Saturday’s Shenanigans

Prior to catching the subway, we paid a visit to the sushi shop around the corner and got our ‘entrée’ for the night. We sipped on little bowls of miso to warm ourselves as we eyed the conveyor. They had duck and bacon on the menu this time round, a plus to being the early birds and still at 1,000 won a plate.

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Back to Hong-Dae we went, roaming the streets and watching the different performers. There were cute, happy soju bottles pushing through the crowds and dancing to the music. People were rugged up and snuggling into each other to keep warm under the bright moon.


We ducked down some side alleys and Bobby excitedly pointed out a sign that said, “Chan come in you won’t be disappointed and you will feel so very happy”. You might read that differently as ‘Fish & Chips’, but hey, each to their own.



This lively little drinking house was on the second floor, up a flight of splintered wood stairs with a heavy glass door; be careful with that one, I watched it swing closed onto a guy, pushing him forward into his mate. There are two seater tables along the wall opposite the bar and a couple of group tables at the back. We took the last empty two seater and ordered the fish & chips and the Bivo beer. The beer -4,500 won- was creamy and my hound dog nose had detected the sweet perfume of grape juice. I begged Bobby to ask the waitress if it had grape juice. When she confirmed they did indeed add it, I clapped like a seal and frightened her away. The grape took away the bitter taste and gave it just a hint of sweetness. As a non beer drinker, it was delicious. If on the other hand you’re a beer drinker, you might wonder why anyone would ruin a perfectly good drink.

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The fish and chips came out with two sauces and a baby lemon wedge. For 10,000 won three pieces seemed decent. The red sauce tasted like the chicken cup glaze and the white one was similar to NZ’s can of cream and french onion packet combo. If you’re a kiwi missing home, that sauce might appease your troubles. I’ve had fish and chips one other time in Korea, in Incheon. This Bivo bar was miles better as the batter wasn’t an inch wide and the fish was actual fish. Beer and junk food mat-jib found.


Next on the itinerary was this three-story lit up wooden creation on the corner near the Eat Your Kimchi studio. Holy moly fan girl moment. Simon and Martina are my only source of Korean goodness when I’m back in Australia. The Korean restaurants back home can only do so much. Who else is a fan of EYK? Check out there blog http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/ and YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/simonandmartina and become addicted!

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Anyways we ended up on the third floor sipping on sake and eating chicken skewers with some good friends from Wonju. Also on the menu if you’re looking for something exotic: chicken hearts, chicken skin and chicken gristle.

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We made it until the wee hours and went our separate ways. Bobby and I had our last drunken bite at Monster Pizza beneath EYKstudio. The line was out the door for this place and it was cheap. 3,500 won got a large slice of hot cheesy goodness. It’s better than some of the pizzas I had in Italy, and the best so far in Korea. Pizza mat-jib found (I swear we eat healthy food too).

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The night ended at Coffine Gurunaru where sleep took us for a few hours while waiting for the subway to open. I woke at 8 and took this picture of Bobby still sleeping and fell in love with Korea all over again; our belongings that were splayed across the table had remained.

Happy eating – Chan and Bob

친구들을 만나러 홍대에 가는길 출출한 배를 채우고자 집근처에 있는 스시집에 들려 새우, 베이컨, 구운오리, 각종생선 초밥들을 생각보다 더 많이 먹어버렸습니다. 그래도 접시당 천원이라(무지 싸죠?) 1만2천원 밖에 안나왔어요. 하하

이 날은 홍대에서 가요제가 있었는데 분위기가 후끈하더군요, 거리 공연도 구경하고 좋은데이 소주 코스튬을 한 분들과 사진도 찍었습니다. 인형 코스튬을 한 분들 행동 하나 하나가 어찌나 귀엽던지. 설마 남자들이 그 안에서 그러고 있는건 아니겠죠?

홍대 걷고싶은거리 바로 전쯤 골목길로 들어서니 그곳에는 전부터 오매불망하던 ‘피쉬앤 칩스’를 파는 펍을 발견. 그냥 지나칠 수 없었습니다. 밥은 먹었지만 간식 배는 따로 두어야죠? 하하 들어가서 비보 생맥주 4500원과 피쉬앤 칩스 10000원을 시켰습니다. 생맥주 가격은 그리 싸지 않았지만 음식 가격엔 만족했습니다. 물론 맛도 말이죠. 맥주는 목넘김이 부드러우며 탄산의 쏘는 맛도 좋았고 특히 크리미 했습니다. 이렇게 맛있는 맥주 거품 맛은 오랜만인듯 하네요. 게다가 비보 생맥주에는 포도향이 가미 되어있는데요,(“쉔텔이 맛을 보더니 이거 포도향이 나는 것 같지 않아?” 라고 해 종업원에게 물어봄. 쉔텔은 개코였어요.) 끝 맛이 살짝 달콤하면서 과일향이 어우러지는게 여성분들이 많이 좋아하실 것 같습니다. 돌이켜 보니 여성 손님들이 되게 많았구요, 맥주를 좋아하지 않는 쉔텔도 이 맥주는 좋아하더군요.

안주로 나온 피쉬앤 칩스마저도 저희 입맛에 얼마나 맞던지. 두껍지 않은 튀김옷과 겉은 바삭 안은 담백한 식감. 감자튀김도 너무 오래 튀기지 않아 정말 맛있었습니다. 마치 주인이 영국이나 호주에서 살다오신 분 처럼 맛을 잘 살리셨어요.

다음으로 들린곳은 맛있는 교토라는 홍대와 상수역 사이에 있는 일본식 술집인데요. 가격은 다른 일본식 술집에 비해 저렴하나 사람들이 너무 많아도 너~~~무 많아서 좀 불편했습니다. 이곳에서 친구들을 만난뒤 다른 맥주 바 펍을 전전했습니다. 이 날은 새벽 4시반 까지 놀았네요. 간만의 fun 타임이라 시간 가는 줄 몰랐습니다.

홍대에는 먹을 거리가 참 많더군요. 이 늦은 시간까지 배고픈 청춘들에게 피자를 제공해 주시는 몬스터피자. 한조각에 3천5백원 선 이며 그 한조각이 햄버거 하나보다 푸짐하고 맛도 일품. 다음에 오면 꼭 다시 들려야할 모스트 1 입니다.

그 후로 지하철을 기다리다 피곤했는지 카페에서 실신해버렸네요. 두고두고 기억에 남을 좋은 추억 in 홍대 였습니다.


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