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Fyi: These are delicious! @meganstuckey22 spotted these while we...

Fyi: These are delicious! @meganstuckey22 spotted these while we were out. Yummm. #food #snacks #doritos

FLASK Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream in Busan

What is it?

South Korea is a country where you can very easily notice and identify trends–trends in fashion, hairstyles, and yes, FOOD! Every summer there seems to be a new ice cream trend. This year, one of those trends is liquid nitrogen ice cream! Different chains with the same concept are opening up all over Seoul and Busan, and we finally made our way to Nampo-dong in Busan to check out Flask. It looks like a laboratory and the “scientists” even wear white lab coats while they make your ice cream!

Vegan cookies by Alien’s Day Out Bake Shop

I’m not really a Valentine’s Day type of person, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t like accepting gifts on that day. Mr. M surprised me this year with cookies from Alien’s Day Out, a vegan bakery based in Seoul.  Don’t worry if you are like us elsewhere in Korea, they also spaceship their fresh baked goodies.  Our cookies were delivered without any of them being damaged. Maybe that’s alien technology?!  Sorry I am getting carried away with the cool name of this little company.


Korean Seaweed Pringles Taste Test!

We love trying out new snacks we see in stores in Korea. Most Koreans snacks are sweet, though, and I’m much more of a salty person. Also a lot of Korean snacks tend to be octopus/squid/shrimp flavored, which is just not something my palate is used to, haha.

In the past year we’ve seen so many more western brands entering the korean market and making it on the shelves, although their presence is very inconsistent. (there one day, gone the next!) But there is also a lot of western brands being adopted with a Korean twist. We saw these chips and thought it was a great example of that! We’re all familiar with Pringles, but SEAWEED FLAVOR? No way would that go over well in America. :P Check out the video to see our reactions!! Would you try them? If so, do you think you’d like it?

Nostalgic Korean Snack~ Home Run Ball ♥홈런볼

Today lets have a classic Korean snack review: “Home run ball 홈런볼” by HT~  a favorite here since 1981!!

♥ ♥ ♥

Iced Coffee-Tea

I first saw this idea of coffee-tea in Hong Kong.  Talk about a pick-me-up!  It’s actually very refreshing and delicious.  This simple recipe uses only 3 ingredients to create a cool and creamy low-calorie coffee treat.

Iced Coffee-Tea

Iced Coffee-Tea

Servings: 1


~3/4 cup hot water

-1 tea bag (I used Earl Grey, use your favorite flavored black tea)

-2 packets of 1/2 calorie coffee mix

-sweet soy milk or almond milk (optional)


1) Steep the tea bag in the hot water for 3-5 minutes.

2) Add about 2-3 tablespoons of the hot tea to the coffee mix in a mug.  This will dissolve the coffee.

Korean Sweet Rice Cake ‘Samoas’

Korean sweet rice cakes (gyungdan) are traditionally filled with red bean paste and coated in different grain or bean powders.  I created this rice cake recipe by chance when I was experimenting with different fillings and coatings and wound up with one that tastes like the famous ‘samoas’ girl scout cookie!  However, they are much healthier.  There are many types of Korean rice cakes, but this one is the easiest as it does not require ‘pounding’ with a pestle.  You simply make the 4-ingredient dough and boil the rice cake balls.  This particular version is filled with Nutella and coated with toasted coconut…yum!  Feel free to create your own unique variations.

Korean Rice Cake

Copy-Cat Paris Baguette Chicken Wrap

In this recipe, I  re-created the Thai Chicken Wrap from Paris Baguette.  It is my favorite quick meal if I can’t find anything else.  Here in Korea, Paris Baguette is as common as Starbucks in America.   These wraps are very easy to make at home!

Chicken Wrap

Copy-Cat Paris Baguette Chicken Wrap

Servings: 3


For the breaded chicken:

-2 chicken breasts

-6 to 8 saltine crackers, smashed (I used multigrain ones)

~25 almonds, crushed

-1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

-1 egg

-2 Tbls flour (I used whole wheat)

For the wrap:

~2 cups spinach, washed and dried

Korean Street Bread

Here in Korea, street breads are very popular.  These waffle-like breads are usually filled with red bean paste, chocolate, or flavored custard.  They come in all different shapes like fish shaped (bungeoppang) or even poop shaped (dongbang)!   In this simple recipe, I show you the technique for making your own Korean street bread at home.

Below, I am enjoying  some dongbang!  It’s cute isn’t it?

DongBangBread1   DongBang2

Triangle Kimbap

Triangle kimbap is a popular snack in Korea and it’s really fun to eat.  It is Korea’s take on a sandwich.  Generally, they consist of seaweed wrapped around rice filled with meat, tuna or kimchi.  In this recipe, I used mixed grain rice, baked tofu, and a delicious Korean sauce (ssamjang).  You can be creative with this, some other versions I want to try include teriyaki salmon, bulgogi, and tuna salad.  One reason I wanted to make this is so I had an excuse to buy one of those cute ‘lunch boxes’ for triangle kimbap.

Triangle Kimbap

Triangle Kimbap

Servings: makes 2 triangle kimbap


-2 triangle kimbap seaweed sheets

Korean Snacks

My precious!!

Hi everyone!

It's time to talk about 1 of my favorite things about Korea... that's right FOOD...specifically: Snacks!

Almost 3 months ago I traveled to Korea with other bloggers, the trip was awesome but we didn't really have much free time to do some shopping :( , on my last day I woke up really early to pack everything and to go a nearby supermarket to do some snack-shopping!! 
The supermarket was only a few blocks away from our hotel so I had enough time, I took my time there and I chose some stuff I had already tried like Pepperos, Ramen and Chocopies!, I also HAD to buy Doritos for my sister since she asked me for this when I told her about buying snacks. 

So, this is what I got :) 

Soy Glazed Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are peeled and then simmered in sweet soy sauce for a delicious new snack!  Use these eggs for any recipes calling for hard-boiled eggs to add visual and taste appeal.

Soy Glazed Eggs3

Soy Glazed Eggs

Servings: 3-5


-4 eggs

-3 Tbls soy sauce (Low Sodium)

-1/4 cup water

-1 tsp sugar


1. Boil the eggs in a pot of salted water for about 10 minutes.  Let the eggs cool and then peel.

Pineapple Buns

Pineapple buns are a popular treat in Hong Kong.  They get their name from their shape and look, which resembles a pineapple.  What makes these buns so special is the sugar cookie topping, I had never tried anything like them before.  I made mine unique by adding cinnamon sugar on top, like a snicker-doodle.  These are delicious as a breakfast pastry or a snack, serve with Hong Kong Style Milk Tea for an authentic taste!

Pineapple Bun

Servings: makes 8 buns


For the Buns:

-1 cup white wheat flour

-1 cup whole wheat flour

-1 tsp salt

-2 Tbls sugar

-1 egg

Korea’s favorite snack

Street foods are a favorite among locals, expats and tourists in South Korea.  The most popular and often beloved of these foods is Ddeokbokki.

Ddeokbokki (do-bo-ki) is everything one looks for in the perfect street food, or any food for that matter: It’s commonly found, inexpensive, fulfilling and most importantly – delicious!

Hong Kong Style Milk Tea

When I was in Hong Kong recently, I drank milk tea everyday because it was so delicious!  I made sure to watch how they made it, so I could copy it back at home.  Milk tea is a dreamy blend of creamer, simple syrup, and strong brewed tea.

Hong Kong Style Milk Tea

Hong Kong Style Milk Tea

Servings: 1


-1 cup hot water

-1 tea bag (Lipton Yellow Label is authentic, ceylon or earl grey work well, but any black tea is fine)

-1 1/2 Tbls light coffee creamer, powder (unsweetened original)

-1 1/2 Tbls unflavored coffee syrup (simple syrup)


Poop bread 동빵 ♥ Disgustingly Cute Korean Street Snack

Today I have an extremely amusing and delicious Korean snack to share with you~ Poop Bread!

Healthy Kimbap

Kimbap is eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner here in Korea.  It is truly a staple in the Korean diet.  Usually, seaweed and white rice are wrapped around spam, egg, tuna, and vegetables.  In this version, I use mixed-grain rice, tuna, and vegetables.

Healthy Kimbap

Healthy Kimbap

Servings: makes 3 rolls


-3 sheets of nori ‘gim’ for kimbap

-1 1/2 cups cooked mixed-grain rice, cooled

-1/2 tsp salt

-1 tsp sugar

-2 tsp rice vinegar

-1 small package of pickled radish and burdock root sticks

-1/2 small carrot, cut into thin strips

-1/2 package of firm tofu (I like the pulmuone brand shown below)

Macaroni and Cheese Mandu

Here is another awesome recipe from my friend Stephen Elliot.

The best part of fully engaging with another culture, while being fully from another culture is the weird combinations of the two you can come up with.

These mandu (very similar to Chinese dumplings, or pot stickers) are filled with a homemade macaroni and cheese with a slight sesame flavor to help match with the flavors of the dipping sauce. They do take a long time to prepare, but they also add a bit of a WOW factor to any potluck or gathering of friends on either side of the Pacific. Just make sure you give yourself a few hours to prepare, or you’ll run out of time and have to be the person who brings pizza to the potluck.

Microwave Breakfast Muffins

This quick breakfast sandwich is easy to put together and tastes like the fast-food ones.

Microwave Breakfast Muffin

Microwave Breakfast Muffins

Servings: 1


-1 whole grain English muffin

-1 egg (use 2 egg whites if watching your cholesterol)

-salt & pepper

-2 slices thin ham sandwich meat (preferable natural or low-sodium kinds)

-1 Tbls shredded cheese or 1 slice of cheese, any kind you like

-1 tsp ‘I can’t Believe it’s not Butter’ (or other butter spread)


Green Tea Latte

With only 3 ingredients, this simple latte tastes like the ones you get at coffee shop.

Green Tea Latte1

Green Tea Latte

Servings: 1


-1 tsp green tea powder

-2/3 cup milk ( I used low-fat)

-3 tsp honey


1) Mix the green tea powder and honey with about 2-3 tbls hot water.

Honey-Sesame Roasted Nuts

These slightly sweet roasted nuts are simple and delicious.  They are a comforting holiday treat and also make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Honey-Sesame Roasted Nuts

Honey-Sesame Roasted Nuts

Servings: 6


-1 tsp butter

-1/4 cup honey

-2 tsp sugar

-1/4 tsp salt

-3/4 cup whole almonds

-3/4 cup whole walnuts

-1 Tbls sesame seeds


1) In a pan, combine the butter, honey, and sugar.  Let it come to a simmer over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

Nacho Cheese Sauce

The following is a guest article by my friend, Stephen Elliott, another fellow English teacher in Korea. You can follow his adventures in painting/illustration at

Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, there comes a point in a man’s life when he must take a stand and say “enough is enough.” For me, that day came at a buffet dinner with my co-workers where I was served a “nacho cheese” that was thin, not at all spicy, and sweet.

Sweet. I know, right?

I knew that there had to be a better way. Won’t you join me in my delicious revolution? This cheesy, spicy sauce uses processed cheese for the flavor, and a butter roux to thicken it. I know that sunds complicated, but it’s actually quite simple and painless.

"Picnic Like a Pro" - Published on The Korea Blog

I'm very excited to say that my piece, "Picnic Like a Pro: Korean Outdoor Dining Culture" has been published on the Korea Blog! Covering everything from picnics to snack tents, this blog talks about Koreans and their far-out outdoor dining.

Super Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte

This super simple recipe uses instant pumpkin tea and coffee mixes to create my favorite cold weather coffee-shop specialty.

Servings: 1


-2 packets Maxim 1/2 calorie coffee mix (Mocha Gold or Original)

-1/2 packet Korean pumpkin tea mix (I found it was too thick if I used a whole packet)

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

-a pinch (1/16) tsp nutmeg (if you can find)

-1/8 tsp ground ginger

-1 tsp instant coffee granules (optional- if you want a stronger coffee flavor, which I like)

-2 Tbls milk (optional, adds a richer flavor)

- 200 ml (just over 3/4 cup) hot water


Bulgogi Spring Rolls with Peanut-Miso Dipping Sauce

In this fusion recipe, bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef) is wrapped in rice paper with fresh ingredients and served with my version of a ssamjang style dipping sauce (Korean sauce with miso and red pepper paste).  It’s the best of Korean BBQ all wrapped-up together.

Bulgogi Spring Rolls with Peanut-Miso Dipping Sauce

Servings: 2


For Bulgogi:

-150 g (5 oz) lean steak meat, sliced very thin

-1 Tbls minced garlic, about 1 large clove or 2 small

-1 1/2 Tbls soy sauce (low sodium)

Trail Mix Treats


These are similar to rice krispie treats, but I made them a bit healthier by using bran flakes and peanut butter instead of rice krispies and butter.  I had a plentiful amount of ingredients you would find in trail mix plus marshmallows that needed to be used soon, so I decided to make trail mix treats!

Crunch Ice Cream Bars of Korea

The following are all the crunch bar style (aka cookie coated) ice cream treats you can find in Korea!  As I discover new ones I will add them to the list! ♥

Name:    Pig bar ( 돼지바)

Price: 900-1000원

Calories: 210

Maker: Lotte

Making the Most of Korean Festivals in 2012

The Eobang or Fishers' Festival on Gwangan Beach, Busan

Bungeoppang (Fish Bread) Ice cream

Name:    (참) 붕어 싸만코

Calories: 200

Maker: 빙그레

Yum: 1/2

13 Ways & 13 Days: Celebrating Love in Korea

With Valentine's Day swiftly approaching, some of you may be scrambling to put together just the right gift for that special someone. If you think that's tough, try being Korean. In Korea, there's not just one day, but thirteen special days designed to celebrate love!

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