Insadong 인사동

So yesterday dad and I trekked out on our own. After some lengthy advice from our new friend at the hotel, we decided to go to Insa-dong. We were told this was was “downtown” and a little bit more traditional korean which sounded like just what we wanted. So, we hopped in a cab, and wound up in a hectic mecca for street food, restaurants, basically everything. We walked around and followed our noses to a cart with a long line, always a good sign. It smelled like deep fried deliciousness. It was called hoddeok, deep fried dough with cinnamon sugar and nuts inside… amazing. We eventually found our restaurant we had reservations for for dinner hidden in some dark alleyway totally not anywhere near where we were told it would be. But, the food make up for our freezing walk. We dined on galbi (beef short ribs) grilled right on the table, hameul pajeon (seafood pancake), and soup and rice and all of the wonderful korean condiments in between. Great first meal.