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20 Weird and Wonderful Korean Snacks

When we left home to move to Korea, there was one huge worry on my mind- we were leaving behind England, and with it all the comfort of delicious British food. No more roast dinners, no afternoon teas, no proper English puddings. And to our horror when we arrived, no proper chocolate (apart from the dreaded Hershey’s which, in my opinion, is a poor excuse for chocolate and tastes like it’s a year past its sell-by-date).

So, we were leaving yummy old England to live somewhere which the only foods we knew people ate were rice, one of the most boring foods known to man, and ‘Kimchi’- something which we had never heard of and had only seen described as ‘fermented cabbage’… um, yum?


Korean Convenience Store Food! GS25 Spaghetti & Meatballs

Some Korean interpretations on international foods are perfectly fine, especially in recent years. The number of burger joints is increasing, and with it, the quality. In this part of the peninsula (in Gimhae, a short lightrail journey back in Busan, the second largest city in South Korea), I can be sitting in front of a hot, delicious plate of fish & chips in about an hour.


Our 4th Chuseok in Korea, Part 1 – Seoul

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday. There is no pressure about gifts, the family is way less stressed, and it is all about gratitude, family, and good food. My kind of holiday. The day really embodies Fall, with it’s smells and sweaters, colors, and football (or nap time for me).

In Korea, Chuseok is compared to Thanksgiving because it is also a harvest festival (minus the genocide and kum ba yah stories of sharing some turkey), but it is as big as Christmas is in the States. Being that it’s one of the two biggest holidays in Korea, we usually get 4 or 5 days off! Hooray!

We also got some pretty great Chuseok gifts this year, and if you’re interested in seeing what kind of quirky things we got check out the video!


Eating 해장국, ‘Hangover Soup,’ While Sober

Tom Gates of The Red Dragon Diaries and I are joined in our second food video collaboration (check out the first one, LIVE OCTOPUS, here) by our good friend, the lovely and talented Jookyeong, for a lovely meal of Haejang Guk, also known as “Hangover Soup.” It’s definitely not just for eating after a night of hard drinking!


5 Amazing Bingsu Desserts in Korea

My favorite thing to eat in the blistering hot Korean summer is bingsu. I’m not a huge fan of hot weather, so this popular dessert of shaved ice milk and assorted toppings is a perfect way to cool off. Starting around May you’ll see new businesses that open just for the summer, and you can assume that most of them are bingsu places. This summer I’ve noticed that a specific chain called Sulbing 설빙, which originated in Busan, has spread throughout the country. I’ve seen Sulbing or a ripoff version of Sulbing even in small towns in the country! We realized when we filmed this video that the two videos we’ve done about this tasty treat have both featured mango bingsu, so we decided to ask some friends to send us some pictures of their favorite bingsu around the country so that we could share it!


Korean “Fire Hot” Chicken Feet (불닭발)

Of all the endless eating opportunities, I ended up wanting to try the chicken feet! They are served up in Korea a few different ways, but the kind I wanted were the hot ones.

The ones I tried are called 불닭발 (bul dak bal) or “Fire Chicken Feet”. Anytime I see the word 불 in front of a dish here I wonder if I can hack it or not. I mean, I handled the 불낙 볶음면 which is literally translated “super-crazy spicy hot ramyeon noodles to fry off your face”.  Yeah, it’s funny how these names pan out. Truth be told, they weren’t the hottest noodles I’ve ever had.

So I figured these chicken feet can’t be all that bad.

They were. I’m convinced they are marinated with jet fuel or something because after just one tiny piece I was sweating profusely.


4 Years in Korea – How Korea Has Changed 2010-2014

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but July 13th marked 4 years in Korea for us! We’re a little bit late on celebrating this, but with our Youtube milestones and summer vacation, we didn’t want to overwhelm you guys with too much of the same thing (that thing being awesomeness hehe)!


4 Foods in Korea You Probably Won’t Like

Not everything you can eat in Korea is going to be delicious. Many foreigners come here and right off the boat the moment they eat anything, they say it’s “delicious”. It doesn’t even matter what it is. It may not even be Korean food!

Don’t get me wrong, there are many, many foods here that are completely and utterly addictive. There’s no questioning that.

HOWEVER, there will be some things here available to eat that you’d probably wish were not available.

Here’s my list of 4 of them. Happy dining!


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!


The Red Dragon Diaries and JPD Does ROK Do Live Octopus

Oh, memories.

Pop over to Tom Gates’ “The Red Dragon Diaries” where he has posted the video of our first (and last?) taste of “San-nak-ji,” or live octopus, a popular raw seafood treat for soju-swilling diners in Busan, South Korea.

Footnote: after we’d finished filming, a group of middle-aged folks sat behind Tom and ordered some food, including their own plate of live octopus, which they gleefully began to tear into without much hesitation. Hey, someone’s enjoying it!


Toolbox (툴박스) 2nd is absolutely best burger place in Korea. I...















Toolbox (툴박스) 2nd is absolutely best burger place in Korea. I even fantasize about traveling to Ulsan just to experience one more bun and patty combination.


Frozen Friday: Korean Ice Cream Tasting! #2

This time we taste a famous Korean ice cream bar – the 돼지 바 Dwegi Bar! Is it good?! Why would they call it a pig bar? We have no idea!

The post Frozen Friday: Korean Ice Cream Tasting! #2 appeared first on Evan and Rachel.


Tim Tam SLAM!

We take on the Tim Tam Slam Challenge! Strange and delicious.

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Julio Mexican Cuisine in Gangnam, Seoul has the best Mexican...









Julio Mexican Cuisine in Gangnam, Seoul has the best Mexican food in Korea. I would argue that it’s some of the best Mexican food I’ve had anywhere. Every time I’ve gone, they’ve been really busy, and I usually have to wait at least ten minutes to be seated —but it’s so worth it.  The food is just amazing, and the service is on point. The tacos are definitely my favorite.


Frozen Friday: Korean Ice Cream Tasting! #1

It’s Summer! It’s hot! So we’re bringing you Frozen Fridays! A weekly Korean Ice Cream taste test! Yay!

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Saint Augustin Thai Restaurant

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Saint Augustin Restaurant Review 

 

Thailand…

When I think of Thailand I think of Paradise. I think of Escaping a dreary Seoul winter. I think of  Lazy days spent lounging on white sand beaches, sipping fresh coconuts topped off with Sang Som, riding elephants, and discovering some of the most stunning views I could ever dream of. But above and beyond, when I think of Thailand I think of their dynamite food!


10 Things About Korea…

So I won’t be along here much longer, so I thought I’d give this a shot. There’s plenty about Korea that I’m going to miss, without a doubt, and then there’s a fair amount of things I won’t miss about Korea. It would be fair to say the same about anywhere, of course. So here […]

It’s just THAT good.

 

After a long day’s work, all I want to do is eat something wholesome. Not chocolate or ice cream but actual food.

I remember coming home late at night and stuffing my face with a homemade sandwich like nobody’s business.

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I’d be in the middle of this sandwich and milk, enjoying what a sandwich has to offer at 11pm at night, when I felt something was missing…

Like how Aussies love their vegemite and toast,


Why the interest grew

 

I’ve never been really interested about my Korean background, so it’s still funny that I now am dedicating part of my life to create a network of kyopos all around the world.

When I went to Korea, I always found that native Koreans were fascinated and interested in my because my American accent was, well, American.  I never understood this awe they felt for me until I met a British-Korean for the first time.  It was jaw dropping.

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My little brain couldn’t even comprehend what was going on, but something started inside of me and I wanted more of it.


Just a year old, Cantina (캔티나) is easily becoming a regular...











Just a year old, Cantina (캔티나) is easily becoming a regular restaurant and hangout for those that live in Cheonan, foreigners and Koreans alike. It’s the only Mexican restaurant and bar in town, located in Buldang-dong (불당동). 


My favorite place to eat pizza in Cheonan was Sinore (시뇨레) Pizza...







My favorite place to eat pizza in Cheonan was Sinore (시뇨레) Pizza in Ssangyong-dong (쌍용동). It was real oven-baked Italian style pizza, either thin crust or deep dish, with no random Korean toppings (e.g. corn, sweet potato, or shrimp).

Directions: Walk down the alley across the street from Lotte Mart, between the Holic and the bank. Take a right at YuNa Hair Leader, walk past Mammoth and Angel-N-Us. It will be on your left.


First 48 hours in Korea

One of my favorite restaurants in Cheonan, South Korea is a hot...





One of my favorite restaurants in Cheonan, South Korea is a hot tofu soup restaurant called LA 북창동순두부. I think it’s a chain that you can find in other cities, so if you see it elsewhere, you should check it out. The restaurant has the traditional Korean soup in different variations such as dumplings, curry, etc. for up to 8,000₩.

You can find this restaurant in downtown Cheonan, in the Yawoori area. There is a map on the Foursquare page.


Buddha’s Birthday at 반야사

 

The nearest Buddhist temple to our place is just across the road. In fact I pass it every time I go to work. It’s small and hidden up a small hill behind ample tree cover. In fact you’d miss it completely if it were for the multicoloured lanterns which line the street from early April, lanterns which are of course in anticipation of today, Buddha’s Birthday.


Seoul’s Filipino Market

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Happy Market Monday, where the first Monday of each month we highlight a different market in Seoul!

 

One of my favorite trips I’ve taken in Asia would have to be the Philippines. Whenever I am struck with memories of the trip I can’t refrain from grinning ear to ear. The friendly people, out of this world beaches and amazing food are just some of the things I love about the place!

 


One of my favorite places to eat in Cheonan is the ramen...









One of my favorite places to eat in Cheonan is the ramen restaurant, 멘야마쯔리. The service is excellent, the prices are reasonable, and it’s a fun place to go to with friends. They have two ramen choices, regular for 5,500₩ and spicy curry for 7,000₩. They have non-ramen choices, such as gyoza and fried rice, as well.


While in Daejeon, I found the best restaurant to eat 칼국수...


Cheongnyangni Market

 Introducing Market Monday where on the first Monday of each month Seoulmates will be highlighting a different market located in Seoul!  First up is…

 Cheongnyangni Market

(청량리시장/ Cheongnyangni Shijang)


Bob Burger: Korea’s Rice Burger

When I was teaching in Deokso, which is nearly two hours away from where I live, I barely had time to prepare my lunch at home, so I would usually grab a bite to eat during my break time or buy some food to go. I would either get two different flavors of 삼각김밥 (samgak gimbap or triangle-shaped rice) or those four-layered sandwiches in the convenience store that had weird flavors but, nevertheless, tasted good. They would be enough to keep my stomach from growling for an hour or two, but not for the entire five or six hours that I was working.


Bob Burger: Korea’s Rice Burger

When I was teaching in Deokso, which is nearly two hours away from where I live, I barely had time to prepare my lunch at home, so I would usually grab a bite to eat during my break time or buy some food to go. I would either get two different flavors of 삼각김밥 (samgak gimbap or triangle-shaped rice) or those four-layered sandwiches in the convenience store that had weird flavors but, nevertheless, tasted good. They would be enough to keep my stomach from growling for an hour or two, but not for the entire five or six hours that I was working.


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