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

My best beef experience@Maple Tree House 단풍나무집, Myeongdong, Seoul

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This trip allowed me to learn something new about my MD. That he, is also a big time foodie fella! As our meeting venue is at Lotte Hotel, and the Myeongdong shopping district was just across the road, we were in luck to have this dinner meal with our big boss, who raved about how good Maple Tree House was.

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We left the ordering to the expert. The side dishes seemed boring. But boy oh boy, they did make really good kimchi. If I wasn’t sick (with the whole fever, flu, sore throat, cough package) I’d think my gluttony appetite would have soared up the roof.

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The colour of the charcoal tells you how good the food was going to be. Gorgeous shades of red and grey. The heat from this thing was pretty intense, coupled with my fever.

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The Sam geop sal, was also one of the freshest and prettiest I’ve seen in a long while. Tummy juices running wild as we watched these delicious strips of porkylicious goodness grilling over the pot of charcoal.

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Today! Damn, they were yums! And to think it was barely marinated. I was never let down by the freshness of South Korea’s meat. I don’t blame my Korean friends who reside in Malaysia and sometimes declining some meat dishes served here since they get good quality meat in most places in Korea, whilst we don’t get good quality meat in many places.

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The biggest highlight of Maple Tree House was the beef. Shizers. The Beef. The bomb. The kaboom. The fireworks. Speechless. By far the best beef I had besides Mitsui in Taipei.

Teeheehee. 1/3 of the patrons on our table do not take beef. I could tell the 2/3 including me, were going all out taking the extra portions willfully haha.

So tender, so juicy, so soaked with the smokey smell of charcoal. Each piece in the mouth made me want to rip my hair off and hop around like some mad kid on a lolly

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Then came the lamb chops, gorgeous slabs of redness. The meat were all so undeniably fresh! Very tender juicylicious, after being grilled to perfection! Not a single hint of that foul gamey smell of lamb meat you get very often in overcooked below average lamb meat quality dishes.

If I had to rate the best meat in sequence, it’d be : beef, lamb then pork.
The meal was rather pricey though, 7 of us ate this dinner which cost nearly RM 1000. Phew. Burning a hole in the pocket if it hadn’t been for our big boss around. Teeheehee.

I would definitely return to this place for the beef alone! (Due to cost containment). The service was pretty good, and the staffs could speak really minimal English, enough to order and bring us what we need.

Address:
Maple Tree House 단풍나무집,
Myeongdong
B1F, 8-1, Myeong-dong 1-ga,
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel : 02-771-9700
Website: http://www.mapletreehouse.co.kr/eng/html/about.asp