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Yankee’s Burger in Apgujeong is serving up American style burgers in Seoul


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Korea does Korean food well. That’s a given. However, when it comes to Western food, they often miss the mark. While I spend most of my days enjoying various traditional Korean foods, I occasionally need a little taste of home.

Living in Seoul, it seems like I don’t need to go far to find a fast food restaurant. Burger King, McDonald’s, KFC, Subway and Pizza Hut can all be easily found here (though I’d most definitely welcome a Wendy’s). Korea’s own burger restaurant, Lotteria, can be hit or miss. My first impression of the restaurant, years ago, was that it was bordering on being inedible. However, they have continually been upgrading their menu, and I find myself enjoying it much more.

But sometimes I crave a nice juicy, hand-pressed burger. I have been disappointed so many times by places that slather on way too much sauce, use odd condiments, or cook the burger until it resembles a dry hockey puck.

yankees burger

Today, we are checking out ‘Yankee’s Burger’ (양키스 버거). The restaurant has various locations throughout Seoul. For this video, we visited the Apgujeong Rodeo Street location.

First impressions

The restaurant is quite small, with limited seating. There is a nice large window with stools, which is perfect for getting a little sunshine on a nice summer’s day. The interior is very hipsterish, and the staff is young. Rap music plays in the background, which seems to fit the vibe of the restaurant well.

I observed a couple utilize valet parking before entering the restaurant. However, since I took public transportation, I don’t know much about this. But it might be an option for anyone looking to drive there.

The Menu

Yankee's Burger menu

The menu is pretty simple. It has burgers, pizza, drinks, and a few other appetizers. The beer menu looked nice with domestic beer on tap, and various foreign beers being sold in bottles. I absolutely had to have a Sam Adam’s to start my meal.

In all, we tested three different hamburgers, the chili cheese fries, a Meatholic pizza, and two beers.

See my full review and find out more about the menu by watching this video!:

The Food

We started our meal with three different burgers. Each burger had a unique flavor profile. Each burger came on a toasted bun served with various toppings, and side of jalapeno peppers.

The Rodeo Burger came topped with fresh vegetables, as well as mac and cheese. This was the ultimate comfort food. The mac and cheese combined with the hamburger was a true treat. This is hangover food at its finest.

Rodeo Burger at Yankee's Burger
The Rodeo Burger comes topped with mac and cheese!

The Mullae burger came topped with mushrooms, truffle oil, and a slice of salami. While the Rodeo Burger might appeal the my inner child, the Mullae Burger appeals to my desire to be fancy.

Try the chili cheese fries, for sure!

The chili cheese burger comes topped with…well, chili and cheese! While this burger was nice, I would recommend just getting the chili cheese french fries, and pairing it with one of the other burgers.

Finally, we ordered up one of their 13 inch pizzas. We went with the Meatholic which came topped with pulled pork, taco meat, and arugula. Getting a pizza at a burger place might lead you to think it would be subpar, but I was pleasantly surprised. Dipping it in the tomato sauce adds a whole other level of flavor. As someone who loves dipping sauces, I was a happy camper with this sauce. I would be sure to order up an extra portion so I could slather on that sauce nice and thick.

The Verdict

After trying the Rodeo Burger, the Mullae Burger, and the chilli cheese burger, I was stuffed! All of the burgers were hot, juicy, and served on a delicious bun.

Yankee's Burger in Apgujeong, Seoul, South Korea
L to R: Mullae Burger, Rodeo Burger, Chili Cheese Bacon burger

If I were to come back and had to choose just one burger to eat, I would probably go with the Mullae burger. The saltiness of the thin slice of salami, mixed with the cool mayonnaise and truffle oil set this burger apart. Combine it with a side of chili cheese fries and an ice cold beer, and you have a great meal that won’t break the bank.

The Mullae Burger is topped with fresh veggies, mushrooms, truffle oil, and salami.

I would definitely also come back for the pizza! While this place is known as a burger joint, I would argue that they might even do pizza better than their own signature dish! The dipping sauce was the perfect topping.

Meatholic pizza at Yankee's Burger in Seoul

In Conclusion

Yankee’s Burger is a small restaurant, but they are serving big flavors. Is it the best hamburger in Korea? You’ll have to be the judge of that. I would certainly put it toward the top of the list. Be sure to check them out the next time you’re in the Apgujeong area!

Address: 662-14 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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10 YouTubers in Korea to watch in 2020


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If watching YouTube videos was a job, I’d make a decent salary. I spend way too much time watching everything from music videos to travel vlogs to whatever Shane Dawson happens to upload.

When it comes to YouTubers in Korea, there are plenty of channels in various sizes and styles. While you most likely know the ones who have been around awhile, you might find yourself wanting to binge watch some new content.

Today I’ll bring you 10 YouTubers in Korea to watch in 2020, and beyond! Whether you’re looking for information on moving to Korea as an English teacher, or you just want to be entertained, these are just a few (of the many) channels that I personally enjoy watching!

For this list, I’m choosing to only include channels with under 100K subscribers at the time of this writing, as well as channels in English. In no particular order:

1. 외국인코리아Den and Mandu

Who they are: Amanda (Mandu) is from Canada, while Den is Korean. Together, they create videos on a range of topics related to Korea, including food, travel, and language.

Why you should watch: These videos include some professional looking camera work. They tackle various issues that aren’t normally covered by foreign YouTubers. ‘Den and Mandu’ upload regularly and consistently, and you’ll always find something that interests you in their content.

2. TravelandTash Tasha

Who she is: Tasha wears many hats, including that of model, YouTuber, writer, and teacher. Her YouTube channel features various videos of her life in Korea, as well as her travel adventures.

Why you should watch: As a huge fan of travel vlogs, I’m always looking for places that aren’t documented a million times by other YouTubers. Tasha’s Malaysian travel series is some of her best work yet. I especially enjoy watching her discover new foods, as well as interacting with other travelers in her journeys.

3. Korean Ollie

Who he is: Ollie Gilbert is a British man living in Daegu, South Korea. He uploads videos focusing on his life as an expat teacher in the EPIK program. He is also a dog lover, Disney fanatic, and a vegetarian.

Why you should watch: If you are interested in coming to Korea as a teacher through the EPIK program, you’ll definitely want to check out Ollie’s channel. He has the most extensive library of content relating to the EPIK program, as well as other content for new teachers coming to Korea. He also takes requests, which is great if you have a specific question about moving abroad.

4. Eating What is Given

Who he is: Austin comes from Indiana and lives in Daejeon, South Korea. His YouTube channel primarily focuses on unique and interesting Korean foods. He often stands out as his videos are well-researched, and feature foods that even some of the locals don’t dare try.

Why you should watch: Austin is a true storyteller through his videos. The pace of the videos are relaxing, yet engaging. He features foods that I would hesitate to eat. However, he seems to really appreciate food, and the story and culture that comes with it. While his videos often run longer than most on this list, they are truly entertaining.

5. Alex Sigrist

Who he is: Alex comes from the great state of Ohio. After moving to Korea, he was able to learn the language, and found success on his Korean-language channel 미국친구 Michin Alex . He’s recently started an English-language channel and often features prominent YouTubers in Korea.

Why you should watch: No fancy edits, crazy jump cuts, or drone shots are needed for this channel. Alex is often times a one-man show, tackling various questions and giving his thoughts and opinions on various topics. For those of you looking for something a little more intellectual than random K-Pop reaction videos or Seoul apartment tours, Alex is the channel to check out.

6. Steve Does Jobs

Who they are: Steve Does Jobs is the newest channel on this list. While they only have roughly a dozen videos up at the time of this writing, they are surely destined to find success on the platform in 2020. The channel is the partnership of two people: Stephen Wagner and Wesley Chang .

Why you should watch: The channel has a fun concept (Stephen takes on fun jobs found in Korea), the host is fun and engaging, and the camera work and editing are pretty legit. Overall, the channel has something for everyone. If they continue to constantly upload with the same quality, I wouldn’t be surprised if they hit 100K subscribers in the near future.

7. How to Korea

Who she is: Victoria is an expat currently living in Seoul. Her channel features travel vlogs, as well was important information for those coming to South Korea.

Why you should watch: Victoria’s editing and voice are relaxing. Combined with informative insights and commentary, viewers really get to experience what it is like living in Korea. Furthermore, the videos are visually appealing with great camera shots and nice color corrections. I also enjoyed her Japan travel vlogs! Be sure to check those out.

8. Our Korean Journey

Who they are: ‘Our Korean Journey’ is a family channel based in South Korea. They are Min and Tasha, a British/Korean couple, with two young children. They often show their adventures of traveling throughout Korea.

Why you should watch: If you’re looking for wholesome, family-friendly content, be sure to check them out! They always seem to be up to something fun, and the kids are often pretty funny!

9. Skycedi

Who he is: Cedric (Sky Cedi) is an American who moved to South Korea to teach English. He is a Korean/African-American man, and often discusses the social issues in regards to race, and the experience of growing up as half-Korea.

Why you should watch: Cedric’s videos are well-shot and produced. But beyond that, he is tackling issues that are rarely discussed. His most popular video, Growing Up Black & Korean | My Blasian Family Story, has been watched over one million times, and is an interesting insight into his life. He also has an on-screen charisma that keeps viewers engaged throughout the entirety of the video.

10. Tastes Seoul Good

Who he is: What? You didn’t think I wouldn’t take the chance to plug my own content, did you? Well, I’m an American, living and eating my way through South Korea, as well as the other occasional trip through Asia.

Why you should watch: Because you’re on my blog, that’s why! But other than that, if you like watching videos of different foods, be sure to subscribe! While the majority of my videos are focused on Korea, you’ll also find content relating to Bali, as well as the Philippines. I hope to someday evolve the channel into discovering food and cultures around the world!

Well, there you have it. 10 YouTubers in Korea to watch in 2020, and beyond! There are so many that I could have listed, but forced myself to narrow it down to just 10.

Who did I miss? Who should I include in the next version of this post? Tell me in the comments below!

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San nakji: the weird and dangerous food of South Korea


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When you think of Korean food, you probably think of delicious BBQ, fresh seafood, or even spicy fried chicken. After living in Korea for a decade, I still find myself finding new and unique foods that I have yet to try. Take a trip to a new region of Korea, and you’ll open up a new world of culinary delights.

While I am the #1 fan of samgaepsal (Korean grilled pork belly), and could live off of fried chicken, I am also open to trying new and unusual foods. Let’s take a look at one of the weirdest, wildest, and most dangerous foods of South Korea.

San Nakji (산낙지)

San nakji is a very unique experience. Most people who travel to South Korea add this dish to their bucket list of food items to eat while on the peninsula. This is one dish that is definitely not for vegans or fans of PETA.

San nakji is literally ‘live octopus‘. The dish (if we can call it that) can be served two different ways. One is to take a small species of octopus out of a tank, chop it up into tiny pieces, and serve it with sesame oil and other optional garnishes. When the dish is served, diners will find the remnants of the octopus still wriggling around the plate. Diners should chew quick and vigorously .

One way of eating sannakji is by wrapping a live octopus around a stick, dipping it in sesame oil, and eating it in one bite.

The other way to eat san nakji is to take the octopus straight from it’s watery home, wrap it around a wooden chopstick, dip it in sesame oil – and eat it in one bite. This is an extreme way to eat a living animal, and is only for the brave. Diners must chew with extreme care, as deaths have occurred when the octopus isn’t chewed enough, and it sticks to the throat of the diner, effectively killing them.

This is one Korean food you’ll want to eat at your own risk! Check out this video to see just how a live octopus is eaten whole!

San nakji can be found in many restaurants around the country. Prices vary, but expect the damage to be roughly 10,000 – 25,000 Korean Won. Going to one of the many seafood markets (such as Noryangjin Fish Market) will ensure you’re able to get the freshest octopus possible.

Noryangjin Fish Market, as seen from above

Sannakji goes well with an ice cold beer (or a bottle of soju). If you’re visiting South Korea, you should definitely check it out (unless you are concerned with the welfare of octopuses – in which case you might want to skip this particular food!)

Would you eat a live octopus? Tell me in the comment section!