Noryangjin Fish Market

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Noryangjin Fish Market is one of Korea’s largest seafood market. If you are a seafood lover, this is the place to be. There is an old and new building. The new building is relatively clean and organized. The floors tend to be quite wet so I recommend wearing closed-toe shoes. There is also a live fish auction at 3:00 a.m everyday.

A delicacy at the market other than sashimi is san-nakji – chopped up live octopus. If you are an adventurous eater, do give it a go.

Many vendors have a restaurant or are connected with restaurants situated on the second floor. So if you want your seafood to be prepared in the restaurant, just talk to the vendor that you’re buying from and they will arrange for someone to escort you to the restaurant.

Tip: Bargain, bargain, bargain! Most vendors speak little to no English, but they are quite resourceful with the calculator and hand gestures. There are a few Chinese vendors, if you speak Mandarin, you can keep a lookout for them.

I bought a king crab, sole, and mussels which cost me 200,000 won (around 184 USD). There were five of us, so I got a big king crab which cost over 100,000 won. We decided to have our seafood cooked at a restaurant.

 

The mussels were cooked in a mild broth while the fish was accompanied by a sweet-spicy sauce. I loved the sauce, it wasn’t too spicy with a hint of garlic, not overpowering the natural flavors of the fish.

Most shellfish are either steamed or grilled. Our king crab was steamed. It was my first time having king crab and the meat was delicious! It was naturally sweet, not requiring any dipping sauce.

The restaurant bill came to around 48,000 won.

In the city that I’m currently residing in, we don’t get a lot of fresh seafood, so this was a real treat!

 

Noryangjin Fish Market

Website: https://www.susansijang.co.kr/nsis/miw/en/intro

Opening hours: Daily 1:30 a.m – 22:00 p.m.

Address: 13-6, Noryangjin 1-Dong, Dongzak-gu, Seoul

Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort

Outrigger beach resort is located on the Northeast of the island. It’s secluded and a little far out from the center but if you are looking for a peaceful resort this is a good option. There are free daily shuttle buses to Chaweng beach and fisherman’s village. The rooms are styled with tropical decor with a modern twist. There is one all-day dining restaurant on the property.

This is one of the cheaper resorts if not the cheapest 5-star resort for a villa with a private pool.

Room service

The Thai green curry had an overpowering amount of coconut milk that I could barely taste the curry. For the salad, the ratio of the vinaigrette was not balanced, there was too much oil so there was not much flavor to the salad.

Dining at Edgewater

The Pad Thai was decent. It was a little too sweet for my palate.

The fish and chips were dry, the fish was over fried. The chicken satay tasted bland.

My overall impression of the food was average. However, I loved the villa with the pool and the spa services.

Outrigger Koh Samui beach resort

Website: https://www.outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/thailand/koh-samui/outrigger-koh-samui-beach-resort

Telephone: +66 0 77 914 700

Address: 63/182 Moo 5 T. Bophut, Hanuman Bay, Koh Samui
Suratthani 84320

Fesenjan (Persian Pomegranate Chicken Stew)

I love Persian food, and Fesenjan is one of my favorite dishes. It’s chicken cooked in a walnut pomegranate sauce. It’s tangy and rich, the perfect accompaniment to rice!

I used Durra’s pomegranate molasses which to me is pretty sour. So I added sugar to mitigate the sourness.

I got my Fesenjan recipe from persianmama. There are many other great Persian recipes on the website so check it out.

Jamie Oliver’s deep pan pizza

I have followed Jamie Oliver for years! I love his casual, easy-going cooking style. It’s never complicated with Jamie.

I came across an easy and quick pizza recipe on his new TV show – Keep Cooking & Carry On. It is now one of my favorite pizzas. You get the taste of the herbs, it’s savory with a bit of heat and tang.

The written recipe for this pizza can be found at Jamie Oliver’s website – https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/bread-recipes/cheat-s-deep-pan-pizza/

You just need a few ingredients for the toppings and the pizza dough is made from self-rising flour so there is no need for proofing the dough. The first time I made this was in a cast iron pan. This time I wanted a thinner crust so I baked the pizza on a preheated inverted baking pan. Comparing both, I feel this topping goes better on a thicker crust.

Since fresh sausages were not readily available for me, I decided to make my own with minced pork. I marinated the pork with cumin, cornstarch, smoked paprika, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley.

 

 

Lusso lab, Jeongdong

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Lusso Lab is located in the quiet historical area of Jeongdong, not far from Deoksugung Palace. The quaint neighborhood is beautiful for a stroll after a meal. The interior is spacious with industrial style decor. There is an enticing display of cakes by the counter. The staff is friendly but spoke minimal English.

The menu offers Western food such as french toast, American breakfast, eggs benedicts, and etc. There are also brunch sets available.

I settled for the brunch set C, which consists of an American breakfast set, a cobb salad, and 2 cups of coffee, we opted for a latte and cappuccino. Also, I ordered a Tiramisu, brioche bread with bechamel sauce, ham, cheese, egg, and grilled asparagus, and a Brioche French toast.

The brioche French toast came with homemade ricotta cheese, bacon, walnuts, blueberries, and maple syrup. The French toast was pillowy soft. The ricotta cheese was creamy and smooth with a hint of sweetness, and the bacon was not too salty – a good balance between sweet and savory. The tiramisu could be better. Some parts of the sponge cake were dry, and the taste of coffee was weak.

Compared to the other dishes, I did not enjoy the American breakfast. It was a bit bland, and I would have preferred toasted bread. The brioche bread with bechamel sauce was good, the creamy bechamel sauce paired with cheese and ham – delicious!

Overall, an excellent spot for brunch!

 

Vanilla french toast  12,800 won

Croque Madame  9,800 won

Brunch set C  25,800 won

 

Lusso Lab, Jeongdong branch

Website: https://www.lussolab.co.kr/main.do

Opening hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 20:00 p.m

Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 20:00 p.m.

Telephone: 02-772-9935

Address: 17 Jeongdong-gil, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul

Silavadee pool spa resort

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Silavadee pool spa resort is nestled on a rocky beach between Chaweng and Lamai beach with breathtaking views of the sea. The tropical style rooms are cozy and comfortable, well equipped, and clean. The complimentary fruit was a nice touch. Facilities at the resort include two infinity pools, a private beach, a spa, and a fitness center.

I stayed for two nights at the resort. I booked the deluxe room with an ocean view and a hot tub. The view from the room was picturesque. There is also a great view of the sea from the bathroom. I stayed in room 213, which was a corner room, and you can view the sunset from the balcony. Unfortunately, I had a noise disturbance at 1 am, at 7 am, and 9 am. I called the reception each time to report the noise. They dealt with it right away. Unexpectedly the next day, they upgraded me to a pool villa with a partial view of the sea. The room was quiet and spacious. I was able to get a good night’s rest.

The staff there were friendly, courteous, and accommodating, one of the highlights of the resort.

In-room dining

Ceaser salad and spaghetti bolognese

Both were delicious.

Breakfast at Moon restaurant

The hotel offers a good breakfast spread of both Asian and Western cuisine. There are a variety of tropical fruit juices, smoothies, and local herbal teas. There is also a menu for made to order/ hot dishes such as eggs benedict, roti, steamed fish fillet and etc.

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All in all, this is a beautiful resort surrounded by lush greens, in balance and harmony with its surroundings. The attentive care of the staff is a testament to Thai hospitality. I left feeling energized and relaxed!

 

Silavadee pool spa resort

Website: https://www.silavadeeresort.com/

Telephone: +66(0)77-960-555

Address: 208/66 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

STAR bar, Silavadee

I love this rooftop bar. The view is spectacular with a panoramic view of the sea and mountains. It is the ideal place to grab a drink, relax, and watch the sunset. The atmosphere is laid back yet romantic. Reservation is highly recommended if you prefer a specific seating area. I made a reservation and got a seat at one of the four sunken tables.

There is an excellent selection of cocktails and an international menu for those who would like to order food. For couples, there is a special romantic dinner available which needs to be booked ahead of time.  There is also a live saxophone performance and a seafood barbeque buffet every Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

STAR bar

Website: https://www.silavadeeresort.com/silavadee-dining

Opening hours: Daily 17:00 p.m. – 23:00 p.m.

Telephone: +66 77 960 555

Address: 208/66 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

The Height, Silavadee

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The Height is a Thai restaurant atop the hillside at the Silavadee Pool Spa Resort. The uninterrupted panoramic sea view from the terrace is stunning. The menu is extensive, offering Northern and Southern Thai dishes, including Khantoke whereby food is served on a pedestal tray.

It was a beautiful night with a clear view of the moon shining above the horizon. The perfect setting for a memorable dinner. The staff was friendly and helpful.

The prawn curry was creamy with a mild heat, and the prawns were fresh. There was also petai, also known as stink beans, in the curry. It is widely used in Southeast Asia. Petai has a strong odor, and it lingers in your mouth. As a Malaysian, petai is not foreign to me. The curry helps reduce the strong taste of the petai.

The papaya salad was well seasoned, and the fried chicken wings were crispy and juicy. The fritters were delicious crunchy banana goodness.

The prices are quite high, but the view is definitely worth a trip!

 

Papaya salad – 331.35 baht

Curry prawns with bamboo – 416.31 baht

Deep-fried banana fritters – 212.40 baht

 

The Height

Website: https://www.silavadeeresort.com/silavadee-dining.php

Opening hours: Daily 17:00 p.m. – 22:30 p.m.

Telephone: +66 77 960 555

Address: 208/66 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

 

Peanut turnover pancake (Apam Balik)

Apam Balik is a popular Malaysian street food dessert that is a sweet folded pancake filled with sugar, peanuts, and creamy sweet corn. I grew up eating this pancake, as a child, I will always get my mother to buy me some when she takes me to the market.

The traditional filling consists of peanuts, sugar, and cream of corn. Just like pancakes, you can add any fillings you like – fruits, chocolate, jam, honey ..etc. There is a thin and thicker version. I prefer mine thicker, I like the chewier soft mouthfeel.

I got the recipe for this turnover pancake from elmundoeats. (https://www.elmundoeats.com/asian-peanut-pancake-turnover-apam-balik/)