Seoul riot police and other sights

We were climbing up the steps at the subway station heading outside today when we saw a pair of riot police looking down at us.


Seoul riot police


The above photo shows the police from above and outside the station. I didn’t dare take a photo of them as we went up the steps cos I didn’t know what was going on then. (Actually, I still don’t.)

The moment we reached outside, we saw endless troops of them, all standing in formation along the street.


Seoul riot police


Seoul riot police


Seoul riot police


We were on our way to the War Memorial of Korea again because we didn’t manage to finish seeing everything the other day. The subway station is about two minutes’ walk from the War Memorial and the Korean Ministry of National Defense.


Seoul riot police


As we stood there gawking, there was suddenly some yelling and then a squad of policemen started running across the street. We couldn’t see anything interesting they might be running to, so we decided to walk down towards the National Defense building to see if anything was happening there.

Nothing much was up. Just large gatherings of press and police along the way.


Seoul riot police


Seoul riot police


They all seemed to be waiting for something but nothing happened while we were there.

Nothing directly outside the Defense Ministry, either. Just lots of police buses crowding the entire driveway.

I wanted to stay outside and wait in case something happened, but Kay wanted to go into the war museum. He said nothing was going to happen; they were just standing by in case something did happen.

When we came out again from the museum four hours later, everything had cleared. And we didn’t hear of anything happening outside while we were inside.

Not that it’s a bad thing, right? We’re still safe and sound! =D

I have too many photos of the war memorial, which is kinda scary, so I’m gonna sit on it for a bit. Today, I’ll just post up random photos of stuff I took around Seoul.


Prettily-wrapped sandwiches at a cafe called A Twosome Place:

A Twosome Place


The sandwiches and herbal chicken salad are awesome!

A Twosome Place


The last time I came to Seoul, I didn’t bump into people who were acted as mobile tourist information booths. This time, we bumped into them twice, once out in the street and once in a subway station.

One night, in Itaewon, a district full of cafes with cuisines from all over the world, while we were looking for something and occasionally referring to our Lonely Planet guidebook, these two guys came up to us and said, “Tourist information. Can we help?”

I love that!


Itaewon, Seoul


Coin-operated Internet access at the “business center” in our apartment, lol. It costs KRW500 (S$0.60) for 30 minutes. (We do have Internet in the room, which costs KRW10,000 (S$11.50) per week.)

Coin-operated Internet


Got my McDonald’s fix! Big Mac tastes the same as in Singapore. The Bulgogi burger is nice.

McDonalds in Seoul


Ad in a Korean English newspaper. Want a six-pack, anyone?

Plastic surgery ad


Kraze Burger is a Korean burger chain and it’s good! The patties are thick and juicy. The one with garlic in it is great, better than the classic Kraze burger.

Kraze Burger


Kraze Burger


Sweet potato peddler:

Street sweet potato


We went to this famous Korean ginseng chicken restaurant supposedly favourited by presidents. It’s called Tosokchon and it’s a few minutes walk from Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (Exit 2).

Tosokchon Korean Ginseng Chicken


Tosokchon Korean Ginseng Chicken


It’s really good, that is, if you like ginseng chicken soup. This is the best I’ve had so far. The soup is thick and tasty, with a mildly pleasant herbal and ginseng aftertaste. I usually hate the glutinous rice stuffing in this dish but I liked this one for its sweetness. I don’t mean sugary sweet, but more like a very subtle sweetness that teases the tongue sporadically.


Tosokchon Korean Ginseng Chicken


Don’t order the roast chicken if you ever eat there. It’s quite mediocre and a waste of good stomach space.


Tosokchon Korean Ginseng Chicken


Tosokchon Korean Ginseng Chicken


It must be the persimmon season in Korea now because you see them (and mini oranges) more than any other fruits right now.

There are two types of persimmons here. One is the regular big one we can buy in Singapore. Another is a longish apple-shaped one. They’re all sold in an overripe state, which is really mushy. I guess the Koreans like it that way.

I love it! The apple-shaped ones taste like chiku, really sweet and awesome, on the outer layer. Deeper inside, you get lots of the chewy gel-looking bits that most people like in persimmons.


Korean persimmon


Sorry, I don’t have a photo of the inside because both my hands were all full of the fruit by the time I started eating. :P

The groceries we’ve accumulated over the week:



I would have more but Kay is going for his surgery next week so we’ll be staying at the hospital for 2-3 days. Will collect more groceries once he’s out.

I love eating junk food at home as much as I love eating good food outside.

Luncheon meat sandwiches! I would eat that every other day if it weren’t so unhealthy!


Luncheon meat


The first time we ate that here, I was just gonna dump the meat into the microwave to heat it up a bit. Or even just eat it straight off the can. But Kay, being more hardworking than me when it comes to preparing food, insisted on pan-frying them.

It was an excellent decision. Crispy luncheon meat is awesome! Haven’t eaten such good luncheon meat since the Ma Ling ban in Singapore dunno how many donkey years ago.


Luncheon meat


Shall eat more luncheon meat while I’m here, crazy as it seems.

Wish I had more stomachs!

A picture paints a thousand calories

So, I’m going to be mean today and show you some of the calories I collected from my weekend KL trip.

1. Seafood Curry Noodles

Located in a quiet alley in the town of Segambut, this noodle outlet enjoys a thriving business selling seafood noodles in three flavours: curry, tom yam and clear.

Curry is the hot favourite and that’s what we’ve been craving to eat since our last triip there. It’s really the best curry noodles I’ve eaten. Not that I’ve eaten much to begin with. Haha.

Each bowl is so chock full of seafood (mussels, clams, big prawns and squid) that I wanted to donate some to the goonfather. But I didn’t because it was so delicious I had to finish the bowl even if I exploded doing it.

The curry soup is literally to die for!!!

2. Fried Chicken Claw

We had this as part of our dinner in a dirty street filled with small hawker stalls lining both sides.

The chicken claw is mostly a novelty, although it does taste quite good. I enjoyed the regular chicken parts more. The stall was quite popular, too, judging from the neverending queue.

3. Satay

The taste and quality of this satay is about on par with the best satay in Singapore but there are a few special things to add.

There’s a bigger variety. Besides chicken, beef and mutton, there’s also rabbit and venison. And beef tripe. And chicken heart and liver — my favourite!

A chilli oil sauce is available for adding to the regular peanut sauce (you can mix and match the quantity) to spice up the taste. It’s very spicy but very good.

The price is ridiculously low for such good food. It’s RM$0.60 per stick!! That’s like 25 Singapore cents, half the price of an average Singapore satay! The rabbit and venison are priced higher, at RM$1.20 and RM$1.30, respectively, but that’s still cheap!

The stall is located in a rest stop along the Kesas Highway and we have to drive a great distance to get there and back but it’s so worth it we do it every time we go to KL.

This time round, we ordered 60 sticks for three of us and almost died trying to finish it. I only managed to eat 15 sticks! Guess how many the Goonfather ate! Haha!

4. McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Foldover

We drove up to Genting Highlands to eat this. I know it’s crazy, but the Genting version tastes so much better than the Singapore version because the bread is more crispy and there are more vegetables. And the patty is juicier. Like how KFC tastes better in Malaysia than in Singapore. Sometimes we drive to Malaysia just to eat KFC.

5. Hong Kong Milk Tea

This isn’t food and I don’t really want to talk about the tea, except to say that it’s really good.

I actually want to highlight the ice. This was at a Hong Kong style cafe called Prince Cafe in Mid Valley City.

Each glass of iced milk tea comes with a giant chunk of frozen milk tea to keep your drink cold without diluting it. How I love that because I hate my drinks getting diluted by melting ice cubes.

It was a huge chunk, too. By the time I finished my meal and my drink, the chunk still hadn’t totally melted.

I think all cold drinks in the world should be served like that!

I hope you enjoyed helping me count my calories as much as I enjoyed consuming them. =)