Craving Ethnic Food – from Oberursel to London

About twice a month, I manage to get away for an extended lunch break. This usually takes me to Seoul Restaurant in Oberursel, where I tend to order the same food, Kimsambok, to take care of my craving for Kimchi.

 Kimsambok at Seoul in Oberursel

Lunch at Seoul Restaurant in Oberursel

Next weekend, I will be in London looking for a good Indian restaurant between the Hammersmith Apollo and our hotel on 44 Glenthorne Road, preferably in walking distance. London is the best place to enjoy Indian food.

On a funny note, I had asked one of my Indian friends for a restaurant recommendation in London and of course, she would not really know. She said, when she wants good Indian food, she eats at her mother’s house :-).

But I managed to get the name of an gastropub with an outdoor terrace upstairs. Hop Poles got reasonable priced drinks and British food. If all works well, we get an Indian dinner somewhere, and then hop to Hop Poles for the outdoor beer experience.

If there are no further recommendations for Indian dining, I will get a recommendation from the London hotel receptionist and take a taxi there. I would not like to leave London without a gourmet experience. I’m spoiled, aren’t I.

* Hop Poles in London

* Good Indian food in Oberursel

Review for Seoul Restaurant in Oberursel

Over the past two years, I have become a regular customer at Seoul Restaurant in Oberursel. Being a creature of habit and dedicated kimchi lover, I usually order the same food: Kimsambok, made of kimchi, slices of pork belly, and chunks of tofu, fried together.

The waitress does not have to hand us the menu anymore. With one look at me, she asks, “Zwei Mal Kimsambok?” and all I have to do is nod.

Their lunch menu consists of various dishes to choose from, among them seafood fried rice, some Korean stews, noodle dishes, etc.

Lunch menu Seoul Restaurant in Oberursel

Lunch is euro 10, which includes tea, side dishes, and dessert (often a cinnamon beverage) and is served between 12:00 – 15:00 from Tuesday to Saturday.

Their lunch menu for Sunday is LA Galbi which is euro 15. We have not tried this yet, but it is safe to assume it comes with tea, the traditional sides dishes and dessert as well.

Here is my favorite food: Kimsambok


This serving (see photo) is for one person, with the main dish in the foreground. If you order a second lunch special, the number of side dishes remain the same. The second main dish was on its way.

Their regular dinner menu also includes these lunch dishes. If you don’t read Korean, use the regular Speisekarte (menu) and ask the waitress which of the Lunch specials are included (in German, I believe).

In the summer time, you can also use the terrace. Simple furniture, but you have a nice view onto the forest.

Address: Hohemarkstrasse 194 in 61440 Oberursel

Tel: 06171 – 50 82 448

The restaurant is situated right next to the forest, in walking distance to Frankfurt International School, and is easy to reach by U Bahn as well.

Just take the U-3 (direction Hohemark) to its final stop. From there it is a one-minute walk.

Around Oberursel, we have five Korean restaurants, and this one is my favorite one as their food is very good, lunch prices are more than reasonable, and it is in walking distance from my home.

Kimchi Goes to Space

When my husband saw this  article in the International Herald Tribute, he immediately knew I would love to read it. Kimchi is my big passion, too.

When Koreans travel within Europe by car, they never fail to take Kimchi with them. In the past, when students returned from a trip to Norway, I would ask how they liked the Norwegian food. As an initial response, I just got a blank stare. Then I was told they had only eaten Korean food during the trip. My first thought was there must be many Korean restaurants in Norway… Wrong again. Koreans travel with their rice cookers, Kimchi prepared in oil for traveling, instant noodles, etc. Most meals are taken in the room sitting on the bed.

In 2002 I went on a trip to London with two Korean friends. As this was my first trip, I was looking forward to trying the British food, despite its reputation. Every evening I would stop at a little eatery and get myself a sandwich or stop in a bar for a beer and have some food there. My Korean friends would not stop, but proceed back to the hotel to prepare their Korean food in the hotel room. After I had my share of British food each evening, I would return to the hotel and share the leftover rice and Kimchi with them.

The very first time I smelled Kimchi was while we were living in Japan. Its pungent smell really turned me off at first, but my husband convinced me to try it. And I have been eating Kimchi ever since.

I don’t make it as it takes a much experienced person to do this once-a-month, eight-hour job. I buy it in shops as some of the younger Korean wives do.

Kimchi is fermented cabbage, slathered in garlic and coated with red hot chili pepper. It’s a main dish and served with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Once I had rice and Kimchi for breakfast and when my then five-year old daughter saw me eating this, she almost started crying. She asked me not to eat Kimchi for breakfast anymore as she was afraid I would totally turn Korean….

If you assume every Korean loves Kimchi, then you are wrong. I have talked to mothers who tried desperately to make their children eat Kimchi. One mother would take off the chili coating to make her son eat at least the cabbage leaf. Others fry pancakes and hide the Kimchi in it if the kid refuses to eat it the normal way. As more and more young Koreans get used to western food, more and more new food creations appear. Try spaghetti with Kimchi cut up into small pieces and mixed in as you would do with pesto.

I do not have a Kimchi refrigerator as most households do. In the winter the balcony is my fridge. In the summer I try to hide it in the fridge, but my husband inevitably smells it.

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