(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
Posted in GoChang, Korean BBQ, Korean Food, Travel Seoul
Tagged cow intestines, gopchang, korean bbq, korean dish, korean food, pig intestines, 곱창, 교대곱창
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.
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.
Here we see the Korean traditional Janggu (장구), basically Korean drums. Here’s Korean flute or trumpet of some kind. Here’s another instrument, I believe this is the Kkwaenggwari (꽹과리). This is the traditional Korean dancer with a loop on his head. Basically he will make it spin, spin, and spin more for some awesome effects. Here we have another Korean national sport, sorta like Japanese Sumo, called Ssireum (씨릉). Ssireum is still very popular in Korea and widely televised nationally in South Korea. More Korean traditional dancing drummers. Some kind of traditional Korean acrobatics. The Tortoise and the Hare story is widely known in South Korea. Here’s traditional Korean kite, made from rice-paper and bamboo sticks. See Part 1 See Part 2
Posted in Travel Cheonggaecheon, Travel Seoul
Tagged acrobatics, bamboo sticks, Cheonggyecheon, dancer, drummers, drums, janggu, kite, korea, rice paper, seoul, south korea, ssireum, tortoise, tortoise and the hare story, trumpet, 청계천
Here, we see some Chinese dragon floats, cool. This is all Chinese floats, looks like local Korean elementary school is taking a fieldtrip to Cheonggyecheon. As we walk further, we see… Jesus! and Budda, hanging out together. Actually this is quite true in South Korea where there’s majority Christians and Buddhists. And yes, we see statue of liberty and Leaning Tower of Pisa. These lamps light up at night for a good show, too bad I wasn’t able to make it. (next time!) Here we see a bunch of Korean floats. These are traditional Korean statues, I think a bride monster on the left and groom monster on the right. This is a float of the Korean wedding dresses. Go back to Part I
Posted in Travel Cheonggaecheon, Travel Seoul
Tagged budda, Cheonggyecheon, chinese dragon, jesus, korea, leaning tower of pisa, monster, seoul, statue of liberty, statues, wedding dresses
Cheonggyecheon, is a new, renovated part of Seoul, Korea. Cheonggye is actually the name and “cheon” means “stream”. At Cheonggyecheon, you will find a bunch of cool floats that light up at night. Although I didn’t have time to be there at night, here’s some photos I took for you to enjoy: This is where the Cheonggye stream starts with floats. Here’s some of the more famous Korean living things. See Part 2 See Part 3
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.
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
On the streets of Insadong in Seoul Korea, I was walking and spotted this super large brush. I believe this is what they used back in the day (like since 3000 years ago) to make signs and whatnot. Pretty cool huh? And check out some of other varieties of traditional Korean brushes this store sells. Click Here for the GoogleMaps GPS location of Insadong in Seoul Korea.
(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
Posted in Korean Food, Korean Sashimi, Live Octopus, LIving In Korea, Seafood, Travel Incheon
Tagged fish market, incheon, korea, korean food, korean sashimi, korean seafood, pogu, shells, shrimps, sorae