Halal Food in Seoul, South Korea

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Halal Food in Seoul, South Korea

Today I give you a walking tour of where to get Halal dishes in South Korea. Halal Middle Eastern restaurants are scattered throughout Seoul, but there is a big concentration of them in Itaewon near the Seoul Central Masjid (mosque). We begin with lunch at Kervan, a Turkish eatery that serves some of the best chicken I've ever had in Korea. Watch the video below to see the action unfold!

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Kervan Turkish Restaurant (케르반)
Address: 127-3 Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-792-4767
Note: They have other branches at COEX and Gangnam Finance Center.

national foods mart korea

National Foods Mart (내셔널푸드마트)
Directions: Take Exit 3 from the Itaewon Station. Walk straight. Turn right at first stoplight. The market will be on your right.
Note: Located below Taj Palace Indian Restaurant.

foreign food mart itaewon

Foreign Food Mart (포린푸드마트)
Address: 137-8 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-793-0082

persian land itaewon

Persian Land (페르시안 랜드)
Address: 131-36 Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-797-7109

al baraka itaewon

Al Baraka (알바라카)
Address: 137-22 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-6404-7775

zaffran mart itaewon

Zaffran Mart (자프란 마트)
Address: 732-21 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-3785-3570

salam turkish restaurant

Salam Turkish Restaurant (쌀람 터키 전문 음식점)
Address: 732-1 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-793-4323

cairo bbq itaewon

Cairo BBQ (카이로 바비큐)
Note: located on Usadan-ro 10-gil near Makan Restaurant. 

makan restaurant korean halal

Makan Restaurant (마칸)
Address: 52 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 02-6012-2231

pak india itaewon

Pak India Restaurant (팍인디아레스토랑)
Address: 763-15 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-790-1509

eid korean halal food itaewon

EID (Korean Halal Food)
Address: 67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

mr kebab itaewon

Mr. Kebab (미스터케밥)
Address: 127-2 Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-3463-2356

halal meat shop itaewon

Halal Meat Shop (할랄미트샵)
Address: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-798-8611

seoul central masjid

Seoul Central Masjid (서울 중앙성원)
Address: 732-21 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-793-6908

kervan bakery itaewon

Kervan Turkish Bakery & Dessert Cafe
Address: 204 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-790-5585
Website

al hoor restaurant itaewon

Al-Hoor Restaurant
Address: 140-7 Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 10-5923-2277
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islamic bookstore itaewon

Islamic Bookstore
Address: 137/46 Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-794-0968

Siti Sarah itaewon

Siti Sarah (시티사라)
Address: 137-48 Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-796-8515
Website

salam bakery turkish delight

Salam Bakery (쌀람베이커리)
Address: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-749-4323

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JUST KIDDING in Korean

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JUST KIDDING in Korean

Today we’re learning how to say JUST KIDDING in Korean. There are a couple ways, so stick around the learn them all!

One way to say just kidding is 장난이야 (jang-nan-ee-ya). 장난 (jang-nan) by itself means "joke." 이야 (ee-ya) means “it is.” The literal translation of 장난이야 is “It’s a joke.” But remember 장난이야 is the Korean way to say JK, just kidding. 장난이야 is informal, so use it towards those your age and those younger than you. Much like “just kidding,” you can say 장난이야 in various situations. Typically you’d say a little lie first, then say just kidding. Here's an example:

You say:
어머 어머. 움직이지 마!
Omo omo. Oomjikiji ma!
OMG. Don’t move!

Your friend says:
왜?
Wae?
Why?

You say:
네 머리에 벌레 있어!
Ne muriae buhllae issuh!
There’s a bug in your hair!

Your friend says:
빨리 떼 뻐려!!!!
Bballee ddae bbuhryuh!!!!
Hurry up and take it off!!!

You say:
장난이야. 벌레 없어.
Jangnaniya. Buhllae ubssuh,
Just kidding. There’s no bug.

So we know that 장난이야 (jang-nan-ee-ya) is INFORMAL. The FORMAL version is 장난이에요 (jang-nan-ee-ae-yo). Use this version towards those older than you.


Before I teach you the second way to say JUST KIDDING, here are some phrases using 장난:

당연히 장난이지.
Dangyunhee jangnanigi.
Of course I’m just kidding.

장난할 때가 아냐.
Jangnanhal ddaega ahnya.
This is no time for a joke.

내가 장난하는 것처럼 보여?
Naega jangnanhaneun gutchuhrum boyuh?
Does it look like I’m joking around?

장난 하지마.
Jangnan hajima.
Don’t joke around.

장난인 줄 알았어.
Jangnaneen jool arassuh.
I knew it was a joke.

장난아니야. 진짜야.
Jangnanahniya. Jinjjaya.
I’m not kidding. It’s for real.

장난이었어도 너무 심했다.
Jangnaniussuhdo nuhmoo shimhetda.
Even though if it was a joke, it was harsh.

트래픽 장난 아니다.
Teuraepik jangnan anida.
This traffic is no joke.

울지마. 장난이야.
Ooljima. Jangnaniya.
Don’t cry. I’m just kidding.


Another way to say JUST KIDDING is 농담이야 (nong-dam-ee-ya). 농담 (nong-dam) by itself also means joke. 농담이야 is informal. The FORMAL way to say this is 농담이에요. Example situations:

You tell your bro:
김치없어. 내가 다 먹었어.
Kimchi obssuh. Naega da mugussuh.
There’s no more kimchi. I ate it all.

Your bro goes:
뭐?!
Mwo?!
What?!

You say:
농담이야! 여기 더 있지롱~
Nongdamiya! Yuhgi duh itjirong~
Just kidding! There’s more here~


Here are some phrases using 농담:

농담이지?
Nongdamiji?
You’re kidding, right?

농담이었으면 좋겠다.
Nongdami uhsseumyun joketda.
I wish it was a joke.

난 농담 안해.
Nan nongdam anhae.
I don’t do jokes.

농담할 때가 아냐.
Nongdamhal ddaega anya.
This is no time for jokes.

무슨 농담이 그래?
Mooseun nongdami geurae?
What kind of joke is that?


The third way to say “just kidding” is 뻥이야 (bbung-ee-ya). Use it when something is obviously a big lie. And yet another way to say “just kidding” is 구라야. It’s similar to 뻥이야.

We’ve learned four ways to say “just kidding.” Which one should you use?

장난이야 and 농담이야 are the most common ways to say “just kidding.” Their formal versions can be used towards those older than you. Use 뻥이야 and 구라야 towards those your age or younger.

See you next week on my YouTube channel to learn more about Korea!

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Ktown Night Market in L.A.

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Ktown Night Market in L.A.

Ktown Night Market Concert

Ktown Night Market Concert

What is it about different cultures coming together and combining their vision of food, creating an eclectic edge? There’s a feeling that pulses between the hustle of vendors, aroma of fusion cuisine and live music. I’m talking about the Ktown Night Market, a two-day event held monthly during the summer at various locations throughout Koreatown and Downtown Los Angeles. Tonight’s event takes place at The RFK Community Schools Complex, a former site of the Ambassador Hotel and the famous “Cocoanut Grove.” Celebrities known to have frequented the historic venues include Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Anna May Wong among others. As time has passed a unique charm of the area still remains as festivities go on to intrigue guests.

Grilled Lobster Claw and Tail

Grilled Lobster Claw and Tail

Ktown Night Market is a gathering of local vendors, food trucks, musicians and celebrities like Heesun Lee and Awkwafina. Wandering through the endless options of fusion food and never-ending lines, maybe you’re wondering what dishes to try. Perhaps Grilled Lobster or Sriracha Fried Shrimps from Claw ‘N Tail? Possibly Lamb Steak on a skewer? Yes, the tasty and tender savory goodness of grilled meats on a stick! Where else will you see diverse cultures walking around with handheld foods or that special something that’s a bit messier?

Making ramen

Making ramen

Okonomi Fries

Okonomi Fries

The sweet love I have for Japanese Fusion. I’m talking about Okamoto Kitchen’s crispy fries drizzled with Okonomiyaki-style Okonomi sauce. Made of Kewpie Mayo, aonori, greens, red ginger, and bonito flakes, the layers of flavor really get your taste buds’ attention. It’s mix of sweet, savory, and crispy all in one sloppy bite. The Kewpie Mayo’s delectable taste combined with the light airy french fry is a match made in heaven. If there were such a thing as french-fried love fused with Japanese cuisine, it would be “The Notebook” of foodie romances.

Cheeseburger Monster wrapped in Fried Potato Chips

Cheeseburger Monster wrapped in Fried Potato Chips

If you’re not an adventurous foodie, the Indiana Jones of the Fork, then opt for something like the Cheeseburger wrapped in Fried Potato Chips. This culinary creation is a beefy cheesy melted baby wrapped in a blanket of crunchy goodness. A person with a lesser heart could not handle this dish as the grease is a complimentary palate cleanser. While you’re at it, chow down on ramen, Korean BBQ, boba tea, and desserts like Matcha Milk Spread from Tak’s Dessert.

Tak's Dessert Matcha Spread

Tak's Dessert Matcha Spread

Kore Limited on-screen during the concert

Kore Limited on-screen during the concert

Pamper yourself with eyelash extensions

Pamper yourself with eyelash extensions

So you’re feeling full and satisfied. You wonder, “What else there is to do?” There are Carnival style games, making it a family-friendly event or fun date night. Ktown Night Market also hosts a variety of local businesses from Koreatown. Notable mentions include Kore Limited and Soaporo’s Natural Handmade Soaps. If you're running low on energy while dancing to musical guests such as Ashley Yoon and Coco Avenue, there is a remedy: drink Vision Smart’s Vision and Sport Sparkle Natural Energy Supplement. That juice will keep your rhythm flowing. Vendors provide attendees with a plethora of goods, catering to their many possible needs.

Vendor deep-frying sea cucumbers

Vendor deep-frying sea cucumbers

Deep-fried sea cucumbers

Deep-fried sea cucumbers

Whether you bite into a Deep Fried Sea Cucumber or something more adventurous, Ktown Night Market is certainly the standard for showcasing what Koreatown and the Greater L.A. Area has to offer. Foodies and people from all walks of life come together and enjoy this melting pot of cultural fusion food.

When's the next Ktown Night Market? Click here.


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When Garrett T. is not eating, he is writing foodie romance novels. Follow him on Twitter for his latest culinary adventures!


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