[Seoul] Korean BBQ Restaurants You Shouldn’t Miss (Part 2) – Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살)

Continue on the topic of Korean BBQ, the second famous Korean BBQ restaurant in Seoul must be Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살)! ‘Palsaek’ literally translates into ‘eight colors’ and ‘samgyeopsal’ is essentially the ‘pork belly meat’. Serving fresh local pork belly meat in eight different special sauces, the restaurant has quickly gained its popularity in Korea and expanded to 35 locations across the country. Not only that, the restaurant also has branches in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei to promote the delicious taste of Korean food internationally!  Click to read more!

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[Seoul] Korean BBQ Restaurants You Shouldn’t Miss (Part 1) – Wangbijib (왕비집)

When it comes to Korean-style cooking, Korean barbecue is an essential eating experience that you shouldn’t miss! Grilling large platters of meat and seafood on the built-in gas or charcoal grill, wrapping them in lettuce, and eating your weight in kimchi and vegetable sides – you’ll for sure get a meat-hangover the very next day. Even now that we’re back to Canada, I still drool over the photos of those sumptuous Korean BBQ meals we had in Seoul.  Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Moon Korean BBQ

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a big eater. I eat so much that Kev once asked me “how can you devour a bowl of noodles at 11pm when we just finished dinner 2 hours ago?” The fact is that I can only eat non-stop throughout the day if food is prepared in small amount. That’s why I could never get the most value out of all-you-can-eat type of meal when there is a certain time frame. Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Big T’s BBQ and Smokehouse

Over the Heritage Day long weekend, a few friends came down to visit from Edmonton. For a large party of 7, we thought going to a smokehouse might be a good idea. A large meat platter could easily feed all of us. No need to fuss over individual orders. Big T’s BBQ had a stall at the Calgary Farmer’s Market where a few of our friends were dazzled by the toothsome barbecued meat. This brought us to their brick and mortar establishment in Deer Ridge, Calgary.

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Seattle Restaurant: Bitterroot

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Serving the best BBQ in Seattle, Bitterroot is a hot spot for BBQ connoisseurs and barhoppers. At dinner time, it is almost impossible to secure a table without any waiting. Even though we were told to expect a 40-mins wait time, we decided to give it a try. At the end, we managed to get in within 10 mins! Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Gachi

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I have very low tolerance for unauthentic Asian cuisine, especially for Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Chinese food. I get it, this is not Asia. We can’t get 100% original dishes served to us all the time. You may argue that restaurants have to adapt to local tastes, just like Western fast food chains needed to “localize” their menu items as they entered the Asian market. True, but I also believe that by adding creativity and introducing elements of different culinary traditions to your food might be a smarter way to attract a broader group of diners. Today, I am sharing with you a restaurant we recently found that did just that! Click to read more!

Taiwan Restaurant: 老貳樓串燒居酒屋 Old 2F Bar & Grill

Taiwan is a heaven for foodies. Especially Taipei city, which is packed with excellent restaurants. There is always new restaurants to try. And that’s basically what I did when I went back to Taipei- finding new restaurants to dine in.

One thing I couldn’t live without in Taiwan is the internet data plan. The road system is so complicated and confusing. Unlike New York City, the city is not laid out in a grid and the streets are not numbered. It is difficult to navigate without having Google Maps in front of you all the time. On my last trip back to Taiwan, I was being cheap and didn’t buy a data plan. I thought I would be fine if I pre-planned all my trips at home. And guess what? I was wrong!

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