On a recent trip to Seoul, Korea, we thought it would be fun to venture out of the thriving metropolis and get a short glimpse of the countryside and experience some of Korea’s culinary delicacies. Not knowing where to go, and with limited time, we got a lead from one of our colleagues in New York whose specialty is travel in Korea. They put us in touch with Seoul-based Ongo food, a food and cooking tour company. They teach hands-on classes in Korean cooking and guide tours highlighting some of the fascinating dining and cooking customs of Korea.
The Ongo food guides all speak perfect English and are extremely knowledgeable. They can take you deep into local markets or to the best restaurants, places you would never find on your own, revealing the cuisine, customs, and practices that make Korean food so unique.
We chose their Jeonju tour. Jeonju is just two hours south of Seoul and easily reachable via high-speed train. It’s the perfect short getaway from Seoul to gain a better perspective on the country. We wanted to spend two days in Jeonju, so Ongo food arranged for our accommodation in a traditional Korean house (hanok) that has been converted into a bed and breakfast, of sorts.