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A Favorite Korean Street Food – Gaeran To Su Tu

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Welcome to week 243 of Travel Photo Thursday. My computer continues to limp along as we wait for the parts to arrive; fingers crossed. Last week I brought you a favorite traditional Korean food, Bibimbap. This week, staying with food and Korea, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite Korean street foods, particularly for breakfast. The Korean Egg Sandwich is known by a variety of names; including Gaeran Tost-U and Gaeran To Su Tu. When I buy it I usually just smile and point, since quite often that’s the only thing that will be on the grill.

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You’ll often find these tasty sandwiches being cooked and  served from a Pojangmacha (literally means: covered wagon, and often shortened to ‘pocha’). If your taking a highway bus they usually stop at a rest area, and quite often one of the vendors will be serving up tasty Gaeran Tost-U. This is where I often get my fix. This pocha, located at the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal serves up some of the best Gaeran Tost-U I have ever eaten. I always make sure I am hungry when I take a bus to Dong Seoul.

Korean Egg Sandwich

Korean street food served from a Pojangmacha Tent

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Bibimbap: Eating Your Veggies in Korea

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 32 comments

Welcome to Week 242 (20/08/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. My computer has been limping along for a while now, and, to add insult to injury, I spilled liquid on it last week. My numbers no longer work, so I am using an On-Screen Keyboard — Ugh.  Anyway, enough of my computer woes. Hopefully things will be sorted out in the next week or so.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any food with my readers, so let me introduce one of Korea’s signature dishes, Bibimbap; meaning “mixed rice”. The dish is a mixture of warm rice, gently cooked vegetables, gochuchang (red pepper paste), soy sauce, or  doenjang (a salty soy bean paste). I have always enjoyed mine with red pepper paste.

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The dish is easily available anywhere in the country, but if you want to experience the best head to the historic town of Jeon-ju. I wrote about my Jeon-ju bibimbap experience way back in 2010.

 

This version contains not only veggies, but also bulgogi (beef) . Adding the egg on top changes the name of the dish slightly. Now, we call this dolsot Bibimbap. Yes, the egg is raw, but not for long. The rice and veggies are incredibly hot when they arrive at your table. The egg cooks completely as you mix your piping hot rice and veggies together, usually with a healthy dollop of  gochuchang (optional for those who can’t handle spicy). There’s absolutely no reason to worry about undercooked egg; not going to happen.

 

Jeon-Ju Bibimbap

A signature dish in Korea – Jeon-Ju Bibimbap

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Cute Shots of Kids From My Travels: A Photo Essay

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Welcome to week 241 of Travel Photo Thursday. I survived the move to Seoul, and have spent the last few days unpacking. I’m getting close. Would you believe that most Korean apartments do not have built-in closets? I kid you not!  This makes for some very creative storage options! I love taking (mostly) candid shots of kids when I’m traveling, and today I want to share with a few of my favorite cute shots of kids that I’ve take over the years.

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The streets of Chiang Mai are filled with cute kids at Chinese New Year. Like this little beauty below, most are dressed in lucky red.

 

Wake me Up When it's Over -- Chinese New Year 2011 -- Chiang Mai, Thialand

 

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