'Koong' on Serious Eats

Snapshots from South Korea: Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup from Koong

Earlier this month I visited Seoul, South Korea, for the first time. Here's a look at something I ate from my one-week trip. One of my favorite foods in the world are Asian dumplings in all shapes and forms. After hearing my plea to eat mandu, Korean dumplings, my friend Rob brought me and a friend to Koong in Insadong. That the front window looked onto a dumpling-making station seemed like a good sign. Another potentially good sign was the prominent photograph of a old woman and her granddaughter outside of the restaurant, if I am to equate "grandmother" with "tasty home-style cuisine." The story behind the restaurant is that this woman fled from North Korea to South Korea during... More

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