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Elbon The Table, Seoul, Korea

If you want to eat at one of Seoul’s most popular restaurants, all you need to do is look for the giant balloon bear scaling the building…

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A trendy shopping location in the heart of this sprawling city, Elbon is a pop-culture inspired “mini-mall” that sells all sorts of high-priced, Murakami-esque goods and clothing. Elbon The Table is the Korean-fusion restaurant inhabiting the entire second floor of the complex…

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This guy greets you at the elevator up to the eatery…

While this bear welcomes you to the restaurant…

The open kitchen here is run by renowed Korean Chef Hyun Choi, who blends his love and respect of classic Korean cooking and ingredients with his French and Italian leanings. Here’s a look…

Freshly baked bread using Korean grains…

Homemade butter, posted more for the cool plate design…

Our first course…

Gochujang ice cream, made from a Korean chile pepper…

Served over a foie gras mousse…

Shrimp dumplings with green pea cream veloute wrapped in blankets of soy sauce jelly…

Saffron linguine with lobster…

Squid ink risotto with hanchi…

A palate cleaner of sorbet made from makkeoli, the cloudy Korean rice wine…

Steamed flatfish with clams and capers in a champagne sauce…

Korean strip loin with grilled vegetables…

Served with five kinds of salt…

I forget where in Korea the beef was from, but they said it was their equivalent of Kobe beef…

For dessert we started with a clementine mousse wrapped in chocolate served with blood orange sherbet and hazelnuts…

And were then treated to a second sort of chocolate cake which I apologize for not having the details of…

It was an interesting change of pace to have a fancy meal like this in Seoul for once, and one I would not mind experiencing again!

ELBON THE TABLE

530-5 Sinsa-dong

Gangnam-gu, Seoul

South Korea

+82-2-547-4100

http://www.elbonthetable.com

Filed under Seoul Korea Elbon Choi fine dining gochujang foie gras pasta steak fish chocolate

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Lay’s Potato Chips - Thailand

Continuing Eataku’s international exploration into the world of Lay’s potato chips, today I’ll show you the different flavors I picked up last summer in Thailand…

Sweet Basil…

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Spicy Lobster…

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Not to be confused with Lobster Hot Plate…

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These didn’t have an English explanation, but my guess was they were a spicy Thai sambal…

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A similar spicy chile flavor, but with dried shrimp, ginger and lime…

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And what’s an Asian potato chip package without a local celebrity or pop star appearance?

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Roast salmon flavor…

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And her boy band counterpart…

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Hawking spicy meatball flavored chips…

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Filed under Thailand Lay's potato chips Thai sambal spicy lobster salmon chili chile chilli basil

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Sour Patch “Zombie Kids”

Last year, I found Sour Patch "Heads & Bodies" around Halloween time in the UK…

Well, it turns out they’ve been available in select areas of Canada and the States each Fall for the last few years now, albeit with a few changes…

Known as “Zombie Kids” here, they’re a little less gruesome, with no candy decapitations, and instead of black currant flavor, the “purple” Sour Patch Kid here is raspberry flavored.

They’re available in stores now as I saw them near my folks place out in CT!

Second pic via www.collectingcandy.com

Filed under candy Sour Patch Kids Halloween zombie raspberry

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Our Homegrown Japanese Watermelons

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They’re supposed to get up to about the size of a volleyball, but these have been kind of stalled out around softball-sized for about two weeks now. With evening temps approaching the low 50s in Connecticut now, we decided it was best to pull the biggest ones. Here’s a look at what we got…

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While there was not much “meat” to eat inside, they were still quite sweet!

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One little three-year-old had trouble keeping his hands off them…

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Filed under CT Connecticut garden homegrown home cooking Japanese watermelon

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Hakata Tonton, NYC

While Hakata Tonton in the West Village is one of my favorite spots to sit down for a casual, authentic Japanese meal, it’s also a great place to grub on some late night snacks if you’re in the area…

Shrimp tempura and grilled foie gras “sushi”…

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Kanpachi sashimi…

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My favorite dish, their grilled pork cheeks…

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Surf clam with chili oil…

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Grilled pork belly…

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And another order of pork cheeks for good measure…

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Tonton tends to be pretty packed, even late night, but sometimes you can walk in and get lucky and score a seat at their counter. Always better to call ahead though…

HAKATA TONTON

61 Grove St., NYC

212-242-3699

http://www.tontonnyc.com/

Filed under NYC Manhattan West Village Japanese Tonton pork sushi sashimi clam pork belly pork cheek shrimp tempura foie gras

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Cleaning out old iPhoto folders earlier today, I came across this pic, from Lay’s Singapore… Red Chili Shrimp, I’d say?
Update: Thanks to readers here, we now know these are Thai Tom Yum Soup flavor!

Cleaning out old iPhoto folders earlier today, I came across this pic, from Lay’s Singapore… Red Chili Shrimp, I’d say?

Update: Thanks to readers here, we now know these are Thai Tom Yum Soup flavor!

Filed under Singapore Lay's potato chips