From the March 2016 issue of The Rotarian
There is much more to Korean food than kimchee. If you are heading to Korea for the Rotary International Convention from 28 May to 1 June, it’s not too early to start planning your dining itinerary.
If you want to try samgyetang, a fragrant stew of young chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, garlic, chestnuts, and dates, Tosokchon is the place to eat it. The restaurant’s location close to Gyeongbok Palace makes it a convenient lunch stop for tourists.
If you prefer your chicken fried, try the Korean version. You can partake in the tradition of chimaek – chicken and beer – anywhere in the city, but Banpo, near the Gubanpo subway station, has been serving it since the 1970s.
Many luxury department stores have expansive food markets in the basement. Gourmet 494, in the Galleria in upscale Apgujeong, serves staples such as kimbap (rice, vegetables, and meat rolled with rice in seaweed), bibimbap (a one-pot wonder of sautéed vegetables, meat, and rice topped with egg and hot sauce), noodles, dumplings, and desserts.
Several of the tours offered by the Host Organization Committee involve a chance to cook or sample Korean food. Find more information at www.riconvention2016.org.