Snails for the uninitiated

Snails are small and pretty much a slowpoke – but the amount of time you’ll take in eating golbaengi-muchim is anything but slow. This spicy moon snail dish is actually a salad in the Korean food language, with somen noodles served separately in nice, neat rows. It’s also an anju, or a food that you…

The Old-fashioned but never out of Style Gukje market

Living in an industrialized world where  innovations are made everyday, most of us have dived into the idea of new trends, following what’s latest and hip. Most of us enjoy our leisure time through shopping, from buying everyday commodities to shopping for clothes, and personal stuffs. But have you ever heard about the old-fashioned shopping…

The Bamboo Garden of Juknokwon

When we hear the word garden, we probably foresee a beautiful landscape that is filled with varied kinds of flowering plants and pretty fountains. Damyang’s Juknokwon is a garden that you should see: minus the pretty and fascinating flowers. Juknokwon’s bamboo forest and garden is beautiful just the way it is! Perfect for well lit…

A humble fisherman’s food

The mulhoe or the raw seafood soup is another summer favorite where the ocean’s bounty is best served in its freshest form. In Korean cuisine, hoe (회) is food-speak for raw food dishes and under this category is the cold noodle soup that perfectly complements the hot weather where the mul (물) for the first…

Cheongdokgung: The Prospering Virtue Palace

Considered as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO and one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of Joseon Dynasty, exploring the Changdeokgung palace will surely make you feel like a Joseon royalty. The beauty of this royal villa is very promising during autumn season, when the trees are close to…

I see red – it’s jjamppong!

Jjamppong has a reputation for being extra-spicy and its deep and striking red color helps you gauge the level of spice that you must prepare yourself for. Translated to spicy seafood noodle soup, jjamppong is another Korean dish derived from a Chinese-style meal. Where the Chinese version is white, the addition of hot pepper flakes…

Samgyetang, a quintessential summer dish

Summer in Korea is never complete without a steaming bowl of samgyetang – ironically most popular during the three hottest days of summer. It is believed that samgyetang helps re-energize a person on account of losing stamina over the course of the summer.   Samgyetang is translated as ginseng chicken soup, drawing from three Korean…