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Here's the fifth episode of the new "Learn Hangul" series - a series designed to help you learn the Korean alphabet from the very beginning to the end.
So far we've been introduced to what Hangul is and talked about the basics. We've also covered a total of 10 consonants and 10 vowels. We've also learned 4 syllable blocks.
Part 5 will cover 4 new vowels.
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Let’s talk coffee. Not only is it the magical elixir that somehow makes getting out of bed slightly less painful – it’s also one of the world’s most purchased beverages, and there is no shortage of coffee shops to get your daily fix!
Korea’s coffee scene has exploded over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down. New cafes seem to open on a daily basis, and they all claim to have the best cup of coffee.
How do you know where to begin? Use this article to help you navigate the world of caffeine – whether you’re seeking the best latte, the frothiest cappuccino, or the boldest iced coffee, the shops below will certainly have something for you. Read on for our recommendations, and be sure to give us your feedback in the comments below!
Korean Coffee Shop #1: Flat 274 in Buam-Dong
How do you take your coffee – cream and sugar, light and sweet? What about with a side of life music and local art? If so, Flat 274 is the coffee shop for you!
Aside from making out-of-this-world caffeinated beverages, Flat 274 is a mecca of constantly rotating local art, ranging from photographs from local artists, paintings, and pottery. Flat 274 is a true celebration of Korean culture, and is the perfect spin on the traditional “coffee shop date” if you’re looking to take your special someone to someplace a bit more interesting than your run of the mill café.
The coffee shop is also a showcase for the musically talented – if you drop in on any night featuring music from Korean singers and guitarists, you’re in for a treat.
Korean Coffee Shop #2: Sahara Café in Sango-Dong
Conveniently located near Soongsil University, Sahara Café is the perfect place to post up with a strong cappuccino and a laptop to take care of the homework you’ve been putting off this week.
It’s not only a place for taking care of business, though – the café is lined with hundreds of books for your reading enjoyment, and is a great location for indulging in some lazy afternoon reading. Take a trek out to this quiet university neighborhood the next time you simultaneously need a mid-day caffeine boost and a quiet place to work or think.
Korean Coffee Shop #3: Coffee in Sinsa-dong (Garosu-gil)
Ikovox coffee is a gem of a café hidden amidst the bustling shopping district of Garuso-gil. Rather than busting out batch-brewed coffee, the coffee aficionados that man the counter at Ikovox brew each cup of coffee by hand, making sure that their guests end up with the perfect cup of Joe based on their own unique tastes and preferences.
Make sure to stop by Ikovox if you’re in search of quality coffee for home-brewing, as well – their wholesale beans are extremely reasonable (and taste amazing)!
Korean Coffee Shop #4: Jeon Gwang-su Coffee House – Bukcheon
There are those that are serious about coffee… and then there’s Jeon. A true veteran in the world of caffeine, Jeon has been in the business of making amazing coffee for over a decade, and he has his own barista school for the most serious caffeine devotees!
Whether you’re interested in stopping by for a cup of unbeatable, world-class coffee or you’re interested in a full-immersion 18 month course that’s meant to shape and test your barista skills, swing by Coffee House and see what all the fuss is about.
Korean Coffee Shop #5: Café Coffee Mashineun Goyangi in Anguk-dong
Café Coffee Mashineun Goyangi, or “The Coffee Drinking Cat,” has so much more to offer than the standard coffee shop menu of latte, cappuccino, and drip coffee. Don’t get me wrong – the baristas at this café make a mean cappuccino.
Beyond that, though, guests at this colorful coffee paradise have the opportunity to order single origin coffees from countries like Kenya and Ethiopia, which ensures that each guest can end of with the perfect cup of coffee, whether they’re a fan of citrusy, medium-bodied African roasts or spiced, bold Asian varieties.
There are also top notch juices, teas, and smoothies if you’re winding down for the day and could go without caffeine. We personally recommend their cinnamon-spiced chai tea – over ice, it’s the perfect drink for warmer weather!
Korean Coffee Shop #6: Coffee Libre in Yeonnam-dong (Hongdae)
Coffee Libre has an interesting origin – the name itself is born from the Mexican luchador wrestlers, which explains the logo and imagery adorning the stark, crack-laden walls that give the building so much character.
The building was formerly a medicine shop, and the owners of Coffee Libre decided to embrace the motif and left indications of the former Chinese apothecary scattered throughout the space. This combination of themes and décor makes for a fun, lively space for guests to enjoy a cup of strong coffee (all roasted in the shop)! Getting to the shop is a little bit of a trek, but you’ll immediately thank us after taking your first sip of pure caffeine heaven.
Korean Coffee Shop #7: Jamggodae in Samcheongdong
Jamggodae is proof that sometimes, simple is best. This café has three different roasts of coffee to choose from, and the baristas individually brew each cup of coffee to perfection. The prices are also super reasonable for high quality craft coffee, which makes the shop a popular location for anybody who needs to post up for several hours on the mismatched, cozy chairs to get some work done. Make it a point to stop by and try their Dutch iced coffee – it’s a delicious brew with hints of chocolate that will convert even the most adamant coffee-hater!
With summer already upon us, the days are getting longer, and we need all the help we can get not getting tired before the sun sets. Check out the shops on this list for a cup of coffee that you won’t regret, and let us know where your favorite Korean coffee shop is in the comments below!
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A four-story building in Los Angeles that once served as a symbol of uniting Korean Americans together as a community is now at the forefront of an ongoing legal battle between factions fighting for its control. KoreaFM.net spoke with LA Times reporter Victoria Kim & US attorney Andrew Barbour about the case.
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I’ve been pretty quiet this week — the fact is, at the end of the weekend, I came down with either a very nasty stomach virus or some mild food poisoning. I’m not quite sure. But needless to say, I won’t be recommending any of the places I ate at over the weekend just in case. As you might imagine, I didn’t really feel up to editing photos of food the past few days.
Speaking of the food poisoning versus stomach virus quandary, that’s actually what caused me to come up with this recipe in the first place. A few months ago, B and I went to my favorite Indian place for dinner after work. That night, he got sick. I was convinced he was nowhere near sick enough for it to have been food poisoning. We also shared all of our food, and I had not even the faintest sign of a rumble. Nevertheless, he has put the restaurant on his blacklist and refuses to ever go back again.
It’s not that hard to find decent Indian food in Seoul, but the main appeal of this place was that it was just up the road. Indian food is just one of those things that I find I get powerful cravings for out of the clear blue — I never plan to eat it, really. I just suddenly have to. So having a decent recipe on hand is a good idea anyway.
The science behind why Indian food tastes so good is pretty cool — it proves that all of those vague references in food writing to “balance” are not as off base as you might think. I will say that this recipe is in no way authentic — I’ve never been to India, and I don’t know a whole lot about cooking Indian food. I think the basics are there, though, and it tastes pretty good to me.
Oddly enough, chicken curry is a staple meal in my family home. My grandfather was a Baptist preacher, and he and my grandmother became very close to a visiting Indian pastor and his wife sometime in the sixties. The Indian pastor’s wife taught my grandmother how to make a chicken curry dish that has remained a constant on smaller holidays and at family gatherings all throughout my mother’s upbringing and then mine. Easter in my big Baptist family’s Texas house? Curry, for over 50 years. Weird, right? So in an odd way, I get a little bit of that hometown feeling when I’ve got a pot of this bubbling away on the stove.
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon garam masala*
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts**
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 2 shallots, minced***
- 1/2 cup onion, minced
- 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)***
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon garam masala*
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice***
- 1 table spoon butter
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1 star anise***
- 2 cardamom pods***
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- *If you don't feel like jumping through any hoops to get your hands on some garam masala (although it is available at the High Street Market and the Arabic-owned foreign markets in Itaewon, as well as on Gmarket), it's actually not hard to make it yourself with some more commonly available spices.
- **Korean chicken breasts are much smaller, and I recommend using three or four, instead of two.
- ***If you have any trouble finding these or any other ingredients, let me know in the comments, and I'll let you know where I get them.
- Cut the chicken breast into 1"x1" cubes. Combine the yogurt with the marinade spices and put the yogurt and the chicken in an airtight container, making sure the chicken is covered with the yogurt. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before you start cooking (longer is fine -- you can throw this in the fridge in the morning and have it ready to go when you get home from work).
- Melt the butter for the butter chicken over medium heat in a deep skillet and add the onions, garlic, ginger and shallots. Cook while stirring for a couple of minutes and add the tomato paste and water. When the tomato paste is well combined with the butter and water, add the cream and spices. Stir until combined and add the chicken, throwing out the leftover yogurt marinade. Bring to a strong simmer and reduce the heat until it is just bubbling. Cook for about 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through, stirring often.
- Melt the butter for the rice in a skillet over medium heat. Add the rice and saute it in the butter for 2-3 minutes. Add the water and stir through the salt and pepper. Place the star anise and cardamom pods on top of the rice. Bring the water to a simmer and reduce the heat as low as possible while maintaining a slight simmer. Cook until all of the water is absorbed, or about 10-15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to rest for 5 minutes. Remove the spices from the top of the rice and fluff gently with a fork.
Freelance writer and editor. American in Seoul. I write about Korean food. I blog about all food. Last year I wrote a monthly column about traveling to different places around the country to explore Korean ingredients and cuisine. This ignited my interest in local foods and cooking, which I blog about regularly now. I also blog restaurant and cafe recommendations, recipes and some background and history about Korean food.
The 798 Art Zone (or Dashanzi Art District) are 50-year-old decommissioned military factory buildings that have been taken over by artists and turned into an art community. So many artsy things and galleries to check out. Lots of cool stuff to buy, too.
It’s quite a trip out there and you’ll find yourself walking around for hours, looking at both planned art exhibits and street graffiti equally.
Directions: Subway line 10 to Sanyuanqiao Station exit C to find the Sanyuanqiao Bus Stop. Get on Bus 401 to Dashanzi Lukou Nan (Dashanzi Road Crossing South) Station.
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It is always good to know a few conversation starters when learning a new language. Knowing how to say ‘What are you doing?’ in Korean will help you start conversations. Not only will this help you get more practice at speaking Korean, but it will also help you strengthen your friendships with Koreans!
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‘What Are You doing?’ in Korean
Using ‘What’ and ‘To Do’
There are lots of different ways to say ‘What are you doing?’ in Korean, but they all have two things in common. The first is the use of the word 뭐 (mwo), which means ‘what’. The second thing that they have in common is the use of the verb 하다 (hada), which means ‘to do’.
Formal ‘What Are You Doing?’ in Korean
1. 뭐 하십니까? (mwo hashimnikka)
Formal Korean should be used when making announcements, doing presentations, or during an interview.
In these situations, you are unlikely to want to ask somebody what they are doing. However, if you do want to ask them then be very polite about it. Use 하십니까 rather than 합니까 in order to make your question sound politer.
최송합니다, 그런데 뭐 하십니까? (choesonghamnida, geureonde mwo hashimnikka?)
Sorry, but what are you doing?
Standard ‘What Are You Doing?’ in Korean
1. 뭐 하세요? (mwo haseyo)
2. 뭐 해요? (mwo haeyo)
You can use these expressions when talking to people who are older or not particularly close to you.
Using 하세요 is a more polite way of asking questions than using 해요. This form can be used when asking other questions too, such as 어디에 사세요? (eodie saseyo?), which means ‘Where do you live?’
You should only use the ‘세’ form when referring to others, never when referring to yourself. Therefore, you should answer the question ‘what are you doing?’ by using the simple ‘해요’ form of 하다.
A: 지금 뭐 하세요? (jigeum mwo haseyo?)
What are you doing now?
B: 일본어를 공부해요. (ilboneoreul gongbuhaeyo)
I’m studying Japanese
Informal ‘What Are You Doing?’ in Korean
1. 뭐해? (mwo hae?)
2. 뭐 하니? (mwo hani?)
You can use these expressions with people who are close to you and who are of a similar or younger age.
A: 뭐 해? (mwo hae?)
What are you doing?
B: 수영해 (suyeonghae)
Other Ways of Saying ‘What Are You Doing?’ in Korean
If you are just starting out, then learning the above phrases will be fine. If you want to know some other ways of saying ‘What are you doing?’ in Korean then keep reading!
Note that the following phrases have all been written in the ‘standard’ politeness level first, and the ‘informal’ politeness level second.
뭐 하시는 거예요? (mwo hashineun geoyeyo?)
뭐 하는 거야? (mwo haneun geoya?)
This is a common way of saying ‘What are you doing?’ in Korean.
뭐 하고 있어요? (mwo hago isseoyo?)
뭐 하고 있어? (mwo hago isseo?)
This uses the ‘present progressive’ tense, so literally means ‘what are you doing (right now)?’
뭐 하는 중이에요? (mwo haneun jungieyo?)
뭐 하는 중이야? (mwo haneun jungiya?)
This literally means ‘What are you in the middle of doing?’
A Word of Caution About Romanization
If you only intend on learning one or two words in Korean, then you can get away with just reading the romanization of Korean words. However, if you want to go deeper, then the first step is to learn the Korean alphabet, known as Hangul. This will help you understand the structure of the language and notice patterns, as well as improve your pronunciation and reading.
Take our full Korean course to get all the help you need while studying Korean. This will help you move from just knowing a few words and phrases, to being able to actually converse in the language.
Now that you know how to say ‘What are you doing?’ in Korean, use this phrase to start conversations with your Korean friends!
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The Summer Palace began construction in 1750 as a luxurious garden for royal families to rest and entertain. It eventually became the main residence of royal members in the end of the Qing Dynasty. However, like most of the gardens in Beijing, it was destroyed in a fire set by the Anglo-French Allied Force.
Make time for at least 3 hours to explore the area and feel bewildered by the fact that this massive area was once just for royalty. It’s the most beautiful place I went to in Beijing.
Directions: Take subway line 4 to Beigongmen Station (North Palace Gate) or to Xiyuan Station exit C2 (southwest exit) and walk west to the East Palace Gate.
Hours: April 1 to October 31 6:30am-6:00pm, November 1 to March 31 7:00am-5:00pm
On the two year anniversary of the sinking of the Sewol, dozens gathered at a public event in Seoul to discuss the factors that led to the April 16, 2014 ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, most of whom were high school students on a field trip. LA Times reporter Steven Borowiec hosted the free “Seoul Book & Culture Club” event where he presented information from his ongoing Sewol reporting & facilitated discussion with both audience members & other journalists in attendance. KoreaFM.net recorded the presentation & asked the LA Times journalist why he chose to participate.
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This past summer I visited Seoul for a whirlwind, one night only stay after an interview for an MBA program. I wasn’t there for the shopping or the nightlife, but a couple of friends from Busan were up for the weekend so I decided to stick around. We checked out Prost, which I have since revisited and which has been jam-packed and unbearable each time. Up until this weekend I hadn’t really had a wild and wonderful night on the town. Enter Ramie’s and Fountain.
Saturday night it rained HARD. We were pretty tired, and with the rain the thought of going out was an option, but certainly not a priority. I got a message from a friend of mine mentioning that her friends had taken off and that she was having a single social in Itaewon. The cab to Itaewon tends to be around KRW 10,000, so we packed the ol’ umbrella and were soon whisked away to the Hamilton Hotel, behind which you’ll find both bars.
For some reason, the rain seemed to make the neon lights pop even more brightly. We could see a number of spots we had never explored, one of which was Fountain. The stone staircase looked like it could be a really cool spot, but we were meeting at Ramie’s so we didn’t immediately stop in.
At Ramie’s, I had my first Moscow Mule in AGES, which was served properly in a beautiful copper mug. It was really tasty and well worth the KRW 11,000 for us to sit in the upscale, but still relatively casual and modern bar with some sweet, ambient lounge tunes.
I’d like to try it out again for dinner (the menu looks amazing!) and drinks on a night when it’s a little busier, as there were only two or three tables on the third floor that were getting any action. That said, it was raining something fierce!
After Ramie’s we wandered down to Fountain. Of course, I had no idea that it was brand new, I just loved the old school Italian vibe wandering up the stone staircase to the venue.
No cover was required, which surprised me as I walked in and saw a huge stone wall that made the bar which was oddly reminiscent of The Alamo, The Roman Forum, and the library of Celsus at Ephesus.
Even more wonderfully bizarre? The DJ played a hit list from my childhood. We selfied a video of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” (which I will most definitely not be sharing here! :P) as well as “I Want it That Way” (Backstreet Boys, obviously) and a whole slew of other jams from my youth. It turns out I had actually shared a profile of Fountain from A Fat Girl’s Food Guide. Coming to the realization that I was in that barcade was pretty wild!
The vibe was insane with the music, the decor, the Champagne (they have G.H. Mumm for a decent enough price as well as Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon if you’re celebrating), the KRW 8,000 Negroni (seriously – where can you get a Negroni for $8 anywhere?! That’s a 3 oz beverage, ladies and gents!), and the free arcade games (yes… FREE..thank you for sponsoring my new favourite place, Jack Daniels).
I think this spot was built with me (or any other entitled, childish, and fabulous millenial) in mind. Fountain, you’ll definitely be seeing me again!