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The Best Korean Breakfast in Seoul

I’m not talking about eggs, bacon and toast because that’s definitely not Korean.

My favorite Korean breakfast in Korea is and always be Hwangtae Maeul:

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This place serves up a great bowl of Pollack Soup in the heart of Gangnam in between Yeosksam and Seolleung stations just off Teheran Ro (Road).  Directions below, but look at Continue reading

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Definitely not a sundae…

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I thought this was HILLARIOUS when I read it for the first time.  A friend on Facebook sent me some “Korean food” via the Facebook app.  I look at all the options for food:

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Korean Food Options

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My blog’s feeling like a slumdog, but milk does a blog good

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Raw Milk

Raw Milk

Just a week ago, I was blogging about how the Slumdog Millionaire was literally driving crazy traffic to my blog.  However, the traffic dropped heavily due to Google’s randomizing of their positioning of the Images used in their Google Images division/product.  For a good week+, I was number 2 for phrases like “slumdog millionaire”, but as soon as google decided to rip it out of my search traffic clutches, I shot down a thousand views down to close to what I was averaging before all the crazy traffic.

Despite the drop, I did still manage to break a weekly record due to some of residual effects of the traffic.  Continue reading

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“Without hope, life is not worth living…”

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Picture of Milk bottles

Picture of Milk bottles

Watched “Milk” tonight starring Sean Penn.  Not a bad story about the true life of Harvey Milk.  Towards the end of the movie, Milk says “”without hope, life is not worth living…”  He had just turned 40 and said stuff to his partner that he hadn’t done much in his life he was proud of.  Kind of reminded me of how I feel some days.  I guess I shouldn’t feel that way entirely, but I have to admit some days I do wonder how much I’ve accomplished.  I wish I could have done more.  Continue reading

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Massive numbers of Korean Women making Korea’s famous dish: Kimchi

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2200 korean women make kimchiVolunteers make kimchi, traditional pungent vegetable, to donate to needy neighbors for winter preparation in front of the Seoul City Hall Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. About 2,200 housewives made 130 tons (117 metric tons) of kimchi. Made with cabbage, other vegetables and chili sauce, kimchi is the most popular traditional food in Korea.

Found this off the interesting images feature of Yahoo!  This is very germane to people living and working here in Korea — thus, the post.

A little more about Kimchi from our friends at Wikipedia: “Kimchi, also spelled gimchi or kimchee, is a traditional Korean fermented dish made of vegetables with varied seasonings, most commonly referring to the spicy baechu variety. Kimchi is the most common banchan, or side dish eaten at every Korean meal with rice. Kimchi is also a common ingredient and combined with other ingredients to make dishes such as kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae) and kimchi fried rice (kimchi bokkeumbap).”

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kimchi

There’s been a bit of debate on it’s health impacts: “Kimchi has a reputation of being a healthy food. The magazine Health named kimchi in its list of top five “World’s Healthiest Foods” for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly retarding cancer growth. However, some research focused on high-sodium dietary dependence has found overconsumption of kimchi and doenjang ( hangul: 된장) to be a risk factor in gastric cancer (most likely due to nitrates and salt) while unfermented alliums and unfermented seafood were found to be protective factors. One oncological study found one type of kimchi to be a protective factor against gastric cancer while two other types of such high-sodium kimchi as dongchimi (hangul: 동치미) were risk factors.”

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Korean food becoming trendy?

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I noticed a recent article in the U.S.’s leading newspaper profiling Korean food. It appears their travel writer decided to profile cuisine from the land of the morning calm. However, one article doesn’t necessarily allow me to generalize so hastily. It takes two examples for me to plaster the world with a generalization that could be the furthest thing from the truth…but for me, it works.

The other example telling me Korean food is trendy now was from an email a friend of mine from Seattle forwarded. She passed on another one of her friend’s emails saying:

” Look what McCormick & Schmick has on their menu now! Our very own Kbbq & Kimchee! Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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Clam Chowder, Fish & Chips and Knife Noodles

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Food.

It’s why we live.

Lately, it’s been one of the bigger inspirations for me traveling. Yes, it’s very good to see friends and family, but when you’re savoring every spoonful of hat $11 a bowl Duke’s clam chowder, you’re thinking “DAMN, that was expensive…but I’d do it again!” I miss Seattle. I miss the chowder: Duke’s, Ivar’s and plenty of others. Campbell’s Chunky Clam Chowder just doesn’t do it here in Korea. Continue reading

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Kimchi: the next significant agriculture export for Korea?

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Telling my Korean students that Kimchi or Ginseng has to become the next major product to elevate Korea’s economy for the long term has been a long standing joke for my kids in my classes…but after watching this, who knows?

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Top 10 Series from the Korea Times: Top Consumer Hits in Korea over the past 1/2 century

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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2007/12/135_12020.html

10 Consumer Hits 1950-2007

The Korea Times, the nation’s first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these moments of the past. Current and former staff members of the oldest English daily selected the Top 10s through internal meetings, online surveys and advice from outside experts. If you have differing opinions, let us know by email (jhan@koreatimes.co.kr).

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Popularizing Korean food

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From the Korea Herald on 2007.11.14:

The Korean Food Workshop will kick off its four-day run in Seoul on Friday, showing off traditional Korean dishes and their culinary splendors to international guests, the event organizer Korea Foundation said yesterday. Continue reading

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The image above — what are all the pics?

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Some people have been asking me directly “What’s the story behind all the pictures you put in the image above?”

The first one on the left is a concept car that Hyundai, Korea’s most famous export of automobiles, has been testing & potentially releasing in the near future. The picture right after that is a famous pic of a gal Continue reading

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I think I’m pregnant (or have a rock in my stomach)…and Norman Mailer tells me I’m about to give birth…

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I feel like I’ve had a bunch of food in my stomach for the past few weeks despite not eating…I even get hungry, but feel like I’ve just eaten a couple hot dogs despite my hunger. I literally feel like I have something in my stomach & I don’t know what to do about it.

Nevertheless, I thought this quote by Mailer was poignant or timely for my stomach’s weird feeling lately: Continue reading

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The #1 commodity in Korean supermarkets: ramen

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I’m not statician or rep from Proctor & Gamble who checks how each of the aisles are filled up and down most rows of Homeplus’es or E-Marts, but when you see the row of ramen in the supermarkets here and they appear larger than the dairy section or bottled water sections of the store, you start to wonder…

Some interesting facts about these dried/fried and very tasty noodles (or at least until you’ve had your 10,000th bowl of them): Continue reading

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Never thought I’d ever cry for a cow…

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A couple coworkers/friends of mine and I went to see this movie called “Sheek-gek” (in hangul 식객) which I can’t find the translation into English. In Naver’s dictionary, it says it means “a dependent;a hanger-onpl. hangers-on》;a parasite I don’t know what this has to do with the flick since it was a battle between two chefs over who would prevail as the best culinary artist. The bad guy of course lost in the end & it had your typical plot where the good guy was disgraced at the beginning, fought the entire movie to prevail in the end. Continue reading

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