|Hello Kitty red bean patbingsu - topped with Kitty's face and with the red bean and mochi served on the side, this was a sweeter take on the dessert but who can resist biting into Hello Kitty's face in ice cream form?! The Hello Kitty cafe I visited is in Myeong-dong.|
|Veggie udon noodles and an inflatable flamingo cupholder in the shabby-chic Kinfolk Kitchen in Myeong-dong.|
|Proudly presenting my bibimbap! I learned to make bibimbap and a Korean salad - both very easy with professional help and the ingredients already prepared!|
|My finished bibimbap and salad. I love doing cooking classes on my travels - I'm not much of a cook in real life so I think this makes me all the more proud for managing to make something edible!|
|A traditional Korean feast at 126 Mansion. It was so fun to eat with our hosts and the other guests. Korean pancakes are so good!|
|A night food tour with Ongo - this was so much fun. First stop was a Korean BBQ restaurant down a side street I would never find on my own. The BBQ was washed down with a cocktail containing Coke, soju and beer... not quite my usual G&T!|
|Next stop on the food tour - an off the beaten track cafe for Toppoki, a Korean stew with dumplings, noodles and rice cake. Here we sampled plum wine and played Korean drinking games which thankfully I didn't lose at!|
|Street food in Busan - the items on the left are frankfurter sausages encased in a sweet batter served on a stick. Korean fried chicken (KFC) and tempura make for good snack options at around 50p a go.|
|Bubble tea is Taiwanese but is popular in Korea - I tried a standard milk tea with tapioca because the menu wasn't in English and this was the only option my Korean-reading could stretch to.|
|Cheese-topped patbingsu in Hongdae. This rather odd-sounding combo actually worked.|
|Airport breakfast - cheese gimbap. Gimbap (/kimbap) is Korea's version of sushi. It's a bigger, looser roll than Japanese sushi and the fillings are...varied. I saw tuna and sweetcorn, ham and cream cheese versions.|
Safe to say that sandwiches and any food that doesn't come with a large dose of spice feels sad now. Bowls of sugary ice aside, Korean food is pretty healthy so if I manage to re-create anything which is tasty and looks instragram-worthy I will share the recipe!
Do you like / have you tried Korean food?