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Cheap Eats in Dublin – Brother’s Dosirak

Brother’s Dosirak is an inexpensive Korean fusion hole-in-the-wall restaurant. It’s inside of a Chinese supermarket. Food cost ranges from about 6 euros to 15 euros. There are actual Korean men making the food right in front of customers. Fair warning, there’s no restroom here and the nearest place to use the restroom for free is McDonalds or the mall in the neighboring shopping area.

I ordered Dakganjong chicken wings and Korean BBQ beef. The wings were fantastic, perfect flavor and crispness. The taste reminded me of the quality I’m used to eating in Koreatown, Los Angeles. The Korean BBQ beef tasted bland, chewy, and nothing like Korean bbq — I don’t recommend it. My friend ordered bibimbap and loved it. I highly recommend getting wings, especially the ‘special spicy’ or Dakganjong, maybe with a side dish. They have complimentary self-service water for customers and a 10% discount for students with ID. ❤

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KFC in Dublin & Cheap Eats

For a few months, I pondered the idea of starting a fast food review series. I wanted to compare fast food from different countries to the United States. I used to go to McDonald’s often when I first got to Dublin. I noticed major differences. Here McDonald’s food tastes less salty, sugary, and fatty than American eateries. It’s a good thing health-wise but its just less fun and bland in reality. (Though in general, I dislike McDonald’s, Wendy’s all day every day <3)

This fast food review idea seemed smart, but NO! 🙅🏽‍♀️ I got a huge pimple on my forehead after trying KFC last week, so no more fast food for me lol. Still, I think it’d be cool to try out inexpensive food spots in Dublin and share my thoughts. I have one place in mind for my next meal out, Brothers Dosirak — a Korean food restaurant that’s incredibly cheap.

I think KFC tastes like Taco Bell in Dublin, but maybe I only have this opinion because I ordered a chicken burrito. Surprisingly, the burrito had a whole chicken breast in it; I struggled to finish it. It also had rice, salsa (a sad one), and beans folded into its soft flour tortilla shell. The flavor was sweet and a bit tangy. The fries tasted good, nicely cooked and simple. In truth, they were a little bit of a let down comparatively. KFC fries in the U.S. are flavorful, orange-tinted, black pepper coated wedges of perfection.

Still, KFC beats McDonald’s in terms of flavor in my book. Above all, I’d rather have a healthy hearty meal than fast food. ❤

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What I Make to Eat At Home

Around three people have asked me what I cook for myself at home so I thought I’d blog about it lol.

I like making mostly vegetarian meals. Fair warning, I’m not the best cook, and I’m averse to cooking and handling raw meat in my shared apartment. However, I’m a proud foodie and I try my best to make things I find tasty. Also, I genuinely enjoy the taste of vegetables that are seasoned properly (except brussel sprouts).

Three dinners from this week are pictured above. I sautéed “Irish Greens” with loads of garlic (I love garlic), sesame oil, butter, Nando’s Peri-Peri seasoning medium, and added that to white rice, and additionally put two spoonfuls of hummus on my plate.

Another day I had microwavable chicken rice with ketchup, an avocado with salt, carrots, and strawberries with a little honey. I was craving both salty and sweet food that day.

A few moons ago, I heated up pre-made rice, lentil, and chickpea stuffed red bell peppers in the oven, and made a salad on the side with two fried eggs, cherry tomatoes, greens, and sesame dressing. That evening I really wanted to eat enough protein because the days before I had little of it.

My main staples I eat include: avocados, chickpeas (both whole and hummus), sometimes canned tuna salads and tuna quesadillas, rice, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

I like making salads at home, eating rice dishes with store-bought kimchi, and heating up veggie soups. For breakfast, I typically have yogurt with fruit, or porridge with fruit. Once in a while I’ll have a bagel with cream cheese instead or a larger breakfast with Irish pancakes and eggs. I drink instant black coffee with sugar every morning. ❤

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Howth Day Trip & Fish and Chips Review

This morning I visited Howth for the first time with new friends. I recommend taking a trip there from Dublin because it’s a fast journey via DART (train) and supremely scenic. The water is a gorgeous blend of turquoise and dark blue. Together, we walked the Cliff Path Loop and then went to The Bloody Stream restaurant.

The Bloody Stream is very Irish — it has a fireplace, pub, and looks dark and cozy. Plus, it’s conveniently right next to the DART station. I ordered fish and chips to review.

The presentation looked as appetizing as it was convenient with the paper bag sheet to soak up the fish’s excess oil. I rate it 5/5. The fish itself was large and fresh, but the batter did not stick to the meat and tasted a bit too oily. I give the fish a 3 out of 5. The fries (chips) were perfect, crispy yet potatoey. I rate them 5 out of 5. Overall score: I added points given that they included iconic mushy peas to the meal, I rate this 14.50 euro meal 4.6 out of 5. I wish the fish had a bit more flavor and less oil. Still, I recommend this restaurant for a visit. It’s the type of place most envision when they think of an “Irish pub” — very classic. ❤

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Fish and Chips Review Series: Part Two

Since my last post, I’ve eaten fish and chips at two very different places. Once at Dicey’s located in The Russell Court Hotel and the other time at the Fish Shack in Dun Laoghaire.

Dicey’s is what the name implies ––– a dicey place, a “nightclub,” famed for cheap drinks. The fish and chips there were a tad oily, as expected for “bar food,” but the fish tasted reasonably fresh. They provided lemon, ketchup, and tartar sauce. I enjoyed the perfectly salted flavour of the thick-cut fries and I give them a 5/5 score, the fish freshness and batter 2.5/5, overall flavour 3/5, and presentation 3.5/5. IMG_5010

Oh how I love Dun Laoghaire! It’s a very beautiful costal town known for fresh seafood.  Fish Shack had a long line and half an hour wait time, and I understand why. At this location, the fish and chips costs 14.50 euros. The proportion is small, but still enough to satisfy. The fish was so fresh that it still had the skin on. The flavour of the catch was not overly fishy either. I ate the entire thing, presentation decorations included lol. I rate everything 5/5, and I cannot really find any faults in my meal. I appreciated the inclusion of chili peppers in the fish batter. The flavour of the fish was simple and not spicy, but still had a bit of kick. Neither the fries or the fish was oily. I highly recommend! ❤

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Fish and Chips Review Series: Part One

This fish and chips series will include reviews of fish and chips restaurants at various price points and locations.

I love fish and chips when its done well, and Leo Burdocks at 4 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin do just that. True, Temple Bar is a tourist area, but the building is so picture-ready! That location’s restaurant is well maintained and fairly priced. I bought a full cod fish and chips with a water and it only ran up to around 11 euros. Its a very large piece of fish and they jam pack the container with fresh hot chips as well. When I went there with a friend on a Sunday afternoon it was mostly empty and quiet during the beginning of our meal. I give the exterior of this restaurant and interior cleanliness 5/5, and customer service 5/5.

As for the food, I loved that the fish was not oily, yet still had a flaky batter. I give the fish and chip quality 4.5/5 and flavour 3.5/5. The dish is very simply flavoured, but despite its simplicity, just like a nicely done lightly seasoned Udon soup, the overall eating experience was deliciously satisfying. It’s best to eat it hot and immediately in house, there’s plenty of seating at this location as well. I recommend Leo Burdocks and I’m happy to kick off this series with this restaurant chain.

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