Being a vegetarian in Korea is a bit difficult. In England, almost every restaurant has at least several vegetarian options labeled on the menu, but there isn’t so much of that luxury in Korea. Koreans love their meat. So I decided to research vegetarian restaurants, and the first one I came up with was Sanchon in Insadong, which is run by a former monk and serves Buddhist temple food. The food is made with roots, herbs, plants, and vegetables that are grown in the mountain areas. Everything is natural and extremely healthy. A friend and I went one afternoon, and got to experience their lunch. The menu is set, no matter one time of day, so you simply come in, sit down, and wait for them to bring you the food: tofu, potatoes, mountain greens, jjigae, rice. The lunch menu is 22,000 won, and the dinner is 39,600 won with a show.
Today we were supposed to head down to Daecheon Beach for the Boryeong Festival, but because not enough people showed up (only 15 out of 70 showed up for 2 45-seater buses) and the rain was pretty heavy, Jason Ritzer (one of the managers for CDI) had to postpone the trip until next week. They were pretty nice about it, and ended taking the 15 of us to an American sort of diner in Apgujeong. The prices were a bit steep, but it was nice and comforting to be around the smell of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. I had a fruit salad, which consisted of berries, bananas, pineapple, apples, and oranges on top of iceberg lettuce (10,800 won). We later found out that the guys were paying for the whole meal, so one of us ordered the Sunday-something special: ice cream and a waffle with bananas, whipped cream, and fudge, and a cute little blue house cookie on top. 🙂
Butterfinger pancakes is located behind Burger King. Take subway line 3 to Apgujeong Station, take exit 2, and then head to Hak-dong Saggori.
Today I went to have sushi at Sushiholic with Hee. This sushi place is a minute walk from my flat (around the Etland building), so I’m thankful for its convenience because I know I would be coming back. The menu is a set buffet, which they place different sushi rolls on a conveyor belt that goes around the island in the middle of the restaurant (reminded me of the floating boats in SF and Pasadena). One thing I noticed is that Koreans sure love their mayo on their sushi. It was practically on everything, and while I’m a fan of mayo on egg sandwiches, not so much with sushi.
We went to the restaurant around 12pm, and it was empty except for another English speaking couple. In an hour, the restaurant was filled. 13,000 won for the lunch sushi buffet, 16,000 for dinner.