Sammi Raw Fish Restaurant, Jeju Island

So this was our finale lunch before flying back to Seoul from Jeju Island. I wanted to find a good place not too far from the airport (as my in-laws were getting tired from the traveling) and I was recommended to go to Sammi Raw Fish Restaurant (삼미횟집) by a friend that got a list of top foodie places from his workplace. There were so many seafood places in the area and I was SO glad I did prior research before coming. We paid 50,000krw per person (around $47 per person) and got a spectacular FEAST. I am definitely coming back with my parents. The seafood was of amazing freshness and quality, and we had a wide variety of dishes, none of which disappointed. SUCCESS. Brownie points for me, as the best daughter-in-law ever.

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Tohpyunggol (Black Pork Belly BBQ), Jeju Island

EVERYONE told me that I have to eat Black Pork belly BBQ in Jeju Island, so I asked around for recommendations for weeks before flying over. I was recommended to Tohpyunggol (토평골 식당) by my middle school friend Lina, who’s originally from Jeju Island. They specialize in black pork bbq, as you can see from the menu, the only options are Charcoal BBQ Black Pork Belly (흑돼지 숯불구이) & Green Pea Bean Paste Stew (푸른콩 된장찌개). My friend always comes here with her family when she’s in town and it seemed like a very local place (not touristy, mostly old ajussis from town eating there). It was not a fancy nice place, expect to find a more humble location. Overall, I really liked it while my husband thought it was decent. So we’ll leave it up to you to judge when you visit!

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Cheonjee at Shilla Hotel, Jeju Island

Craving some good Korean food with a Jeju Island flavor, we were recommended to visit Cheonjee Restaurant at Shilla Hotel for dinner. It was drizzling outside so it was nice to know that we had a quality restaurant within the hotel. Unlike Seoul, in Jeju Island you have to drive everywhere with limited street lights (everything got so pitch dark outside) and we were too tired to venture far out. Thankfully, the food was absolutely delicious and we got the Korean flavors we were craving.

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Sushi Hoshikai, Jeju Island

So this was our first time in Jeju Island and we got referred to this place by two of our good friends, Barbara and Dan. They said we had to try the omakase here and we are so glad we did! It was the perfect introduction to Jeju Island. It was on the pricier end, for around 110$ per person (120,000 krw) but definitely worth every penny. I was pleasantly satisfied with the taste, freshness, service, ambiance and smooth sake. We were a group of 5 (my husband (age 27), mother-in-law (50’s), grandmother-in-law (80’s), and grandmother-in-law’s sister (70’s), and me (age 28)) and we were all very satisfied with the course.

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In the beginning…


And I’m back to the blogging world! This is my second attempt now at a serious blog, my first being Gyopoblog. A lot has changed since then. I’m now married to my hard-working, spunky wife Junhee. I’m now finally heading back to America to the best university in the world UCLA for my Masters in Education and California Teaching Credential in Secondary Science. I now have the rudest freaking dog in the world, Moongchi.

I’m starting this blog because Junhee has been pestering me for months to start one so that we could write about our adventures together. Well here it is. I actually came up with the name ‘The Simple Seoul’ while Junhee and I were still dating. I liked how the words rolled off the tongue and also the obvious pun(?) in the title that displayed the heavy influence Seoul played on my life. I also like to think that I do still have a simple soul and I would like to keep my posts as simple as possible, since I am a simple man after all.

Anywho, Junhee and I will both be posting here about our musings, ephemeral interests, and mischievous adventures. We hope you enjoy.