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Sundubu-jjigae

Sundubu-jjigae, a soft and spicy filling treat

Sundubu-jjigae is a Korean tofu stew known for its spiciness that makes use of soft tofu called sundubu, hence the name. The origins of this well-loved Korean dish are unknown but it is believed that its earliest version was first served during the Joseon dynasty. Sundubu-jjigae’s soup base consists of anchovy and kelp, considered as…

Seolleongtang for the cold

Korean food is a known visual and gastronomic delight, but above this is the importance of eating healthy food. Koreans ascribe to the belief that eating healthy will help one stay healthy; hence, Korean cuisine is not only visually arresting – but also nutritious.   This belief is integrated in their boyangsik cuisine, a set…

Nature embraces the City at Haeundae

If you are a lover of both the ocean and the nightlife, or of both cityscapes and sand, the Haeundae Beach is the perfect getaway for you. Popular among the locals, and even to tourists,  (whose visits are also increasing in number) the Haeundae beach is hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches in…

Haedong Yonggungsa: The Temple by the Coast

Established back in the year 1376 by a remarkable Buddhist teacher Naong during the Goryeo dynasty, and reconstructed in 1970’s after the Japanese invasion, the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is more than just a historical diorama that is revealed by both tourists and natives. While most temples are traditionally constructed on mountain edges, what makes the…

Chimaek for Happy Hours

When the malt hits your tongue, a long night of officially begins. Korea is country known for its drinking culture and its people are known to be heavy drinkers. It is deeply embedded in a culture that has valued relations within the family and with neighbors and colleagues. For the longest time, drinking has been…

Perfect for the Summer: Jeongdongjin Beach

The beach never fails to cool steamy bodies during hot summer season, it is also a great destination for people who would love to see sea gulls, ride the waves or just marvel on the great masterpiece of nature. Gangwon’s very own Jeongdongjin Beach is perfect just for you. The beach has fine sand, and…

LA Galbi: globalizing galbi

There is another way of preparing galbi and this is called the LA galbi, long-believed to be the Los Angeles immigrant version. But there is also another theory to this, which lies fundamentally on the beef cut. It has been said that LA may stand for the ‘lateral’ beef cut that characterizes the beef used…

Seosokkak, The Hidden Paradise

Truly a hidden paradise encircled by towering rocks, Soesokkak estuary, a must see Jeju destination where Mother Nature's tears seem to be collected as the water is precious and sparkling, is in lined with majestic cliffs and interesting lava formations, where pine trees are abundantly showcasing their fancy green colours. Located in the Seogwipo area…

Ramyeon: spice curls

  The Korean ramyeon is a far cry from Japanese ramen is regardless of how phonetically close the two words are. Korean ramyeon basically translates to instant noodles and core to cooking this is the time you take for the curly noodles to cook. Overcooking it is marked as a failure – who wants to…

Bukhansan National Park: A Hike fit For Every Season

Hiking is a very challenging activity. Many daredevils would venture rocky and steep mountains carrying large gears in exchange for what they believe, a very promising and bold mountain experience. But an auspicious hiking experience doesn’t have to be extra dangerous to be considered ‘worth it’. All it takes is a little patience and perseverance.…

Ganjang-gejang is a delicious tongue-twister

The Korean term for the dish raw crabs marinated in soy sauce sounds more like a tongue-twister: ganjang gejang. Repeat this ten times and familiarize yourself with the etymology. Gejang is two words, ‘ge’ being crab and ‘jang’ for condiment. The ganjang in the name refers to soy sauce in which the fresh and raw…

Korea’s Number 1 Shopping District, Myeong-dong

Ranked  9th  among the most expensive shopping streets in the world, there is no doubt why Myeong-dong District have gained fame from all perimeters of the globe, attracting great numbers of fashion enthusiasts and shoppers year after year. The wide array of all your fashion and personal wants will surely make your head spin as…

Will you try seasoned raw beef?

The yukhoe is quite a delicacy when you consider it. Not many people can eat raw meat, but the Korean version of the fancily-named beef tartare is soft, tender, and flavorful. The meat is tenderized by way of marinating it in garlic, green onion, soy sauce, honey, ground black pepper, sesame oil and sesame seeds.…