Category Archives: Korean How To

How to Make Makkoli, Korean Rice Wine!

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For the last 6 months or so, I have been guilty of making my own makkoli (막걸리), Korean rice wine, at home. Above is a video tutorial I made while I made my last batch of makkoli. It’s actually not hard to do, let me just outline the steps here real quick: 1. Get some rice, you can use sweet rice for best results. 2. Clean the rice by washing it with water, do this like 30 times at least and until you see no visible clouding when water is added to the rice. (As you can see in the photo, the rice is now really clean, very white and no cloudiness with the water.) 3. Once the rice is clean, fill it with water in a big bowl and let it sit like 3-5 hours. This is so the rice absorbs water and also all impurities are gone. 4. Drain the water, then let it sit for another 3-5 hours, this will make sure there’s no remaining water. 5. Steam the rice now until you have nice sticky rice. This is the same method you use on Thai sticky rice. (This is what I use, a big Korean pan, … Continue reading

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How to Sleep in Korean Subway!

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(Koreans sleeping on the subway.) Back in 2004-2005 when I was living in Korea commuting to work on the subway for about an hour everyday, I used to get some really good sleep. Well, how do you get some good sleep in the Korean subway without forgetting to get off at your destination station? What I used to do was set timer on my cellphone so I would wake up 1-2 stations before my destination station. Of course, this would only work if you know how long it takes to get to your destination but most likely you would if you commute everyday. Also, don’t fall sleep all the way that you are totally unconscious as there are people who will rob you while you sleep. 🙂

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How to Find a Restroom in Korea!

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If it’s your first time to South Korea, you might have a hard time finding a restroom because it’s a bit different than in the U.S. First of all, Koreans call restrooms “Toilet”. So, your best bet is looking for signs for “Toilet”. Second, if you are in Seoul, Korea or any urban city, you can easily find a public restroom in a building. Most buildings have restrooms on the 2nd floor and most of them are usually not locked. If you need to go to the bathroom bad and you are in the streets of Seoul or any other city, just go into any building and walk up the stairs to the second or third floor until you find a bathroom. And one more tip, for ladies especially, carry a travel-size toilet paper with you as not all public restrooms in Korea have toilet paper. Also, the best toilets in Korea are in malls.  Just go to the nearest mall (that looks nice) and you can expect some nice toilets and toilet paper too. It’s a really simple Korean fact but a lot of tourist might not know this so, just a tip when you have to go pee … Continue reading

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