Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Soba restaurant

Recently japanese documentary introducing sake culture and soba tradition made me love for Soba and Alcohol. Thanks to these programs, I could learn how to have tasteful soba. Just dip the half of soba as I want to take into special soba sauce made with soybean sauce, ground radish, etc. While taking the remaining part of soba that was not dip in that sauce, soba dipped into sauce meet them finally inside mouth. So these two parts can be mixed between simple soba and soba dipped into sauce.
I met Eun A in area of Hong Ik University. As we didn't know which restaurant is famous and has reputation as their food, we had to look for a restaurant where can offer special taste. Finally we found a soba restaurant, which looked recently opened. Entrance and their atmosphere, decoration looked like Japan. However food was not so much delicious. I chose soba set with different Tampuras. Tampuras were not freshly fried, that means it seemed to me that oil was not so fresh or in good quality. Sauce for soba was so salty. In spite of it, I could enjoy different style of restaurant.

Monday, June 21, 2010

I bought some wines

In general, I didn't drink, and I didn't try to drink, I didn't want to join any social life drinking with peoples, because I do not like alcohol and I can't drink at all. Even very lighter one such as beer or wine.
However during I stayed in Ireland alone, I became to drinking culture, because most of irish peoples love alcohol and drinking. As I could easily access to a bar or alcohol while having a meal, I could get used drinking. Now ? I like very much drinking. For example when I feel very thirty, I think very naturally of beer, instead of any cold beverage such as cola or juice. Today when I went to Lotte department store, they were selling various kinds of wines with special price. If I buy more than 6 bottles, they will deliver them to my house, therefore I picked up 7 bottles. Most of them were red wines, because personally speaking, I prefer red wine. It is changing depending on my taste, anyhow now I prefer red wine. However, I am so weak at red wine, therefore whenever I drink just 1 glass of red wine, I feel so excited and happy, and after drinking two glasses of wine, I fall to asleep regardless of my intention.
I bought also some cheese and smoked ham that looked well harmonious each other. So far I have never bought cheese and imported hams in Korea. It's so expensive. However I had no choice. I had to accept that price even.

Now I'm saying myself consolating that daily drinking and light alcohol helps digestion, which will help finally to live healthy and long.

Cross finger !

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Long time no see ! The restaurant

After having an appointment near to Insadong, it was around 11:20. Not going back home, I walked down toward Kyung Bok Palace. As it took some time to take metro, I decided to have a lunch here.
Since 3 years ago, I didn't come to the restaurant " The Restaurant ". When I entered, there was no person. As lunch was started absolutely from 12:00, I had to wait taking a cup of hot chocolate. For me who imagined very dark extract of real chocolate like La Duree or Merrion hotel, their hot chocolate made me very disappointed. It looked just melted chocolate. And I put some into a empty cup with using tea spoon, and then I pourred some hot water. They told me that it would be good to adjust density of chocolate, however it seemed to me that it was like melted Nutela( I hope not )
I ordered japanese bento, which main food was fish, it was the most expensive around 22,000 won among their menu. However very little food was served. Therefore I had to buy some cup cakes as dessert. As my friend invited me at her house, I brought more cup cakes from that restaurant. Price was less expenseive thant what I've bought mostly at Department store. Taste ? It was again disappointing. Sorry for the chef. I thought that it was very strange. Because to my memory, The restaurant offered very tasteful menu, with freshness and quality of food stuffs. However, today it was not the restaurant that I've remembered so far.

However I could think of friends and momery that I've spent together with in the past time. As there were not many peoples, I could relaxe myself.