Welcome to another edition of Mastication Monologues! I’m quickly writing this post since I have to get started on creating my summer camp for school, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be all business when it comes to the food. Yesternight, I met up with my friends, Carolyn and Ravi, in Seoul, and we stumbled upon Burger Hunter located at Wonchang Building, 25-1 Mugyo-dong, Jung-gu (중구 무교동 25-1 원창빌딩) in Seoul. Here is their website. I was quite hungry from lunch at school since the only filling things they had were tentacles, chicken that was mostly bones, and some fruit.
When we came in, it was decorated like an old-fashioned, 1950s American diner but with a lot of crazy road signs on the walls. As I was scanning the menu, I saw that they offered a wide variety of burgers, including a vegetarian mushroom burger, and accompanying sides. You can either get the burger alone or as a set which includes a soda or ade like strawberry-ade (lemonade+strawberry=you do the math) and fries. However, my starving wandering eyes landed on the PB & Jellousy Burger. I got it with a side of potato crisps. Then I had to wait for my strange concoction to be made, and I was overjoyed when my buzzer went off to pick up my food.
When I sat down with it, it was like seeing a new civilization. Sure, I know it’s a burger like I’ve seen before, but its garb and customs were completely foreign to me. I peered at its innards to find two strips of bacon, strawberry jelly, and a moderately sized glob of peanut butter.
I finally took the plunge by sinking my mighty incisors into it and found a strange flavor bonanza that was quite satifying. While the concept of it might make burger purists cringe, the actual combination is quite ingenious. When you move past the velvety bun, the savory and smoky elements of the burger and bacon, respectively, synergize with the sweet and salty of the jelly and bacon, respectively. Even if you will never have the chance to try Burger Hunter, I recommend trying PB and J on your burgers. Even though I thought I couldn’t take any more, I was still hungry since the burger was Korean sized, i.e. about 3/4ths the size of an American burger. So, I went for the Zeus burger which wasn’t too intimidating. True, it was piled high with a patty, a slice of cheese, guacamole, onions, and some potato straws, but it didn’t possess much girth. That was the main problem with the Zeus burger; it was too tall which led to the bun being eaten before all of the other ingredients which led to the equivalent of a landslide on my plate. Not the most attractive thing to eat for your first date, but it was tasty nevertheless. There was a downside to the burger which was the overpowering flavor of the guacamole and onions that drowned out most of the other flavors. It was a Royal Rumble where a few players had their own personal grab for glory. Overall, I left a very satisfied customer though.
So if you’re looking for a great Western burger with a bit of funk or a little junk in the trunk, make your way through the concrete jungle to find Burger Hunter.