[CLOSED] 'New' Mapo Galmaegi (신마포갈매기)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

[CLOSED] 'New' Mapo Galmaegi (신마포갈매기)
[South Korea, Seoul] Time for a good ol' charcoal BBQ in Hongdae (홍대). I decided to try out this place after hearing some good reviews on its food. This restaurant has multiple branches but I'm only going to talk about the one in Hongdae, which I've visited. The main branch is just known as Mapo Galmaegi 마포갈매기, if I'm not wrong. But for the Hongdae one, it's Shin Mapo Galmaegi, which is also literally New Mapo Galmaegi 신마포갈매기.
PJ and I went there about 6pm at night, and it was getting dark. Here's how the store looks like from the outside.

There were alot of locals already eating there, and it's always good to have locals eating at a restaurant! I must say that people were seated quite close to one another, and while there's space, it's just not a good place for private conversations, which you should just do at home. The table beside us was very noisy but being in such an environment really made us feel like we were away from home.  :)
Most BBQ restaurants also have a storage chair for you to keep your bag smelling smoke free, and this restaurant is no exception.
The storage chair for storing bags. Or jackets. Just lift up the lid and throw in your stuff.

Table setting
The menu was laid out on the table and we just told the ajumma what we wanted to order. We had the signature meats - Mapo Galmaegi 마포갈매기 (8,000 won) and the Mapo Galbi 마포갈비 (7,500 won). Of course, what good is oily food without rice? We also ordered gongi bap 공기밥 (1,000 won) to go with the meats.
Things are heating up!
Mapo Galmaegi 마포갈매기 (8,000 won)
Mapo Galbi 마포갈비 (7,500 won)
It's time to sizzle.

One thing I do love about this restaurant is that they give you free kimchi omelette. There is no need to order this as an extra~ whee! But if you do want extra though, just let the ajumma know that you would like to have 1 keran chuka 계란추가, which literally translates to 'Add egg'. This option will add another 2,000 won to your bill.
Ajumma comes with a bottle full of beaten egg and pours it in front of your eyes. Watch it cook.
When the egg looks done, just scoop and eat with your rice! :D The egg is fresh and HOT, with hints of kimchi!
Can everybody say 'WOO-HOO'! (Can't help being such an egg lover.)

It's an interesting way to serve free egg omelette because you get the 2 best things cooking at the same time: the egg and the meats!
This is how your entire BBQ hotplate will look like. SIMPLY LOVELY.
Directions to the Hongdae Branch:
Take line 2 to Hongik University Station 홍대입구역. Go out from exit 8 and turn right immediately. Walk all the way straight till you reach somewhat of a roundabout. Turn left, the restaurant will be on your left hand side.
Address: 169-11 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울시 마포구 동교동 169-11번지 1층)
Tel: 070-8832-7582
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4.5 / 5
Ambience: 4.3 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4.3 / 5
Service: 4/ 5

Doma 도마

Friday, 29 August 2014

Doma 도마
[South Korea, Seoul] Doma is a rib barbecue restaurant in Hongdae, also famous for its Mayak (Narcotic) Doenjang Jjigae (Soy bean paste stew), which is famous for its addictive taste, like erm, narcotics. Hence the name.
Side dishes. I also ordered a Chilsung cider to go with the grilled meats.
I really enjoyed the soybean paste stew here, which was so flavourful! It's a must-order here because it's so comforting to have it in their cold weather, and it tastes so good too. It's cheap too! Going for 4000won with rice.
Having it with rice.
We ordered the Doma Set B meat platter, which costs 18,000won. The platter consists of beef ribs, Striploin Wagyu (Kobe Beef) and bottom sirloin triangle and 2 mushrooms.
Grilling the meat with the stew on top of the grill as well, to retain its warmth!
Once you're done grilling it, put it to the side of the grill so that it doesn't overcook.
Pick up some salt on the grilled meat (dip it very lightly so that you only get a little!) and taste the lovely marinated flavour coming at you.
If you feel smelly after grilling meats, feel free to use the clothes fragrance spray placed near the entrance.

Doma 도마
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 5pm to 5am
Location: 357-3 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

MAC Brush Cleanser

Friday, 22 August 2014

MAC Brush Cleanser
I got this as a gift from one of my friends! It's a 235ML MAC Brush Cleanser!
Pink liquid, YAY! 3 Main brushes to clean :(

For the sake of the review, I shall just show you how I wash one brush~!
Directions for use:
1. Prepare 1 or 2 pieces of clean paper towels.
2. Run the dirty brush under the running tap to wet it.
3. Once wet, pour some MAC Brush Cleanser over it.
4. Massage the bristles gently. You'll see all the liquid dirt coming off.
5. Then, when you see it almost turning back to the colour it once was, run it under the running water tap to rinse away to ensure its ready to be dried.
6. Place it on the clean paper towel and leave it to dry!
That's all! 


- Scentless (Great!)
- Easy to use.
- Easy to over pour too much of product at one go.
In summary, this is a no-frills, no-thrills brush cleanser. I like the fact that the product was scentless. However, it's easy to over pour out the product and you might end up using a little too much at one go. As for the brush, unfortunately, it's not possible for most cleansers to turn the brush back exactly how it was when it was new. 

The tip of my bristles were actually white, however, it has never gone back to all white no matter how much I clean it. So, don't expect it to be magic, but it does its work of simply cleansing your brush, and leaving it almost to its original colour.

Miss Lee Cafe (별다방 미스리)

Miss Lee Cafe (별다방 미스리)
[South Korea, Seoul] This restaurant post has been looooong overdue. :) But today, I'm still going to be talking about it. I simply love this place's kimchi and I would recommend you try it. 'We Got Married' fans may also know this place very well.... YES.
I'm going to share on Miss Lee Cafe (별다방 미스리)! *Wheee~* I make my way to the Anguk (안국) branch, because I visited Ssamziegil (쌈지길) just before this. Already, you see their branding of Miss Lee, widely recognised by the doll-like figurine (supposedly to be the Miss Lee doll).
Directions to the cafe at the end of the post.

So on my way up to the restaurant / cafe, I notice all these cute graphics, leading you from first floor to their restaurant. 

And of course, somewhere on the way up, you'll see a lonely Miss Lee doll seated by herself. What do you do? Take a photo with her of course!

I just love this graphic, near their cashier counter. :)
One more I did like was this one - which can be visually punny - like how Mr Lee approves of Miss Lee's food? LOL.
미스리 도시락 짱 맛있어~!!
Once you're in, just find a seat. Each table has a menu on it.
A humble looking, homely menu.
Feel free to leave your note here. :)
I'm sorry that I have to notice stuff like this, but Singaporeans might find their cafe staff's outfit very familiar... Make a guess, though.
et's now talk about the food. Here, you'll be having your meal the South Korean school kid way - like how they bring a lunchbox to school and have it for lunchtime. That's what Miss Lee Cafe is famous for. All meals come in a metal box with the ingredients nicely segregated for you.
So this is how it will be served (ignore the bowl of kimchi):
1. Tin metal box
2. Hot (lovely) Soup
3. Water
1 set costs 6,000won.
The reason why I'm having an extra huge bowl of kimchi is because PJ doesn't eat kimchi. And so, for her meal, she took out all the kimchi, and thus missing out on all the fun. *boooo*
Anyway, I did eat mine the correct way, which they will clearly state on the menu.
Step 1 - See that all your ingredients are laid out correctly.
Step 2 - Close the metal tin cover and hold it tightly
Step 3 - Start to shake your metal tin like a mad person. (Tip: don't hold it too loosely as some liquid started coming out as I was shaking it.)
Step 4 - Open the metal tin, lightly give it a little shake.
Step 5 - ENJOY. :)
After shaking the metal box, here's how your ingredients will look like once you open it.
All nicely jumbled!! YAY!! Don't we all love to mess up our food? :)
I simply love the taste of their kimchi. When visiting South Korea, everyone should just visit Miss Lee Cafe at least once just to enjoy a lovely, simple local meal. ;) I can't wait to have this again when I visit Seoul this December! *Can't wait already*
Directions to Miss Lee Cafe (Anguk Branch):
1. Take the train to Anguk Station (안국역) – Line 3, exit 6
2. Walk near the tourist information booth at Insadong. Very near it, there is a GS25 convenience store.
3. Look up and see a cute doll-like girl figurine sitting above the GS25 sign. The cafe is at 2nd floor! Just above the convenience store. :)
Here's a map for the Anguk branch which I took from their namecard.
Here, I put some landmarks for your reference, click on the picture to enlarge! :)
Seoul, Jongno-gu Gwanhun-dong 144, Level 2
Tel: 02-739-0939
URL: www.missleecafe.com (Website is in Korean)
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4.2 / 5
Ambience: 4.2 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4 / 5
Service: 4/ 5

Gwangjang Market 광장시장: Traditional Market Fun

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Gwangjang Market 광장시장: Traditional Market Fun
[South Korea, Seoul] This market is an eye opener! The nation's first market, it continues to sell to a bustling crowd daily. Selling almost everything for the household, this ajumma (auntie) haven is a pleasure to walk through. I won't post too many market photos here, you should visit it and explore yourself!

Here's the entrance of Gwangjang Market.
 Goods on sale.
 The mountain of slippers.
 Here's the popular Sunheene Bindetteok 순희네 빈대떡, where many famous people have visited for a taste of their pan fried goodies. Bindetteok are Korean styled mung bean pancakes, which are pan fried. They are best taken with makgeolli (rice wine).
Trying one out in their shops! You can either takeaway or sit down and eat them. It costs 4000won each.
We also walked over to the market center, where this is an iconic photo of the market, which visitors should take.
We sat down at one of the open-aired stalls to try out some food.
Mayak Kimbap (3000won) and japchae! I felt it was too oily for me, though. It wasn't too cheap either. I can't remember the price of the japchae already.

The sissy also took a photo with the store owner when we bought seaweed from him (10000won for 2 super huge packs with many individual packets inside)

From Traditional Hanboks, dried foods, ginseng products to street food, they have it all! Gwangjang Market is an interesting sight for people who love a walk through traditional markets.

Gwangjang Market 광장시장
Location: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 8.30am to 6pm (I recommend going about 11am, because some stalls won't open so early.)