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Hyehwa: My home away from home

Blogging about travelling is terrible when I keep forgetting to resize my photos before uploading them onto PhotoBucket – which means I have to manually do it when they are all on this page AHHH THE HORROR.

But anyway, I think it was on our third day in Seoul that we decided to go separate ways and meet up for dinner after since Celine was going to be meeting her Korean friend at Garosu-gil. Unfortunately, plans for that fell through but we decided to stick to meeting at Myeongdong at 5pm since Celine and Cheryl were already reaching Garosu-gil and we were still back at the dorm when they told us.

I was really keen on bringing Stef and Jac to try the BBQ place at Hyehwa that I ate at during my last visit, so I suggested we all head there before meeting the sisters again. BUT ALAS, IT WAS CLOSED. πŸ˜₯ Still, it was good to visit Hyehwa again! It’s the only other place I’ve lived at during my time in Seoul, so an attachment to it is perfectly natural.

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On the subway!

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The Missha store I passed by everyday when boarding the subway last March. Somehow, walking this path was pretty surreal again because it felt like I was transported back to March 2012!

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Where we’d buy expensive strawberries or delicious waffles on our way back to our dorm.

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And because I clearly remembered Cosy & Grill Eatery to be along the road, I was really bewildered when I walked up and down a couple of times and was unable to find it. I know CA’s mum and sis just ate there in December, so I just couldn’t believe that it was gone…but it was. 😦 I hope it was just under renovation though. You guys can read about our trip there last year here.

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Everything’s colder at Hyehwa. My friends and I used to say this so much because whenever we got back to our Hyehwa stop, the winds were seriously unbearable!

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A Daiso! Slightly more expensive than the one in Singapore.

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Snapped a photo of Jac in the middle of the road!

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We ended up at Red Cups (to the right of the picture above!) – the place where Mel and I used to talk about our ‘chicken man’. The same relatively good-looking guy who would work there on weekends haha. I felt really bad that I made them trek all the way to Hyehwa for BBQ and there was none. 😦 But at least the food at Red Cups was good too! It’s one of those small corner shops where you can get soup and fishcake and assorted fried stuff. I wanted to eat a sandwich from the nice sandwich stall I visited too but it was closed.

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Ddeokbokki (떑볢이) and fried chicken + hashbrowns. So good!! We had odeng (μ˜€λŽ…) too – basically like a hot fish cake soup with unlimited soup refills. A life-saver in winter.

Didn’t do much shopping around the area after since it was already close to our meeting time with the rest, so we basically met for more food. We had Yoo Ga Nae (μœ κ°€λ„€), a pretty famous restaurant in Myeongdong that serves dalkgalbi fried rice in a hot pepper paste. SO YUMMY!

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The only con is that you’ll smell like BBQ forever when eating in enclosed places like that and winter clothing + BBQ smells do not mix well.

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A waiter/waitress does the cooking right in front of you in a hotpot so all you have to do is drool over the cooking while waiting for it to be done. And no pictures of the completed product because we were busy stuffing our faces! Probably one of my favourite meals in the whole trip. Chicken and rice can do no wrong.

Oh and something to remember: when eating at places that serve rice/noodles in large portions, everyone has to order a portion. So if there are five people at a table, you’re not allowed to order for just four people. I guess economically, it makes sense to earn from every single person dining at the restaurant!

Till then xx.

Places mentioned

Hyehwa (ν˜œν™”)

Myeongdong (λͺ…동)

Yoo Ga Nae (μœ κ°€λ„€)

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