Ddeokbokki

Chef Bob Burger

 

Chef Bob Burger is a tasty place to eat in Cheonan and you should go there.

It’s located near the Starbucks, but unfortunately I can’t give you exact directions because I don’t really know how to do that in South Korea yet.

They serve “burgers” with rice “buns” instead of bread buns. The meat of the burger is a mystery to me, but so far I’d be willing to bet the meat I’ve eaten inside them is from a cow and occasionally a tuna fish that ran into a lot of mayo.

You can order for here or to go, and it’s really cheap. Anywhere from 2,000 3,500 won for a burger. You can also order a side of ddeokbokki, which is a mixture of really squishy rice and fish cake in a hot sauce. Ddeokbokki is good in small amounts and bad in large amounts. Chef Burger Bob has nice ddeokbokki.

 


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Korea’s favorite snack

Street foods are a favorite among locals, expats and tourists in South Korea.  The most popular and often beloved of these foods is Ddeokbokki.

Ddeokbokki (do-bo-ki) is everything one looks for in the perfect street food, or any food for that matter: It’s commonly found, inexpensive, fulfilling and most importantly – delicious!


Crave Alert: Ramen Ddeokbokki… With Cheese!

Ddeokbokki (a.k.a dukbokki or tteokbokki) is a popular Korean rice cake snack dish that is commonly made with fishcakes, onions and gochujang (spicy chili paste). Being a staple Korean dish, it is usually found served up in little street carts all over Korea and Korean eateries all over the U.S. Ddeokbokki can be prepared a hundred different ways and the ddeok (rice cake) comes in different shapes like the cylinder and flat oval designs. You can find ddeok on skewers dripping with hot sauce or on a large plate in front of a hungry lot of drunken friends after a few rounds at the local suljip (Korean bar).


Punctuated Equilibrium

In just about every petrol station in Australia, there are a range of meat pies and pasties for sale. To a North American, a petrol station is called a gas station. This has never made sense to me, as the product being sold is actually a liquid. Incidentally, Korean service stations are often labelled here as 'Oilbanks'.

But I digress.

One craving that I've had that has definitely grown in its voracity has been for a nice steak and mushroom pie with plenty of tomato sauce. On occasion, I used to drop by the old BP on Prospect Road and pick one up on the way to university. Here in Korea, there are no meat pies to speak of. Instead Korea has choco-pies, which are large Wagon Wheel-like conglomerations of marshmallow and jam. I hope that such flagrant misuses of the name 'pie' shall not go unpunished.

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