Food

Korean Traditional Food at Gwangjang Market

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 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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Enjoy Tempting Appetizers from Around the World

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Food, Travel Photo Thursday | 25 comments

Appetizers

Where in the world can you go and not find appetizers on a restaurant menu,  being sold on the street, or in the local market? Welcome to week 285 (7/7/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Enjoy this tour of some of my favorite appetizers from around the world.

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Moo Ping from Thailand

I love love this stuff! I discovered it a few years ago when I was wintering in Chiang Mai, and I ate it almost every day. One of these days I am going to make my own so that I don’t have to be in Thailand to enjoy these delectable little morsels of grilled pork goodness!

Moo Ping appetizer

Awesome appetizer: Moo Ping from Thailand

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Korea: Seoul’s Noryangjin Fish Market

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 32 comments

Noryangjin Fish Market

This week, we’re visiting Seoul’s Noryangjin Fish Market and a place that I have wanted to visit for ages. That became a reality when I received an invite from the Hansik meetup group to do just that. Welcome to week 282 of Travel Photo Thursday (6/16/2016). I hope you enjoy the tour as much as I did!

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The Noryangjin Fish Market has been on my want to see list for a while. Firstly, I was eager to experience buying freshly caught fish and having it prepared on site. Secondly, the old Noryangin Fish Market may soon be a thing of the past. A new market has been built adjacent to the old market and is now open. However, many of the vendors do not want to relocate. After I heard their story, I can understand why. Here is a link to an interview with one of the vendors that our meetup host, Jason, did recently. The short version is that the spaces are much smaller, rents are 40 to 50 percent higher, and the floor in the building is very slippery; resulting in numerous falls. Market management, known as the Suhyup, are strong-arming vendors into the new facility so that they can begin construction of a new casino. They are hoping to take advantage of the popularity of the fish market to draw people into gamble. Okay, enough with the politics. Let’s eat some fish!

Noryangjin Fish Market

First, we stopped for a very quick peek at the new market building, which is pleasant and bright. Remember the slippery floor!

Norganjin Fish Market, Seoul, Korea

Norganjin Fish Market, Seoul, Korea

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Portugal: A Delicious Prix Fix Menu

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Destinations, Food, Portugal, Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday, week 264 (2/3/2016)! Anyone who has traveled in Europe knows that prix fix menus are a common occurrence in restaurants across Europe. Today, join me on a photo tour of amazingly delicious prix fix menu at the 3 Marias close by the seaside village of Olhos D’Aqua, here in the Algarve.

Internet connections seem to be my nemesis this trip, so please forgive me if I haven’t been to your blog as often as I would like.

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My intent today was to take a long walk and find a new beach. I managed to do both, and find a lovely little restaurant serving up a perfect Prix Fix Menu!

My new beach was the lovely Praia Maria Luisa. The beach is a lovely sandy cove with cliffs that have steps and trails going to top. The views are worth the climb!

 

If you look closely, you can see the archway in the cliff. This shot was taken from ground level.

 

Praia Santa Luis Maria

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Travel Photo Thursday: 2015 in Review

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Food, Halifax, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 8 comments

Welcome to week 260 (12/24/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday and our Christmas Eve edition! Wherever you are, and whatever traditions you celebrate, the best of the season! In just a few short hours I begin my journey to Barcelona, where I will land 9:35 am on Christmas morning. I’m sure you’ll all know how excited I am. This is the first major travel I’ve done since last winter, so I feel long over due for an adventure. This week I am publishing a short Travel Photo Thursday 2015 round-up. The seven posts below were the most commented on in 2015. Please enjoy!

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In number six spot,  with 42 comments each, we have two posts.

Remember the opium in Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai: Opium at Doi Pui, Thailand for Travel Photo Thursday

 

Opium Poppy

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Korea: Nakji Bokkeum in Seoul

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 33 comments

Welcome to Week 254 (11/12/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. The semester is flying along, and I cannot believe that in just a little over a month I will be jetting off to Spain and Portugal! Until then, experiencing all the traditional Korean food that Seoul has to offer is still high on the list. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending  another awesome Hansik meetup. Our previous meeting had us savoring delicious Kimchi Jjigae  (spicy Kimchi pork stew) ( (김치찌개) served up at Gwanghwamun Jip in downtown Seoul. You can check it out here.  Last Saturday nights dining adventure saw us again in downtown Seoul, featuring a totally different traditional Korean dining adventure.  We met outside of City Hall Station, Exit 7, and it was a short walk to Wonjo Halmoni Nakji Center (“Original Grandma’s Octopus Center”). Established in 1965, it owns the bragging rights to being one of the oldest nakji bokkeum restaurants in Korea. If you haven’t figure out yet what nakji is, think octopus. Koreans love the stuff!

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Our host, Jason, provided a bit history on both the restaurant, the food, and the owner…

The owner/grandmother who created the dish, Park Musun, made history with her spicy stir-fried dish and spawned endless copycats near the old hotspot in Jongro called pimatgol, or “food alleyway.” But with urban development and modernization, that area has been revamped with new businesses and they’re now located in Bukchang-dong.

Halmoni Park Mu-sun, the original creator of the spicy ‘Mukyo-dong-style’ pan-fried octopus back in the mid-60s. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us as she passed away this year from natural causes. Check out her photo. 

The dish Jason is referring to is nakji bokkeum (spicy stir-fried octopus). We were served both the original, and a less spicy version.

 

Our dinner, lounging in the aquarium at the entrance.

 

Live octopus

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