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Seoul: Korean Temple Food

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Destinations, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 43 comments

Korean Temple Food

This week we are at the Korean Temple Food Center in downtown Seoul, trying our hand at creating traditional Korean Temple Food. Welcome to week 313 (26/01/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. I killed my computer this week, and I am probably writing this post on its dying legs and totally my fault. I’m sourcing out a new computer through a trusted source, so I am thankful “she” hasn’t died on me completely while I get things sorted out. Enough of my tale of woe, let’s head into the kitchen for some authentic Korean temple food.

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First, our smiling chef/nun got down to the nitty-gritty of showing us how to cook the Lotus Flower Dumpling Rice Cake Soup. To her right is our lovely interpreter who did a fantastic job translating and explaining each detail in English. Lunar new year is happening in Korea this weekend, so it was an opportune time to be making this dumpling soup. The custom is to eat this soup on new years day, and you become one year older. I’m not sure that I want to become older before my actual birthday unless I get double the presents!

 

Korean Temple Food

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Dosirak Cafe: Seoul’s Best Kept Secret!

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Destinations, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 10 comments

Dosirak Cafe

We’re at the Dosirak Cafe (sometimes spelled Doshirak) in Tongin Market this week sampling some lunchtime Korean traditional food from the Lunch Box Cafe. Welcome to week 308 (29/12/2016)  of Travel Photo Thursday and our final link-up of 2016. What happened to 2016?

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Regular readers and contributors to Travel Photo Thursday may remember that I visited Seoul’s Tongin Market on a food tour back in October. We sampled the spicy giream tteobokki and learned about the Dosirak Cafe (also known as the Lunch Box Cafe). The concept is very simple. Diners pay 5,000w (roughly five U.S. dollars) and receive an empty tray and ten gold color coins. With plate and coins in hand, you wander around the market choosing your lunch from various food vendors. Most dishes will set you back two coins ($1.00).

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A Peek of North Korea from Ganghwa Island

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Destinations, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 25 comments

Ganghwa Island

This past weekend I headed out to Ganghwa Island to be fascinated by a bit of history, and a peek at North Korea from the Ganghwa Peace Observation Deck. Welcome to week 300 (11/3/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday.  Yes, we’ve reached another milestone. Hard to believe that this link-up has been around since late 2009. If I weren’t so busy correcting midterm essays, I would have baked a cake! 🙂 Join me this week as we have a pleasant lunch in rural Ganghwa Island, and a look into North Korea.

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Traditional Korean Food

The Ganghwa Peace Observation Deck with its birds-eye view of North Korea was the last stop on our full day itinerary.  Before we headed to the northernmost part of the island, and the closest that a person can get to the North while still being in South Korea, we stopped for lunch in a rural village.

The food in Koreas small towns is the best! If you are ever traveling in Korea, be sure to get out of Seoul and into the countryside to sample some Korean fare. This was our gorgeous Korean food spread.  I want to call the egg dish in the middle pajeon, which is Korean pancake. I think this was a bit of a variation on traditional pajeon, and more like an egg frittata. Cooked to perfection and filled with veggies, mainly green onion and red peppers, it was a delight to the taste buds. The pancake itself is not spicy, and if you look to the left, you will see a dish with red sauce. If you like spicy, dip your pajeon in, and voila! You’ve got hot!

The banchan (side dishes) include the three green veggies, harvested from the nearby forest. There is also a bit of radish kimchi and grilled fish. The last small dish on the left is green chili peppers with red chili sauce! These are tongue numbing hot! To the right of the pajeon is a dish made from acorns. The consistency is rather mushy, and not to my liking. It’s one of the few Korean side dishes that I don’t eat. We were also treated to some perfectly aged dongdongju, a Korean rice wine, and made by the restaurant owners.

 

Ganghwa Island

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Tongin Market: Spicy Gireum Tteokbokki

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Destinations, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Tongin Market

All good things must come to an end, and the last market on our Korean traditional food tour was the Tongin Market located in the same neighborhood as Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace. Welcome to week 299 (10/27/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. If you missed the first two markets visits and the delicious food you can find them here and here. Apologies that I’ve not been around much the past two weeks. It’s midterm time, and that makes for some long days.

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Tongin Market opened in 1941 during the Japanese occupation and catered to Japanese residents in the area. Once the war ended and the Japanese were expelled Korean storekeepers moved into Tongin Market and set up shops selling local products, and restaurants selling Korean traditional food. Nowadays, the market is frequented by both locals and tourists. The most popular food in the market and the reason for our visit is the gireum tteokbokki. Tteokbokki, made from soft rice cake,  is stir-fried in oil with either soy sauce or red chili sauce. Our tour guide told us that this was the best tteokbokki vendor in the market and all of his other recommendations had been spot-on, so who were we to argue.

We ordered a small plate with the red chili sauce. Regular readers of the blog know that I never turn down spicy, and these were hot! My taste buds were on fire, and it was love at first bite.

(Once again I was at the mercy of harsh lighting. I need to learn how to shoot in this light. That will be my winter project! :))

 

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Seoul: Insadong Street Food

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 19 comments

Insadong Street Food

From Gwangjang Market ( last weeks post) we headed off to find the Insadong Street food scene. Welcome to week 298 (10/20/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. First, we trekked along Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon Stream  what seemed like forever  for about twenty minutes. Returning  to street level, we came face to face with a piece of the Berlin Wall located in an outdoor plaza dubbed “Berlin Square.” A piece of the Berlin Wall in downtown Seoul took me completely by surprise! The city is home to three cement slabs from the Wall, along with a Berlin Street light, and benches and trees gifted to the city by Germany.

The plaza symbolizes the future reunification of the two Koreas and Berlin provides financial support for the plaza. In fact, the last time I saw the Berlin Wall, it was standing, and I was on the verge of being arrested for not having the correct train ticket to travel between East and West Berlin. What a day that was!

 

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Berlin Wall, Seoul

 

How to get to the Berlin Wall Seoul:
Located along the Cheonggyecheon stream adjacent to Samilgyo Bridge.
There are three subway stations nearby:
Line 1 Jonggak Station exit 5
Line 2 Euljiro 3(Sam)-ga Station exit 1
Line 3 Euljiro 3(Sam)-ga Station exit 3

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Korean Traditional Food at Gwangjang Market

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Korean Traditional Food

This week we’re in downtown Seoul on a quest to discover and sample some of the best Korean traditional food the city has to offer. Welcome to week 297 (14/10/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Here we are at Gwangjang Market, exploring the three food alleys with the most popular traditional dishes, namely: Mayak Gimbap Alley, Yukhoe Alley, and Jeon Alley.

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Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market, opened in 1905, is Korea’s oldest market, and one of the largest traditional markets on the peninsula. Locals frequent Gwangjang for its quality silk products, kitchenware, hanbok, bedding, and fabric. However, what brings out the hordes of people is the traditional Korean food on offer, and we sampled the three most popular.

Here we have bolts of fabric and other dry goods that bring in the local shoppers.

 

Gwangjang Market, Seoul, Korea

 

Mayak Gimbap Alley

Our first tasting was a very popular Korean snack food, Gimbap/Kimbap (김밥). However, this was Kimbap with a twist! Instead of the laver (seaweed) being the outside wrapper, as is the norm, this version has the rice (bap) as the outer layer and has the nicknames Nude Kimbap or Mayak Kimbap. The word mayak in Korean means drug and the custom is that when a particular dish is eaten enough to become an addiction Koreans add the word mayak to the name.

This Kimbap is the absolute best I have ever eaten. The rice was still warm, and rolled inside was beef,  fried egg, pickled radish, and steamed vegetables. The tuna on top gave it the final tasty touch. If you prefer a dish that isn’t spicy, this is for you. A mixture of chilies and soy sauce is available for those who like to spice things up, but entirely optional! There are some other restaurants in the alley serving up traditional style Kimbap, which I’ll try on my next visit.

To enter the market at Mayak Gimbap Alley: 

Take subway line 1 to Jongno 5(o)-ga Station and leave through exit 11. Walk towards Jongno 4-ga Rotary, going around the outside of Gwangjang Market, and enter through the second west gate (광장시장 서2문). Look for the sign, Mayak Gimbap Alley.
Gwangjang Market, Seoul, Korea

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