I'm hoping fellow hounds might be able to help me plan an upcoming trip to Seoul. I'm gradually working my way through old postings here on Korea, and our first course of action is to go to the night markets and point at whatever looks good. But we also would like to navigate our way around restaurants and I was wondering if anyone had any specific recommendations for place to go for the following categories:
We'd like to go once for a traditional set meal, with specialties such as ku jul pan and shin sollo. We had the time of our lives at Yongsusan in LA so as a default we'll look for a branch in Seoul.
Jjampong (spicy seafood noodle) - anyone have any recs for good restaurants, or even general districts to find good Korean chinese food?
Mul naeng myon (cold noodles) I gather from previous posts that there are two major types of this dish?
Soondae (blood sausage) and jokpal (pressed pig ear?). I've only had this when they give it to me for free at the Korean supermarkets and would love to try some more.
Also, this is a ridiculously broad question, but I really want to discover more about the cuisine. Can anyone tell me the names of favorite dishes in particular that are not likely to be found in Korean restaurants in the States?
Thanks in advance for any tips! My default strategy will be to get someone to write the name of the dish in hangul on a slip of paper and then go wander around in search of some friendly person to direct us to a good place.