Bonjuk’s orange-colored pumpkin porridge is an excellent way to get your day started. It is filling and full of vitamins. Plus it tastes like warm pumpkin pie (sans the nutmeg and cinnamon). If you want something a bit more savory, they have beef and mushroom, red bean, and chicken and ginseng porridge, too.
Bonjuk 본죽 FYI> Branches located all over Korea.
Cost: 5,000–20,000 won a person
10am–9pm www.bonif.co.kr GO> Insa-dong branch (T. 02- 722-6288):
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Mijin Maemilguksu is one of the most famous buckwheat noodle shops in Seoul. The noodles here are silky yet have bite. The light soy broth that you flavor with ground turnip, onions, and dried seaweed adds zip to the noodles.
Mijin Maemilguksu 미진 메밀국수 FYI> Cost: 6,000 won per person
T. 02-732-1954 GO> [ Map 1 C3]
Yongsusan is a high-end, royal court cuisine restaurant that serves colorful cuisine in a sumptuous atmosphere. They offer Kaesong cuisine from the Goryeo Dynasty, so you’ll get a whole table of traditional dishes, such as royal hotpot cooked in brass serving ware, meat and vegetable brochettes, marinated beef, grilled fish, delicate crepes with a variety of garnishes, and finished with tea and rice cake. It’s a feast for the eyes and body.
Yongsusan 용수산 FYI> Cost: 30,000–100,000 won a person
T. 02-739-5599, www.yongsusan.com GO> [ Map 3 C1]
Wedding cake maker and spun sugar artist Yun-sun Goo decided she wanted to share their craft with the public so she converted their baking studio into Reminis Cake café. The chocolate creations are exceptional here. The giant wedge of chocolate cake has rich granache over a foundation of chocolate sponge cake with crisp cookie shattering on the bottom.