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This is a must do tour for anyone new to South Korea. We did it a week in but recommend doing it as soon as possible to your arrival as it helps you to become familiar with Korean food and even the culture. The places we went were local and the food was made on site at each place meaning nothing store bought and house recipes were used. I'm a very picky eater and yet I ate everything on this tour and it was all delicious.
Our guide Brad was a very informative, knowledgeable and friendly host that made the night fun. We really enjoyed the casual vibe and ease of the tour as well as the other tour guests. You won't regret doing this tour.
Awesome way to nosh, meet new friends and understand the cuisine.
This tour was amazing! I have recommended to a number of people travelling to Seoul. The food was varied and was super tasty. The drinking games were also fun. A great insight into the culture of South Korea.
I wish I could have two stomachs on that night.
This was really fun and I learned a lot. Very tasty.
This food tour was fantastic. Such great food and a really wonderful, engaging, informative, friendly guide. Discovered a lot of gems and learned a bunch about Korean food and culture. A great way to spend an evening in Seoul. Highly recommend.
This is such a nice tour. We have been to 4 local restaurants with expert local guide who is so friendly and knowledgeable and take care each of us. I was travel alone in Seoul, so, it's quite nice to join such kind of tour or I can't enjoy all the feast by myself. Highly recommended!!
Our guide, Dayeun (she went by Da), was very friendly and informative. Our tour group was small, just 5 of us, and we had a wonderful time exploring. All the stops were great, and the food was delicious. If there is ever an advanced tour, more of the small food stands would be awesome. Great tour!
Went to this tour back in 2014 but still remember how great it was despite the pouring rain that day.
JS was an excellent tour guide. We were a slightly larger group 11 total because we added 1 extra person according to him but he made sure everyone felt welcome and not left out. Our tour consisted of 3 groups: our group Filipinos with an American and a German with originally 6 people, that turned into 7, a group of 2 Taiwanese and German from Taiwan, and another group of 1 Hawaiian from LA. We were all talking to each other and learning about our divergent backgrounds by the 1st restaurant. What a great way to meet new people, over food and drinks.
First stop was for traditional korean barbecue. This was the best we tasted through our 2 wk stay in Korea. This is likely due to the amazing home made Ssamjang that accompanied it and gave it such umami. The leaves used to wrap the meat were VERY fresh and flavorful and included an herb,tangui,that also added to the complexity in taste. Wow. Washed down with soju/beer/cola drink that JS made, it was a very good start of the evening.
Next came Toppoki, the hot and spicy rice cake dish seen on streetfood carts but we enjoyed in a restaurant. Js ordered both the traditional red, spicy kind and a less spicy beef broth kind. I, personally, preferred the toppoki made with beef/vegetables as the broth had more depth than the spicy seafood broth. This was accompanied by rice wine that, as usual, tasted like cough syrup. I guess I am just not a rice wine person.
Chicken and beer came next. The mountain of garlic sauteed in butter? and honey that glazed the delicately battered and full flavored chicken came together in a perfect bite. Followed by beer, both Mango and regular, it could have very easily made gluttons of anyone without great self control. SOOO good. I wish I was not so full at this point...
For dessert, there was bingsu, the traditional Korean shaved ice dessert. This was served in a beautiful teahouse. This, too, was the best bingsu we tasted in Korea. We had the traditional patbingsu with red beans, and a tea bingsu that was not as traditional but super delicious. This dessert, as with many Korean desserts, are not meant to be super sweet but is very refreshing and great way to top off an already amazing array of foods.
I highly recommend this tour, especially with JS as the guide. He was a most hospitable, attentive and excellent host who is obviously proud of his food traditions.
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