Chuseok at K-town

Accidentally found this place while I was looking to take a close friend of mine out for the Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving day, not only because she wanted me to experience Korean food but also because I’ve been curious about it for a while now.

 

And so I happen to run into this place (Soju Haus), and I must say that it turned out to be a diamond in a rough. The level of hospitality was absolutely amazing, and don’t even get me started about the food (it was astonishing) we had two dishes one called “Haemul pajeon” and the other  “Golbaengi-muchim”.

As soon as we got a table, we could see a collection of jars with herbs and liquid in it, all aligned in a very decorative manner. Those jars were twinkling, My Korean friend said “It is the traditional method top make Korean alcohol called ‘Dam Geum Ju'(infused liquor)”.

 

It was so interesting to learn that the elderly people use wild ginseng or any other ingredients that are known to be good for health throughout this process. I was also really surprised to hear that Koreans care for their health while drinking alcohol.

As my friend said “when it’s Thanksgiving day in Korea people eat their own holiday dish” (Yeah… I wish that I could cook that well). One of those dishes happens to be “Jeon”, at first I wasn’t too sure about it but they serve and promote different Jeon everyday of the week however for Friday they serve Tofu Jeon which she wasn’t a big fan of. So instead we went with the “Haemul pajeon”, which also comes as an appetizer, it turned out to be the Korean styled pancake. “oh my” she said “this reminds me of home”.

I’ll be honest… it happened to be the best pancake I’ve had in a lifetime, the Jalapeno dip that came with it gave it a perfect sizzling aftertaste along with a side of a drink called “makgeolli” (which you should go easy on if you have to work the next day).🤣

 

I like to drink as much as the next person does, and in the past I heard that Korean people like drinking a lot but at this point, I realized they really do love to drink lol. When they drink their own alcohol beverage, it is traditionally prohibited to pour their own drinks. My friend didn’t say why I shouldn’t drink by myself however she did said “It is a custom”, I guess that it is a form of Confucian spirit that they show. It seems that pouring for someone else and caring for drinking mates shows a sign of respect for one another.

 

“Don’t forget holding the glass with both hands when you receive a drink.”

When we drank “makgeolli”, she said as she taught me know-how to drink this lovely beverage – there are so many rules to drink in Korean restaurant though. She stirred it with her pinky as mentioning that it is a fermented liquor made of rice and it resulted in creating good sediment in Makgeolli.

 

As for myself, I found this dish to be really intriguing in the fact that it made me want to visit the country in itself. All in all I give this restaurant a 10 out of 10 with excellent customer service and excellent food & drinks. 👍❤️

Guest post by Assane D.

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