11.256 Keto Roll


17 (Thu) September 2020

Keto Roll


from SeoulRoll

in the Boss’s office

-Seongsu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with the Boss and the Executive Director

SeoulRoll is a pan-Asian restaurant.  Offers a handful of fried rices, noodles, and rolls in various quasi-Korean/Japanese/Chinese styles.  According to in-store advertising, the chef claims to have studied at the Culinary Institute of America.

This is the first restaurant near the office that I’ve tried on my own (that is, without someone taking me there).  Hoping it could provide takeout options (as an occasional alternative to burgers), I ordered all the rolls on the menu (only 4 in all) and brought them back to the Boss, as well as the Executive Director, for their consideration.

While working at WHO for 6.5 years in the Philippines, I spent a lot of time and effort scouting venues, ordering menus, and arranging logistics for meals, on behalf of the bosses, colleagues, guests, country representatives, in a quasi-official capacity – I was once deployed on a mission for such a purpose (see 9.144 Jeongsik).  Of course, I had a lot of fun doing it, usually, but it wasn’t easy, always.  Towards the end, I began to question why should I bother, why should I care, sometimes to the point of resentment.

But now, scouting/ordering/arranging meals at lunch time, on behalf of my parents, in a quasi-personal capacity, I am overwhelmingly happy to bother, I do care, although surely to the point of annoyance at times.

Clockwise from top left: Salmon Roll (1.5) – the salmon was smoked salmon, which was a bit weird; Crab Roll (2.0) – essentially a California Roll, plus egg and burdock; Shrimp Roll (2.5) – shrimp tempura, this was the best of the bunch, barely; Keto Roll (2.0).

The Keto Roll is an item at SeoulRoll.  Presumably inspired by the ketogenic diet, the roll contains a sliver of rice (low carbs), a piece of ham (medium proteins), and lots of cheese and egg yolks (high fat).


(For more details re food, see WHAT)

(For more details re venue, see WHERE IN KOREA)

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