Archive for March, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: The Usual Tit for Tat

SKOREA FIRES SHELLS AT NKOREAN WATERS AFTER DRILLS Nothing to get excited about at this point. The South has stated after previous serious provocations that they would respond to any further acts of aggression by the norK regime. Pretty much business as usual and life goes on in the south. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Monday returned fire into North Korean waters after shells from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the rivals’ disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean military official said. Residents on a front-line South Korean island said they were evacuated toRead More

Mul Naengmyeon (물 냉면)

Naengmyeon , also transliterated naeng-myeon , Naengmyun and naeng-myun, a popular cold Korean dish. Originally a winter delicacy in North Korea, it has become extremely popular throughout the country during the summer. It consists of several varieties of fine handmade noodles, typically made ​​of flour kudzu (칡 냉면, Chilk naengmyeon ) or buckwheat (메밀 냉면, memil naengmyeon ), although there are also pre-cooked versions with algae and green tea, and they are traditionally served in a large steel bowl with a thick tangy broth, raw julienned cucumber, slices of Korean pear and often boiled egg and/or cold beef. Spicy mustardRead More

Soju Is Not Optional

Boromir is right, of course. Soju is a social requirement. 🙂

Dakdoritang (닭도리탕) Chicken Stew

Dakdoritang (닭도리탕) Korean Chicken Stew

Korean Online Shopping to Become Easier

This has been a long time coming. I remember when it was impossible to order a pizza online from Domino’s in Korea. Hopefully common sense will prevail. Online shopping is expected to become easier for foreigners trying to buy products from South Korean online vendors. The Financial Services Commission announced on Saturday that it will seek ways to revise regulations to allow foreigners to make purchases from South Korean online shops without digital certificates. The commission will consider allowing foreigners to buy goods by simply entering credit card numbers of internationally accepted cards, including Visa and Mastercard. Read more at [KBS World]

South Korea Space Rocks

Hundreds of people have been scouring hills and rice paddies for meteorites near the southeastern city of Jinju after the shower on March 9, some of them armed with GPS devices and metal detectors, according to media reports.

Buy Sell Trade Links on Facebook

A handy list of Facebook buy, sell, and trade groups for those living in Korea.

You can find about anything you need in your area (and in no specific order). Most of these are geared toward expats and USFK personnel but I suppose anyone is welcome.

South Korea’s New Fetish: Food Porn

Welcome to the world of ‘mok-bang,’ where you can watch young Korean people eat their dinner. For hours.

Silkworm Larvae, Peppers and Tuna

No explanation or write up is really necessary. It is what it is. From a popular soju maker website.    

Homemade Kimchi Recipe

Kimchi is the most famous banchan (반찬), which refers to small dishes of food served along with cooked rice in Korean cuisine. It is based on Chinese cabbage (elongated, pale type) to which you can add onions, carrots, and radishes. There are many varieties including cucumber, turnip, etc. You can put whatever you want like. Koreans do not consider that they have had a full meal without kimchi. It is so popular in Korea that there is a kimchi museum in Seoul. For this recipe we’ll use a food processor, which allows us to get a fine puree when the ingredientsRead More

Gwangjang Market: Food Alley

Gwangjang Shijang (Gwangjang Market – 광장시장). While markets like Dongdaemun and Namdaemun seem to get a lot of attention, Gwangjang appears to go quietly unnoticed.

Suicide Epidemic Sweeping Korea

Organizations like the Korea Association for Suicide Prevention try hard to keep people from taking their own lives, but it looks as if the government is not too concerned about the latest epidemic.

What is Korean food?

Korean food is, as its name implies, the traditional food of Koreans in Korea and abroad. The cuisine is varied, from the dishes of Korean royalty, to those prepared in the cities inside and Seoul, to port cities like Incheon and Busan. Korean food is also consumed in the Chinese northeast. Korean food is often spicy and seasoned with spices having certain legacies of Chinese cuisine and Japanese cuisine, with certain variations. The daily Korean diet is based on rice, vegetables, fish, seafood and dubu tofu in Korean). What is known as “Korean food” dishes are typically served as an accompanimentRead More

Korean Cookbooks

A list of the best Korean cookbooks available.

Kimchi Chigae (with pork) recipe

Kimchi chigae literally translates to “kimchi stew.” It is a fine distinction but it is often referred to as kimchee soup in English.

Shin Ramyun

Starting off with a Korean classic, at least as far as the later 20th century.  Nongshim Shin Noodle Ramyun is the best known and most common ramyun in Korea. It’s hot and spicy and quite versatile. We’ll explore some recipes in the future. Granted, these recipes fall into the “bachelor hangover special” variety.