12 dishes, 12 hours: Epic eating in Penang!

Sarah and I just completed the most extensive wandering graze of our lives.

Over the course of 12 hours in Penang, we managed to munch through 12(!) of the West Malaysian Island’s most famous street foods.

We shared most of them and they were small portions, but there’s no denying it – this was hedonistic street-gluttony run amok

Click through to see the full extent of our appetite!

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Goodbye Korea!

Having spent two full years living and working in Korea, Sarah and I said our last anyang-hi-kye-se-yo on Monday night.

It had its ups and downs, but I can honestly say that moving to Korea was one of the best things we’ve done with our lives so far.

Not only did we get to meet loads of cool new people and fund an excellent four month trip around Asia – we were also able to take a good step back from our lives in the UK and discover (and save for!) what we want to do for the next few years.

For Sarah, that’s a Heritage studies postgraduate course at UCL. For me, it’s the chance to own and run my own street food stall.

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Taco de Mayo is more than just an awesome name.

Taco de Mayo chicken taco

Operating from various locations along Itaewon’s main drag, Taco de Mayo is Seoul’s newest and most fun food truck. It’s also fast becoming my go-to place for satisfying, post-pub street food.

Run by friends Michael and Gee, the truck actually started life serving burgers in Gangnam in December. However, after becoming frustrated with the lack of parking, the pair quickly decided to relocate to Itaewon. There, they felt the large international crowd would be more in tune with their orginal aim: to serve authentic, late-night tacqueria-style Mexican food.

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The Whistle-stop Guide to Beijing’s Unmissable Street Food

chicken and lamb kebabs beijing

I hate to admit it, but sometimes I can get carried away. I arrive in a new place bursting full of excitement and immediately set off trying to eat as much of the local food as I possibly can. Having spent a huge amount of time researching/obsessing over said food, what usually follows is an impossibly ambitious, argument-provoking exercise in the wasting of valuable holiday time.

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Steampunk Ice Shavers

I just thought I’d share some photos of the pat bing su stalls I came across in Busan last weekend for anyone with as strong a case of kitchen/catering equipment geekery as I do.

Each stall was kitted out with a wrought-iron ice shaver. The ice shavers were manually powered by a large wheel on one side and worked by rotating a firmly fixed block of ice against the edge of a razor. Each one was painted blue and embossed with birds to give it a really cool steampunk/Victorian feel to it.

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Pork gets primal in Yeouido

If I’m honest, I’ve never really been much of a man’s man. I have no interest in football for example, and not much of a competitive side (except when it comes to bowling.) There are some things, however, that turn me into a grunting, knuckle dragging Neanderthal in a heartbeat. One of these is barbecue meat.

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Korean street food with a difference at Noryangjin Station, Seoul.

On my last visit to Noryangjin Fish Market I noticed some interesting street food happenings in the area immediately beside Noryangjin station. Alongside the usual dukbokki and tempura places, there were a few stalls serving up some food I’d never seen on the street in Korea before. I was naturally intrigued, but with time pressing on and several pounds worth of raw seafood in the offing, I was unable to investigate further.

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Habanero – Taco Truck in Hongdae

Burrito from Habanero Taco Truck Seoul

I’ve been dying to write about a Taco Truck for ages. Last month I almost had my wish. El Camion is a Korean Taco joint Inspired by the Taco Truck scene in the US. It does a decent enough line of Korean inspired Tacos, but as a bricks and mortar establishment it doesn’t really count.

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