I made it to Seoul!
In my first weekend in Seoul we went for a Valentine’s lunch in Itaewon. Shaun is madly in love with Bunny Chow and won’t stop talking about it. Braai Republic only serves this famous Bunny Chows on Sundays serving only ten of them, so we had to hurry not to miss this deliciousness (according to Shaun). I have never heard of a Bunny Chow before, but I know that Braai Republic serves some amazing food, close to Dutch food so I didn’t mind to check out what Shaun has been talking about!
Braai Republic is a South African BBQ restaurant serving traditional South African food since 2011. Braai is the South African word for barbecue and the social event that brings together people from all backgrounds back home. Their mission is to deliver that experience to everyone that walks through the doors. The signature dishes are the various lamb chops they serve, as well as a big range of sausages (including boerewors) and freshly-baked meat pies.
In my previous stay in Seoul I have been to Braai Republic once and had a pie and sandwich with one of their famous sausages. Also we ordered a small portion of biltong to snack on.
This time we had one mission only; the bunny chow.
Luckily when we arrived they still serve bunny chows and had a table for us. We also ordered a big plate of wedges since I love potatoes more than anything else.
For non-South Africans, a bunny chow is basically a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. In this case it was lamb curry topped with sour cream and coleslaw as side dish. I took my first bite and I couldn’t believe the taste blend well together. The lamb was cooked perfectly, soft and easy to chew on. Their wasn’t a strong lamb flavour which I liked a lot. The juice of the curry was soaked in the bread, making the bread softer and tasteful, not to mention how good the coleslaw is! I’m not a big fan of coleslaw but this one was so good, I could eat a whole bowl of coleslaw only.
The portion was huge, even though they say it’s for one person. We shared the bunny chow and we left a small piece of bread as we were too full to continue eating. They had deserts too but we didn’t save enough space in our stomach to be able to eat more. Next time hopefully!
This would be my new go-to restaurant if it was healthier for my body. South African food is known for meat and bad for my diet haha. But maybe a Braai Republic-cheat day once a month won’t hurt…
How to get there: Itaewon station, exit 4.
Turn left before you get to McDonalds and keep walking straight again. Past the intersection and on your left you will find Braai Republic.
Make sure to book in advance via their website or give them a call to avoid disappointment.