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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…

Dakgangjeong: a sweet treat

When parties are convened, a basket of dakgangjeong sounds like a perfect choice – after all, one can never go wrong with these sweet crispy chicken bites. In the old times, dakgangjeong was made with an entire chicken cut up to smaller pieces but today the best of Korean friend chicken bits are either the…

Cook your own galbi

In an era where experience plays an important role in consumption, the Korean beef short ribs or galbi seems a perfect response to the seekers of this currency. You, as the diner, get to cook this dish at your own pace and via your own grilling techniques. You may opt for that, it’s more fun,…

Jokbal: hate it or love it

Jokbal is closer to bossam than to any Korean pork dishes, but not everyone falls in love with it at first sight just as you would with, say, bibimbap. To explain its charm is also to embrace the potential reaction that people might have with it. It is boiled pig leg and feet, and the…

The Oldest Astronomical Observatory in Asia

Back in the past, people observed the stars to predict the weather. If you feel like wanting to experience the ancient ways of observing the stars, or a good start for you who wanted to unravel the wonders of astronomy, Cheomseongdae Observatory, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia, is the place to go. It…

Naengmyeon for hot days

Slurping the thin glass noodles of naengmyeon is a delight in itself – the broth is ice-cold and the noodles are easy to the mouth. This is an especially good dish for hot days as it is light, quite unobtrusive and flows easily from the mouth, through the throat and down to your stomach. The…

High calorie gamjatang for a long day

Gamjatang or pork stew with potatoes is one of the many spicy choices in Korean cuisine and its deep red color is all thanks to the red hot peppers. It is best served with a bowl of rice and kimchi.   The high-calorie gamjatang was said to have been popularized in the port area of…

The Illuminating Bridge of Dolsandaegyo

Nowadays, aside from providing travel convenience and connecting places to places; bridges, being powered with high-technology, have become a favorite subject for aesthetic photos and are now becoming popular as attractions. At 450m long and 11.7m wide, Dolsandaegyo Bridge is the largest cable-stayed bridge in Korea. Since its construction in 1984, the bridge, which connects…

Bossam: a feast for all

Bossam, one of Korea’s popular pork dishes, is nothing short of a feast for many. Bossam, or boiled pork, is usually served with slated napa cabbage leaves, radish salad, and salted shrimp. If the mood strikes, oysters are included in this Korean dish and bossam is then called gul-bossam. The process requires attention to detail,…

Tteokgalbi is burger patty, Korean-style

The tteokgalbi is a compound word and its direct translation means ‘rib rice cake’ which is more of a luxurious beef patty than a regular, commoner food. Rib cuts are pretty expensive and tteok dishes are often served during important Korean holidays. But then again, when you look at the history of tteokgalbi as a…

Exploring the East Coast by Sea Train

A great, fun-filled and of course the most exciting way to survey the very beautiful east coast of Korea is none other than boarding the Sea Train which holds tons of surprises. The tourist train stretches from Jeongdongjin to Samcheok and is comprised of four divided cabins with special rooms, one standard room and one…

Chewy, spicy, delicious tteokbokki

Tteokbokki or stir-fried rice cakes are popular Korean street food; sold either in pojangmacha (street stalls). Spotting tteokbokki while on a crowded street isn’t that hard – the red, and soupy treat stands out from the rest of the stuff sold along the streets of Korea. The Korean dish is made from garatteok, or the…