Seth Neu is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing & Management Information Systems major at the University of Minnesota, he is studying abroad in London this semester.
In this week's post, Seth shows us 10 of the best places to eat on a budget in London.
My favorite thing about cities has always been the confluence of so many cultures, forming a diverse gastronomy. So for the past six weeks, I’ve scoured the streets of London in attempts to find the best places to eat—that will also be easy on the wallet. Fortunately, oftentimes the best and most authentic restaurants are also highly affordable. After six weeks of taking tube rides to find all the spots, I finally completed my list. Looking at it, I was pleased with the diversity of cultures represented; nearly every single continent was present. However, it was at this point that I realized nearly all of the restaurants on the list were located in Soho. Which really illustrates how overflowing the Soho area is with the best and most affordable places to eat. So if you’re looking for somewhere cheap to eat in London, I’d suggest hitting up one of the places on this list or wander around Soho to find your own!
Bibimbap, literally translating to “mixed rice”, is precisely what this restaurant entails. Served in a scorching hot stone bowl, Bibimbap traditionally includes rice, an assortment of vegetables, sometimes meat, and usually an egg. I went with the classic Bibimbap called Dol Sot, which contained sections of julienned cucumber, daikon, bean sprouts, spinach, and carrots, topped with a fried egg. Also, when the waiter warns you about how hot the stone bowls are, take them seriously: after I had finished eating, I unintentionally touched my hand to the bowl, only to jolt it back with a squelch. After nearly 20 minutes the bowl was still hot enough to burn my skin.
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