Jjim dalk (찜닭) literally means “steamed chicken,” but it’s...

Jjim dalk (찜닭) literally means “steamed chicken,” but it’s kind of misleading as the chicken is broiled rather than steamed. I’ve been told it’s a food to eat while drinking, but I like eating it all the time, drink or not. 

One of my favorite places to eat this is at Du Namja (두남자 찜닭, Two Males). Their slogan is: “We are confident that we are #1.” I think they just might be. Prices range from 16,000-24,000₩ +3,000₩ for cheese and you know I gotta have that cheese!

The Best Night At The Beastro


Delicious food, good service, weird cocktails and free wine? Yes please. Where do you go to get these things? The Beastro Restaurant in Seoul, my new favourite place.

20 Scrumptious and (sometimes) Strange Korean Meals

Ok, so I’ve spoken before about my ‘Top 20 Weird and Wonderful Korean Snacks’ which I’ve had the joy of trying while living in Korea. Now I think it’s the time to look at Korean meals, which I’m pleased to say have been on the whole, a positive experience. That is, after we learnt the names of some Korean foods. Let’s just say that our first meal here was a bit of a disaster- not knowing what anything was, we picked a random item off the menu, and ended up with a ‘jjigae’ (stew) that was so spicy we were sweating by the end (despite it being about 5 degrees in the restaurant). We went home with runny noses and burning mouths to down about a litre of milk each. Good times.

Late Night Revelations on Korea Made Over GS25 Sandwiches

Ignorance breeds contempt. It seems obvious (and sounds like something I’ve heard before), yet when you’re away from your “normal” lifestyle, it can be easy to keep thinking in the way you’ve been thinking before entering your new normal. And that alone can help to shift how one thinks, both in this normal and the normal you’ll eventually return to.

Huh? Let me try to explain.

I come from a family of complainers. Whether it was something in society or in an annoying commercial, our gut reactions have always been to complain about it. Because that feels like we’re doing something about it. “I obviously am against this, and will show my disapproval of it to someone else who is against it by bitching about it.” But, that’s where action usually ended.

Daegu Chicken and Beer Festival 대구 치맥 페스티벌

There are countless festivals for every season in Korea, but some of them stand out more than others. When I first heard that there was a chicken and beer festival I knew I had to go! We only live an hour by train from Daegu so we decided to make the trek and meet up with a few friends that we don’t get to see very often! Actually this video is what sold me on going. They even had a theme song and dance! How can you resist a summer day with cold beer, fried chicken, and silly dances?!

Convenience Foods- Korean Bodybuilding Chicken

Last year, I worked at an English Hagwon, which is a Korean private study academy. Students here go to these academies after they’ve finished their regular school day. They take classes like English, Math, Science etc… anything to possibly get them a leg up on getting into their preferred Universities once they get to that age. Even though these are elementary students, the pressure for them to perform is already very much present. I now teach at a Public Highschool, but most of the students here don’t go to a Hagwon. That’s because they go to school from 7:50am to 10:00pm. No joke. Some do go to academies after this time- I’ve ran into my students at 10:30 pm on their way to a study hall, or science academy. It breaks my heart but I’ve realized it is not in my power or ability to make any kind of change to the system. I could go on about the pressure and stress of the overworked Korean student, however that is not my goal for today.

Curried Chicken with Creamy Veggie Puree

I sort of have a love hate relationship with chicken.

Chicken+puree (35 of 44)

It’s one of those foods that is usually safe to get when you eat out, and is pretty readily available, both positives. Also, it fits into my meal plan on both rest days and training days, so its easy for me too cook a big batch and be able to eat it every day of the week. However- whenever you end up eating something over and over and over… you can get pretty sick of it.

You don’t want to see my ‘Casablanca is closed!?’ face. *Sandwich Love*

Olive Garden Recipes!!!!

Overseas? Craving Olive Garden? Now you can make your very own with the authentic recipes! Of course you may have to make substitutions, omissions, or get creative with some of the preparation techniques... but these recipes are straight from the source. So enjoy creating your own Italian bistro in your home!

Recipes such as: Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Serving Size:

Chicken Stir Fry

image courtesy google

2 Chicken breasts
3 T cornstarch
2 T soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
2 T sesame seeds
1 T chili powder (Korean or American)
3 T cooking oil, divided
2 C broccoli, chopped
1 C zucchini, diced with skin on
1 C thinly sliced carrot
1 onion, large dice
1 C water


1 Cut chicken into 1cm strips; place in a resealable plastic bag.
2 Add cornstarch and toss to coat.
3 Combine soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, chili powder, and sesame seeds; add to bag and shake well.

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