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Ramyun by the Sea & Cafe Lumiere (Sacheon Beach, Gangneung)

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

The question of whether the chicken or the egg came first has always been less pressing to me than the mystery of how one conceived of the idea to eat something excreted from a chicken's cloaca. And what determined soul first decided to make food of a crabby, multi-legged creature with claws from the sea?


Thanks are owed to our epicurious ancestors without whom I wouldn't have an egg done sunny side up and a whole, blue crab making my bowl of ramyun more interesting than a package of Neoguri. Mussels, scallops, oysters, and conch also contribute to giving the spicy broth a maeuntang-like flavor. Ground beef and scallions are added to garnish this seafood party, which is offered for 10,000 won (just under $10) at a restaurant by the waters of Sacheon Beach.


Badatga Ramyun (바닷가라면)

Address: 68-14, Jillihaebyeon-gil, Sacheon-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 사천면 진리해변길 68-14)

Hours: 10:00AM~8:00PM daily

"일상이 풍경이 되는...Cafe Lumiere" (카페 뤼미에르)


After dinner, I found a two-story cafe by the beach with a balcony from which I could enjoy a cup of coffee. But instead of coffee, I chose the plum sherbet, one of the many delightfully-crafted beverages on the menu. A frosty digestif in hand, I watched the shades of night envelop the sedative blues of the evening sky and send the sparsely-populated beach town to sleep.


Cafe Lumiere / 카페 뤼미에르 Address: 93, Jillihaebyeon-gil, Sacheon-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 사천면 진리해변길 93) Hours: Monday, Wed~Sat 10:00AM~9:30PM; Sunday 10:00AM~8:00PM; closed Tuesdays


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"If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel - as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go."

Anthony Bourdain's unmatched relish for adventure and humble approach to food, cultures, and humanity left an indelible impression on my younger self. Imparting on me the courage to veer into the unknown, he inspired me to embrace my vulnerabilities and seek adventures and growth beyond the comforts of home.

 

In July of 2017, I boarded a one-way flight to Seoul, South Korea. Within the first week of arrival, I signed a lease for an apartment and by the end of August, I had accepted a job offer that relocated me to Pyeongchang and Gangneung, where the Winter Olympics were soon to be held. From there, I had the rare opportunity to explore much of the greater Gangwon Province's beautiful mountainous and coastal regions and their distinctive foods. Once or twice a month, I'd return to Seoul or travel to an unfamiliar region to poke around alleyways, markets, and mountains in search of more good eats and adventures.

 

By Way of Korea is a storytelling project inspired by the food, places, and faces I encountered throughout Korea. By sharing my fondest memories, notes, and images of Korea, I simply hope to play a small part in piquing greater curiosity about Korean food and culture in my readers.  My content will heavily spotlight, but not be limited to Korean food and culture. 

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