Alien's Day Out

Tastes like random eats.


Early morning, on the way to PLANT.

Anyone else in Korea sleep-deprived because you’ve been waking up at ungodly hours to watch the World Cup? I feel like a zombie during the day. But anything to support my fave teams Ghana, RCI, Portugal, Brasil, Netherlands, and Korea… Although the latest Korea game against Algeria was quite painful to watch (4:2 loss)… can’t believe I woke up at 4am for that. Besides Algeria, the only other winners were those who stayed in bed for that game and slept in a few more hours. ㅠㅠ

Anyway, World Cup aside, things are going swimmingly lately~ Running the shop is gradually getting a bit easier as things start to fall into a routine. And my part-time workers are adjusting and doing a great job. I feel really lucky to have found some wonderful people to join the PLANT team. It’s still always a lot of work and I always feel like I’m perpetually chasing the end of my to-do list, but it’s all worth it in the end. Here are some things I’ve been cooking at the shop:

The other week I made burritos, stuffed with rice, lentils, beans, mushrooms, kale, corn, onions, and more. The whole thing was so loaded, you could probably eat it over two meals. Especially since it also came with a carrot slaw salad on the side.

Veggie tofu quiche! I’m still working on getting the crust-filling ratio just right… This one definitely had a thick crust! It has been such a LONG time since I did anything with pie crust, and I’m still a total pie novice, but hopefully practice makes perfect.

Ahh, this one was much better.

Tempeh carrot slaw wrap with hummus and avocado. Avocados are so expensive in Korea, but I just cant help myself from including them in the PLANT menu. They’re so yummy and good for you (healthy fats, good for your skin, etc!), Koreans need to jump on the avo bandwagon.

Late afternoon lunch: Everything wrapped up nice and cozy, burrito-style. During the day, sometimes it’s difficult to take a break for lunch, and I don’t like eating unless I can actually sit down and focus on the meal, rather than being distracted or stressed and not being aware of what’s going into my mouth. Eating when I’m busy and stressed during service tends to give me digestive problems too, so sometimes I’ll put off eating until the shop closes and I get back home… I admit it’s not a healthy schedule… something to work on. But thankfully I have friends who try to make sure I’m eating on a regular basis. haha, you know who you are.

Some random street art I came across while wandering Itaewon the other day.

Some recommended reading~ :) Trying to get back into the habit of reading books.

Now that it’s summer, it’s time for cold soybean noodle soup! :) This is almost always vegan and although it’s a bit of an acquired taste, I love how refreshing it is on a hot day.

Ethiopian again! So good and really filling– the injera is so huge!


Japchae noodles with fried sweet potato as a garnish on the side. I pretty much ate that as my main meal.

That’s all I have to share for now. Looking forward to another fun work week at Plant. Ta ta! xo


  1. I never mind making the long trip to come and grab a bite to eat. My son will complain after walking in the heat or rain but shuts his mouth tightly with one bite of your latest creation or a piece of cake. He even loves sharing the greatness with others (sharing cake is something he most certainly didn’t get from me). I appreciate your acceptance when my friends and I bring our young ones in. Please believe us when we say we want to enjoy a meal there without them sometime so we can enjoy the thought out atmosphere you have created.
    Anyway…I could go on writing for awhile about how I love street art as well and asking countless questions of your travels and inspirations, but I will close out by saying thank you. Thank you for doing what you love. I will be coming in again this week.

  2. You are so creative in the kitchen! Here in the US with unlimited resources, I am not a quarter as diverse with my cooking. You inspire me!

  3. OMG, kongguksu. I have to have some now! Love it so much. But I always wonder, when I eat it out, how can Koreans eat such huge portions of noodles? Is it just here in the US that serving sizes of noodles in Korea restaurants are so big? I mean, it’s like a mixing-bowl size of kongguksu or jjajangmyeon. Don’t get me wrong, I would gladly eat it all, but that’s usually like 600 cals of noodles alone.

    The food you serve at PLANT is so beautiful. I would devour that burrito, and the little side salads you make are so handmade (in a good way) and healthy looking. They look like someone (i.e., you) really thought about putting a variety of textures, flavors, and nutrients together to maximize pleasure and health.

  4. Never Let Me Go is one of my favorite books of all time, ever! How do you like it so far?
    Your photos make me miss Itaewon, and sad that PLANT wasn’t open when I lived there.
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

  5. Hi Mipa,

    It was nice meeting u 2day. I have only been to your restaurant twice but really enjoy your food. See u soon.

  6. yo dude, you are killing it lately. The shop looks really lovely!

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