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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.

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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!!

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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

Ingredients:

~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)

Directions

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.

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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

Ingredients

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?

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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

Ingredients:

-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.

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Soy Glazed Eggs

Servings: 3-5

Ingredients:

-4 eggs

-3 Tbls soy sauce (Low Sodium)

-1/4 cup water

-1 tsp sugar

Directions

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


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