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  • Don't Come to Busan

    I was very happy to be back to Busan after my recent trip. I remember walking out of Busan station and stopping for a moment and looking out across the plaza to the neighborhood crawling up the mountainside across the way, all of it bathed in bright winter sunlight, and turning to my girlfriend and saying, smiling ear to ear, "Busan is best." "Yep," she said.

  • Tripping Down Memory Lane

    Yujin and I took a little trip over the break. We entertained our several options and decided at last to go to Yeosu again and revisit some of the places we had seen there in the days after our first meeting. It was our hope to finally visit Geomundo Island, but we were again foiled by the elements.

  • Six Months In Country

    Christmas Day marks six months since I set foot in Korea on June 25th. I can't believe it. Time has certainly flown. Before I came I read, and I believe wrote about since, the stages of culture shock. I am glad I did although it didn't help much. There were times when I thought: "Ok, I have moved on to the next stage." Looking back over the time now I realize that I was always behind a little.

  • The Christmas Show

    A great time was had by all at the Christmas Program hosted by KidsClub on Thursday evening. I have posted pictures and they are available in the Photo section. Some of them are from rehearsals on days leading up to the performance. I will relate more of the story behind them soon. Merry Solstice!

  • If.

    I get most of my news from the New York Times and it was nice to see today on the front page of the online edition that South Korea's central bank has announced yet another massive cut in its prime rate. I am not an economist and I know very little about monetary policy and I am not going to sit here and bitch about how this downturn is affecting poor little me, but from reading the article it has become apparent to me that things are worse than even I thought.

  • Tang Su Yuk (Sweet & Sour Chicken) 탕수육

  • Tang Su Yuk (Sweet & Sour Chicken) 탕수육


    (For 4 people)

    Fried Chicken

    Chicken (boneless thigh) 1 lb or 500 g
    ** if you prefer chicken breast, feel free to use it.
    ** you can also use pork or beef if you prefer.

    Eggs 6

    Potato Starch 2 cups
    ** you can get potato starch at Korean markets

    Salt & Pepper

    Oil 1L to 1.5L (depending on the size of your deep fryer or pot)

    Sweet & Sour Sauce

    Vinegar 1 cup
    Sugar 1 cup
    Water 2 cups
    Potato starch 1 Tablespoon (mixed with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water)
    Soy Sauce 1 Tablespoon (optional)
    Salt & Pepper
    Vegetable Oil 1-2 Tablespoons
    Chopped Garlic 1/2 Tablespoon
    Onions 1/4
    Zukini 1/4
    Carrots 1/4
    Red Pepper 1/2
    Green Pepper 1/2
    Apple 1
    Sesame seeds (optional)

  • Spicy Tofu Stew (Soon Tofu) 순두부 찌개

  • Spicy Tofu Stew (Soon Tofu) 순두부 찌개


    Extra Soft Tofu 순두부 1 pack
    Beef (for stew) 소고기 50g
    Shrimp 새우 10
    Clams 모시조개 10
    Squid 오징어 50 g
    Onion 양파 1/4
    Zucchini 호박 1/4
    Enochi Mushroom 팽이버섯 10g
    Red Chili Pepper 빨간 고추 1/2
    Green Chili Pepper 풋고추 1/2
    Green Onion 파 1
    Garlic (chopped) 마늘 1 tablespoon
    Sesame Oil 참기름 2 tablespoons
    Korean Red Chili Flakes 고추가루 2 to 3 tablespoons
    (depending on how spicy you want to make it)
    Salt 소금 1.5 to 2 tablespoons
    Pepper 후추 1 teaspoon
    Water 물 2 1/2 cups
    Egg 계란 1
    Stone bowl 돌솥 (optional)

    * You can make it with just meat (beef or pork) alone, or with your favorite seafoods or a combinations of beef, pork and seafoods. Remember cooking is not a mechanical process. You can always improvise.

    (Since a few people have asked)

  • Not Another How-to Post

    I was thinking about how to survive in your tiny Busan apartment but then I remembered that many of the youngsters here were surviving in a place just as small with four roommates in college but I am going to write a few pieces of advice anyway if only for the people I know (you know who you are) who could benefit from a bit of motherly nagging.

  • Unqualified Food Criticism: Dave's Fish and Chips

    Several friends of mine had recommended the breakfast at Dave's so we decided to head out to Jangsan and try it out on Sunday. I have only had an English breakfast a couple of times before and neither time was in England, so what follows is merely the opinion of my own sizable gut.

  • I'm Only Happy When It Rains

    I have never been a rainy day type person. I am actually a little more mental on cloudy days than I am normally and that isn't good usually (yay! three adverbs) but I love Busan when it rains. This city, for reasons peculiar to itself, really benefits from a bath. It is normally a little dusty, a little grubby, and wears all of its odors maybe a little too proudly. A little rain gives it a shine and softens the stonger smells. It is nice.

    And so it has been for the last few days, which have produced a steady drizzle. I don't even need to look. I can hear the rain tread of the tires in the busy street up the alley. I think, BTW that the alley that terminates in at my building is the steepest and shortest in Busan, but this is most certainly wrong. It is certainly fun to navigate when neither of us are too dry (me or the alley).

  • What to do if you get sick while teaching in Korea:

    Go to the hospital. Once you have your alien registration card and your physical you are registered into the country's mandatory medical insurance plan. I pay about 37000 won per month out of my paycheck (employer pays the other half) for the coverage and it is well worth it. I have been sick twice since I got here and both times I got fast and effective medical treatment. Today during lunch (this is why I am writing about this) I went to the hospital across the street with a bad cold. I was examined at the door and sent directly to the doctor who diagnosed me with an Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) and wrote me a prescription. I had that filled at the pharmacy down the street and I took a dose and lunchtime isn't even over yet and I feel better already. I can breath at least.

  • Hallowe'en and Other Funtime Pictures.

    Here's a set of pictures from the last two weeks or so. Included are: a kite-flying trip to the beach, a soccer game, and Hallowe'en at work. Enjoy!


  • Korean Egg Quiche, HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (계란찜) (vegetarian)

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