HONGEO (홍어) is raw, rotten skate fish (similar to a stingray). The skate fish has no bladder, so it urinates through its skin, giving the meat an ammonia smell and flavor. A long time ago fisherman discovered (by accident) that even though their skate fish had become rotten, it was still edible. Not only that, but many people actually liked the flavor, so HONGEO began to become popular.
It wasn't the most delicious food I tried during my trip to Korea, but to quote my friend DINGULSIN, "It was edible."
This is a local re-post for an essay I just wrote for the Lowy Institute this month (here).
I feel nothing but anguish for this young man and his family. Our prayers go out to them. Given that North Korea almost certainly gave him a hack doctor – because all the good ones are kept for elites – who grossly misdiagnosed him, it is no exaggeration to say that Pyongyang effectively murdered this poor man.
Okay readers, who likes money? You? Me? Everybody, right? Here’s how you’re going to be able to keep more of it in your wallet at the end of the month when you’re living in South Korea, working as an English teacher, studying or whatever. 101 Frugal Living in Korea …
I am on Instagram a lot these days, and the photos of gourmet donuts have been killing me. Of course, Korea has Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, but Seoul really hasn’t had the same movement toward more creative independent donut shops that other big cities have seen.
Finally, a couple of months ago, I decided to check out the Korean language donut tag and see what I could find. Other than some really adorable donuts made by somebody’s dad in his home kitchen in Daegu, the only thing that popped up was Ferry Roasters.
About a month or so ago, I saw a link from the legendary, Chase Jarvis to call him and leave a question for his new show. I wanted to hear his answer about my current situation and to find out if he had the chops to answer a real question. I wanted the kind of answer without the usual “lifestyle entrepreneur” mumbo-jumbo of “hustle” or “build your tribe” that so many of these people say. A little while later I commented on one of his posts and got a response from Chase stating something along the lines of “it’s been recorded and will be out soon” or something like that.
While in Korea I had the chance to meet up with Hyunwoo from the famous web site (and YouTube channel) Talk To Me In Korean. For those of you who don't know, Hyunwoo is a well-known English teacher who learned English through old-fashioned hard work, studying, and practice. He's also even perhaps more well-known as a Korean teacher. Through his web site, podcast, books, and YouTube videos, he's helped hundreds of thousands of people to improve their Korean abilities.
So naturally I wanted to meet up with him and chat about learning languages. In this video we discuss Hyunwoo's tips for language learners - both beginners, and intermediate-level learners. Check out the video here~!
These little rosemary chocolate tarts have been little pockets of heaven punctuating a very busy and somewhat stressful last month or so. I’ve made them a couple of times (recipe testing, of course — I have my excuses), and I haven’t gotten sick of them yet.
I realize it’s already halfway over, but I feel like I’m still adjusting to 2017. It has been one hell of a year so far, and not really in a good way. I don’t try to glorify times of hardship and strife, but it remains true that darkness makes even a small bit of light shine like a beacon. I’ve spent the first half of this year running toward those beacons wherever I can spot them.