In the Seorae Maeul neighborhood in south-of-the-river Seocho-gu there is a delightful microcosm of French cuisine and culture.
Bingsu is a staple of summer in Korea, and one that I have fallen in love with!
The experience of eating a burger here is no less of a cultural experience than grabbing a bowl of bibimbap at a traditional Hanok restaurant down the street.
I stopped at an ancient stone tablet and began to feel a warm glow envelop me.
The noodles were uniquely Korean. It seems that Koreans prefer light broths with their noodles and the beef broth was very light, complimenting the bokchoi, seaweed, mushrooms and the brisket without overwhelming it.
The vendors were friendly and approachable, willing to engage with foreigners, dangling octopuses, crabs, spoon worms (also known as, ahem, penis fishes) in my face while quoting me prices.
Upon entering the Beautiful Tea Museum (아름다운 차박물관) the blaring horns and roaring engines of Seoul suddenly cease.
On the outskirts of Itaewon, the hustle and bustle of the main stretch quiets down, and within the sprawling alley ways you can stumble upon some truly unique and international parts of Seoul.
Inside the boiling pan were sea-glass noodles, vegetables, lots of green onions, and beef ribs (still on the bone) in a delectable murky brown broth.