Wanderfood Wednesday

Wanderfood Wednesday — Ssukgak Dallae Moochim — A Tasty Korean Salad

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Food, Foodie Tuesday, Korea, Wanderfood Wednesday | 17 comments

Originally published for Wanderfood Wednesday on April 13, 2011Linked to Foodie Tuesday at Inside Journeys You can have a peek at previous Foodie Tuesday posts here.  🙂 


Here we are for another week of Wanderfood Wednesday, kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

The last five Friday nights  have been reserved for Korean cooking class. This is the second time that I have taken Korean cooking classes here in Daejeon. I have to say the recipes this second time around were far superior to the first class. For about fifty dollars the classes really are a bargain.

An important part of almost any Korean meal are the side dishes, called banchan. One popular side dish is “Ssukgak Dallae Moochim”; Seasoned Crown Daisy & Wild Rocambole. This is one of my favorite side dishes. Until last Friday night I had no idea what it was called, or how to make it.

Crown daisy?; Wild rocambole? What could these possibly be? Well,  crown daisy is leaves from an edible chrysanthemum, and very popular in Korean cooking.

Rocambole is a member of the lily family, and looks like a young scallion. CLICK HERE TO SEE A PHOTO.

Here’s my shot of the ssukgak dallae moochim that I made last Friday night. This salad is yummy to eat, easy to make, very affordable, and virtually fat-free.

Ssukgak Dallae Moochim

Ssukgak Dallae Moochim Recipe


1/3 of a bunch of rocambole (8-10) (substitute young scallion)
Bunch of crown daisy (8-10 leave) (substitute water cress or spinach)
1/3 onion
1 red pepper

For Dressing: Mix together…
1 tbls. red pepper powder
1 tbls. red pepper paste
2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 tbls. sugar
1 tsp. soy sauce
2 tbls. vinegar

( Adjust the red pepper powder and past to your taste.)
–Peel and rinse the bulbs of the rocambole. Cut into bite size pieces
–Cut the crown daisy into bite size pieces
–Julienne onion and red pepper

Mix the vegetables with the dressing.

Voila! You have a salad that’s easy to make and healthy to eat.


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Wanderfood Wednesday — Jerusalem Falafel Restaurant — A Review — Chiang Mai, Thailand

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Sandbox Reviews, Uncategorized, Wanderfood Wednesday | 6 comments

Wednesday is here, and it’s time for another week of Wanderfood Wednesday kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

This is also the first post in a new feature here at BTS; Sandbox Reviews. I’ll be regularly featuring reviews for budget restaurants, hotels, and things to do. Guest posters will also be welcome to submit reviews.

Located in the heart of old Chiang Mai, Jerusalem Falafel Restaurant is not new to the dining scene in Chiang Mai, but last night was my first time to have the pleasure of dining here.

Jerusalem Falafel Restaurant, Chiang Mai

Featuring an extensive Middle Easter Menu, choosing an appetizer and a main course was no easy feat. I finally decided on an appetizer of stuffed dolma leaves. I was not disappointed. What a burst of flavor! I would say these were the best stuffed dolma leaves I have ever eaten! The onions added an extra special touch to the dish.

Stuffed Dolma Leaves

I love falafel and for my main course I chose the Falafel Hummus Plate. A side salad, french fries, and pita bread completed the main course. The hummus was delicious, and the falafel was cooked just right, moist without being wet. The salad was fresh and crunchy and the french fries were perfect.

Falafel Hummus Plate

The restaurant has a warm, homey feel, and you can eat inside or out.

My entire meal with a glass of wine was well under $10.00US.

If you are in Chiang Mai, and have a hankering for Middle Eastern Cuisine, don’t miss the Jerusalem Falafel Restaurant. Your taste buds and your pocketbook will thank you!

Check out the first photo in this post for opening hours, etc.

You can also find them on Facebook, where they have posted a location map…Jerusalem Falafel Restaurant 



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Wanderfood Wednesday — December 7, 2011 — Delicious Korean Dakgalbi

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Korea, Wanderfood Wednesday | 13 comments

This post has been shared with Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys, on September 3, 2013

Wednesday is here, so it’s time for Wanderfood Wednesday kindly hosted by Wanderust and Lipstick.

One of my favorite Korean dishes is Dakgalbi; dak (chicken); galbi (grilled). A good translation is ..grilled marinated chicken in a spicy sauce. The dish is cooked over a gas cooker at your table, and as with many Korean dishes is a communal dish.

As you can see from this first photo, there is more to the dish than just chicken. Cabbage, rice cakes, and potato or sweet potato. This one contained SP, which I love. The sauce contains a number of ingredients with the main one being gochuchang (red pepper paste). That’s what gives it the zing!

Dakgabli (starting to cook)


Cooking time is fairly quick; 10 to 12 minutes. That’s a good thing, since the smell of this stuff cooking is pure torture!

Ready to eat…

Dakgalbi Ready to Eat!

Now you can eat just as is, or you can take some on your chopsticks, grab a lettuce leaf, some raw garlic and a bit more gochuchang, wrap it and eat. Either way is delicious!

Bokum Bap (Korean fried rice)

Bokum Bap (Korean Fried Rice)

After the main course most diners opt for a serving of Bokum Bap; Korean fried rice. Cooked in the same pan as the Dakgalbi, plus added spices (no idea what) this is a customary ending to this meal. Remember, Koreans seldom desert. We decided on one serving and this was plenty for two people.

Along with being delicious, dakgalbi and bokum bap are inexpensive enough for any budget traveler to enjoy. Our entire meal was under $20.00. Remember, there is no tipping in Korea, and only certain restaurants have sales tax.

If you want to try an make your own Dakgalbi check out the restaurant here at MyKoreanKitchen.

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Korea: Traditional Korean Cuisine

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in Destinations, Food, Korea, Wanderfood Wednesday | 14 comments

A must do when you are visiting Korea is to sample traditional Korean cuisine. You definitely won’t be disappointed. Have a look. 

Wednesday is here, so that means it’s time for  Wanderfood Wednesday, kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick . I’ve neglected my Wanderfood Wednesday posts for a while now, but having the good fortune of sampling a delicious Korean meal this past Saturday I wanted to share some photos. Today, August, 20th, 2013, I am sharing this post with Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys. 

The bus trip was sponsored by a government agency under the name “Experience Rural -20” and for 16,000W (approx. $17.US) we were treated to a day in the Korean countryside including a fantastic traditional Korean meal that in times gone by would have reserved for the Korean royal family and nobility.

A Korean meal usually consists of banchan (side dishes), and a main dish which is cooked at the table. Most of the banchan dishes are pickled or preserved in some way and are served cold.

Korean Traditional Cuisine

(Click on the photos to view a larger version.)

Banchan…(this is a sample…notice the quail eggs to the left; directly in front was preserved seaweed (dulce); the majority of the banchan dishes being preserved vegetables; kimchi peeking out on the right and to the left of that some radish kimchi.

Banchan (Korea side dishes), Saenggeo, Jincheon Hwarang table d'hote

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Wanderfood Wednesday, May 31, 2010 — A Budget Restaurant for Fred and Dino

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in Korea, Uncategorized, Wanderfood Wednesday | 15 comments

Here we are for another week of Wanderfood Wednesday, kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

Fred Flinstone and his sidekick Dino have made it to Daejeon, Korea. At least that’s what I said the day my bus zipped by the Dino Meat Grill House. Although I’m not a huge meat eater, I knew I had to make it to Dino’s at least once.

We were in for a couple of pleasant surprises. Dino’s is an all you can eat meat restaurant. You choose your meat, various cuts of beef and, pork from a refrigerated display case. Then you move onto a small buffet where you can indulge in salad, kimchi, raw garlic, and all the other condiments that you need for good Korean barbecue. Beef can be very expensive in Korea, so at 15,000W/per person (approximately $17.00US) Dino’s was a steal.

All cooking happens at the table. The beef is cooked over genuine charcoal, which is changed regularly as it cools down. In this shot you can see that we are cooking pork, garlic and kimchi. Yes, grilled kimchi is delicious. I was most impressed with the cuts of beef available. By the time I took this shot taken the beef had disappeared!

If you eat meat, and are living or visiting Daejeon I highly recommend that you experience the beef barbecue at Dino Meat Grill House. Budget travelers will be thrilled with both the quality and the price.

You can find Dino’s on the 312 bus line, or about a 15 minute walk from the Wolpyeong Subway Station.Their phone number is 042-533-0047. The restaurant seems to be popular, so taxi drivers should know it. If not, you can always give the driver the phone number, and he’ll call for directions.

Dino’s is a chain, so you should also be able to find a location in Seoul, and perhaps other larger Korean cities.

Dino Meat Grill House

For more great food posts be sure to check out WanderLust and Lipstick .

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Wanderfood Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – Chugging along on a Korean Wine Train

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Uncategorized, Wanderfood Wednesday | 15 comments

I am reposting this to the Foodie Tuesday link-up hosted by Inside Journeys (March 18, 2014).

Here we are for another week of Wanderfood Wednesday, kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

A couple of Saturday’s ago I was up and out of the house at the ungodly hour of 6am. WHY? I was off to catch the KTX (fast train to Seoul) to meet up with friends and spend the day sampling Korean wine on the KOREAN WINE TOUR. Initially, I had hoped to board the train in Daejeon, but that turned out to be more trouble than it was worth. Plus, I discovered that if I got on in Daejeon I would miss the wine tasting. Wasn’t that a big part of the reason for this adventure?

Heading down to the train platform at just before 9am, it was impossible to miss which car we belonged on…

Traveling south to Chungcheong Province, our first stop was the city of Suwon, where we picked up more wine tasters, and the wine tasting began. Between Suwon and Daejeon we tasted four different wines… a white, a red, Beaujolaio Neauvou (not my spelling) and a sweet wine. Number 2, the red, was our favorite.

Miss Sour Puss, our server, never smiled once during the entire wine tasting…

Playing games for bottles of wine…(sadly my group did not wine…sniff.)

We arrived at the wine growing area around 11:30 am, and it was time to eat. We were treated to a huge buffet of Korean, Chinese, and Western food. Of course, wine was available; as much as you could drink. We tried all 3… a white, a rose, and a bokbunja blackberry. All three were pretty rough around the edges. We definitely ate more than we drank. (For some weird reason I have no photos of lunch; sorry.)

After lunch we moved into another building where we were treated to a wine foot bath. Soap making was also included on the itinerary, but that never happened. The wine foot bath was definitely a novel experience. Thankfully, we weren’t left with wine stained feet and legs!

Then again, wine stained legs would have matched my wine tasting socks…(ewww…ugly socks!)

Then it was off to the wine cellar to view the barrels, and the store to (not) buy some Korean wine 🙂

Some wine to take home, maybe… (NO!) Retail prices range from $18 – $25US…OUCH!

Back on the train, and off we went to the Nangye Museum of Traditional Music in the small town of Yeongdong. We were treated to a live concert of traditional Korean music. Then, we had the opportunity to play the instruments (I won’t be quitting my day job!)

Late in the afternoon it was time to get back on the train one final time and head back to Daejeon and Seoul. There was more wine to sip, and snacks to munch on.

Overall, my friends and I thought the tour was good value for the money. There were a couple of things that could be improved upon:

–The wine tasting was a little fast. We thought it would have been nice to have had more time between each wine selection.

— The organizer should not include things on the itinerary that are not going to happen; ie. the soap making, and a demo of the wine making process.

— Overall the staff were good. However, this tour is marketed to the English speaking community, and the level of English among some of the staff was questionable. At $100.00US per person, all of the staff should have good English skills.

We were happy with the tour, and if you’re coming to Seoul you can find out about the latest wine tour on Facebook. There seems to be one every week or two. The tour is best with a group of friends. As far as the wine goes, well… I wouldn’t be running to the store to buy any. However, the industry is in its infancy here, so hopefully as it matures the wine will improve.

Wine Tour on Facebook

From the train…

Nangye Museum of Traditional Instruments Museum

(My camera “died” during the tour, so these shots are a mixture of mine and a friends, who kindly gave me permission to use them for the blog post.)

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