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Korean Food

Bam – Naked Chestnuts – [밤]

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You will find many of these street food stands selling “Nude” chestnuts.  These aren’t really nude  but they are roasted chestnuts and are pretty darn good. Koreans love chestnuts so don’t forget to eat some of these on the streets while you are traveling in Korea.

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Korean Cold Noodles!

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Another one of my very favorite Korean food is the Korean cold noodles.  It is just insanely delicious in Korea.  There’s not that many Korean restaurants that make it right here in the States so if you want to taste the authentic, Korean cold noodles, you have to get it in Korea. Even these cold noodles I ordered at the COEX fastfood mall was better than anything I tried here in the States including San Francisco and Koreatown in L.A. The reason is that there’s so many restaurants in Korea and so much competition, if they don’t make it right, they go out of business.  Whereas here in the States, the Korean restaurants have a monopoly on Korean food and they don’t have to make it right. Dang it, I miss eating Korean cold noodles, it’s SO GOOD!

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Makkoli Do-Duk – Korean Rice Wine Bar Review!

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Makkoli (막걸리) is the name for Korean rice wine, very similar to Japanese unfiltered sake. In Korea, there’s a bunch of Korean Makkoli bars that specialize in providing customers with various different flavors of Makkoli. On this day, we went to a Korean Rice Wine Bar called “Makkoli Do-Duk” (막걸리도둑), which means Korean Rice Wine Burglar. (It’s in Hong Dae somewhere) Korean rice wine is usually served on a small bowl, not a shot glass or wine glass.  And also you can pour more from the bigger teapot. Here’s a quick look at the menu at Makkoli Do-Duk. The first page of the menu lists different types of beer, soju, and 5 different flavors of the most popular Makkoli. Don’t mistaken Korean bars as a place that only sell liquor because it’s Korean tradition to always eat some food along with Makkoli. This particular Makkoli bar had some really great food to offer, meats, soups, and a ton more great food to eat along with your Makkoli. Next time you are in Korea, I highly recommend you to check out a Makkoli bar as they have great food, rice wine, and good times for you and your friends. Makkoli is … Continue reading

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GopChang – Korean Dish – Pig and Cow Intestines!

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(GopChang (곱창) is fully cooked with potatoes, onions, and other vegetables for flavor.) On my last travel to Korea, I had the pleasure of enjoying one of the finest dishes of Korea, GopChang which is pig and cow intestines full of cholesterol. This isn’t a dish for most first-time westerners but it’s certainly worth a try as it actually tastes really good. There’s actually two types of GopChang, pig intestines and cow intestines.  Cow intestines in my opinion tastes better and it is indeed more expensive.  In this case, we ordered a mix of each. Koreans love fresh cooked food and that is why for most cooked meats, you cook the food on a grill right on the table and eat it while it’s still hot and fresh, that’s the Korean way. Because the smell of cooking GopChang can get on your clothes and also oil can splatter, the GopChang restaurants in Korea usually provide you with a kitchen aprons you can wear like my friend is doing here. Also, these restaurants that sell GopChang only sell GopChang.  Most Korean restaurants only sell what they are good at because there’s so much competition.   And no, you won’t find that … Continue reading

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Korean 7-Eleven and Korean Coffee!

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Korea probably has at least 10 times more 7-Eleven locations than the U.S., there’s one on every corner literally.  Of course, Koreans are quick to adapt 7-Eleven’s popularity (when it came over to Korea 15 or so years ago), they’ve made their own 7-Eleven brands such as this one, Mini-stop, which took over the spread of 7-Elevens in Korea and drove them out of business. For Koreans, I think it’s a good thing (and smart), why pay franchise royalty when you can make your own? And in Korean 7-Elevens, there’s a multitude of more coffee drinks to choose from than here in the States.  How many do you see? Koreans even has their own version of Starbucks, different flavors and different packaging. I think it’s good to have more choices of coffee to choose from.  Of course, the U.S. is loaded with energy drinks but I prefer coffee when it comes to waking me up in the morning.

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Korean Grapes – The Sweetest/Best Grapes in the World!

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When I used to grow up in South Korea as a young kid, I never knew grapes could taste “sour” like here in the States.  Well, when I visited Korea my mom served me the “real” Korean grapes. Korean grapes are so sweet, there’s no bitter/sour taste to it at all with very soft feel to it.  Of course, these are “not exported”.  There’s another version of Korean grapes that are exported but do not taste as sweet as good as this one. Anyways, if you goto Korea, you have to try these grapes, they are the best-tasting grapes in the world.  Oh yeah, Korean pears are good too, the best in the world.

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Mr. Pizza – The Most Delicious Korean Pizza!

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The first time I ate pizza (before I immigrated to the U.S.) was actually in Korea, they used to have PizzaHut in Seoul as early as 1987, or at least that’s the first time I had pizza.  Of course, I fell in love with pizza. Over the last 20 something years since I had my first pizza, South Korea has worked localizing their pizza with some of the popular Korean pizzas like Korean BBQ pizza, Potato Pizza, or even Kimchi pizza. Anyways, my all-time favorite Korean pizza is the potato pizza from Korean pizza franchise Mr. Pizza. I found out last week when I was in Koreatown, Los Angeles, that they have a bunch of stores (and ate some of course).  So if you live in Southern California, you might be lucky enough to visit and try the potato pizza.

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Cheese DukPoKi Spaghetti, More Expensive Than Beef!

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In Korea, beef is rather expensive as most of the beef is imported from Australia or Han Woo, the Korean beef is even more expensive.  Compared to the U.S., beef is about 3-5 times more expensive, you’d be looking at around $20-30 for a pound of frozen beef. When I lived in Korea for a year couple years back, I remember I couldn’t even afford to eat beef everyday like I do here in San Francisco.  Yes, beef is much more expensive in Korea than New York! And you know what is more expensive than beef in Korea?  This Cheese DukPoKi Spaghetti, according to a tweet by fellow Korean Pudidic. In Korea, you will find an abundance of “Korean-version” foods.  For example, you can buy a Korean BBQ hamburger at Burger King in Korea.  At pizza places, you can eat pizza made with potato.  There’s about a thousand different combos of the things we eat here in the U.S. Is that good?  Of course, that just means you don’t have to be eating the same old spaghetti or pizza.  I remember when this wasn’t the case in the early 80s then slowly starting in the 90s, Koreans started modifying world’s … Continue reading

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Sorae Pogu Fish Market in Incheon Korea! – Part 5

(Fresh Oysters!) After walking around the Sorae Pogu market for about an hour, we decided to eat some Korean sashimi.  They looked so yummy, my aunt and I decided to eat some. At the market, there are some fish stores that have a place inside for you to eat the fish.  You can also buy different types of fish then go to a place that will filet the fish and make it edible. These are the stores that have place to sit inside.  But if you prefer, they will sit you on the street with the view of the boats coming into the docks.  Since I like the view, we decided to sit down on the streets like some other old men were doing and getting drunk. This ain’t the most comfortable setting but at least you’ve got some fresh fish and view of the ocean. First, we ordered some live octopus, my favorite food of all time. Then we ordered oysters, these are the ones we saw earlier and they just melt in your mouth. My aunt ordered us a bunch of different types of Korean sashimi.  I am not even sure what each of these are but they … Continue reading

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Sorae Pogu Fish Market in Incheon Korea! – Part 4

Near the docks where the fishing boats are coming in, there’s even more stores that sell literally fresh shrimps just off the boat. These shrimps are actually live still, moving around. Check out these fish just fresh off the boat, can you spot the shark here?  Since these fish are more fresh than inside the fish market, you will have to pay a bit more. (and haggle of course) It’s only 11:45AM now, there’s still a lot of people at this market, that tells you how crazy Koreans are about fresh fish. Check out soy-marinated raw crabs, these are my favorite, called Gae-jang in Korean. These Korean blue crabs are literally everywhere! Click Here to Read Part 5! Go back to Part 3

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