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Doenjang Jjigae (된장찌개) is an extremely common Korean stew that you'll find at many restaurants, especially if you're a fan of Korean BBQ.
It's made of soybean paste. But not just any soybean paste. It's made of fermented soybean paste. This means that the beans are left to age - kind of like aging kimchi.
However, while fermenting kimchi gives cabbage its distinctive sour taste, fermenting soybeans creates a smell that can only be described as... well, kind of gross. But it only smells bad before you've tried it! Once you can recognize the smell and have tried it, you'll probably enjoy it. I'd highly recommend giving it a try, and not worrying about the initial smell. You'll soon get over it, as I did.
Give it a try if you get the chance, and check out my video about it here to learn more.
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I‘m not over Christmas yet. This will be the last, promise. lol Downtown Seoul offered decorative Christmas lights at City Hall and along Cheonggyecheon for everyone to see. They also opened an ice skating rink at Seoul Plaza, right in front of the library since December 17, 2015 until February 9, 2016. Rates and rentals are charged at an affordable price per hour. Don’t forget to put on your gloves and helmet if you wish to play ice skating. Have fun~
Address: 110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Direction: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 or 2), Exit 5.
Address: Taepyeong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
- Seoul Subway Line 1: City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3-ga, Jongno 5-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong Stations
- Seoul Subway Line 2: City Hall, Euljiro 1-ga, Euljiro 3-ga, Euljiro 4-ga, Sindang, Sangwangsimni Stations
Maneul janjajji, or pickled garlic, is a staple dish in Korea. Good quality garlic is a must to make this dish. Select young garlic cloves with tight skins and no green sprouts. You can pickle the entire head of garlic or peeled individual cloves. It takes six weeks to complete the pickling process, but the wait is worth it. The result is a garlic pickle without its pungent bite with a slightly sweet and tangy crunch. Serve manueul jangajji with rice or as an accompaniment to any main dish. Use the garlic infused soy brine as a dipping or seasoning sauce.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.
1. Sterilize container (optional)
Boil enough water to completely fill your container. Add some coarse sea salt for extra sanitizing effect. Place a clean e-jen Fermentation and Storage Container in a clean sink. Place the inner vacuum plate in the container. Pour boiling salt water in the container and let it overflow. You can use a heat safe glass jar instead if you like.
Boil water with salt.
Pour in container
2. Dry container
When the water is cooled to be safe to touch, pour the water out. Air-dry the container completely.
Pour out water
3. Cut off root
Cut off the root of the whole garlic bulb. If you are using garlic gloves or pre-peeled garlic instead, skip to step 6.
Peel only the outer layer leaving at least one or two layers on the bulb.
5. Cut off stem
Cut off the stem with scissors leaving ⅜” of it. Do this step last. If you cut off the stem first, dirt can easily enter inside the stem while peeling.
Cut off stem leaving ⅜”
6. Wash and dry
Wash the bulbs thoroughly under running water and drain water out in a strainer.
Make brine solution by mixing 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of distilled water and 6 tablespoons of coarse sea salt in a bowl. Place the garlic bulbs in the E-jen Fermentation and Storage Container or a glass jar and pour the brine over them.
Open the valve in the middle of the inner vacuum plate by pulling the rubber plug. Slowly push down the plate to the point where the liquid is right to the level of the opening, but not coming through. Close the valve. Place the outer lid on. For a glass jar, simply close the lid.
Insert inner plate
Close the valve
Close the outer lid
Store the container in room temperature for 1 week.
10. Filter brine
After a week, filter the brine through a strainer and save the filtered broth.
Filter the brine
11. Make seasoning sauce
Mix the filtered brine with 1 cup of soy sauce and 1 cup of sugar. Bring it to boil until sugar is completely dissolved.
Bring it to boil
12. Pour sauce & mature
Put the garlic bulbs back into the container and pour the sauce over the garlic while hot. Let it cool. Seal it and let it mature at room temperature for 10 days.
Let it cool
Seal & store
13. Boil the sauce again & mature
Pour the sauce out of the jar and bring it to boil again. When it starts to boil vigorously, take it off the heat. Pour the sauce back into the jar and let it cool. Seal and store at room temperature for 1 month.
Pour the sauce out
Pour back into a jar
Let it cool
Seal & store
Keep refrigerated. Boil the sauce once a month (as in step 13) for long term storage. This way you can enjoy your garlic pickle throughout the year.
Enjoy for 1 year
Cut 2 to 3 garlic bulbs in half horizontally and place in a side dish plate. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of the sauce per them.
Cut 2-3 bulbs
Serve with 2-3 tbs of sauce
Hello, everyone! Greetings from a member of Trazy crew! Surprise~!Personally, I’ve always wondered how it actually feels like to be on a tour from our own tour packages, so I’ve decided to experience it as a customer (and I’ll be 100% honest haha). ;)This is my very first travel review of a package tour from Trazy.com, and it is “Winter Special: Nami Island+Gangchon Rail Bike+Garden of the Morning Calm One day Tour“. Fro more details, click here.
It includes 3 travel destinations- Gangchon Rail Park, Nami Island, and the Garden of the Morning Calm- and I’ve always wanted to visit these places!!
1. Gangchon Rail Park
Okay, now let’s move onto the real trip, starting from Gangchon Rail Park! After an hour and half ride from Seoul, I’ve arrived at the rail park, and this place is quite beautifully decorated.
And I must say the weather was REALLY COLD. When riding the bike, it was even colder (my fingers and toes froze, I’m serious)! So, I strongly recommend you to wear gloves and a thick outer, and to buy heat packs! See the walls? They look like books, how creative! This is what the ticket looks like. :) FYI, the ride runs every hour regularly- 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and so on.
The red bikes are for 4 persons and blue bikes are for 2 persons. So, I guess this activity is enjoyable for families, friends, and couples. And actually, it was really fun and exciting!
The staff announced that it’ll be about a 3 km ride by bike and then we’re going to take a short ride on a train to the final destination of the course.
Personally, I really enjoyed the ride! Especially the moments when I rode through the dark tunnels and saw the sunshine and the landscape laid out in front my eyes. And the glittering Milky Way tunnel was totally thumbs up!
Though my face was frozen, it was worth riding the bike (I’ll never forget it) :) And the short ride on a mini train was also great! It was enough time to enjoy the beautiful nature of Gangchon area! :D
2. Nami Island
Here’s my next travel destination and yes, it’s the Nami Island! Well known for its amazing scenery in every season, and as a backdrop for films and drama (ex. “Winter Sonata”), it’s a very popular place for both Koreans and foreign visitors.First, I was quite surprised that an entry visa is needed to enter the island. In the pic are the tickets! The visa fee costs 8,000 KRW, FYI. ;)
After passing through the immigration gate (present the ticket to the staff when entering), I got on this boat. Took only 5 or 10 minutes to get to the island!
Finally, the last destination of the itinerary (Huah)! The best for last, I would honestly say! The Garden of Morning Calm was absolutely amazing!!
Look at all these dazzles and sparkles everywhere! It’s such a wonderful place, don’t you think? Well, if you think this is a little charming garden, you’re wrong. It’s actually humongous! But, the vast fields shining in blue lights, and the display of colorful bushes and trees…I could only say WOW while I was walking around. This place should be definitely added to your must-visit destination list! I give 4.5 out of 5 (0.5 off because of the crowd, but it’s still worth visiting) for the Garden of Morning Calm!
What I really liked about this tour package was that all of the 3 travel destinations on the itinerary were always on my travel bucket list (if they’re not on yours yet, add them now!), and that I could travel all in one day (saved time and traveled more)! The only downside I would say is the snow. :( I understand that many people expect or anticipate to see the snow, but as you know, the weather world-wide has been strange this particular winter.
Plus, another great thing was that I didn’t have to drive or worry about the transportation because a round-trip shuttle bus was provided, as well as all the entrance tickets (making my travel plan way easier!!), and a friendly guide (don’t worry, the guide can speak English), too. For details about this tour package, click here.
For the first-time users of our website, Trazy.com, here’s a brief explanation on how booking works on this tour package.
Take a look at our page below:See the right side? That’s where you should click on the option to choose the meet location (for this tour, there’s only Myeongdong Station) and then choose the date of a tour (between Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, I have chosen Sunday).
Read the itinerary:
- Seoul (Myeongdong Station Exit 2.) – Gangchon Rail Park – Nami Island-The Garden of Morning Calm – Seoul (Myeongdong Station)
And check out what’s included in the package:
– Round-trip shuttle bus
– Rail Bike Ticket
– Nami Island admission & ferry ride ticket
– The Garden of Morning Calm entrance ticket
First, the meet location. This is probably the most nervous and anxious part (I feel the same, honestly) for the first-time travelers and tourists, right?!
Don’t worry about the bus leaving you behind! Just arrive 10~15 minutes before the departing time in front of Exit 2. On any tour packages you have booked, always be at the meet location at least 10 minutes in advance! Here’s exactly where you should be standing. ;)
The bus is very punctual (almost) at all times (unless there’s a disaster, disastrous weather, or disastrous traffic jam)! So, try to be patient even if you are 10 minutes earlier than the actual departing time and wait at the spot. Once again, it is very, very important to BE ON TIME! The bus does not wait for those who are late!
National Treasure #55, the Palsang-jeon Hall at Beopjusa Temple in 1932.
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Beopjusa Temple, which means “The Place Where the Dharma Resides Temple,” in English, is located in Boeun-Gun, Chungcheongbuk-do. The temple was first established in 553 A.D. by the monk Uisin. The reason that Beopjusa Temple has its name is that Uisin brought back a number of Indian sutras from his travels to be housed at the temple.
During the Goryeo Dynasty, which lasted from 918 to 1392, Beopjusa Temple housed as many as 3,000 monks at its height. In fact, at one point in its history, in the 1100s, 30,000 monks gathered at Beopjusa Temple to pray for the dying Uicheon, a national priest. As a result of a lack of support for Buddhism during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), Beopjusa Temple shrank in size and influence. And during the Imjin War (1592-98), Beopjusa Temple suffered extensive damage. Fortunately, Beopjusa Temple was restored to its former glory in 1624. It’s also at this time that the famed Palsang-jeon wooden pagoda was rebuilt.
More recently, and in the 1960s, Beopjusa Temple underwent extensive renovation and repairs. Then, in 1988, the massive bronze statue of Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha), which stands at an impressive thirty-three metres in height, was erected to replace the concrete one that had previously taken up residence at Beopjusa Temple.
In total, Beopjusa Temple houses three National Treasures and an additional twelve Treasures.
A mountainside view of Beopjusa Temple in 1932.
The flag pole supports from 1916.
A stone artifact from 1916 called the Seokryeon-ji.
The Cheonwangmun Gate in 1932.
A closer look at the Cheonwangmun Gate.
The stone lantern out in front of the Cheonwangmun Gate in 1916.
The amazing Palsang-jeon pagoda in 1932.
A closer look at the Palsang-jeon pagoda.
And one more look at the Palsang-jeon pagoda.
The Twin Lion Stone Lantern out in front of the main hall from 1916.
Another look at the Twin Lion Stone Lantern with a monk to the right.
The massive Daeung-jeon Hall at Beopjusa Temple in 1932.
A look inside the Daeung-jeon Hall.
And a look at the main altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall.
The Cheonwangmun Gate in 2011.
The Palsang-jeon pagoda in 2015.
The Twin Lion Stone Lantern in 2015.
A look up at the main hall in 2015.
The view from the Daeung-jeon main hall in 2015.
A look inside the Daeung-jeon Hall at the main altar in 2011.
I have read a lot of books and I have tried to utilize the information that I found. However, some books either explained to much and we’re just boring and others didn’t explain enough and lost me. The HDR masterclass felt just about right.
The book flows much in the same way as Serge’s popular YouTube videos do. Allowing you to following along easily and also understand what each step or slider does. Even as a veteran HDR shooter, I learned a few things from this book.
For me, I found the book well laid out and very simple to read. It was not as flashy as other books and that allowed me to focus on the content a little more. Keep in mind that I was primarily reading this on my iPad and that could also have been a factor as I feel that iBooks does tend to cut out a lot of distractions in some ways.
Serge covers a lot of ground in this ebook and leaves no stone unturned when it comes to editing photos using Photomatix, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Again, I have been using these programs for years and I still had a few “aha!” moments where Serge helped me understand a few of the functions that I failed to fully understand.
The book sells for about $27.49 on Amazon and that is a good deal for the quality of material that you get. You are not only getting the ebook but the files he uses too. All in all, if you are looking to up your game with your HDR photos, then this is the book to buy.
Gochujang eomuk bokkeum is a Korean school lunchbox favorite. It's a delicious combination of sweet, spicy, chewy and salty that pairs well with rice. Eomuk (fish cake) also called odeng, is processed pureed fish in various shapes and sizes. It's widely popular in Korean street food cuisine, especially eomuk soup. You can find eomuk in the frozen food section of Asian markets. This stir-fried dish is quick and easy to prepare and will soon be a staple in your home.
Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.
1. Prepare vegetables
Wash and slice the onion. Wash and cut chungyang chilli pepper diagonally.
Chungyang chilli pepper
2. Prepare fishcake
Cut fishcake into squares (1”X1” or 2.5 cmX2.5cm).
3. Mix seasoning ingredients
Mix1 tablespoon of gochujang (hot pepper paste), 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, ½ tablespoon of malt syrup, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of rice wine, ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of chopped green onion and a pinch of black pepper) in a bowl.
4. Stir-fry fish cake
Coat a frying pan with 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil and preheat on high heat for 1 minute. Add the fish cake and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.
Stir-fry 2 min
5. Add vegetables
Add the vegetables to the pan and stir-fry on high heat for 3 minutes. (If you are cooking a large amount, you will have to cook for a longer time.) If things start to stick to the pan, add more vegetable oil.
High Heat 3 min
6. Add seasoning
Add the seasoning sauce to the pan and stir-fry on low heat for 3-5 minutes.
Stir-fry Low Heat 3 min
7. Finish off
Turn off the heat. Add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds and mix well.
Turn off heat
Serve on a side dish plate. Enjoy!
Top 5 ESL Warm-Up Activities
ESL Warm-up activities are an excellent way to begin class because they ease students back into using English again. In many cases, the last time students thought about or spoke English was in your class last week! Here are five of my favorite ESL warm-up activities that I use in my own classes in a Korean university.
Warm-Up Activity #1: Just a Minute
Just a Minute is a very simple activity that you can use to get your students talking. Write a bunch of general categories on the board such as jobs, hobbies, dreams, movies, food, etc. Put the students into groups of 4 and they can number themselves 1-2-3-4. Then, ask one of the students to throw a paper airplane at the board and whatever word it gets closest to is the topic for the first student. All the number ones must talk about that topic for one minute without stopping and if they stop or have a long pause, they’ve lost the challenge.
You can adjust the time limit to be higher or lower depending on the level of students (beginner = 30 seconds, advanced = 2 minutes). Erase the first speaking round word from the board and continue the activity with the remaining three students except that they have different topics. For higher level students, you can require each group member to ask the speaker a follow-up question at the end of each round.
Activity #2: 5-Minute Debate
Give students a controversial statement such as something that’s been in the news recently. In pairs or small groups, have them debate the sides. You may have to assign sides, if too many agree or disagree with the premise. You may also need to scaffold with language like, “I think _____, because _____.” “I agree with X, but _____.”
Keep your students’ personalities in mind. There are many books of conversation topics which really are quite controversial, such as abortion or the death penalty. You want them to practice speaking English, not get in a real fight. In my early teaching days, I had some very heated classes, before I realized “controversial” could be anything people are likely to have a variety of opinions about, but unlikely to have no opinion. Finish up with a quick poll to see if anyone changed their mind about the topic.
Activity #3: Proofreading/Editing
To keep proper grammar usage fresh in your students’ minds, they should practice frequently. This doesn’t need to be a full grammar lesson; a quick warm-up can do the trick. You can give your students a variety of errors to correct: word choice, word order, punctuation, capitalization, etc. Students should write the sentences or passage correctly. Begin this activity by asking students a few review questions about whatever rules they are practicing. (“When do you use capital letters?” or “What is a run-on sentence? How can you fix it?”)
Activity #3: The Alphabet Game
This is a simple way to introduce a topic. For example, jobs, cities, animals, etc. Have pairs of students write down A—>Z on one piece of paper. Give them 2-4 minutes to think of one word/letter that fits that certain category. I make a rule that they can’t use proper nouns. If you want to increase the difficulty and if you have a small class, you can make a rule that if 2 teams have the same word, it doesn’t count which forces students to think more creatively.
Example: Topic = animals
Activity #4: Boggle
You’ve probably played the word game Boggle before. You have to shake up the letters and then you have a certain amount of time to make some words with connecting letters. You can also play it with your students but you don’t need the actual Boggle game. Simply make up a grid on the whiteboard, PowerPoint or on a piece of paper. I make a 6×6 one and put some obvious words in like colors or animals. Then, students go in pairs and have to make as many words as possible that are 4+ letters. You can give a bonus for longer words if you like. At the end, students count up how many points they have, you can double-check for any errors and then award a small prize to the winning team.
Some possible words from this board:
green, pink, rake, back, fire, fires, fast, road, rose
***If you have small classes, consider investing in a Boggle game. Here’s a Super-Big Boggle Game on Amazon.
Activity #5: Free-Writing Time
If you teach a writing class, an excellent way to start it off is to have free-writing time. Students can use a dedicated notebook for the task. Have a topic of the day—some examples are:
“My favorite memory from childhood was _____.”
“If I could change one thing about my life, I’d change _____.”
“The best thing about my family is ______. The worst thing about my family is _____.”
Give students a set amount of time to write—5 minutes for intermediate level students and 10 minutes for more advanced. Encourage them to write quickly in order to practice writing fluency. Put away those erasers and dictionaries! If you do this over the course of an entire semester, you can give students a simple chart to keep track of their writing speed-hopefully it increases!
Like these ESL Warm-Up Activities?
Then you’re going to love these two books on Amazon! They each contain 39 ESL warm-up activities and games that you can use in your classes today. Get your classes started off the right foot and make your lesson planning easier, guaranteed.
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