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This is such a nice tour. We have been to 4 local restaurants with expert local guide who is so friendly and knowledgeable and take care each of us. I was travel alone in Seoul, so, it's quite nice to join such kind of tour or I can't enjoy all the feast by myself. Highly recommended!!
Our guide, Dayeun (she went by Da), was very friendly and informative. Our tour group was small, just 5 of us, and we had a wonderful time exploring. All the stops were great, and the food was delicious. If there is ever an advanced tour, more of the small food stands would be awesome. Great tour!
Went to this tour back in 2014 but still remember how great it was despite the pouring rain that day.
JS was an excellent tour guide. We were a slightly larger group 11 total because we added 1 extra person according to him but he made sure everyone felt welcome and not left out. Our tour consisted of 3 groups: our group Filipinos with an American and a German with originally 6 people, that turned into 7, a group of 2 Taiwanese and German from Taiwan, and another group of 1 Hawaiian from LA. We were all talking to each other and learning about our divergent backgrounds by the 1st restaurant. What a great way to meet new people, over food and drinks.
First stop was for traditional korean barbecue. This was the best we tasted through our 2 wk stay in Korea. This is likely due to the amazing home made Ssamjang that accompanied it and gave it such umami. The leaves used to wrap the meat were VERY fresh and flavorful and included an herb,tangui,that also added to the complexity in taste. Wow. Washed down with soju/beer/cola drink that JS made, it was a very good start of the evening.
Next came Toppoki, the hot and spicy rice cake dish seen on streetfood carts but we enjoyed in a restaurant. Js ordered both the traditional red, spicy kind and a less spicy beef broth kind. I, personally, preferred the toppoki made with beef/vegetables as the broth had more depth than the spicy seafood broth. This was accompanied by rice wine that, as usual, tasted like cough syrup. I guess I am just not a rice wine person.
Chicken and beer came next. The mountain of garlic sauteed in butter? and honey that glazed the delicately battered and full flavored chicken came together in a perfect bite. Followed by beer, both Mango and regular, it could have very easily made gluttons of anyone without great self control. SOOO good. I wish I was not so full at this point...
For dessert, there was bingsu, the traditional Korean shaved ice dessert. This was served in a beautiful teahouse. This, too, was the best bingsu we tasted in Korea. We had the traditional patbingsu with red beans, and a tea bingsu that was not as traditional but super delicious. This dessert, as with many Korean desserts, are not meant to be super sweet but is very refreshing and great way to top off an already amazing array of foods.
I highly recommend this tour, especially with JS as the guide. He was a most hospitable, attentive and excellent host who is obviously proud of his food traditions.
We booked this trip as a result of researching things to do in Seoul before our city visit for the first time. We had a fabulous time, our guide 'K' was polite and knowledgeable. 4 other British people were on the trip so we had a nice size group and everyone was there to have fun. K chose 4 different restaurants for us to visit with 4 very different types of food and alcohol. All within walking distance in places that you would only go if someone like K took you. The food was fabulous and surprising. This is a must do trip on your first night in Seoul. If we went back, we would do it again. Thank you K
This tour was excellent! The food choices were deliciousz Our tour guide, JS, did a terrific job choosing places to eat we would not find on our own. We also enjoyed meeting new people on our tour. We would highly recommend!
Had a lot of fun on this tour, tried great foods and met interesting people.
This was a fantastic tour, taking in many different types of food - Korean barbecue, different types of fried chicken including the most garlic-laden dish I had ever encountered!, some excellent rice bowl dishes, mung bean pancakes, marinated raw beef. An absolute feast for the senses, smell and sight as well as taste. The Kwang Jang night market was an incredible place to finish the trip, buzzing with life and colour. The group, of half a dozen, was just the right size for this kind of tour. Strongly recommended.
This was such a fun good tour! Our group was relaxed and our guild knowledgeable. We sampled many of Seouls little secrets. Wouldn and #39;t miss this!!
Great food tour to know more about Korean food and the food culture. Our guide Logan was highly adorable and informative. I highly recommend
Fantastic tour, great guide, lots of delicious food. A real highlight of our trip to Seoul.
A really awesome tour, I highly recommend it. Thanks JS for being a fantastic guide!
I highly recommend this tour that was perfect for me and my friend to get to know the korean food culture a little better. We were a group of five including out supernovor tourguide JS who patiently answered all our questions and also introduced us to a few different drinks. We had a great evening!
We did this tour as a business trip on a Monday night. It was excellent. We visited 4 restaurants and had different meals and drinks in each one. The guide did a good job and it was all seamless. Definitely would recommend it.
A friendly and fascinating introduction to some styles of Korean food, recommended.
great experience with Helene! we were going around eating as Koreans, talking, lovely evening!
Jun was a fantastic host, he took us to some great local Seoul back alley spots and we had a great, fun group. Loved this tour.
As mentioned by other reviewers, it's highly recommended ! Thank you to our guide, Jim, told us plenty of stories and informations along the way...
What a fun experience! We benefited from the low-season winter date in that the group was small 3 people plus our guide and therefore received the guide's full attention and explanations. Korean BBQ, toppoki, very-garlicky chicken - Korean street food at it's best, most cooked in front of your eyes, and a tour of a very busy local food market. Do this tour. You won't regret it.
This was an awesome tour! Probably the highlight of our time in Seoul.
Our guide was knowledgable and showed us the best way to prepare and eat all the food.
We started out at an outdoor barbecue place where we sat as a group and cooked our food together over the charcoal grill. It was a great way to get to know the other people in the group. We still think about how good the barbecue was and makes me wish the Korean barbecue restaurants where we live could even come close.
After the barbecue we made our way to a Soup tteokbokki/topokki/Spicy rice cake there's various ways of spelling it restaurant. This was my personal favorite dish of the night. Accompanied with plum soju, this soup was nothing like I've ever had before. Wish we could have eaten more but knew we had to pace ourselves because there were two more restaurants to go.
Thirdly we went to get a Korean classic Chimaek or chicken and beer. Three types of fried chicken regular, chili more sweet than anything, and garlic with a nice cold beer. Delicious.
Lastly we ended the tour at a jeon was like a potato pancake, although I'm not sure if it was potato or rice restaurant at a huge market. Accompanied with farmers wine or Makgeolli and special treat of sashimi beef it was a great way to end the night.
Highly recommend this tour.
Robert T Norway
This was one of the highlights of my trip to Seoul. Our guide was fantastic, took us to places we could never go on our own. Will book another one of these tours when I am back next year.
4 DIFFERENT RESTAURANTS WILL AQUAINT YOUR TASTE BUDS .WITH KOREA. THIS IS A MUST DO TOUR!
Our tour guide JS was great - funny, knowledge and spoke perfect English. The tour itself was great - basically 4 full meals with drinks! The stops were all at restaurants that I would have had a hard time finding myself which was great - got to see parts of Seoul that weren't packed with tourists. The food was absolutely delicious. I would do this tour again and highly recommend!
Our guide was awesome, lots of good food and great times with new people.
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