Valuable gourmet food. ‘Vegan-friendly’ food to eat, walk, feel, and save
Veganism is becoming a trend. Thinking about what to eat means thinking about how to live in harmony with other lives. More and more people are choosing veganism as one of the closest and easiest ways for humans and nature to coexist, not simply because of the desire to satisfy one's taste buds.
Among vegan restaurants, I would like to introduce three restaurants with particular value for you and travel destinations that you can enjoy on foot.
"In addition to meals, our course meal includes going for a walk around the Hoedong Reservoir and experiencing nature with your whole body." Nayuta's Kitchen is a vegan course meal restaurant run by Nacca, a vegan chef, environmental activist, and singer-songwriter. I could feel it in her cooking, but it was confirmed when I met her in person; she is more of an artist than a chef. Her dishes harmonize season, taste, nutrition, visuals, and philosophy and are 'appreciated' not only through taste but also by the five senses.
A course meal with a theme is prepared every month, and the theme of November's course meal is 'deep.' "November is late autumn. Flowers fall, fruits ripen, colors and feelings of the season deepen, and people's thoughts deepen. These multilayered Deopbap/Stir-fried Ingredients with Rice express people's deep and multilayered thoughts."
Her cooking, which expresses 'the harmony of nature and humans,' awakens the meaning of veganism as the aura of cooking itself. The appearance of vegetables, which were supporting roles but now transform into beautiful leads on the table, is like a small revolution and is even touching. This restaurant is recommended when you want to convey your deep feelings to your loved ones. However, do not forget that the true course is complete only when you savor the taste of walking along the Hoedong Reservoir trail.
Ocher building, 262, Oryundae-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
First and second Friday: Vegan course cooking programs with the forest
Third and fourth Friday: Vegan cooking classes
Application for the programs : linktr.ee/Nayuta_nacca
Let's think of Nayuta's food, where every little thing is beautiful. Let's find a small one like it and take a picture so that it becomes the lead role. You don't need many supporting roles. If you try to take too many, you may end up taking nothing. It is crucial to find the 'one' that caught your attention, such as your bare feet, fallen leaves, and waves. Avoid known photo spots as much as possible. Otherwise, it would become a typical tourist photo anyone can take.
※ Nearby walking tour course: Hoedong Reservoir ocher trail
Spanish Restaurant & Gallery Printze
"Printze is run by Gochi, a community of learning and practice. The basic community spirit is 'a sense of connection' with each other. I think the core of veganism is like that."
The Spanish restaurant Printze, located in Gupo Station Square, is famous for its localized Spanish cuisine that suits customers' tastes. Although it is a non-vegan restaurant that mainly uses seafood, menu items such as mushroom gambas, grilled vegetables, seaweed pasta, tofu mushroom pasta, and citrus fusilli salad are prepared for vegans. Georgia wine is recommended as a natural wine that goes well with these vegan dishes.
Quality Georgian wine, rare in Busan, can be found at a reasonable price in Printze. Georgian wine, known as the world's oldest wine, is made in the traditional way by putting grape berries, leaves, and branches in a jar called a kvevri and burying them in the ground to age them. It is not easy to obtain due to the small amount coming into Korea. Georgia vegan wine has no additives such as antioxidants, so it causes less of a hangover, and the fresh purity in color, aroma, and taste is indescribably attractive.
The first floor of Printze is operated as a restaurant, and the second floor is a gallery and community space. It is also attracting attention as a space for cultural exchange with local residents and humanities activities for young people, centered around the gallery. Among many values, the warm hospitality of the employees and the sincere loyalty of the regular customers are especially impressive. Their unique purity and sincerity, which define the restaurant as 'a place to learn how to treat life and people,' seem to add depth and savoriness to the cooking and relationships.
[Spanish Restaurant & Gallery Printze]
2, Nakdong-daero 1694beonna-gil, Buk-gu, Busan
Tuesday~Saturday 11:00~22:00 / Closed on Sundays and Mondays / Break time 15:00~17:00
Tuesday-Thursday Pets allowed
If you follow the trail that connects Gupo subway station to the Gupo Station Square, where Printze is located, you will see Golden Sunset Bridge connecting to Hwamyeong Eco Park. If you go to the other side, you will find Samnak Eco Park. These are parks where you can feel nature that is not overly artificial. The common value of veganism and community can be a 'connection that saves each other.' When you walk in the park, it would be nice to stop under a tree and be immersed in gratitude and wonder while thinking about the 'beings connected to me.' Is there any better healing than filling your stomach with good food and your mind with good thoughts?
I shot it using a movie camera. A landscape goes through a filter called emotion and is sometimes colored in emerald or mint colors. Also, isn't life often more like a movie than a movie? So let's express our vibes that flow in everyday life with the unique color of a movie film.
※ Nearby walking tour courses: Samnak Riverside Park, Hwamyeong Eco Park, Golden Sunset Bridge, and Gupo Market, which are connected by the trail from Gupo subway station
"Beans look similar to each other, but each has a different name and characteristic. It is important to distinguish and bring to life this unique feature. It is the same with people. Each one is as unique and individualistic as these beans." Jang Eun-su, CEO of the vegan restaurant 'Obuthan,' has a round and warm smile. The signature menu, 'gnocchi,' contains the feeling of that smile.
Soft and round Gyeongdan/Sweet Rice Balls made from potatoes and Korean wheat are used instead of noodles. The soft sauce sprinkled with pistachios is flavorful, like cream. The set meals served for lunch are hearty yet light, exuding an unfamiliar sense of luxury and, at the same time, giving a familiar and friendly feeling.
Grains are displayed on one side of the store. They have affectionate names such as Anjeunbaengi Wheat, Deungtuigi Beans, Traditional Job's Tears, and Ajukkari Chestnut Beans, and you can glimpse her concern and affection for the grains grown on our land. How can a dish made with such well-loved and understood ingredients not be harmonious?
Across from Gosimjeongsa Temple, down Forty Stairs, 1F, 42, Donggwang-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00-14:30 / Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11:00-14:00, 18:00-21:30
Reservations and Information linktr.ee/obuthan
Obuthan is located on Forty Stairs Street in Jungang-dong. The quiet and timeless feeling unique to the old city center evokes nostalgia. Small but impactful cultural spaces such as 'Baengnyeoneo Seowon,' 'Openspace Bae,' 'Bokbyeongsan Small Art Museum,' 'Forty Stairs Cultural Center' and 'Jung-gu Cultural Center' are secretly and well hidden within a 20-minute walk centered on Obuthan. For those who like to walk, it is recommended to discover traces of affectionate life while climbing the mountainside road that leads to Choryang-dong and Yeongju-dong. It will give you a different kind of experience and inspiration to follow stray cats you sometimes can meet like in a fairy tale and get lost.
The old-fashioned atmosphere of the old city and the black-and-white photos go well together. In addition, the sculptures around Forty Stairs are interesting subjects. Look for the traces of life that move the heart while appreciating the winding scenery of the mountainside road at a slow pace.
※ Nearby walking tour course: Forty Stairs, Mountainside road