I’ve been hyper about Korean food and culture, especially, K-pop.  But now I’m faced with being in Seoul, Korea for the first time and like many others from Australia, wasn’t sure what to expect.

Cafe, Seoul

This visit was sponsored by KOCIS (Korean Culture and Information Service) and it was obvious they wanted us to see the Korea as an international city.  Blink and this cafe could be downtown Sydney, complete with open kitchen, blackboard menu, stunning light fixtures and contemporary Western menu.

Panini, Cafe, Seoul

I had the half-half panini, one half was tomato and cheese with jalapeño peppers and the other half was beef in special sauce, though  I’m tempted to call it bulgolgi.  Certainly the east-meets-west comes through in the pickles and radish, a sweet nod to kim chi sides.

lights cafe, Seoul

noodlies visited Seoul, South Korea and enjoyed this meal as a guest of KOCIS.