가자 Korea Diary 8: CN BLUE Kang MinHyuk's Dad's Restaurant - Hwang's Eel Restaurant 황가네꼼장군
For those who have been following my 가자 Korea Diary series, the name Jung YongHwa isn't something new anymore. He's my biggest celebrity crush since 8 years ago (still counting) - the lead singer of a band named CN BLUE.
Unlike most K-Pop fans who have quite a few groups that they are crazy about, I have been loyal to CN BLUE only throughout all these years. Yes, I'm a loyal bitch!
So with my hubby as the leader of the CN BLUE, I as his loving wife, of course showers my love to my brother in laws too :P ㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ
Kang MinHyuk's the drummer of CN BLUE and this restaurant named Hwang's Eel Restaurant 황가네꼼장군 is a Korean BBQ restaurant owned by his dad in 영등포Yeongdeungpo.
Needless to say, this place's a must go for me as a hardcore Boice (that's the name for CN BLUE's fans) ♥ Drop a comment if you are Boice reading this blog post but just so we are clear, YongHwa's mine!!!
We were quite early when we got there and there weren't many people just yet.
FYI, if you are international fans, you'll be served English/Japanese/Chinese menu which have photos of CN BLUE all over it. I only learnt that when I got back and saw other people's blogs. I shouldn't have just read the Korean words off the big board over there :/
Taking a seat under all the love notes of fans from all over the world ♥ (There are more close up shots further down). It made me teary-eyed to see how much my boys have grown and skyrocketed to fame across the globe.
For those who don't know these cabbage and mint leaves are for you to wrap your grilled meat in as you eat. I personally love to eat the meat itself without the vegetables but it's just me x)
Complimentary side dishes.
It's my first time trying seaweed soup 미역국 (miyeok-guk) at a Korean restaurant.
Happy face because there's food!
돼지왕갈비 Dwaeji wang Galbi, which translates into King (referring to bigger size) Pork Ribs.
꼼장어 "Kkum Jang-o" which means sea eels.
Growing up I love eating the Japanese Unagi Teriyaki but I have never tried any eel dishes other than that. This was quite an adventure for me.
It was so different compare to Unagi Teriyaki. Upon grilling, you could hardly tell that that was eel after being cut into pieces but unlike grilled fish, eel meat stays solidly intact and has a little elastic chewy texture.
We might have only ordered 2 dishes but we were insanely full after the meal.
I had been trying my best to not gaga over all those photos of my handsome hubby and brother in laws...until I finished eating everything.
Now here's the photo spam!
I remember when I first started loving them, everyone around me was like "Never heard of them, you sure they are legit?"
Someone once asked me, "How do you if you really love someone?"
And I replied "No matter how much time has passed, whenever you look at that person, it feels like love at first sight again and again". Yeap, cliche as it sounds, I really fell in love at first sight with YongHwa when I watched him on TV playing guitar.
This is how CN BLUE, typically Jung YongHwa makes me feel ALL THE TIME 1000% without fail throughout all these years! Sometimes I even wonder has it really been 8 years? It seems like yesterday when I first saw them on TV!
I went outside of the restaurant to snap the photo of its exterior. An old man, who I highly doubt was MinHyuk's dad, told me to hand over my camera and smiled. So I stood there with such awkward smile as he kept on telling me to show him a broader smile.
My eyes look incredibly small in this photo but I guess that's why I always got mistaken as a Korean - which I take as a major compliment!
Hwang's Eel Restaurant 황가네꼼장군
Address: 5-2 Yeongdeungpo-dong 3(sam)-ga Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul 서울 영등포구 영등포동 3가 5-2
Contact number: +82 2-2671 6218Operating Hours: 10am-4am
After dinner, we headed to HongDae, shopped around for a little bit and enjoyed someone's busking in cold. I'm ending this blog post with my Snapchat story of the day (30 October 2017).
If you haven't caught up with my previous entries for my 가자 Korea Diary series, here they are:
가자 Korea Diary Part 1: Post Kimchiland Thoughts & Reasons Why I Love Korea
가자 Korea Diary Part 2: Preparation Tips for Korea
가자 Korea Diary Part 3: First Night in Korea - My Airbnb @ Hapjeong & Dinner @ HongDae
가자 Korea Diary Part 4: The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince @ HongDae
가자 Korea Diary Part 5: Traditional Side of Seoul with the Koreans - Ikseondong, Gyeongbukgong, Insadong, Cheonggyecheon
가자 Korea Diary Part 6: Ewha Womens University, Yonsei University, Sinchon
가자 Korea Diary Part 7: K-Star Road @ Apgujeongrodeo, JYP & FNC Entertainment @ Cheongdamdong & Kakao Friends Store @ Gangnam
See you in the upcoming blog posts. I am determined to finish all the entries for this trip by the end of 2018 because I am going to Korea again early next year!