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Chef Jia Choi’s Trip to the Netherlands

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm       No Comments

Last November, my friend Jia Choi was invited to be a featured teacher for Norwegian chefs. She was invited by Koppert Cress, fresh retail, Rungis, Nice to Meat, the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to teach a series of classes to Norwegian chefs and food professionals.

During her stay she was able to give a number demonstrations on the secrets of Korean cuisine while also getting to meet some of the top chefs of the country. Here are some photos and videos of what she did there.

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O’ngo Food Tours Will Now be Accepting Bitcoins

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm       No Comments

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I am proud to announce that O’ngo Food Communications, a leading tour company in South Korea will now be accepting bitcoins for their tours and programs in South Korea. We feel that this new and exciting currency is the future and we would like to offer this alternative payment option for forward thinking people that have been able to procure these coins. Now you can use them to explore the new world. We have a number of great programs including day tours and multi-day tours. All of our experiences focus on exploring Korean culture in a new and exciting way. Our programs have been favorably reviewed on sites such as Tripadvisor and Viator.

Since our company has started we have attracted a large number of very astute, technology focused guests. They had turned me on to bitcoins and I have gotten a few of them on my own. After some time to explain to others what it is, I was able to convince them that this is an exciting new time for technology and banking.

We will now be accepting bitcoins as a payment for the tours. However, due to currently fluctuations and tax concerns, you must email us directly for an invoice to pay in bitcoins.

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President Jia Choi

O’ngo Food Featured in the Korea Herald Newspaper

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm       No Comments

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SEOUL GOURMET FOOD TOUR

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 4:46 pm       No Comments

20130709-084126.jpgSEOUL GOURMET FOOD TOUR

This tour takes you on an epicurean adventure around Seoul via luxury private transport. This is a full day tour that will take you to all the best that Seoul has to offer in terms of shopping, the arts, drinks, and, of course cuisine. Lunch will be at a fine dining restaurant, that was picked as the top restaurant in Seoul. At the restaurant you’ll get a tour of the facilities and kitchen before we dine on a special VIP menu. Then we’ll visit the stylish Songbukdong area to visit the beautiful Furniture Museum. We’ll then visit a famous tea house that was once the home of a famous literary artist. We’ll then visit the hip Gangnam district where we can visit the shops of top Korean clothing designers, visit a luxury condo, or get a transcendent spa treatment (extra cost). Dinner will be at a high-end restaurant of your choice: a contemporary Korean restaurant which received 2 Michelin stars in New York, a Royal Court Cuisine Restaurant in a 300 year old house, Korea’s top French Restaurant which overlooks Seoul or a top-grade beef barbecue dinner. This tour is totally customisable so let us know your requests and we’ll work hard to make them happen.

PRIVATE SEOUL CITY FOOD AND CULTURE TOUR (DAY OR NIGHT TIMES AVAILABLE)

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm       No Comments

585176237310PRIVATE SEOUL CITY FOOD AND CULTURE TOUR (DAY OR NIGHT TIMES AVAILABLE)

Our private tours show you all the great sights of Seoul while snacking on a great array of street foods and a great lunch (or dinner). We’ll visit local markets, see hip neighbourhoods, visit traditional neighbourhoods, temples, palaces, galleries, famous architecture and with a delicious lunch. This tour is customisable so let us know what you are interested in and we’ll customise it for you.

  • Our city tours start from your hotel and we’ll visit several different areas of Seoul. A typical tour will start with a visit to a traditional market, a famous Korean temple, a Korean traditional house village, art galleries and a visit to young art district.
  • The regular tour travels by foot, taxi, bus or subway. You can upgrade to a private car or van for $200 USD extra.
  • Our tours are customisable so you can make requests and we can adjust the tour on the fly.
  • Times are very flexible. Tours have been done as early as 5am to as late as 10pm.
  • Tours last 6 hours and includes all transport, admissions, lunch and snacks on the way (we like to try street foods). Coffee or Tea is not included. For people more than 3 there is a charge of $150 USD per person to cover lunch, transport and admissions.
  • Extra charges may be added depending on customer requests and for over-time charges  ($25 USD an hour extra for over 8 hours).
  • Private car service is available as well as airport pickup and drop-off for an extra cost.
  • Here is what people are saying about our private city tours: “Fabulous time w/ O’ngo Food Tours”“10 hour layover in Seoul made memorable”“Great Fun”“Great family outing!”,

DANIEL GRAY’S ULTIMATE FOOD TOUR

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm       No Comments

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DANIEL GRAY’S ULTIMATE FOOD TOUR

Explore culinary Seoul with Daniel Gray, one of Korea’s top restaurant critics, consultant, radio personality (you can listen to his Korean Food Story here) and power blogger. He has been featured on shows such as the Kimchi Chronicles, Bizarre Foods, Food Network Asia and National Geographic. His blog, Seoul Eats has been a resource for travellers and expats to Korea for many years.  He’ll take you on a foodie adventure around Seoul where you’ll explore markets, hidden-away restaurants, tent restaurants and real mom and pop shops as you eat and drink the day away. He’ll take you to his favorite hidden away places. He’ll customise it for your tastes. This is a 8-hour tour.

  • The tour starts with pickup from your hotel and Daniel will take you to traditional markets, hip neighbourhoods, cafes, bars and more. You’ll snack, eat, drink, and party all day with Seoul’s top foodie. Typical places he takes people are: a Korean fish market, street food, Korean beef market where you’ll pick out top grade Hanwoo Korean beef, an oriental medicine market, coffee at Seoul’s best cafe, Dan’s favorite fried chicken place, and your guide’s favorite rice wine house.
  • If there are 1-3 people you’ll travel like the locals via walking, subway, or on food. For more than 3 people a van will be provided at no extra cost. If you are 1-3 people and would like a private car, the cost is 200 USD extra.
  • This is a food tour that will take you on different districts of Seoul. There are cultural jaunts like to Korean villages, shopping areas, and parks. Let your guide know what you are into and he’ll customise the tour for you.
  • Each tour is customised by Daniel Gray so let him know what you are looking to eat. Extra costs may be incurred based on your requests.
  • The tour is subject to Daniel’s availability.
  • Daniel on Bizarre Foods
  •  Here is Daniel Gray Featured on The Kimchi Chronicles
  • Here is what people are saying about O’ngo’s Ultimate Food Tours: “Best Tour guide in South Korea”“Ladies Night Out With Dan”“10 hour layover in Seoul made memorable”“Daniel is great”“Help recreate our own Bizarre foods day and more”

KOREAN FISH MARKET TOUR

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm       No Comments

20130708-123845.jpgHere you’ll see the everyday life at the largest wholesale and commercial fish market in Seoul. After the tour, we’ll get to pick out our lunch from the tanks and have it prepared for us. Please wear comfortable clothes. Sandals and open toed shoes are not recommended. This tour starts at 10am and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5pm and lasts about 2 1/2 hours.

  • Although restaurants may change (depending on availability and guest allergies and dietary restrictions) the typical fish market tour starts with a walk around Noryangjin area and then go to a local vegetable market. We’ll tour the fish market and then pick out fresh seafood for our lunch. Lunch is usually: Rockfish sashimi, live octopus, grilled fish, fish stew, and rice. We wash this all down with beer, tea or soju.
  • Tours start at 10am from Noryangjin Station (Line 1) Exit 1 on Monday and Wednesdays and by appointment on other days and times.
  • No fish market tours available in June, July, and August.
  • Want something more private? Take our private fish market tour for 150,000 won a person (minimum 2 people). Hotel pickup is included. We close reservations to other groups so it will be just you and your friends.

GANGNAM-STYLE FOOD TOUR

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 4:43 pm       No Comments

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(minimum 3 people)

GANGNAM-STYLE FOOD TOUR

Due to popular demand, we’ve started a Gangnam-area tour. We’ll start at a Korean BBQ house famous for charcoal grills and marinated meats. From there we’ll go to a shop famous for rice wine and try savory pan-fried delicacies. We’ll then try some Korean fried chicken. Finally, we’ll go to anoraebang (Korean singing room) so you can sing and dance with your new friends.

  • Although restaurants may change (depending on availability and guest allergies and dietary restrictions) the typical night dining tour goes to 1) A local Korean barbecue house 2)  A Korean Rice Wine Restaurant with noodles and savory pancakes 3) Korean Fried Chicken House with Beer 4) Then we’ll go to a private Korean Singing Room to sing songs like Gangnam Style!
  • This tour starts at 6pm and lasts about 4 hours. Tour starts from Samseong Station Exit 6.
  • Want something more private? Take our private Gangnam dining tour for $175 USD a person (minimum 2 people). Hotel pickup is included. We close reservations to other groups so it will be just you and your friends.
  • Here is what the USA Today says about our tours:They’ve hooked up with Daniel Gray of O’ngo Food Tours for a whirlwind evening at a trio of Gangnam restaurants. It begins at Seoyeon, a six-table noodle shop famous for its handmade pork dumplings. Next stop is Bon Barbecue, where tables have grills and individual exhaust fans. Then it’s on to a Kkanbu Chicken for Korean fried chicken, though this KFC — extra crispy outside and super-moist inside — bears little resemblance to KFC franchise fare.They wash down the food with Korean beer, soju (a distilled vodka-like rice drink) andmakgeolli, or “farmer’s liquor.” Like many a night out in Seoul, it ends at a noraebang, a private karaoke room. -Read the entire article here

TOP-GRADE KOREAN BEEF DINNER AND TRADITIONAL MARKET TOUR

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm       No Comments

photo (4)TOP-GRADE KOREAN BEEF DINNER AND TRADITIONAL MARKET TOUR

This is a 3-hour dinner food tour that that will take you to visit a traditional Korean food market that looks like it has been frozen in time. You’ll see an exciting traditional medicine market with an area focused on just ginseng. Afterwards, we’ll head to the into the exciting and traditional meat market where you’ll see top quality beef being fabricated. After the tour, we’ll pick out top grade A++ Hanwoo beef (that some say is more flavorful than kobe beef) and then we’ll barbecue this at a restaurant in the market. We’ll enjoy lots of barbecue beef with Korean alcohol and beer. After dinner, our guide will take you to Dongdaemun market so you can shop for fashionable clothes on your own.

 

  • Itinerary: Start at O’ngo Culinary School at 5pm. Travel by Subway to the traditional market. Travel to Beef market to tour the market. We’ll then meet a local butcher and pick out top grade Korean beef and then have a full course meal.
  • The tour starts from O’ngo Culinary School
  • Discounts for kids, and groups over 8. Kids under 5 eat free.
  • There is a minimum 3 person for this tour. If there are less than 3, you’ll still be charged for 3 people.
  • Private Tours are available and we might be able to adjust the start times if you are coming in late to Seoul.
  • Here is what some guests are saying about our tours: “well worth it”“Fantastic”“The ultimate Korean cultural experience” Read more attripadvisor

“THE GREAT KOREAN PUB CRAWL”

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm       No Comments

“THE GREAT KOREAN PUB CRAWL”

Koreans have a well founded reputation for being able to eat and drink. This tour takes you on a tour focusing on Korea’s famous traditional pubs as well as new trends such as craft beers and cocktails in a bag. This walking tour starts from the hip Anguk Area and we’ll go visit an artisan alcohol maker to try concoctions that he makes from recipes handed down from many generations as well as learn about the process of making alcohol. We’ll then visit a local pub that specialises in Korean bomb shots and sample Craft Beers from local brew masters. Then we’ll get some great street food snacks like fried chicken and spicy rice cake before ending up at a Korean barbecue restaurant to have a satisfying meal to get rid of the munchies.

 

  • Walking Tour. Starts from 6pm. Ends at 10pm. Price includes all food and drink. Later start times are available but the artisan alcohol stop will be replaced with another activity.
  • Start from Anguk Station Exit 2. Ends around Jongno 3-ga Station
  • Guests under the legal drinking age in Korea (18 International Age)
  • There is a minimum 3 person for this tour. If there are less than 3, you’ll still be charged for 3 people.
  • Private Tours are available and we might be able to adjust the start times if you are coming in late to Seoul.
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  • Here is what some guests are saying about our tours: “well worth it”“Fantastic”“The ultimate Korean cultural experience” Read more attripadvisor