Seoul Vegetarian Club


Next meeting– Sunday, July 1st by seoulveggieclub
June 19, 2007, 10:04 am
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*EDITED BECAUSE I HAVE FLUFF INSTEAD OF BRAINS* –NOTE THE NEW DATE

The picnic was fantastic! I just wish I’d had more room in my stomach. I can’t believe how much effort people put in! The weather was gorgeous, and we managed to give away a lot of watermelon to passers-by too, which was really nice.

As per our schedule, the next meeting will be on Sunday, July 1st. It’ll be lunch at a restaurant. I’m not going to be around, so I have no stake in where we go.

Here’s a link to the galbijim website with some suggestions. What do you think?

Temple food in Insadong? Country Life Buffet? Someplace new?

http://wiki.galbijim.com/Vegetarian_restaurants

Rteacher (Ron) is organizing the meeting,  and here’s what he  wrote on Dave’s ESL Cafe:

While “Kermo” is on vacation for a few weeks, I’ll try to keep the “Seoul Veggie Club” going by scheduling two restaurant gatherings: one for this Sunday, July 1 and the other on Saturday, July 14…

I anticipate that some regulars will be missing because of “Canada Day” celebrations, other events, and vacations, but some new people have expressed interest in meeting soon.

It’s kinda late to do a formal poll. For the benefit of newcomers, I’ll describe some places, and we’ll go to whichever one seems to be most popular among likely goers…

Options for vegetarian lunch this Sunday, July 1:

Choice #1:Sanchon Mountain Village Restaurant Insadong (near Jongno 3 and Anguk station; lunch: 18,000 won + tax (a little pricey and mainly floor-seating, but great atmosphere and good vegetarian set menu …)

Choice #2: New Start Restaurant near Seollung station; vegetarian buffet (affiliated with SDA) 11,000 won (good buffet but generally underspiced…)

Choice #3: SM Ching hai short bus ride from Yanjiae station; 13,000 won (elaborate buffet and they sell lots of vegetarian faux meats and some “Amy’s” products…)

Choice#4: Shindongyang Chinese Restaurant in Yeouido; about 15,000 depending on what’s ordered from their vegetarian menu…

Choice#5: Ashoka Indian restaurant Itaewon, Hamilton Hotel; lunch buffet 24,000 won (+ some change…)usually the best Indian buffet, with vegetarian preps clearly marked…

Choice#6: Country Life buffet (also affiliated with SDA – Seventh Day Adventist church…)It’s located in Sinsa, a couple stops above the Express Bus Terminal station on Orange line 3. Their buffet is still about 9000 won, I think…

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Hi-

I just moved to Seoul last week, and am also a vegeterian. How do i join your club, and learn more about being a veggie in Seoul? I am also trying to figure out which ramen noodles i can buy to cook at home (i used to eat Chajang Myun and Shin Ramyun in the states, which are veggie there at least!), so was wondering if you have any suggestions.

Thanks!
Sid

Comment by Siddharth Patodia

I always get Bibimyun, in a light blue package. It’s quite good. I can’t vouch for the rest. It’s pretty good with some tofu and steamed broccoli.

Comment by seoulveggieclub

Bibimyun sounds delicious… any suggestions on where i can find it? I was in Lotte Mart last weekend, but could not tell which of the noodles there were veggie. If you know a place or have a picture of the packet, i would really appreciate it. Thanks!

Comment by Siddharth Patodia

Well, according to the original schedule, the next meeting was supposed to be on Sunday, July 1.

I’m guessing that “Canada Day” was considered a major conflict, so it was moved ahead a week. But why have it on a Saturday again? …

That would make it four Saturdays in a row!

The club used to only meet on Sundays because many of the vegetarian restaurants are closed on Saturdays (and some teachers had to work on Saturdays…)

Comment by Ron

We went to a (Taiwanese owned) Chinese place once that has a separate vegetarian menu.
http://wiki.galbijim.com/Shindongyang

That place is in Yeouido.

Sanchon in Insadong is best for Sunday lunches (or Saturday evening dinner shows…)

Since “Kermo” (Amy) can’t make it on July 7 (a Saturday) we could just as well meet this Sunday (or next) depending on what would be most convenient for most members. Either post here – or email Amy – as to when and where you’d like to meet …

Comment by ronteacher

I can come either day, but would prefer Sunday brunch…or if people are up for going out after dinner then saturday night is fine as well.

Comment by Sid

I may go too if I’m not too busy … let me know when you’ve decided on a date, OK?

Comment by Eileen

I just moved to Seoul this week and hope to meet other vegetarians. When will the meeting be held? And are any of the rice balls in convenience stores vegetarian, or am i hping for too much?

Comment by marielle

Re: the rice balls. As far as I know, none of them are vegetarian.

Comment by Eileen

So how does the group feel about meeting on this Sunday (July 1st)? I too am new in Seoul and it would be great to connect with other vegeterians.

Comment by Siddharth Patodia

We could meet this Sunday, July 1 – and again two weeks later on Saturday, July 14.

Our fearless leader Amy will be in that paradise known as Canada from the 1st till the 21st (and I’ll be gone from the 20th till August 20) so we’ll be in survival mode I guess…

It would be good to decide on a place by tomorrow so Amy can send out the emails…

How about I give 5 choices (and a little info on each one) for this week, and we’ll go to the one that seems like the most popular choice…

Options for Sunday, July 1:

Choice #1: Sanchon Mountain Village Restaurant;
Insadong (near Jongno 3 and Anguk station; lunch: 18,000 won + tax (a little pricey and mainly floor-seating, but great atmosphere and good vegetarian set menu …)

Choice #2: New Start Restaurant – near Seollung station; vegetarian buffet (affiliated with SDA) 11,000 won (good buffet but generally underspiced…)

Choice #3: SM Ching hai – short bus ride from Yanjiae station; 13,000 won (elaborate buffet and they sell lots of vegetarian faux meats and some “Amy’s” products…)

Choice#4: That Chinese place I mentioned above (Shindongyang) in Yeouido; about 15,000 depending on what’s ordered from their vegetarian menu…

Choice#5: Ashoka Indian restaurant – Itaewon, Hamilton Hotel; lunch buffet 24,000 won (+ some change…)usually the best Indian buffet, with vegetarian preps clearly marked…

Comment by Ron

I should have also included Country Life buffet (also affiliated with SDA – Seventh Day Adventist church…)It’s located in Sinsa, a couple stops above the Express Bus Terminal station on Orange line 3. Their buffet is about 9000 won, I think…

Comment by Ron

Here’s the link for the thread on Dave’s ESL Cafe “General” forum: http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?p=1230905#1230905

Comment by Ron

I went to Shindongyang Saturday and I was planning on suggesting that we go there sometime. I think it would be best if we went when there was a large group of people planning to come because the menu mostly had dishes that could be ordered for either 2-3 or 4-5 people. The menu was also only in Chinese and Korean.

I have not been to Sanchon yet, but I’ve been wanting to go. Sanchon would be better for me on Sunday.

Comment by Kenneth

Actually, Sanchon may be a good choice for smaller lunch gatherings (because of the way the set menu is served, you get a better deal when there are fewer people per table…)

Insadong is also at its Korean-culturally best on Sundays (I’m kinda leaning towards going there right now, but most of the votes haven’t come in yet…)

Comment by Ron

I have heard lots of great things about Sanchon but havent had a chance to go there yet. Lunch there on this upcoming Sunday gets my vote…

Comment by Sid

I’m down for lunch at Sanchon on Saturday. It sounds like a good option.

Comment by Susie

OK, it looks like Sanchon gets the nod for this Sunday, July 1. It’s a little tricky to find the first time, so we can meet around 11:45 at the corner of Insadong street near Anguk Station (328) Orange line 3 exit 6,

…Walk straight ahead about half-a-block till you see a small tourist info. booth on the right, and there’s a Crown Bakery at the corner on the left (which we can duck into if it’s raining…)

We can head over shortly before 12 noon. They seem to have raised their prices some, as it cost me about 20,000 won the last time I went there for lunch (a few weeks ago…)

In case anyone gets lost or delayed, my cell phone # is 011-9684-4950 …

Comment by ronteacher

Wish I could make it this time, but it’ll be a busy weekend.. have fun!

Comment by Jade

I would like to come, but I won’t know for sure until tomorrow am, due to Canada activities. So I am a maybe until that morning. I will try though.

Comment by Elaine

For those who don’t know what I look like (basically handsome older guy who likes like he’s from another planet…) I’ll be wearing a blue-green Thai silk print shirt (probably not tucked in …)

Oh yeah – always bring an umbrella when going out this time of year (if it’s raining hard we can meet first inside the Crown bakery, pretending to check out their “cream-filled” loaves of bread…)

Comment by Ronteacher

Thanks everyone, it was a nice event. And sorry, Kenneth, for getting you lost when I stopped for coffee at that organic place.

Comment by Eileen

Eileen and Kenneth: we somehow lost you two whilst walking single file-like with umbrellas hindering visibility. What ended up happening afterwards for the twos of yas- homebound? In any case- a pity, a shame. — wait i think i’ve pieced it together- the organic cafe was where it happened! >.

Comment by irene

In spite of “Canada Day” celebrations, early summer vacations, and Amy’s leave of absence we had a respectable turnout of ten for our Veggie Club gathering at Sanchon Mountain Village restaurant.

We had an interesting mix of Americans (including members from the South, North, East, West and Hawaii …)

Besides EFL teachers we had two employees of Samsung, an Indian and a Swede.

And Irene – the first Dave’s ESL Cafe forum member to organize vegetarian gatherings – finally was able to free up some time from her busy schedule as a (Korean-American) teacher and working artist.

After a very nice lunch at Sanchon, she asked if anyone wanted to check out a photography exhibit somewhere (not exactly close by…)

When most everyone expressed interest, I suggested that we check out a couple of the main art galleries in the Insadong area first…

We had a little trouble keeping the group together because “starbrightgirl” and one-or-two others moved along very quickly, while another grouping of three-or-four moved along at moderate speed, and two-or-three others were geared to a more leisurely pace…

Once “starbrightgirl” led the group out of the Insadong area (stopping for a cup of coffee which only made her go faster…) we lost contact with a couple group members (who tried to call me, but my phone was malfunctioning as usual…)

Anyway, it was fun – and we’ll probably follow up with more cultural stuff like that tied in to lunches – especially during the rainy season …
http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=91340&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

Comment by Ron

Well, we called Ron and he said you were still headed for the Sejong Center, so we walked over there. But we couldn’t find you and there was no photography exhibit in sight, so I ended up taking the bus to Gangnam from there. Sorry again …

Comment by Eileen

the final destination for our lil art tour happened to be the said photography exhibit, which as it turned out was dismantled the prior evening. apologies indeed! i’ll have to read more closely next time when it comes to show dates, doh!

Comment by irene

It’s totally OK, and thanks for showing us the galleries that were open.

Comment by Eileen

I think that our next gathering can either be Saturday or Sunday, July 14 or 15 (or it can even be on Tuesday, July 17, which is a Korean holiday…)

Most of the vegetarian buffets are closed on Saturdays (except SM Ching hai in Yangiae and its “Vegelove cafe” branch in Hanti…)

One place that’s open on Saturday’s but closed on Sundays is the little SoSim vegetarian restaurant near the Anguk station in Insadong (if wanted to check out more galleries afterward again…)

Or it might be best to save that for when Amy returns. Actually, maybe we should find out where she wants to go the last weekend of July when she’s back in Korea (and I’m gone…)

If we do it again on a Sunday we can choose either “Fresh Start” (Seollung) or “Country Life” – both very good deals for the money …

For either day, there’s “Ashoka” Indian restaurant (see prices in earlier post) or “Thai Orchid” in Itaewon, or “Shindongyang” Chinese restaurant in Yeouido or even the (less expensive) branch of Sanchon that I’ve never been able to locate. Please post whatever thoughts and preferences that you have either here or on the Dave’s ESL Cafe thread http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=91340&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Comment by ronteacher

The poster with the avatar name “The Bobster” on the Dave’s ESL Cafe denies that he has made any posts on this website. Apparently, the above “Bobster” is a jokester with nothing better to do…

Anyway, I’m going to schedule the next gathering for Sunday, July 15 (because I’m too busy Saturday shopping and stuff for my trip home…)

Although we should probably go to one of the good value buffet SDA places like Fresh Start or Country Life (both of which tend to be crowded for lunch on Sundays…) I’ve decided to use my “last hurrah” (before Amy returns to lead us to vegetarian nirvana)to schedule the next veggie club event at the Ashoka Indian restaurant…

So it’ll be on Sunday, 1pm, July 15 at the Ashoka in Itaewon (Itaewon station, line 6, exit 1)

It’s located in the Hamilton Hotel, 3rd floor. We can meet out front of the hotel – or in the lobby if it’s raining or too hot – a little before 1pm…

Comment by Ron

OK, I can be more flexible about both time and day as far as this weekend’s meeting at the Ashoka Indian restaurant. Post here (or email Amy or me) if you would prefer Saturday over Sunday or dinner time over lunch (but I think that their dinner buffet is a few thousand won more…)The thread on Dave’s ESL Cafe forum is here:
http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/posting.php

Comment by ronteacher

OK, it’s now official:

Seoul Veggie club meeting:

Sunday, July 15,

6pm

Ashoka Indian restaurant, Itaewon

Hamilton Hotel, 3rd floor

line 6, Itaewon Station, exit 1

28,000 won (all-you-can-eat buffet)

We can meet a few minutes before 6:00 in the lobby near the elevators …

Comment by Ron




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