Korea Diary | Halfway Mark (Days 23-26)
It's been an interesting few weeks trying to remember one of the most exciting memories I have. We are finally at the halfway mark and it will only get more exciting! But first bear with this post of mostly food pics from the week of Days 23-26.
The SK Global dorms were located near the East Gate of Yonsei University. The West Gate area was completely foreign to most of my friends and I. For some reason we just never really thought to explore the other side of campus. It was only after the fact that I learned the neighborhood was called Yeonhui-dong 연희동 and that it was almost like a mini-Chinatown in Seoul.
Thankfully there was one friend who interned in a laboratory on that side of Yonsei and knew of a very good Chinese restaurant, 五香만두. I am not sure what the Korean characters for the Hanja (Chinese characters) are but an English translation of the restaurant name would be Five Spices Dumplings.
Up until that day we had a lot of Chinese delivery food but nothing that was hot and fresh. Having fried dumplings and tangsooyook minutes after frying was such a treat. Everything tasted so much better. It turned out that the people running the restaurant were Chinese! I think some of my friends even spoke to them in Mandarin for a bit.
Once we discovered the area by West Gate, there was no stopping us. Bestie C and I stopped by for lunch at a restaurant called Miga Boonsik 味(미)加(가) 분식. It seemed like a very no frills, quick but still yummy eatery that catered to the college students and university staff nearby. I ordered one of the combo meals which included donkatsu 돈가스 and bulgogi 불고기.
The internet has a ton of articles on how Starbucks in Asia always has special exclusive flavors: red bean, sakura, etc. I am usually all up for ice cold drinks but Frnappuccinos are almost always too sugary for me. I opted to try a cake at Starbucks instead because the sweets selection in Korea was completely different from what was available in the U.S. It was more cakes and sweets heavy than savory, which was right up my alley.
Not to be weird or anything but I spotted a familiar logo in the trash while waiting for my Starbucks order. I knew Yonsei had a milk company only through the direction signs I've seen on campus but this was my first time seeing it IRL. How cool is that!