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Airbnb Experiences: Homestyle Seoul Cooking 101

April 17, 2018

I’m sure many of you are aware of the ever popular travel accommodation platform called Airbnb, but did you know they now have something called Airbnb experiences? Instead of only hosting a place to stay, people can now offer up classes and experiences to the world, some of them extremely unique (like this wolf encounter for example OMG). It’s a great way to do something you’ve always wanted to do or never thought of, as well as getting to know other guests from all over the world.

I had my first Airbnb experience when i was in Seoul. Initially i was interested in doing a hike at Bukhansan National Park, but since that would take a considerable amount of time, i decided on a cooking class instead. Yang Chul’s class is at her studio near Apgujeong station in Gangnam. She also runs a restaurant nearby which we went to for drinks and friendly conversations.

The first dish we made was a modern take on a kimchi salad. I love Korean food but funny enough, i don’t eat kimchi so this recipe was a pleasant surprise and i’m definitely looking into recreating it. We also made tteokbokki, bulgogi, doenjang jigae and a cabbage pancake. I have made some Korean dishes prior to this but it was different coming from a Korean native as opposed to recipes you find online. Her plating and flatlay skills are also top-notch and she gives you a little tutorial on Korean table manners before you all have dinner together.

I would definitely recommend this class to anyone looking for a fun night out as well as another way to meet new people, or simply if you’re keen to try your hand in Korean cooking. Yang Chul is such a splendid host with a wonderful sense of humour, and you won’t believe her age (trust me, i was in disbelief)! You will also be accompanied by Momo (her cat) throughout the night, who is just chilling where and when he wants to.

To find out more about this experience, click here for more info or to make a booking.

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