city guide, seoul

itaewon / coreanos kitchen

coreanos kitchen itaewonif there’s one important thing i realised, is that in cold weather, nothing else matters but staying warm and protected from the wind that will literally slap your face every step of the way. so, kudos to those who stay stylish and presentable in cold. i failed.

IMG_2311 copyProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIMG_2315 copyso last weekend me and my cousin took a subway down to itaewon to try out the place where so many people have been recommending me (thank you!). like so many that i knew it had to be pretty amazing and my hopes were high.

IMG_2317 copyit was in itaewon but after some research (aka naver map) i found that it was closer to noksapyeong station.

IMG_2326 copyget out from exit three, cross the road, get on the skywalk, go up the hill and you’ll be able to find it. it’s near the entrance of itaewon where the arch is.

IMG_2328 copyIMG_2329 copyIMG_2330 copyIMG_2405 copyhere it is! coreanos, where korean meets mexican.

it was founded by gene cho in austin, texas and started off as a food truck that was soon “named one of america’s best french fries by the us news & world report, and also the best food truck in texas and one of us’s best food trucks by smithsonian magazine and fox news.”

very impressive, well done!

IMG_2404 copywe expected a long queue and to get a seat maybe hours after arrival since i knew it was the new it place to dine and also cos of the fact that this place aired in one of the very popular korean tv shows, 무한도전 (infinite challenge) – but to our surprise, it was kind of.. empty.

IMG_2348 copyIMG_2347 copyIMG_2343 copywell, good for us, we got the seat right away and was served this delicious chips with four different salsas. asked for refill of the chips and they said it was four thousand krw. um nevermind..

IMG_2352 copyIMG_2387 copy“coreanos – the perfect harmony of savory korean bbq with the familiar flavors of mexican cuisine. every item on our menu delivers a unique flavor experience with every bite. indulge your taste buds in some mouthwatering goodness. your mouth will surely thank you.”

IMG_20141118_214033IMG_2363 copythis is their most popular menu – three wise fries! french fries, marinated beef short rib, spicy marinated chicken, spicy twice cooked pork belly, grilled onions, cheese and el scorcho sauce.. there literally was a party in my mouth.

IMG_2391 copybattered fish taco. fried fish with cabbage, spicy pico de gallo, pickled onions with a cilantro cream sauce. oh yeah.

IMG_2395 copyyou know how much i love mexican food and coreanos was no joke. it took mexican food to a whole new level. they definitely mastered in delivering mix of savory korean bbq with the familiar flavors of mexican cuisine. you were right… my mouth did really thank me. so thank you, coreanos.

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  • Reply gabe1990

    kill me now omg those mexican food looks soo amazing, great blog anniee ill def eat that when i visit kr :)

    November 25, 2014 at 12:58 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hehehe it’s amazing and i know you’ll love it <3

      November 25, 2014 at 11:21 am
  • Reply jackcollier7

    I think you look very stylish. Kudos

    November 25, 2014 at 1:10 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahah aw jack, you’re being too kind :P kudos!

      November 25, 2014 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Camelia

    Annie, I know what you say…here the weather is also very cold and when people see me on the street, they may think that I’m an eskimo:)) Try to imagine a small girl covered with a giant coat, a fleece comforter and, as a cherry on the top of the cake, a knitted hat with a high tassel. :D Yes, it is important to look good, but it’s more important to be healthy. Keep your body (and soul) warm! ^_^

    November 25, 2014 at 1:14 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahah camelia!! i totally get you! like a little fur ball i was too. but heyyy, a girls gotta stay warm, right? :P and plus eskimos are cute! have a fantastic week love! xx

      November 25, 2014 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Julie Feng

    I love Mexican food AND Korean food… omg that fusion looks so amazing!!!

    November 25, 2014 at 1:15 am
    • Reply annie lee

      same here!! like how genius are they? hahah :) it was amazing julie. like REALLY amazing! wish you could try xx

      November 25, 2014 at 11:24 am
  • Reply BeautyandtheCat

    That looks crazy delicious. And the fries look bigger than your head 0_o

    November 25, 2014 at 1:32 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha the portion was pretty big! but nothing we girls couldn’t finish.. cos it WAS crazy delicious!! xx

      November 25, 2014 at 11:25 am
  • Reply ~ Carmen ~

    I don’t know how to bear the cold, I’m from California. You probably did better than me anyway. Three Wise Fries looks gooooooooood. Omg. :] // ▲ ▲

    November 25, 2014 at 3:50 am
    • Reply annie lee

      haha carmen, i’m from korea but i’ve been living in thailand most of my life so… i’m no good either! and how amazing you live in california! i used to live there for couple of years when i was little. i wish i could go back one day!!

      November 25, 2014 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Feline Creatures

    This looks so fun!! I want some fish tacos dear everything looks amazing! xo~ Lena

    November 25, 2014 at 6:06 am
    • Reply annie lee

      fish taco was the bomb lena oh my .. i thought thailand had lots of good food but try korea!!

      November 25, 2014 at 11:27 am
      • Reply Feline Creatures

        Yes Seoul is my number one travel destination. Not Paris. Not Milan. SEOUL!! :P

        November 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Carolyn

    sounds like such good fusion! I can’t wait to visit Korea and eat!

    November 25, 2014 at 11:00 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hey carolyn!! it’s an amazing fusion i agree. so genius!! any plans to visit korea soon? :P

      November 25, 2014 at 11:28 am
  • Reply thatumamilife

    Whoa slam dunk meal right there! Pass me the nachos! – a clean eating bento blog

    November 25, 2014 at 11:11 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha totally a slam dunk meal right?? wish you could’ve tried when you were there! it was amazing! xx

      November 25, 2014 at 11:31 am
  • Reply anggi150191

    Just saw this post and now I’m starving, Annie hahaha~ to fuse the two different characteristic of foods is a genius idea, i think. It looks like they create a whole new level food character and looks so delicious. Although the three wises fries were look so catchy, i’m starring more at the battered fish taco :D Must try it out someday :)

    November 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i agree, it’s a genius idea!! it’s a successful one too :) so delicious. both the fries and the taco. hope you get to try it one day anggi :)

      November 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Melisa

    Love your photos dear. Oh I am huge fan of Mexican food(any kind of spicy food :))Looking super cute Annie. Kiss, Mel

    November 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehehe i guess another thing in common ;) thanks mel!!

      November 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Javier

    oooh i love your new banner! =D

    November 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hey jar!! is it still exploding in your screen? i resized it but it ain’t helping for internet explorer and firefox browsers :|

      November 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm
      • Reply Javier

        it looks good now! it’s not oversized anymore =D and annie! it’s JAV hahaha nor jar! unless of course jar is some new slang i’m not aware of =/ hahaha

        November 27, 2014 at 8:49 pm
        • Reply annie lee

          of course it’s jav… hah!! my bad :P

          November 28, 2014 at 1:31 am
  • Reply Erica

    Love these travel stories! Thanks for sharing :)


    November 26, 2014 at 12:17 am
    • Reply annie lee

      awww, it’s my pleasure erica :)

      November 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply sharonbeautyprime

    Fish and Chicken Taco please. Love your Coreanos adventure :-) He!he!

    November 26, 2014 at 12:22 am
  • Reply funkyfashion007

    Yummy! This looks so good!!!:)

    November 26, 2014 at 1:30 am
    • Reply annie lee

      probably the best thing i had this trip!! :)

      November 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply nancy @ adore to adorn

    oh my goodness. those fries. I could eat that up and then some!! =)

    November 26, 2014 at 1:45 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha i know right?? it looks good tastes good. ahh i want some more!

      November 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply

    The food looks delicious! I can get behind 4 types of salsa :)

    November 26, 2014 at 5:24 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha and all of them tasted equally amazing. but not enough chips. that was the sad part lol

      November 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Naeun

    What are you talking about Annie, you definitely look stylish in the cold! Plus your skin looks great :) Ahh I’ve seen coreanos all over instagram and always wanted to try it, thanks for the mouthwatering pics!! xx

    November 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      oh naeun… you’re being too kind!! it’s the warm lighting for the skin i swear lol.. ah have you been seeing it all over cos i did too and it made me wanna go since day one! haha :) i know you’ll love it!!

      November 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply TYR Photo

    Looks good. I’ll have to try it out sometime in the near future. So far I’ve only tried Vatos in Itaewon and Dos Tacos in Gangnam.

    One thing I never understood is the charge for extra nachos. Any good Mexican joint in NYC, LA, SF or Dallas never charged extra. By giving away nachos and salsa, customers are almost likely to order another Corona w/ lime.

    November 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i haven’t tried vatos but heard it’s pretty amazing. and dos tacos is great too!! BUT this. is better. hahah hope you get to try it one day! and yeah.. that was a bummer. i guess with fame ppl get cheaper :P

      November 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply April Nunez

    But you still look stylish babe! :)
    The food looks great, how is it?
    And I love how they spelled Coreano with “C” lol

    April of:
    IG: @beybiapril

    November 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      awww april, you’re just being kind :P the food? pure amazeballs. i don’t even know where to start!

      November 26, 2014 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply wazwu

    You still look so stylish and put together despite the cold! The food looks amazing. I want tacos now! Nom nom nom!

    November 27, 2014 at 2:14 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe thank you! even though that is so not true! :P but yes you’re definitely right about the second half. the food was AMAZING! :)

      November 28, 2014 at 1:32 am
  • Reply orangecane

    I definitely never look stylish in the cold :P the food looks so amazing… *adds to list

    November 27, 2014 at 2:25 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha! do try do try :) and yayy, i’m happy to know i’m not the only one! staying warm comes before ANYTHING lol

      November 28, 2014 at 1:33 am
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    Looks tasty! Btw. did you happen to see if the Danish hotdog stand Steff Houlberg (in Itaewon) is still there? When I was in Seoul many years ago I went inside for a Danish hotdog:)

    November 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      did you happen to blog about that place before? i feel like i remember that from somewhere! but nooo.. i’m afraid i didn’t see one while i was there! but then again i’m sure i wasn’t paying much attention cos i was too busy looking for a place to hide from the cold! x)

      November 28, 2014 at 1:36 am
  • Reply sso1128

    Mexican food in Korea?? YES PLEASE

    December 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply treycwong

    Coreanos looks like d bomb! :D I so wanna have this when im in Korea!!

    December 6, 2014 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Gene Cho

    loved your article annie and am humbled by your comments! I’ll be sure to hook it up with some dessert next time you stop by!!

    January 6, 2015 at 4:29 am
    • Reply annie lee

      omg! thank you for taking your time to drop by! what a pleasant surprise :) the only thing i’ve been craving since i’m in bangkok is those fries… such a torture. maybe you should consider venturing out to thailand someday… :P

      January 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Gene Cho

    Thanks Annie! You have an amazing blog and it seems as though you live such an interesting life! Great job and keep up the good work!

    January 6, 2015 at 7:43 pm
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