May 29, 2015
Welcome everyone, to the first of many videos we’re going to publish from our annual Eatyourkimchi Road Trip! And, oh boy, do we have a lot of videos to share. Our first video up is our basic WHOAAAAAA OMG JEJU IS SO AWESOME kind of video but I promise we’ll have more detailed food and adventure videos coming up soon. Like the famous Jeju Black Pork…which is now our record holding best pork meal ever.
We realize that for last year’s road trip, we went to places that might be a bit inaccessible for most people. If you don’t want to stay in a hotel, Korean cottage/rental homes are called “pensions,” and you have to book them via Korean websites. It can be challenging if you’re not fluent in the language, so for this year we wanted to go to places that you could go to as well. The easiest way, we think, is by using Airbnb. We’ve used it all over Europe, USA, Japan, Korea and we’ve never had a problem. In Korea we primarily spoke with our hosts in Korean but we also spoke with them in English, and they’re comfortable with that since they’re used to international travellers, so you can book the same places we went to if you’d like as well!
So…much…information! Okay, so let’s begin with the amazing container home we stayed in. The host was ADORABLE and her sister owned the coffeeshop below the place.
So our place in Jeju was right in the Hyeopjae 협재 beach area, which is totally up our alley, considering the kinds of places we hang out in in Korea, and – really – in other parts of the world as well. It was located in the most perfect location for us, right in hipsterville. Like, whoa. It’s hipster central. And, let me just say, I thought I knew Korean hipsters, with their diaries that they write in, unassuming clothing, nice but not too nice cameras with leather straps and housing, Harry Potter glasses, and listening to soft guitar music on oversized headphones. But the hipsters we met in Hyeopjae were different. So different. Lots of beardos we saw. My beard wasn’t as impressive in Jeju as it is in Seoul. Lots of overly baggy dashikis. People dancing at the beach to the music of bongo drums, even in rainstorms. The vibe in Jeju was different, and we loved it!
A lot of the people we met in Jeju spoke fluent English. FLUENT. Better than the English we encounter in Seoul, and it got us wondering why. It seemed like the places we went to were run by people that had amassed a reasonable savings account overseas, then came to Jeju, bought some property, and opened up their own shop. Pizza shop. Ice Cream Shop. Coffee Shop. Whatever. They all spoke fluently. They all were relaxed. No rushing. Lots of casual conversations. It was…different.
Jeju, to me, has the best of Korea and gets rid of some of the worst parts of it. The driving in Jeju is so relaxed. We arrived at a four way stop with a delivery truck. And you know what he did? He stopped, and waved for us to go through. AND SMILED. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! At four way stops in Korea, nobody four way stops. Nobody stops even one way. Everyone squeezes through as quickly as they can. It should be that one person goes through, then another person goes through from another direction, but in Seoul three cars will go through without letting anyone else in. It’s…angering. In Jeju, every place we ate in had the friendliest, most passionate restauranteurs. Every single place we ate in had the owners come up to us, explain what we’re eating, and sit down and – you know – chat with us. There was a lot of passion put in the food, and the friendliness of the owners was shocking.
We totally fell in love with Jeju. Great weather, different food, friendly people. We asked some of the owners what real estate costs there, and – holy snap – we can buy land there for cheaper than it costs to rent it here. WHAT?! It’s tempting, very, very tempting. We’ve been in Seoul for a while now. We might be ready for a change :D
Anyhow, we’ve got loads of pictures that we took from our time in Jeju. We like taking pictures, and we really like putting them in these weird galleries below. Check em out. Each picture has a description in it as well, if you’re interested :D
And now for some more info, here’s a list of some of the places we went to in our video, as well as a couple of other spots we really liked and recommend:
Bing-ddeok: The place is called 비자림꿩요리점. The address is 제주시 이도2동 422-5. You can find a blog post with more pictures here so you can see what the outside looks like! It has a set menu so prepare for either bingddeok or pheasant!
Rich Mango: It’s where we have some pics above, as well as the final shots where we’re playing dominoes together and signing off. It’s a gorgeous area! You can get to it by driving on 애월 해안도로. They blend fresh mangos and serve it in a bottle. They also do all other types of mango dessert. It’s very close to the big Angel-in-us, which isn’t good so don’t go there. You can park at the Angelanus and walk over to the juice place if it gets busy…I mean Angel-in-us… :D
All That Jeju: You see the picture of the fried chicken up there? Well, it’s from this place, and it’s GREAT! They have a menu of the day with local ingredients and imaginative items. They have more than just the fried chicken. They had a bulgogi kalguksu, which is a thicker noodle made with a refined beef broth. They also had a really great seafood pasta tossed in olive oil and fresh local clams. And all of it had Korean flavour, but a lot more refined cooking skills. Korean food is usually “PUT ON A BIG FLAME FOR A LONG TIME AND SERVE DEATH HOT!” This food, though, was a lot more controlled and clearly made by a passionate chef. It’s in 제주시 간입동 중앙로 1길 33 1F. The number is 064-901-7893. You have to call for reservations but after 9PM they are no longer required. Also, no children allowed!
Donato’s 협재화덕 도나토스: It was a rainy windy night and we didn’t want to drive our car anywhere. We waddled across the street to a gorgeously lit pizzeria and were shocked to discovered a REAL wood burning stove and potted herbs gentle swaying in the wind. The chef is obviously passionate about his food and spoke English fluently. I had the BEST pizza I have ever had in Korea. It’s actually up there with my all time favourite pizza ever and yes, I’ve had pizza in Italy too. I seriously recommend this place, you can also find them on Facebook. 제주도 제주시 한림읍 협재리 2512-1, Jeju City 064-796-1981
Cafe Taehee 태희 Located right beside Gwakji Beach 곽지과물해변 is a little fish and chips place. Simon and I ran into it by chance and after peeking our heads inside and we decided to stay immediately. Simple menu, tons of import beers, everyone speaks English, and just fantastic fish lightly battered and served with huge slabs of fries. Like a potato cut into six pieces. The only downside was that there was no tarter sauce BUT they served it with ranch so Simon was on cloud nine. They only had their address in English but you can find them on facebook too! 1575-3, Gwakjiri, Aewol-eup, Jejusi, Jeju City South Korea 064-799-5533
Yeah! So that’s it. We’ve got a load of footage from this trip, much of which didn’t make it into this video, but did make it into the bloopers. Check it out!
Lastly, we brought back some goodies to give away from Jeju. Head on over to our giveaway page and enter the draw, if you’re Nasty :D