Steamed Buns

Posted in Food by pianist93 on February 28, 2010
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Steamed buns are steamed buns with red bean paste filling.

walnut steamed bun

panda shaped steamed bun



Posted in Food by pianist93 on February 28, 2010
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Gangjeong is a fried glutinous rice crackers with sesame or beans.


Posted in Daily life by pianist93 on February 28, 2010
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Yakwas are cookies made with flour, sesame oil, honey, rice wine, cinnamon and geinger juice.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park

Posted in 1 by pianist93 on February 2, 2010
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Dongdaemun is the heart of Seoul. In the past, Dongdaemun was a place where Seoul castle walls had remained. There was military training going on at the site. Currently, however, Dongdaemun commercial district serves as a mecca of Seoul’s fashion and design industry with 37 large fashion malls, 35,000 retail shops and about 10,000fashion industry personnel.

The Dongdaemun design plaza & park is under construction and will be completed in 2011 as a concept of a mecca of fashion and design industry, a center of Seoul’s economic recovery, a public park and recreational zone for the citizens.

1.How to get there?

First, get in line 2 which is the green line and get off at Dongdaemun history & culture park station.

Then get out by going to the Exit 1 direction.

2. What can you see in the Dongdaemun design plaza & park’s promotional hall?

In here there are touch screens so that you can find out about the Dongdaemun design plaza & park’s business plans, how it’s going to be built, how it’s going to be used etc.

You can also find out about 10 primal colors of Seoul.

On the highest floor there is an observation platform where you can see the construction site and fashion streets in Dongdaemun.

Jumeokbap(Rice ball)

Posted in Food by pianist93 on January 12, 2010
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Jumeokbap’s origin is not known. But it is estimated that jumeokbap originated from war times or traveling. At a time when people needed something to eat but did not have the conditions to cook.

In Korea, people used to eat jumeokbap when there was not enough food to eat. People agglomerated rice into one ball and ate it at war times.

For this reason, jumeokbap was considered as the symbol of hard times. However, today jumeokbaps made with a variety of ingredients and spices have appeared as restaurant’s main dish. 

Here are other kinds of jumeokbaps.

Kimchi Jumeokbap


Tuna Jumeokbap

Janchi Guksu

Posted in Food by pianist93 on January 12, 2010
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Janchi guksu is a Korean noodle dish made with wheat flour noodles, anchovy and sometimes also kombu. Beef broth may also be used for the anchovy broth. It is served with a sauce made from sesame oil, soy sauce, and small amounts of chili pepper powder and scallions. Thinly sliced fried egg, seaweed, and zucchini are added on top of the dish. The name originates from the Korean word janchi (“feast” or “banquet”), because the noodle dish has been eaten for special occasions like wedding feasts, birthday parties. The word guksu means “noodles” in Korean.

Here is another version of janchi guksu.

Kimchi Janchi Guksu

Kimchi bokkeumbap

Posted in Food by pianist93 on January 12, 2010
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Kimchi bokkeumbap is a variety of bokkeumbap (fried rice dishes), a popular dish in Korea. Its name is literally translated as “Rice mixed with Kimchi”. Kimchi bokkeumbap is made primarily with kimchi and rice,  along with other ingredients such as diced vegetables or meats.

Here are other “kimchi bokkeumbap”s.

Kimchi cheese bokkeumbap


Kimchi shrimp bokkeumbap


Posted in Food by pianist93 on January 11, 2010
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Gimbap is a korean cuisine by rolling seaweed, rice and other filings together. It is especially convenient when eating while traveling so people enjoy it when going on a picnic or a trip. 

Although there is Hutomaki in Japan which also uses seaweed and has fillings, Gimbap has more and various fillings. Gimbap is eaten by cutting into small sizes.

Here are other versions of gimbap.

Pretty Gimbap

Pretty Gimbap


Nude Gimbap


Bulgogi Gimbap


Posted in Food by pianist93 on January 11, 2010
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Japchae is ordinarily made with cellophane noodles made with sweet potato starch. It is a cuisine made by frying cellophane noodles with shred meat, carrot, spinach, mushroom, onion and sesame oil. Sesame seeds are usually put on top of Japchae. Sometimes Japchae is ordered as main dish, but in Korean cuisine, Japchae is usually eaten as side dish.


Posted in Food by pianist93 on January 11, 2010
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Bossam is a kind of  ssam( a Korean cuisine putting rice or meat on vegetables) by putting  boiled pork on lettuce. Usually, people sell it by classifying the meat into small, medium, and large. Koreans usually have bossam with soju(crude form of Korean hard liquor).

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