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Emma’s Food Diary #4: Louis Lunch 🍔

Hello there… long time, no see! Or long time, no write! Again I found myself being a lazy mare, neglecting my writing, my creativity, ultimately leaving my space bare of any new post in over six months. I apologise profusely; sometimes life runs away from us and we are left staggering to catch up.

Nevertheless, I am in first place again, back to my best and pumping with the drive and desire to write about and post my many thoughts and musings about the various activities and adventures I have had the opportunity to experience this past half a year.

To kick things off… how about a post about burgers?! Seems fitting, doesn’t it? This self-proclaimed burger queen has devoured a large number of golden oldies and delectable newbies these past six months, and as always, I am desperate to share my thoughts and also provide potential recommendations to any readers who may, one day, find themselves perusing the streets of Busan with an insatiable desire for a naughty burger.

Who am I kidding?! I already have one whole post dedicated to the finest burgs in the MCR with snippets here and there of those I’ve already tried in Korea BUT I just bloody enjoy writing about burgers because burgers are #fewd.

So here goessssss:

ENTER LOUIS LUNCH

Stowed away on the back road parallel to Gwangalli beach is Louis Lunch; it is a noticeable building, painted a vivid red with large windows and a sign that reads ‘BURGER BEER DRINKS FRIES’ (really, what more do you need to know?) standing outside. The interior is subtler, employing the use of a pastel colour palette to make visitors feel comfortable which is then complemented by hard word tables and leather and fabric armchairs. It also displays elegant touches here and there, either in the shape of light fittings or a white and gold sink, to give more of a classier feel to the restaurant.

The menu is extensive for a burgers only joint, listing eight different choices including the classic cheeseburger, as well as more unique sandwiches that play host to a hash brown or avocados, all of which are made from 100% Korean beef (aside from the chicken burger ofc…). Prices range between 8,000 won to 11,000 won for just the burger. An extra 3,000 won will get you another patty and a further 4,000 won gets you a set (burger, fries and a drink).

I’ve tried a few of the burgers here, none of which has disappointed. My go to is the special cheeseburger (a sandwich that has earned itself a gold star on the menu) which is made from a beef patty with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, onions and jalapenos. I get the double patty (double patty for a double fatty) and the set because YOLO. And it is a real treat! The patties are marvelously seasoned with pepper, combined with the spiciness of the jalapenos, the freshness of the salad (although I always pick out tomatoes because they make all foods encased in bread too wet… #fightme) and the tangy burger sauce and you’re on to a taste sensation. Also new depth is added knowing that a different cheese is used on the two patties if you go for the double; one laden with American whilst the other is molten with mozzie!

When ordering the set, you can expect your burger to come with a side of crispy, golden fries in a paper covered basket. Ever the perfect partner to my favourite dish, the chips at Louis Lunch add an extra oomph as they are thick cut, curling around in to an S shape and crunching in between my teeth. I love to slather them in either ketchup or the tangy burger sauce to up the ante and add even more flavour!

As well as the special cheeseburger, I have chowed down on a shrimp burger. Pretty much the same ingredients except you get four grilled shrimps above the cheesy patty which add a nice new texture to an otherwise crunch-free burger.

Last but not least, I have also had half a chicken burger. This one tastes *surprisingly* healthy as far as burgers go. It isn’t your typical stack of fried meat that you expect with a chicken burger. Instead, it is a succulent grilled chicken breast, piled high with fresh salad and a hint of the classic burger sauce. Ultimately a nice welcome alternative to a beefy, and therefore greasy, burger.

Friends of mine have branched out to try the special options; the hash brown one and the avocado burger. Their silence whilst eating spoke enough to me and their sighs of pleasure after polishing off their buns whilst brandishing a double thumbs up made me feel more than secure enough to know my incessant gabbing about “the amazing burger place just near the beach” had paid off and my recommendation had been a hit!

If you ever find yourself in dire need of a cheeky burger in Busan, please take up my recommendation. Head over to Louis Lunch by Gwangalli beach and enjoy one of their many amazing burgers!

You can find the restaurant on Insta: @louis_lunch1

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Emma’s Food Diary #1: 🍔👑

Number one fact about me: I am a foodie. I know, I know, the term ‘foodie’ seems to be thrown around a lot these days but honestly I love food. It gives me life, it shows me happiness, it fulfils my existence in a way I never dreamt possible.

Okay… slightly over the top. But the premise is true. I love food.

And there is nothing I love more than a good, old burger, stacked up high with a side of lovely, golden, crispy chips. On a recent ten day trip back to the UK, I made it my mission to grab as many of my old time faves as possible. Needless to say but I succeeded, and then some… this burger queen devoured SEVEN BURGERS in TEN DAYS! Now I doubt I’ve broken a world record but I am super impressed with my statistic there.

Time for a breakdown of the old classics and a couple of newbies for good measure:

CLASSICS:

FIVE GUYS:

Absolutely destroyed two of these bad boys during my stay as a cheeky five guys is without a doubt my favourite ever burger. I always order the bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, gherkins, barbecue sauce and mayo. It is the most glorious combination! The savoury flavour of the patties and bacon combined with the sweet grilled onion and barbecue sauce. Wooooo! I love it 😍

The five guys style chips are an obvious winner too; their salty goodness indulge me so much that I’ve never needed to look the other way and venture to try the Cajun style. Perhaps one day in the future I may divert but for now I’m perfectly happy to cherish salty potato heaven.

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With my one true love!

ALMOST FAMOUS:

Also smashed two beasty burgers from here during my home adventure…

First up: the Awesome HQ at the NQ branch. Let me give you all the deets… double cheeseburger, buttermilk fried chicken, halloumi cheese, coleslaw, peri peri bbq sauce and bacon bacon mayo. Phewwww! Rather a mish mash of ingredients there.

I enjoyed the different challenge the Awesome HQ presented, but as the name implies, two burgers have been combined to make one, meeting together at a plated headquarters, sandwiched between two sides of a bun. I think I would have preferred them separate and perhaps as they should be; a cheeky double cheeseburger with bacon bacon mayo and a fried chicken sandwich with the halloumi, slaw and peri peri bbq sauce.

Next up: the Guy Ritchie at the Great Northern branch. ZERO COMPLAINTS HERE!

The deets again… double cheeseburgecheddar, wonder buttered peppered steak, shoestring onions, pickles, smoky bacon ketchup and chipotle mayo. Gahhhhhh what a combo! Fair few similarities to my regular five guys order so was undoubtedly going to loooove it but that damn peppered steak… ooooft. Took the burger to a whole new level! Took me to a whole new dimension! Loved it!! Will definitely be my Almost Famous go to from now on.

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Almost Famous’s Guy Ritchie!

THYME OUT:

I was introduced to this lovely little place by my mother. She’s a regular and absolutely loves their food and so I joined her on the odd occasion the year before I left for Korea and loved the food too. So a visit there only seemed necessary…

Their menu has changed somewhat since I left. There used to be a burg I’d always go for called the Big Manc, a play on the Maccies Big Mac, but yet so much better! The dearly departed had been replaced with Return of the Manc; another punny name inspired by the absolute 90’s banger by Mark Morrison.

The burger is fairly standard; two cheesy patties, nice thick strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and ketchup in a sweet and shiny brioche bun. Not uniquely show stopping but certainly a damn good burger that checks all the boxes you want checking when needing meaty carby goodness.

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Thyme Out’s Return of the Manc!

NEWBIES:

THE IVY:

A new experience here, no prior knowledge nor expectations but sadly my burger (with a totes original name – ‘The Ivy hamburger’) came with a side of disappointment for it arrived ‘deconstructed’. I’ll never understand this phenomenon… just give me my food completed, constructed, ready to be eaten. The meat and cheese were in the bun but the lettuce, tomato and gherkins were off to the side stabbed together with a large toothpick and in my tired, confused state I didn’t realise it was up to the eater to add the salad they desired so I just ate those before tucking in to the patties.

Sore mistake as the burger was slightly too dry without the salad no matter how much mayo and ketchup I slathered over the bun.

Still the evening wasn’t a complete disappointment… I had some cracking zucchini fries as an entrée along with some super smooth pâté on toast as a starter.

Not to mention being reunited with my family in the flesh for the first time in almost eleven months. That was also rather nice 😜

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The Ivy hamburger!

PECK & YARD:

Last but not least… a finger lickin’ experience in Chorlton. Normally not the one to just go for a chicken burger; I always prefer either a bargain bucket or popcorn chicken on the rare occasion I hit a KFC but this burger spoke to me for a very specific reason.

The burger had all of the expected parts essential to a cracker of a chicken burger however it excelled all others due to it’s Korean elements; a cheeky ‘kimslaw’ (a kimchi coleslaw hybrid) and a ‘hot K-pop mayo’ (literally just mayo mixed with what I assume to be red pepper flakes or 고추가루 to Koreans).

There is no denying Korean fried chicken is currently a worldly favourite; the abundance of crunchiness yet lack of greasiness means you’re on to something special and it has never failed to disappoint me yet. So when I stumbled upon Peck & Yard’s Pow-Pow Stack, with its Korean influences, I had to give it a whirl.

It didn’t disappoint; the chicken was tender on the in, crispy on the out and the slaw and mayo gave the sandwich a lil punch and kick to elevate it on the spice scale.

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Peck & Yard’s Pow-Pow Stack!

AND THERE WE HAVE IT…

Wooooo!! Relieving the memory of those seven beasty boys in eleven days is enough to give me thrills with a side of meat sweats! A lot of people have questioned if that has been enough to finally put me off a cheeky burg and the answer, thankfully, is no. I don’t think anything could ever put me off… I’ve been back in Busan not fourteen days and I’ve already tried and tasted two different, local burger spots! #burgerqueenforlife 🍔👑

Leave a comment if you know of any other meaty treats I MUST try whenever I am next back in Manchester or the UK! Indeed, leave a comment if you know of any beauties in Busan or Korea!! Or just leave a comment if you think I’m bonkers and hopelessly in love with burgers 😅

 

 

 

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