Seoul, South Korea at night - photo by dconvertini under CC BY-SA 2.0
Seoul, South Korea at night - photo by dconvertini under CC BY-SA 2.0

KOREA: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON PARTS UNKNOWN

The great Anthony Bourdain left his mark everywhere he went. When his death was announced to the world in June 2018, media throughout the globe chimed in and listed all the great things he had done for their respective country. Whereas before, tourists would shy away from exotic foods, thanks to him, travellers now go the extra mile to find and try local bites. With this in mind, here are all the restaurants Bourdain visited and the dishes he tasted when he shot Anthony Bourdain Korea for his show, Parts Unknown Season 5 Episode 2 (originally aired April 26, 2015):

DISH – Korean Barbecue

WHAT IS IT?

Beef, pork or chicken barbecued on grills built into or set on a dining table.

WHERE IS IT?

Mapo Jeong Daepo
183-8 Dohwa-dong, Mapo-gu
Seoul, South Korea

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ANTHONY BOURDAIN KOREA NOTES

In Parts Unknown Korea, Anthony Bourdain was introduced to the Korean culture of “hwesik” or after-work dining and drinking with business partners and guests. Their night of hwesik started at Mapo Jeong Daepo and ended in a private karaoke room referred to locally as “Noraebang”.

DISH – Jajangmyeon

WHAT IS IT?

Korean noodle dish with a thick, dark sauce made of diced pork, chunjang (black bean paste) and vegetables.

WHERE IS IT?

PC Bang
Gangnam-gu, 논현동 86-4 지하1층
South Korea, Soul

ANTHONY BOURDAIN KOREA NOTES

Not your typical PC gaming café as it features a smoking lounge and a well-stocked snack bar. You can also place an order for the food you want off their menu and have it delivered. This allows gamers to consume their food while playing.

DISH – Banchan, San-nakji and Maeun-tang

WHAT IS IT?

Banchan refers to spicy, pickly snacks that accompany Korean meals. San-nakji is a raw appetizer made with octopus and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil. Maeun-tang translates to spicy seafood stew.

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WHERE IS IT?

Garak Market
932 Yangjae-daero, Munjeong-dong, Songpa-gu
Seoul, South Korea

ANTHONY BOURDAIN KOREA NOTES

At Garak Market, Anthony Bourdain experienced some sort of déjà vu and expressed delight in finally having his Banchan cravings satisfied. He also had a raw octopus appetizer before diving into a bowl of crab and fish Maeun-tang.

DISH – Japchae, Soondae and Tteok-bokki

WHAT IS IT?

Japchae is a dish of stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables with a sweet and savory flavor. Soondae, also spelled sundae, is the Korean blood sausage. Another stir-fried dish, Tteok-bokki, features rice cakes, usually with boiled eggs and scallions.

WHERE IS IT?

Gwangjang Market
88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 4(sa)-ga, Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea

NOTES

Anthony Bourdain noted when he returned to South Korea after almost a decade that Gwanghang Market has become somewhat unrecognizable but still offers great food.