The soft treat called gyeran-jjim

Eggs are among the most versatile ingredients in the culinary world, sometimes involving a particularly complex and frustrating cooking method – but always a fulfilling choice when in need of a quick meal. In the world of Korean cuisine, there are several ways for eggs to be included in a meal but one that stands…

Kimbap: convenient, easy-to-pack

The kimbap is an important part of the Korean dosirak (packed lunch). Kimbap is simply rice rolls, perhaps best described as the Korean version of maki. There are fundamental differences between kimbap and the Japanese maki in manners of preparation and tradition. Kimbap is a popular choice for picnics as this log of goodness is…

Udo Island: Mini Jeju

Looking for a nice setting to experience bicycle tours, fishing, hiking, jet skiing, sight-seeing and many more fun activities? Its all in one place! Named after its resemblance to a lying cow, Udo island is situated off the eastern coast of Jeju Island, and it is also renowned as mini Jeju for it speaks of…

The Seaside Park: Songdo Central Park

You don’t have to go all the way to the West for New York City’s Central Park because Songdo International City’s Central Park will give the New York vibe to you. The centerpiece of Songdo IBD’s green space plan, the Songdo Central Park is a public park inspired by New York City’s Central Park and…

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Bibimbap: a complete meal without the fuss

Think rice meal in Korean food and you’ll most likely end up with bibimbap as its quintessential representative. Bibimbap means mixed rice and while it can be understood as anything as toppings, there still is a set of standard ingredients for a standard bibimbap. It is quite easy to deviate from the original, but the…

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…

Starting the day with kimchi-bokkeumbap

The kimchi-bokkeumbap (김치볶음밥) or the kimchi fried rice is arguably the easiest to make from the roster of Korean dishes. On a more cultural note, this dish puts together the staples of a Korean diet: rice and kimchi, easily a favorite across the country.   The simplest version can be just putting together kimchi and…

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…