A Russian Feast In Seoul
When I went to get my third foster dog, Pupsik, I had no idea that there was a huge flourishing Russian community in the middle of Seoul. Dongdaemun is usually famous in Seoul for being an amazing shopping district. It has markets and high rises so packed with clothing and accessories it feels like eBay in real life. I never bothered to leave the shopping districts to explore the rest of the area. But as I followed Pupsik’s mom and dad to their apartment, literally everyone was speaking Russian. Even my Korean friend who came with me was surprised.
Later that day, I somehow ended up in Dongdaemun again, this time with friends for an African festival. They took me back to the Russian quarters, this time for dinner.
Well, we planned to get dinner. What we got was A FEAST!
First came borsht and tea. Then an Uzbek spicy beef salad, lamb, beef dumpling soup, potato dumplings, meatloaf, wine, and blynchkes for dessert. Oh lord. So good. Everything was amazing.
borsht and tea
spicy beef salad
Being an Ashkenazi Jew I was expecting (pleasedon’tkillme) bland, salty, greasy food. But NO. It was so flavorful, even spicy, and so fresh. I wanted to find more friends just for an excuse to take more people there.
If you are ever in the Dongdaemun area, have a good shop, and then go explore the Russian area! The bakeries are amazing, too. I bought gingerbread, black tea, and a beef dumpling. I wish I didn’t live so far away!
The restaurant we went to was called Fortune Food, and also serves Halal food. You can visit their website at www.fortune-food.co.kr
Address 서울시 중구 광희동 1가 250-1 2층
Hours 10:00AM ~ 11:00PM, closed every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
Have you explored Russian cuisine? What should I try next? Let me know about your experiences in the comments below!