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How to Say ‘I Hate You’ in Korean

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Although you might not use this phrase often, knowing how to say ‘I hate you’ in Korean can be quite useful! It is basically the same as saying “I hate that’, or ‘I hate it’. By learning how to say ‘I hate you’, you can express these feelings, even if you aren’t saying ‘I hate you’ directly to somebody.

The reason that this phrase is so useful is that in Korean, often the subject and object of a sentence (for example ‘I’ and ‘you’ in the phrase ‘I like you’) are not said. This means that you can just say ‘hate’, and people will know what thing you are talking about based on the context.

Let’s cover the different ways to say ‘I Hate You’ in Korean.

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‘I Hate You’ in Korean

I hate you in Korean

Using the Verb ‘To Hate’

The verb ‘to hate’ in Korean is 싫어하다 (shil-eo-ha-da). This verb will be the basis of some of this article’s expressions. It is a 하다 (hada) verb, which is one of the most common types of verb in Korean. The verb 싫다 (shil-da) also means hate. 싫다 and 싫어하다 are used slightly differently in the third person (she hates you) but can basically be seen as interchangeable in the first person (I hate…).

Note that the word ‘hate’ isn’t as strong in Korean as it is in English. For this reason, the word is used more often in Korean than in English, so learning it is very useful.


Formal ‘I Hate You’ in Korean

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1. 싫어합니다 (shil-eo-ham-ni-da)

2. 싫습니다 (shil-seum-ni-da)


3. 저는 당신을 싫어합니다 (jeo-neun dang-shin-eul shil-eo-ham-ni-da)

4. 저는 당신을 싫습니다 (jeo-neun dang-shin-eul shil-seum-ni-da)

저 = I

당신 = you 

If you want to say ‘I hate you’ in Korean, then the most common way is to just use the verb ‘to hate’ on its own. In formal Korean, this simply means saying 싫어합니다 or 싫습니다. These expressions can also be used to say ‘I hate it’.

Formal Korean should be used when making announcements, doing presentations, or during an interview.

If you want to be specific, you can include the words ‘I’ (저) and ‘you’ (당신). However, the word for you, 당신 (dang-shin), isn’t usually used. Instead, Koreans often use the person’s name or title.

For example:

저는 선생님을 싫어합니다 (jeo-neun seon-saeng-nim-eul shil-eo-ham-ni-da)

I hate you, teacher.


Standard ‘I Hate You’ in Korean

1. 싫어해요 (shil-eo-hae-yo)

2. 싫어요 (shil-eo-yo)


3. 저는 당신을 싫어해요 (jeo-neun dang-shin-eul shil-eo-hae-yo)

4. 저는 당신을 싫어요 (jeo-neun dang-shin-eul shil-eo-yo)

You can use these expressions when talking to people who are older or not particularly close to you. You don’t need to say ‘I’ or ‘you’, you can just say 싫어요 or 싫어해요. You can also use these phrases when saying that you hate other things such as ‘I hate chicken’ or ‘I hate it’.

If you want to be specific, you can use ‘I’ (저) and ‘you’ (당신). However, you should replace 당신 with somebody’s name or title, just like you would with formal expressions.


Informal ‘I Hate You’ in Korean

1. 싫어해 (shil-eo-hae)

2. 싫어 (shil-eo)


3. 나는 너를 싫어해 (na-neun neo-reul shil-eo-hae)

4. 나는 너를 싫어 (na-neun neo-reul shil-eo)

나 = I

너 = you

You can use these expressions with people who are close to you and who are of a similar or younger age.

Note that informal Korean has different words for ‘I’ and ‘you’ than formal Korean.

You can also just say 싫어 or 싫어해 when talking about other things that you dislike.



피자를 먹을래? (pi-ja-reul mog-eul-lae?)

Do you want some pizza?

싫어! (shil-eo)

No, I hate it!


A Word of Caution About Romanization

Although the words in this article have been written using Romanization as well as Hangul (the Korean alphabet), not every new word you come across will be written in this way. If you really want to improve Korean, then it is recommended that you start off by learning how to read the Korean alphabet. This will help you with your pronunciation and reading skills too.

If you want to take your Korean to the next level, take a look at this list of Korean phrases  or try our full Korean course. This will help you improve your Korean in no time at all.


Wrap Up

Even though you might not say ‘I hate you’ that often, knowing how to say ‘I hate you’ in Korean can help you tell people what things you dislike. Use it wisely!


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NaPoWriMo Day 17: Many Days Late, No Dollars Short

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My heart is stranded, an empty parking lot
and a flickering light, while
your eyes say a leaving I know I won’t survive

There are places where everything changes; others where everything stops
finding the difference
is critical

We met in a summer classroom
weeks behind, wondering
where the teachers had gone

Our footsteps echoing
Right place, wrong time
Right wrong, place time
Or was it the other way around?

I leave you these things that are inessential
A heart, a memory, a playground at night
I am lighter, drifting
       floating away
                  like dandelion seeds in the breeze

I am. So. Behind. I got sick and it just sapped all the strength and creativity out of me. I was just trying to Not Die From The Cold Of Death so anything above basic survival was noooot gonna happen.

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Dotonbori (or Dotombori) is my favorite neighborhood in Osaka,...

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Dotonbori (or Dotombori) is my favorite neighborhood in Osaka, Japan, and if I were to go there again, I’d probably find an Airbnb in the Namba district. Yes, it’s super touristy, but there’s so much to see (from the Dotonbori canal to the Gilco billboard) and so many yummy things to eat. 

If you’re visiting Osaka, you have to eat takoyaki and okonomiyaki. You can eat takoyaki anywhere on the street that looks fresh; I go anywhere there are a lot of people waiting and/or eating. My favorite okonomiyaki is from Ajinoya (味乃家). It’s quite a wait, and actually I was turned away twice because I didn’t get there early enough before closing. Once I ate it, I knew it was worth the wait and I still think about how fun and delicious that meal was that day.

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Hi, I'm Stacy. I am from Portland, Oregon, USA, and am currently living and teaching ESL in Busan, South Korea. Busy getting into lots of adventures, challenging myself, and loving people. Something more than an ethereal will-o-wisp.

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How to Say ‘Welcome’ in Korean

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Whether you are having friends over, or you are wondering what shop assistants are saying to you, it is useful to know how to say ‘welcome’ in Korean.

Once you learn this word you will start noticing it a lot. Let’s get to it, and give this phrase a nice warm ‘welcome’!

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‘Welcome’ in Korean

If you look up ‘welcome’ in the dictionary, you will more than likely see the word 환영하다 (hwanyeonghada).

This word is easy to remember (it sounds like 안녕, the word for ‘hello’), and is easy to use as it is a ‘hada’ verb, so can be used it a similar way to the Korean word 좋아하다 (to like).

However, this is not the most common way of saying ‘welcome’ in Korean. In fact, the most common way of saying welcome uses the word 어서 (eoseo), which means ‘quickly’, and the verb 오다 (oda), which means come.

These words are used in what is known as the ‘imperative’ form, the form used in order to give commands or orders. By learning how to say ‘welcome’ in Korean, you will also learn how to use this type of grammar.

Formal ‘Welcome’ in Korean

How to say welcome in korean

1. 어서 오십시오 (eoseo oshipsio)

 This phrase is used on its own and can be heard when someone welcomes you into a room or place.

Formal Korean usually ends in ‘입니다’ or ‘습니다’, but the imperative (commands and orders) is an exception to this.

Formal Korean should be used when making announcements, doing presentations, or during an interview.


Standard ‘Welcome’ in Korean

1. 어서 오세요 (eoseo oseyo)

You can use this expression when talking to people who are older or not particularly close to you. It is also the most likely form of the word that you will hear when entering a shop.

The ending ‘세요’ comes from inserting ‘시’ into the word in order to make it polite. You will come across ‘세요’ in several situations: Giving orders and commands; asking questions; and speaking to your elders.

Other examples of commands in Korean

앉으세요 (anjeuseyo) – Please sit.

가세요 (gaseyo) – Please go.

주세요 (juseyo) – Please give.

사세요 (saseyo) – Please buy

(사세요 could also mean ‘live’ so be careful when hearing this word)

Informal ‘Welcome’ in Korean

1. 어서 와 (eoseo wa)

You can use these expressions with people who are close to you and who are of a similar or younger age.

In informal Korean, there is no difference between the imperative (commands and orders) and the words used when saying a regular sentence. As a result, 와 can mean ‘come’ as in ‘I come’ but it can also mean ‘please come’ depending on the context.


You’re Welcome in Korean

The phrase ‘you’re welcome’ uses neither 어서 오다, nor 환영하다. If you want to say ‘you’re welcome’ in Korean, you can use the phrase ‘천만에요’ (cheonmaneyo). This is the closest equivalent to the English phrase ‘you’re welcome’. However, rather than saying this, people usually just say ‘no’ or ‘I should be the one who is thanking you’, or sometimes nothing at all.


A Word of Caution About Romanization

The Korean alphabet, known as Hangul, is easy to learn. It may look complicated at first but can actually be learned in less than a day. Take the time to learn it now, and your Korean studies will be easier in the future. As well as improving your reading and pronunciation, understanding Hangul can help you improve your Korean grammar.

Now that you know some basic words, it is time to push on. Sign up for our full Korean course and start speaking like a pro.

Now that you know how to say ‘welcome’ in Korean, you can listen out for this phrase when you enter shops and restaurants. Don’t worry, when you hear it, you don’t have to give a response. Instead, relax and enjoy the nice feeling of being welcomed!


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Chukseoam Hermitage – 축서암 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)

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A look at the hermitage courtyard at Chukseoam Hermitage with the Chiseosan Mountains towering above.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Chukseoam Hermitage is one of nineteen hermitages directly associated with the famed Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do.

You first approach Chukseoam Hermitage down some country back roads. Finally, the road will start climbing, when you finally arrive at the outskirts of the hermitage. The hermitage is spread out over two courtyards. The lower courtyard wasn’t all that well maintained. The lower courtyard houses the monks’ dorms.

Walking through the staircase that divides the lower courtyard residences, you’ll arrive in the upper courtyard, where all of the significant buildings at the hermitage reside. To the left is an older looking building that acts as the residence for the monks. And to the right is the hermitage kitchen and visitors’ centre. Straight ahead is a rather non-descript main hall. The exterior is unadorned. All that adorns this bare exterior are the earthen dancheong colour tones that adorn all temples and hermitages in Korea. Inside, you’ll see a rather sparsely decorated main hall. On the main altar sits a unique triad of statues with Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) in the centre. The reason I say unique is that the statues seem to be rather squat in appearance and cube-like in the face. On the far left wall is the smaller sized guardian mural.

To the left rear of the main hall is the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall. The shaman shrine hall is unadorned on the exterior, but it’s backed by a beautiful pine tree forest and the heights of Mt. Chiseosan. Inside the shrine hall, as you walk upon the rickety floor boards, you’ll see a set of gorgeous shaman deities. Unfortunately, the paintings are covered by glass, which takes away from getting a good picture of them; however, Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), Dokseong (The Lonely Saint), and Chilseong (The Seven Stars) are beautifully rendered.

HOW TO GET THERE: Chukseoam Hermitage is tricky to find. With your back to the main gate at Tongdosa Temple, head straight for about 200 metres. Turn left at the first major road. This road will head straight, beside the Tongdosa Temple parking lot, for about 300 metres. As the road forks, head left around a curved road for about 200 metres. You’ll then see a handful of taller apartments. Head straight once more for about 400 metres with Tondo-Fantasia (an amusement park) to your right. Again, you’ll come to a fork in the road at a farmer’s field. Take the road that heads left. Follow this road for about a kilometer. During this one kilometer hike, you’ll be able to see signs that guide your way. Follow these signs until you arrive at the hermitage behind a few larger sized houses.

OVERALL RATING: 3/10. Chukseoam Hermitage certainly won’t blow you away. Much like Sudoam Hermitage, also associated with Tongdosa Temple, there is very little to see at the hermitage; however, with that being said, there are a couple of things that are unique to Chukseoam Hermitage. One is the gorgeous vista of the Mt. Chiseosan range behind the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall, as well as the intertwining pine tree forest. Also, the gorgeous paintings of the shaman deities inside the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall certainly are the handful of highlights at the hermitage. But unless you have an easy way to get to Chukseoam Hermitage, the trip may not be worth it.


The entrance that leads up to the hermitage courtyard.


A look at a couple of the halls at Chukseoam Hermitage and the surrounding beauty.


The compact main hall at Chukseoam Hermitage.


A look inside the compact main hall.


Both the main hall and Samseong-gak together.


A better look at the beautifully located Samseong-gak.


The beautifully manicured grounds that surround the shaman shrine hall.


The modern Sanshin mural inside the Samseong-gak.


A look up at the peak of Mt. Chiseosan.


The view from the Samseong-gak.

Teaching at a Korean University

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I have talked about how to find a teaching job in Korea and what it’s like to work at a private academy (hagwon) —but I want to share a bit about my experience teaching at a Korean university for two years.

A lot of college graduates come to teach in Korea for a new experience and/or the hope of saving a lot of money. A university job in Korea is ideal because you work less hours (12-18 teaching hours a week) and have a fantastic amount of paid vacation (3-5 months of the year). These days, university jobs are very competitive; it’s based on who you know and how great your resume is. 

Every contract and school is different. I was lucky to have my own student assistant (to make copies and do grading), my own office (with a sweet view of the ocean), decent pay with full benefits, a ton of flexibility with picking books and teaching materials, a nice staff, great students, money paid into a private pension, and the opportunity to do research I was semi-interested in. 

I have a master’s degree and taught public speaking at a public university in the U.S., so I did have prior university teaching experience. Also, I taught at private academies and a public elementary schools in Korea, as well, so I had experience with teaching in Korea. So, why would I leave my cushy university job in Korea?

1. I hated my commute. Yes, I only had to go to school for seven months of the year. Some semesters, I only taught four days a week. I didn’t want to live near the university and my students, which were far from downtown, so my commute was 80-minutes of walk, subway, and bus twice a day.  For two years, I accepted a housing stipend, which was small and only covered half of my rent and commute costs. Choosing to commute was my decision, but I didn’t want to do it anymore.

2. No flight or severance pay. All full-time teaching jobs in Korea should pay for your flights (coming and going) and an extra month of pay, after completing a year of teaching. Private universities fall into some loophole and my school didn’t have to pay these two things to me. This really pissed me off, given that…

3. The pay was minimal and didn’t increase. My university paid everyone the same, regardless of what kind of experience or teaching degrees you had. 

I have been teaching in Korea since 2010. I have seen housing and school + academy costs increase while foreign teachers’ pay remain stagnant. Also, there are no pay raises. Having life expenses increase while salaries remain the same (regardless of how hard you work) is really demoralizing. 

Many times, my school put way too many students in a class, at all varying levels, and yet, under-paid teachers. No one benefits this way. 

4. It’s kind of a dead-end job. No matter how great of a professor you are at a Korean university, there is literally nowhere to move professionally but sideways or down. It’s impossible to get a tenured position and if you can get a “head teacher” position, it usually involves a lot more work for no extra pay. 

Also, given the poor academic integrity in Korea, you will be given very little respect from international universities. Korean universities are world-famous for cheating, plagiarism, lying, grade-fixing, and bribery. I don’t publish anything academic from my Korean university for a reason.

5. This job may not exist in five years.  Korea has an extremely low birth rate and, in fact, it’s one of the lowest in the world today. From 2013 to 2023, the number of university students in Korea will decrease by 160,000. Each year, there are fewer university age students in Korea and there are no signs that this will change in the future. It’ll likely just get worse. 

While the median age of Koreans increases, the need for foreign teachers is decreasing. The market here is over-saturated with native English teachers —many of them with no experience, fresh out of college, who accept pretty much any pay. Granted, those teachers won’t be getting jobs at universities, but if you lose your university job that’s who you’re competing with for another teaching position in Korea. 

If you’re interested in teaching in Korea, at a university or otherwise, think about why and for how long. And, always keep your options open.


The Best Places to Visit in Korea

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There are so many great places to visit in Korea, from peaceful temples, to needle-edged mountains. If you want to get out of Seoul for the weekend, then you can’t go wrong if you visit one of the places in this article. Keep reading to learn about some of the best places to visit in Korea!


Gwangalli Beach (광안리 해수욕장) and Gwangan Bridge (광안대교), Busan

Gwangali Beach Busan

When people head to Busan for the first time, they usually head straight for Haeundae Beach. However, if you fancy a less crowded, more authentic experience, then you should head to Gwangalli Beach instead.

At night-time Gwangalli really comes alive, as locals visit the many fish restaurants on the beachfront. Looking out to sea, you can see the Gwangan Bridge, which is lit up in different colors, making for some great night photos. Busan’s annual fireworks display is also held on the bridge, meaning that the best views of it are had from Gwangalli beach. The beach is walking distance from Gwangan subway station (광안역).


Kyeonghwa Station (경화역), Jinhae

If cherry blossoms are your thing then visiting Jinhae during the cherry blossom festival is a must. One of the most scenic spots to see the cherry blossoms is Kyeonghwa station, where the track is lined with cherry blossom trees, ready for budding photographers to grab the perfect snap of the falling white and pink blossoms.


Gongryong Ridge (공룡능선), Seorak Mountain National Park

Its name literally means ‘dinosaur ridge’, and it certainly lives up to that description. The jagged peaks of the ridge sour above the clouds like the back of a stegosaurus. At over 1,200 meters above sea level, it may be a tough climb, but the views from the top are worth it.

For climbers with not quite as much time or energy, the nearby Ulsanbawi (울산바위) is an easier (though still very very vertical) climb with spectacular views at the top. After the climb, you can take a rest in the nearby hot springs or relax on the beaches at Sokcho, you will definitely feel as though you deserve it.


Ulleung Island (울릉도)

If you manage to visit here you will definitely earn some kudos from any Korean that you mention it to. Ulleung Island is located in the middle of the ocean, halfway between the Korean mainland and Japan.

To reach the island, you need to take a four hour long ferry from Pohang or Donghae. The trip is certainly worth it though, entering the harbor makes you feel like an extra in a pirate movie. The island’s fresh food, clean air, and sea breezes will refresh even the most tired visitor, and the views are unforgettable. If you truly love adventure, then Ulleung Island is a must-visit.


Bulguksa (불국사), Gyeongju

Bulguksa Temple

If you are interested in Korean history, then Gyeongju is likely to be one of the first places on your ‘to-see’ list. The old part of the city contains no skyscrapers, and within a certain area all buildings must have a traditional Korean roof, even gas stations!

Gyeongju’s main attraction is Bulguksa temple, the spiritual home of Korean Buddhism. Along with the temple, the Seokgulam (석굴암) grotto, located halfway up a nearby mountain, is also a must-see when visiting Gyeongju.


Nami Island (남이섬), Gapyeong

Nami Island 01

Made famous by the hugely successful drama Winter Sonata (겨울연가), which was the first internationally popular Korean drama when it was launched in 2002, Nami Island is still visited by fans of the show. The tree lined road where Yonsama and Choi Ji-Woo rode their bicycle, or the bench where they made snowmen, are the most popular photo spots, but the rest of the island is equally picturesque.

Nami Island

Gapyeong is easily reached from Seoul, and from there you can either take a ferry to the island or, if you are feeling adventurous, reach the island by taking a zip-line across the river!


Seopjikoji (섭지코지) and Seongsan Sunrise Peak (성산일출봉), Jeju Island

There are so many places to visit on Jeju Island that they could almost warrant an article by themselves. One of the best places to visit on the island (and thus one of the best places to visit in Korea) is Seopjikoji. This coastal walk has been featured in many dramas, and you will find many young couples taking romantic strolls along the cliff-top. From here, you can also see one of Jeju Island’s other famous sites: Seongsan Sunrise Peak. This volcanic crater has almost sheer vertical drops on three of its four sides, and looks spectacular at dawn when the sun appears from behind it.


Boseong Green Tea Field (보성 녹차밭), Boseong

Boseong Green Tea Fields

This corner of Jeolla province is where almost all of Korea’s green tea comes from, and the hillside around the town is covered with rows upon rows of luscious tea plants. The greenery makes for great photos, but a visit to the fields also allows you to taste the green tea at its absolute freshest. A trip here is a must for tea aficionados!


Jagalchi Fish Market (자갈치시장), Busan

Jagalchi Market Busan Entrance

오이소, 보이소, 사이소 reads the entrance sign in classic Busan dialect: Come! Look! Buy! One thing it didn’t mention is ‘smell!’ which is surprising for anyone who has ever visited a fish market before. The fish market, and nearby international market (국제시장) are the best places to experience the hustle and bustle of this dynamic port city.

Jagalchi Market Busan Inside

You can also eat the freshest fish possible here, or if that isn’t fresh enough for you, you can try the live octopus (산낙지) whose tentacles are still wriggling and squirming even when they are being held by your chopsticks. The market can be reached by taking a subway to Jagalchi subway station (자갈치역).


Now that you’ve read about some of the best places to visit in Korea, which place is top of your wish-list? Do the mountaintop crags of Gongryong Ridge give you wanderlust, or are the sights and sounds of Gwangan Beach more to your taste. Let us know in the comments below!

Donkas Deopbap: Korean Pork Cutlet and Rice Bowl

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Donkas deopbap, Korean pork cutlet rice bowl.

Donkas has a pretty cool history. Technically, it is a Korean adaptation of a Japanese food called tonkatsu, while tonkatsu, in turn, is an adaptation of Austrian schnitzel. The name comes from the Chinese character for pig — ton or don — and katsu or kas is a reworking of the “cut” in “cutlet”, based on the Japanese pronunciation of the word. The concept of the pork cutlet made its way to Japan in the late 19th century, where it underwent a few changes. Japanese style pork cutlets are not pounded as thin as schnitzel, and they are cut into strips before serving to make them easier to eat with chopsticks. The breadcrumbs that are used are also much coarser. Generally, Japanese style cutlets are served with thinly shredded cabbage, rice and a potent adaptation of Worcestershire sauce (with various ingredients added, such as ketchup, sugar or oyster sauce) that is dark and shiny.

Donkas deopbap, Korean pork cutlet rice bowl.

Japanese style cutlets are widely available in Korea, but Koreans have made a few changes of their own. Some places have reverted back to a more Western style, pounding the cutlet out to make wang-donkas (“king pork cutlets”) and serving them whole with a fork and knife rather than chopsticks. While Japanese cutlets are usually served with the sauce on the side for dipping, some Korean places slather it on top.

Donkas deopbap, Korean pork cutlet rice bowl.

The sauce is also a bit different — there are many, many variations, but many Korean versions use a roux made with butter and wheat or rice flour as their base, with the addition of various other ingredients such as ketchup, soy sauce and sugar. Donkas sauce recipes are one of those things that successful restaurants tend to keep as closely guarded secrets. I add garlic and barbecue sauce to mine. Everyone should have their own version.

And then there’s donkas deopbap.

Donkas deopbap, Korean pork cutlet rice bowl.

There are many, many kinds of deopbap in Korea. The word comes from deopda, the verb for “cover” and bap, which means rice. In other words, rice covered with something. Donkas deopbap usually consists of a breaded and fried pork cutlet which has been returned to the frying pan and slightly (or entirely) covered with a scrambled egg and sauteed vegetables (usually oyster mushrooms, onions and green onions), served on top of a bowl of rice and topped with donkas sauce.

Donkas deopbap, Korean pork cutlet rice bowl.

I’ve been pretty true to the original, opting to put the egg and vegetables off to the side — putting both the egg and the sauce on top of the cutlet with the steamy hot rice underneath turns it too soggy for my liking. I did add some shallots since I had them on hand, but between the onions and green onions topping the egg, the garlic in the sauce and the chives I garnished with, I don’t think their flavor really came through in any significant way.

Donkas deopbap, Korean pork cutlet rice bowl.

There are a lot of steps involved in making donkas deopbap, but I think it’s well worth it. When you throw it all together in a bowl, you’ve got an entire complex meal with rich and balanced flavors right there in the palm of your hand.

Donkas deopbap, Korean pork cutlet rice bowl.

Donkas Deopbap: Korean Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl

Donkas Deopbap: Korean Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl


  • 2 pork cutlets, scored and slightly pounded*
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 eggs, scrambled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 white onion, cut in half and sliced thinly
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 bunches oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white or brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Note for Those in Korea
  • *If you ask your butcher for 돈가스용 돼지고기 (donkas-yong dwaeji-gogi -- pork for making donkas), the butcher will probably score and pound it out for you.


  1. Combine the salt and pepper and gently rub the spices on both sides of the cutlets. Place the flour, two of the eggs and the breadcrumbs each in separate shallow bowls. Heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Cover the cutlets with flour, then egg and finally breadcrumbs, making sure all sides and edges are well covered. When the oil is hot enough to sizzle like crazy when a drop of water is added, put the cutlets in the pan. Cook them on one side for about 3-4 minutes, or until they are golden brown and then turn them and cook them for the same on the other side. Remove the cutlets from the pan and allow the to cool on a paper towel.
  2. In a separate pan, saute the onions and mushrooms over high heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove to a paper towel to cool.
  3. When the cutlets are cooled, slice them into 4 or 5 pieces horizontally. Scramble the other two eggs in a bowl and reheat the skillet to medium heat. Gently place one sliced cutlet back into the pan to one side and pour half of the scrambled eggs into the other side of the pan, making sure the egg overlaps the cutlet a little. Top the egg with half of the the sauteed onions and mushrooms and green onion. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the egg is cooked through. Carefully remove the cutlet and egg from the pan and transfer to a bowl of white rice. Repeat the whole process with the other cutlet.
  4. Sauce
  5. Add the butter to a small skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk until the butter and flour are combined and all lumps are removed. Add the ketchup, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, garlic, sugar and water and whisk until all the ingredients are well combined. Cook over medium heat while whisking often for 7-8 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Top the cutlet bowl with the sauce and garnish with chives.

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December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015Beijing was the first city I...

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Drug sniffing beagles

Street crossing

Yummy tofu street food



A man just nonchalantly cracking his whip outside a supermarket


Riding the Beijing subway

Snacks for the Peking Opera

Curly straws!

December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Beijing was the first city I had traveled to in China. I had been to Hong Kong before, but like most people will agree, that doesn’t count. Hong Kong doesn’t feel anything like China, and I don’t mean that in a good or bad way. It is a city that feels more like Europe than Asia.

I digress. Honestly, Beijing really shocked me at first with its abrasive residents, cold winter weather, and terrible pollution. The city is a bit rough around the edges. 

It may be a bit different since I look Asian, but people would often yell in my face. In Beijing, I never knew if people are telling me that I was doing something wrong or trying to sell me something. Either way, they roll their eyes and act super put out when I said I didn’t understand what they were saying.

Still, I had so much fun. Once I stopped repeating “it’s too cold” and “this is so different,” I began to really enjoy Beijing and all it had to offer. 

If you’re visiting Beijing, I suggest:

  • Purchasing a SIM card
  • Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City 
  • Wangfujing 
  • Yonghe Temple 
  • eating a donkey burger 
  • The Great Wall 
  • Shopping 
  • Wudaoying hutong 
  • seeing a Peking opera 
  • eating Peking duck 
  • The Summer Palace 
  • The 798 Art Zone 
  • The Temple of Heaven

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