seen these meds before, since it is locally made. I have to say, it was my first time swallowing a sachetful of powdery like stuff, which looked like the powdered chrysanthemum mixed drink I used to make when I was in school, except I don’t add it with water.

A little choking I gotta say, assuming I ate it right. Surprisingly, the meds somehow did a rather good job at suppressing my cough and cleared off my clogged nose.

I rested for a bit in the hotel after the taking the meds. The chills and temperature was rising again.

The nap and meds sure helped! It relieved off some of the symptoms, I was feeling a bit better, and came out for dinner. Decided to hop on the train to Hongik since it was a Friday night.

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Wow, Friday was “the day” to come to Hongik. A little crazy crowded, but the whole place was filled with youthful vibrance. There were some pretty good youths performing by the road side.

This guy in particular, must have been a regular and popular performer in Hongik. There were girl groupies all lined up at front row seats cheering for him and he was pretty suave with his guitar skills and husky voice. A Korean Jason Mraz-like performer.

There were some highschool kids doing their flash mob dance not far from here too. Pretty talented bunch, these youths. I guess talent scouts will be hanging around here to spot potential ones too.

I wanted to have a BBQ dinner, but every BBQ place in Hongik was packed. Madness! There was just no room for one.

Guess it was also better for my throat.

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I found this shop, Shimson Tang 심슨탕, located at a quieter corner of Hongik/Hongdae area and all the scouting and walking in the chilly 16degree temp worn me out a little.

I decided to dine here seeing there was a spot fitting for a one pax dinner.

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It was a rather quaint looking restaurant, a mixture of old and new feel. Pots and pans were hung on the ceiling, while the place was surrounded by books and magazines, new and old, and the wall by the exit/payment counter, displayed the signatures of famous celebrities.

They played this video of celebrities coming over to eat this restaurant’s famous dish: Bu Dae Jigae.

The demo video worked for me: ordered it and followed the proper method of enjoying this Bu Dae Jigae meal.

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The portion was huge! Seeing the fiery red pot, I was a little worried for my inflamed throat but..those pretty ladies in the video gave me the courage to embrace through this yummylicious looking dish!

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Unique part of this, was throwing in cubes of butter. Literally. Chunks of butter were given, and when you throw them in, the boiling pot of soup became dense, thickened and the fragrant aroma of butter filled even through my clogged nose.

The ingredients were mainly chopped sausages and spam luncheon meat, and bits of pork, onions and potatoes. Koreans really do enjoy their sausages and luncheon meat, but I am not that big of a fan. Nonetheless, the dish was yummylicious!

They gave various types of sliced sausages and the pork was tender. Coupled with the chilly weather, this dish surely warmed up the body!

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Crazy mad, despite the inflamed throat and the gigantic portion, I managed to finish up the soup! Haha.

Interesting find from an aimless stroll. I only knew more of this place when I read up on it after. Seems it is opened by a popular football star in Korea.

Each pot cost about KRW 8000 and above), pretty decent deal!

Alright, now that my tummy is full. Time for another round of stroll around Hongik!

You can read more on Namusairo from my previous post:
http://foodventura.com/2014/10/amazing-coffee-findnamusairo-나무사이로-seoul/

On Paul and Paulina :
http://foodventura.com/2015/12/a-must-have-buttery-crunchy-experiencepaul-paulina-seoul/

http://foodventura.com/2014/06/the-best-pain-au-chocolatcroissants-i-ever-tasted-in-my-lifepaulpaulina-폴앤폴리나-홍대-hongdae-seoul/

Address:
Shimsontang1st Floor, Seogyo-dong 355-21, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-323-8310
Restaurant Hours 11:30am-11pm.
Korean Address:
서울시 마포구 서교동 355-21번지 1층

Wan Tan Mee hunting escapades@Famous Seremban Favourites, Aman Suria

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No today ain’t Saturday, but is a blissful Monday holiday. Despite the immense El Nino heat outside, ain’t no stopping the Wan Tan Mee craving!

Took a breezy drive to Aman Suria in search for the Wan Tan Mee one of our old church friends brought us once, and all I could remember was the crazy heat (like this one) and the mind blowing char siew and curry sauce. It was at SFS Kopitiam, in Aman Suria.

The crowd was just half full when I arrived, and I thought hey, perhaps it was a holiday and everyone is hiding indoors from the fiery sun. I looked at the photos on the Wan Tan Mee stall and the old lady cooking. It didn’t really feel right but I couldn’t fully remember either the cook and the stall the last time I was here 3 years ago.

I went ahead to order a plate. And oh well, the image spoke for itself. Overly eggy noodles and hardened char siews. This definitely was not the one I had 3 years ago. I searched online but still unable to find where the stall had shifted to. This one cost RM 5, and the old lady seemed to be working so hard, I felt that it was alright with me to let her earn the RM5 wages.

Feeling disappointed and frustrated while walking out of SFS (the heat can really boil one’s mood up) , I recalled my colleague’s recommendation, of the best charsiew Wan Tan noodles he ever had and it was from a shop called Seremban which had nothing to do with Wan Tan noodles.

Circled around the entire Aman Suria and found the next best thing.

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Strangely, the shop is FSF Kopitiam, while the one I was at previously was SFS. Gosh, they are totally playing around with our minds man. Trying to confuse us haha.

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I felt more comforted seeing a crowded shop and with yummy looking charsiews hung on that metal rails behind the glass paneled wall. Every table seemed to have at least one bowl of WTM and Hakka Mee, so I guess they should be quite good for so many to come here for it

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I guess my colleague’s recommendation was noteworthy. The charsiew slices were quite tender, with evenly distributed lean meat and fats so you can just swallow it whole! If I had to describe it in one word – TENDER !

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The Wan Tan noodles was quite good to me. The noodles were springy get soft. And no overly eggy taste. Then again, my tongue had been a little damaged by the plate I had earlier and comparing this to that, was like heaven and earth.

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Perfect to slurp with by topping it with dashes of spicy garlic chilli sauce.

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The Hakka noodles on the other hand, was I guess, alright. The one in SS2 near De Siam Thai Massage rawked better, but the best Hakka noodles are definitely still in Ipoh and Kuching.

All in all, the damage was only RM 20 for everything including drinks. I expected to pay more with the additional charsiew order. Gotta say pricing is unexpectedly decent for such quality!

Noteworthy to return for another WTM craving!

Does anyone know where the SFS Kopitiam Wan Tan Noodles have gone to?

Address:
Famous Seremban Favourites Restaurant
No. 78-1 (Ground Floor) Jalan PJU 1/3B,
Block F, Sunway Mas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Opening hours: Everyday except Tuesday
8.00 am – 4.00 pm