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Cold soybean noodles, Kongguksu

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-02-09 05:51
Cold soybean noodles, Kongguksu 콩국수

Kongguksu is the perfect dish to help you cool off on a hot day. Traditionally eaten during the summer, this chilled soy milk noodle dish is hearty enough to eat year round. The homemade soymilk is the center of this soup.

Making soy milk is not as hard as you think. The soybeans are soaked, then cooked and pureed until smooth. The key to making soy milk for kongguksu is not to overcook the beans so that they retain their natural flavor. Add a dash of salt, perfectly cooked noodles and a fresh vegetable garnish to complete the soup. Kongguksu is great for vegans and vegetarians too.

 prep time:  30 mininactive time:  240 mincooking time:  20 mintotal time:  290 minspiciness:  0  

Kongguksu is the perfect dish to help you cool off on a hot day. Traditionally eaten during the summer, this chilled soy milk noodle dish is hearty enough to eat year round. The homemade soymilk is the center of this soup.

Making soy milk is not as hard as you think. The soybeans are soaked, then cooked and pureed until smooth. The key to making soy milk for kongguksu is not to overcook the beans so that they retain their natural flavor. Add a dash of salt, perfectly cooked noodles and a fresh vegetable garnish to complete the soup. Kongguksu is great for vegans and vegetarians too.

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Good to Know 

How to Cook Noodles:
1. Put the noodles in boiling water.
(Make sure you have enough water in a pot. If you put too little, the noodles will become mushy and stuck together.)
2. When the water starts boiling up again, pour ½ cup of cold water.
3. Repeat when it starts boiling up again.
4. When the noodles are cooked, put them in COLD water immediately.
5. Wash them in cold water several times until no starch coming out.
6. Drain well.
Soaking Soybeans: If you don’t soak soybeans before boiling, your soybean broth may have a bad beany smell (콩비린내).
Seasoning: If you want to keep the soybean broth for later use, do not season when cooking. Adding salt will make the broth watery and sloppy.

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Microcuento más votado

Puentes al Mundo - Sun, 2016-02-07 23:39

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El premio al microcuento más votado es para “.” (no le ha puesto título). Su autora es Clara Román Cartagena de 1º BAT A

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Tercer premio microcuento "El recuerdo de la muerte"

Puentes al Mundo - Sun, 2016-02-07 23:37

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Tercer premio para …. “El recuerdo de la muerte””. Su autora es Julieta Moreno Guiráu de 1º ESO A   

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Segundo premio Microcuentos “Tras la máscara”

Puentes al Mundo - Sun, 2016-02-07 23:36

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Segundo premio para …. “Tras la máscara”. Su autora es Ester Lama Moya de 1º BAT A .

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Primer premio microcuento . “Una mañana más”.

Puentes al Mundo - Sun, 2016-02-07 23:34

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Primer premio para del concurso de microcuentos “Una mañana más”. Su autor es Miguel Ángel Sempere Vicente de 1º BAT B

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How Koreans Celebrate Lunar New Year

Koreabridge - Sat, 2016-02-06 00:32
How Koreans Celebrate Lunar New Year



It’s a time for happiness and festivities because Lunar New Year, ‘Seollal’, is just around the corner in South Korea! FYI, this year 2016 is the ‘Year of the Red Monkey’. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the East Asian culture (which includes South Korea, China, etc), people in East Asia tend to believe in zodiac signs (especially the elders), and every year is represented by one of the 12 zodiac signs. For this year, it’s monkey. ;)

Seollal, which is considered as a major holiday season for the Koreans, usually lasts for 3 days. This year, with additional substitution holiday, it will be celebrated for 4 days in total from Feb 7th til 10th! During this period, most of the shops and restaurants will be closed, especially on the official day of Seollal (Feb 8th, 2016). So, keep that in mind if you’re planning to visit South Korea in February. 

But, major palaces, museums, and amusement parks do open up (just in case, check out the website to see if they are open during this holiday season before you go!). Various traditional events and cultural performances will be held at tourists sites for visitors, so there are still many fun things to do during this holiday season.

Of course, there will be a heavy traffic jam and it’ll be very difficult for travelers and tourists to purchase a train or bus ticket. So, try to avoid traveling to other provinces or regions around South Korea during this period!

Plus, you’ll find bunch of people buying gifts and everything they need for the preparation of the celebration at shopping malls and local markets on the days before Seollal. At any rate, let’s find out how Koreans celebrate Seollal!

1. Korean Traditional Dress ‘Hanbok’

During Seollal, you might witness Koreans wearing an amazingly beautiful Korean traditional dress called ‘hanbok. Not every wear hanbok these days, wearing hanbok is becoming one of the popular fashion trends in Korea. If you’re interested in trying out this traditional dress for a day, click here.

2. An Ancestral Rite, ‘Charye’

In the early morning of the official day of Seollal, all the family members and relatives gather up and begin this ancestral rite and a preparation of the process called ‘charye‘. Women usually prepare dishes of ritual foods and set them on the ritual table. After the table is set, the men (in the order of elderly to the youngest) stand in front of the table and bow to the spirits of the ancestors first. Watch a video how ‘charye’ is done! ;)

So, basically, ‘charye’ is like paying a respect and gratitude to the ancestors.

2. Bowing to Family Elders or ‘Sebae’

Now, this is the exciting part! :) Family members would take turns (from the oldest to the youngest) and give a deep bow to the elderly and parents. Koreans call this bowing process, ‘sebae‘.

After the bow, parents or relatives would then give you money or ‘sebaetdon (New Year’s money)’ and words of blessing in return. Happy family time~! :)

3. Not-to-be-missed Seollal Food, ‘Tteokguk’

After sebae comes the feast (finally)! On Lunar New Year’s Day, Koreans (almost everyone) eat ‘tteokguk (sliced rice cake soup)’. In Korea,eating tteokguk = a year added to one’s age. So, as a joke, Koreans say ‘the more dish of tteokguk you eat, the more you will get older in Korea!’Try other Seollal foods as well, like ‘sanjeok’ (meat and vegetable brochette)’ and ‘buchimgae (Korean style pancake)’, and Korean traditional desserts like ‘yakgwa(honey cookie)’, ‘hangwa (traditional korean sweets)’ and ‘injeolmi (rice cake covered with bean flour)’. 

4. Play Traditional Games

Seollal is a perfect time for families to play some fun games together! The most popular traditional game played  is called ‘yutnori, which is a board game. It’ll be much easier for you to understand the game if you think of it as a ‘Monopoly’, where you throw four wooden sticks instead of dice.

Other fun games include ‘jegichagi (a Korean shuttlecock game)’, ‘neoltwiggi (a Korean jumping game similar to see-sawing)’, and ‘tuho (a game where people throw sticks into a canister)’. Go out to parks and try ‘yeon-naligi (kite flying)’ as well!

5. Hang Lucky Bags on Trees

One of the traditional customs carried out on Seollal is hanging  ‘bokjumeoni’ or lucky bags on walls or trees. Koreans believe that these beautiful embroidered pockets bring good fortune and bliss to the holder.Get one of these lucky bags as a souvenir or a gift for beloved ones. Hang them up on walls at home or on the branches of  trees and see if they really bring good luck! ;)

 Last but not least, watch this video that shows how Koreans generally spend the Lunar New Year in overall!

Now, go on and discover the genuine beauty of South Korea! It’s better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times! ;)

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Podcast Report: Koreans Don’t Want to Admit They’re Eating Chinese Kimchi

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-02-02 07:11
Podcast Report: Koreans Don’t Want to Admit to Eating Chinese Kimchi

Despite a hundred million dollars worth of Kimchi imports every year, South Koreans don't want to admit they're eating Chinese kimchi.  Korea FM spoke with Dave Hazzan, the author of a new VICE report on the issue, and the foodie behind Korea's first English-language food blog, Joe McPherson, to learn more about China's ever-increasing grip on the Korean kimchi market.

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The Hands of Harmony in Pohang

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-02-02 03:30
The Hands of Harmony in Pohang

I’ve gone before, but the Hands of Harmony in Pohang was fun to see again. There is one hand in the ocean, and the other (palms facing) on the walkway. It’s at Homigot Sunrise Square (호미곶 해맞이광장) -and the only way to get there is to drive (preferably by GPS).

Maybe it’s only known amongst Koreans, but a nickname for Korea is “the sleeping tiger” because (1) Korea is quite ferocious and (2) the Korean peninsula is in the shape of a tiger. If the Korean peninsula is seen as a tiger shape, Homigot (호미곶), in Pohang is the tail. I share this tidbit with you because you’ll see the shape of the tiger decorating the walkway of the Homigot Sunrise Square.

If you visit, make time to visit the Homigot Lighthouse and Lighthouse Museum within walking distance!

Address: 228 Daebo-ri Homigot-myeon Nam-gu Pohang-si Gyeongsangbuk-do
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A Stroll Through Joseon Era

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-02-02 01:45
A Stroll Through Joseon Era

Seoul, South Korea —

On the fourth day of our family trip, Danny and I brought them to Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace (경복궁), the biggest among 5 of the palaces in Seoul. In English, Gyeongbokgung (Hanja: ) means The Palace of Shining Happiness. Another name they call it is The Northern Palace due to its locality. Moreover, it is one of the most visited tourist spots in the capital. A great place to strengthen those hamstrings, too.

It was built in 1395 during the Joseon dynasty and had been destroyed by fire, but King Gojong was able to restore it during his reign. I won’t elaborate more of its history because it’s quite long, repetitive and probably boring to some. To learn more about the palace, please visit their website. Link is at the bottom part of this post. 

Statue of King Sejong (father of Hangeul) at Gwanghwamun Square

Gwanghwamun GateChanging of the guards – 11:00 and 13:00

Right after passing thru Gwanghwamun Gate, we purchased our entrance tickets. 

Geunjeongjeon or throne hall compoundInside Geunjeongjeon Hall

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion (National Treasure # 224)Jangandang HallLeft to Right: Parujeong Hall, Jibokjae Hall, Hyeopgildang HallHyangwonjeong Pavilion

Cheongwadae (청와대) or the Blue House, where the current president is residing and taking office, is situated just outside the palace. In order to enter the vicinity, an online reservation of at least 3 weeks before the desired date of visit is needed.

Another interesting attraction located beside the palace is the National Folk Museum. It displays over 4,000 historical pieces from the typical Korean life in the old times. A glimpse of what’s inside:

All sorts of Kimchi

Of all the places to see in the compound, an area called “The Street to the Past” caught my attention most. Here’s why:

It was my 3rd time to visit the grand palace. In my opinion, it’s getting more crowded each day. We couldn’t even have a decent family picture without photobombers. Oh well! Better luck next time. 

That’s it for now. Thank you for spending a little of your time reading my post. What are your thoughts about this palace?



Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Entrance Fee: 

  • Adults (19-64)- ₩ 3,000
  • Children (7-18) – ₩ 1,500
  • Combination ticket for the 5 palaces- ₩ 10,000

Operating Hours: Wednesdays to Mondays (Last admission: 1 hour prior to closing)

  • November to February – 9:00 to 17:00
  • March to May, September to October – 9:00 to 18:00
  • June to August – 9:00 to 18:30

Getting there by subway:

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5 or 
  • Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2

Website: http://www.royalpalace.go.kr/


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Returning to Korea? Why Not?

Koreabridge - Sun, 2016-01-31 03:53
Returning to Korea? Why Not?
Let's get stuck in with the first real post back.  Now I have to admit to entertaining the thought of returning to Korea on a number of occasions, my reasons for not doing so I won't bore you with again as I have already touched on them in my post, "The Reasons I left Korea".  All I can say was that the temptation was great.  On each occasion after I left (I did so before, to live back in England for a year), it soon became apparent to me that I had a pretty great time in Korea.

I can't say that without my wife that I would have returned, but my wife certainly was quite steadfast against returning, much more so than me.  This seemed odd to me as she has clearly missed home very much and moans quite regularly about the many nuisances of living in a Western country.  She is also much more attached to family than me, as are they attached to her.  At times, adjusting to life in Australia, along with the lack of money (due to the international student fees we have had to pay), has been a real burden on her.

We have both worked exceptionally hard and only recently have we began to see the fruits of our labours.  But trust me, it's been tough.  Every time we have tried to get some money together, the cost of living bites, every time we sort anything out - like internet, visas, finding a house, going away, etc - we have to work through mountains of bureaucracy, bad service, and unnecessary rules, regulations and charges.

So what's going on?  In my wife's eyes, and in mine, Korea is a much nicer place to live. Everything is organised better, life is more convenient, less stressful, we go out more often, and I have more holiday.  For my wife, all her friends and family are there too.  So why is she so against returning?

The answer lies in how the people she knows treat her; family, work colleagues, friends, and acquaintances.  Societal pressure and expectations in Korea are astoundingly strong and I have been quick to criticise how Koreans treat one another before on this blog based on quite inflexible views on life and the duties that are expected of each other. Us foreigners who have experienced Korea often bemoan how we are treated by Koreans, but like I have said time and time again on this blog, we really don't know the half of it. Koreans themselves get treated far worse by other Koreans than we ever are.  We can play the foreigner card and get away with an awful amount.

Korean working culture is often cited as a big reason why people want to leave the country, but my wife would often comment that she didn't mind working so hard if the people she was working with could treat her like more of an individual and with a bit of empathy and understanding.

When you think about it, the despair many Koreans feel surrounding work and education is rooted in how others treat them and what's expected of them.  It is the pressure parents put on their kids to learn - which comes from the pressure society puts on them - that makes education the way it is and so unbearable for students, for example.  The inflexibility of the working environment and the long hours is also something more controlled by society and the perceptions of work and duty than by the government or business (although both take advantage of it, I'm sure).

It's a shame, because I reckon that if my wife were to make a list of pro's and con's about Korea and Australia, she would have a long list of pro's for Korea and only one or two con's.  It's just that these one or two are so powerful, it is out of the question for her to entertain returning.  She is currently visiting friends and family in chilly Korea right now, and although it has obviously been nice to go back home, after less than a week away, she can understand why she left, and yearns for a return to Melbourne (despite having more than a few complaints about living there).

Sergey Kustov - http://www.airliners.net/photo/Korean-Air/Boeing-777-2B5-ER/2048529/L/
It's a sad state of affairs in what would otherwise be a fine country to live in.  Not only do many Koreans not want to return to Korea, but an alarming amount want to leave. There is a real sensation that many Koreans are truly fed up with the direction the country is taking, they just don't know how to change things and hence simply leave it (one way or another).

A couple of weeks ago, I got a haircut and coincidentally it was a Korean lady who did it and she was very open and talkative - as well as being able to do a Western haircut. (Funnily enough, I reckon most of my haircuts have been done by Koreans since coming to Melbourne.  This is because it was one of the easiest avenues to obtaining a visa some years ago).  She commented on travelling last year; she had travelled for about 5 months to South East Asia, Japan, and back home to Korea in two, two week stints.  After her first visit to Korea for about 8 years she remarked, "I planned on staying for a month, but after 2 weeks I couldn't take it anymore.  My mum nagged and nagged, you know, and the rest of my family told me, 'why can't you do this, why can't you do that'".  I couldn't take it so I went to Japan for two weeks before going back to Korea for one more week and then returning to Melbourne."

I have met a number of Koreans in Melbourne through my wife, and it is much the same story for them.  They have all been a rather different breed to the Koreans I met in Korea.  None appear to be living the dream in Australia and really enjoying the place, but none want to go home. They are far more individual also, although coming from a culture that values a rather close-knit group and dependency on others, none seem particularly happy.  My own take on their situation is that they would love to return to Korea, but all want to keep the ability to be themselves and make their own decisions without being pressured into a way of living that is not for them.  This is all impossible in Korea.

Perhaps it is just the nostalgia talking, but what a shame this all is because when I look back at my time there, it is a country that has so much to like about it.

And on a site in English: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/01/28/seven-reasons-why-80-percent-of-young-south-koreans-dont-want-to-live-in-their-own-country/


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How about a cool Oolong ?

Koreabridge - Fri, 2016-01-29 02:20
How about a cool Oolong ?  Can I interest you in a cool oolong... with a couple of characters? Chinese to be specific : A tea of character with a wonderful primer on the characters by Licheng Gu.  
 Often times Oolong tea is referred to as black dragon tea. Well, whenever I find a fishy character I just go to the handy Pleco Chinese dictionary.  The first, "hei" (or in Korean 흙 I believe..)  is most decidedly and clearly black while the wu in oolong is best described as jet black or raven and as many of you know leung is dragon.  Hei-oolong tea can be found in mainland China as well as in Japan. In China it is usually served cool while in Japan it is also popular in summer. Indeed, it is commonly found in bottled form at the counter of some ramyeon restaurants as it's brown color and semi-strong flavor goes well with the beefy brown beany taste of a miso ramyeon.     He's had too much Ramyeon ! Get me an Oolong and some cholesterol pills Stat!
 (The Oolong's for me though)Indeed, many studies these days have shown that tea is good for lowering one's cholesterol and thus is good with greasy food. Here in Busan this hei-oolong can be found in Someyeon's NCDept.Store 6F. There's a wonderful Ramyeon restaurant that serves up cafeteria style all in a row : 1st Order noodles, 2nd Pick up your deep fried fun extras (dunk the shrimp in the ramyeon yum!), 3rd triangle kimbap/ onigiri, 4th Hei-Oolong and then pay. Word to the wise : sadly you can't just go there for the oolong as I tried last time. My plan was to wrap my arms around a bunch of bottles then waddle my way to the nearby elevator but ..well, oh well. Perhaps I'm just being lazy. Afterall, I have a tin of the hei here at home. Boil the water then open the kettle to let the steam out. Winter is dry here on the peninsula so it also helps in humidifying your home. Once the steam is barely coming out its generally cooled enough to steep. (who uses a thermomter for their teawater anyhow? (More on boiling & steam techniques later...) It takes a while to steep : opening up the curled leaves like a good stretch in the morning. Many now pour out the refuse, rinsing off their leaves as do I. The second steep is smoother ;-)   It is rather hard to find a fine oolong here in Busan although there are two places in Nampodong market :

On Nampodong's Gwangbok shopping street turn left the Nike store and then up on the 2nd floor you'll see the sign for DaHaeJung. A great place for Pu'er Tea and some Oolongs. And if not guarenteed there's oolong halfway up the escalators to Yondoosan Park at YongJangdawon (It'll be on your right up at the top of the 1st escalator). I bought mine from China online  @ www.aliexpress.com
Picture some characters with your tea perchance?

On a side note, for learning Chinese characters I highly recommend this great beginners book Picture Chacracters by Professor Licheng Gu. I like his full name as in Korean 친구 (means friend) and his is a very user friendly book as you can see.

    Professor Gu's illustrations are not just fancy doodles for fine folks learning their characters. He very often explains their actual etymology or word's history and evolution making this book of of good soil to grow from. A little history with your tea.  Till next time, Do stay warm and sufficiently steeped.MWT. 
P.S.Here's a mug on a tea mug found while I was foraging in the amazon. Location : Amazon.com Matrix Sunglasses Weaving Tea-Mugs P.P.S If you're into EDM like the old Yazoo (via YouTube): Don't know if you've heard but they also sell CHVRCH3S mug too : ChVrch3s?
Indeed.As seen on YouTube (TM). Now pardon me, I'm off to listen to some M83. It's turning all Midnight City here; time to get jiggy.MWT.    


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Matthew William Thivierge has abandoned his PhD studies in Shakespeare and is now currently almost half-way through becoming a tea-master (Japanese,Korean & Chinese tea ceremony). He is a part time Ninjologist with some Jagaek studies (Korean 'ninja') and on occasion views the carrying on of pirates from his balcony mounted telescope.

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Marmot's Hole Podcast: South Korea World #1 For Innovation

Koreabridge - Thu, 2016-01-28 09:15
Marmot's Hole Podcast: South Korea World #1 For Innovation

Robert Koehler & Chance Dorland discuss Bloomberg's crowning of South Korea as the most innovative economy in the world. Other topics include this weekend's winter storm that left thousands stranded in Jeju, the American tourist being held captive in North Korea & the ROK's new "nut rage" law.

LISTEN to this episode on Stitcher or Spreaker. You can also subscribe to this & other Korea FM original content via iTunesAndroid or our RSS feed.

 The music for today's program is provided by Korea FM artist "Dead Buttons." Find out more about their music at https://www.facebook.com/Deadbuttons.

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35 Things To Do and Eat in Seoul, South Korea

Koreabridge - Thu, 2016-01-28 08:31


35 Things To Do and Eat in Seoul, South Korea 

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace - 00:48
2. National Folk Museum (at Gyeongbokgung Palace) – 2:00
3. Food: Dak Bokkeum Tang – 2:44
4. Namdaemun Market – 3:15
5. Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market – 3:45
6. Food: Sang Hwang Sam Gye Tang – 4:26
7. War Memorial of Korea – 4:58
8. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) – 6:02
9. Food: Galchi Jorim – 6:35
10. N Seoul Tower – 7:05
11. Namsan Cable Car and Elevator (to N Seoul Tower) – 7:48
12. Food: Hae Jang Guk – 8:30
13. Jogyesa Temple – 8:58
14. Gwangjang Market – 9:31
15. Food: Bin Dae Tteok – 10:01
16. Food: Hobak Juk – 10:32
17. Changdeokgung Palace – 10:56
18. Secret Garden (at Changdeokgung Palace) – 11:22
19. Food: Yuk Gae Jang – 11:43
20. Jongmyo Shrine – 12:12
21. Myeongdong and Sogong Shopping Districts – 12:42
22. Food: Kimchi Jigae and Donkaseu – 13:10
23. National Museum of Korea – 13:42
24. Insadong Shopping District – 14:30
25. Food: Yeong Yang Dak Juk – 15:00
26. Bukchon Hanok Village – 15:27
27. Dongdaemun Gate – 16:00
28. Food: Galbi Tang – 16:24
29. Bongeunsa Temple – 16:56
30. Trickeye Museum – 17:31
31. Seodaemun Prison History Museum – 18:02
32. Olympic Park – 18:38
33. DMZ Tour – 19:06
34. Seoul Global Cultural Center – 19:56
35. COEX Mall – 20:25

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Best Korean Local Websites to Buy Korean Citron Tea

Koreabridge - Sun, 2016-01-24 05:28
Best Korean Local Websites to Buy Korean Citron Tea



Citron Tea (유자차)My citron tea small video making TasteSweet and tangy, almost lemon, flavor 

 A cup of citron teaBenefits
* Sweet and healthy without caffeine
* Great for coughs, helps relieves sore throats, helps treat the common cold
* Helps treat fevers
* Strong fatigue reliving effect
* A ton of vitamin C
* Calcium for strong bones
* Helps relieve seasickness
* Good for the skin
* Fights against decolorization
* Strengthens blood circulation
* Strengthens digestive stimulation

* Citron tea is a bright beautiful yellow drink made by what is closely known in western countries as marmalade. Except instead of oranges, the marmalade consists of asian citron fruits called yuja. This tea is largely popular for treating the common cold, strengthening blood circulation and strong skin de-aging oxidants. The citron tea is sweet, tangy and sour taste that is served with thinly sliced pulp inside the drink with a small spoon on the side.

A simple how-to-make citron preserve
photo reel
* Yuja preserve is very simple to make. The citron marmalade is made with citron and sugar in a 1 to 1 ratio and mixed until juices turn into sticky citron jelly. The jelly is then incased in a glass jar with two cups of sugar on the top. The jelly is then preserved for two to three months. On the left is a link of asimple how-to-make citron preserve photo reel.

* Korean food blog, Agrafood, stated the citron fruit is grown mainly in Korea, Japan and China but out of the three, Korean citron fruits are named to be the best high quality fruits (Chae). The blog further states that since the late 2000s, its exports have been increasing by 15-20 percent every year. There has been increasing popularity in the United States, Japan, other Asian countries but, mostly China. Although, China does export most of Korean grocery flee markets so, it's difficult to buy great yuja unless you live around the same area as the yuja farms. However, I listed below for Korean citron fruits and pre-made Korean citron marmalade.

A Korean Citron Regular Eater

Lee Soon Hae eating a air-dried citron slice* Above is a woman who eats citron as a health benefit for her weak neck. Below is an English translation of this original video which you can click here.

English Translation of the Original Video
* Ever since she was young, a local Korean, Lee Soon Hae, was telecasted on MBN (Korean channel) for having a neck highly susceptible to neck colds and diseases. She also had a weak body since she was little where she had lots of fevers. She exercises her throat by playing the drums and singing. However, the true health benefit is the citron fruit she eats. How she takes care of herself is by her drying the fruit into a cracker and eating it daily. The first doctor claims that the yuja is rich in vitamin C and strengthens blood circulation which is helpful for colds. He further states the smell from the fruit also helps the coughing.

* Instead of just air-drying the skin of the fruit, the Korean lady makes yuja cracker slices. She first cleans and cuts the fruit into slices. She heats up a pan with a baking sheet on top where she lies the slices. There, she fries the slices and then air-dries the slices. She says the taste is better and the nutrition is packed inside the citron once air-dried. She eats the citron like a cracker or makes a tea out of it. In addiction to dried citron, she adds black tea leaves, dried ginseng, dried matrimony vine and ginger. The second doctor claims that those who have fevers regularly should drink yuja tea. For those who regularly have a cold body, adding ginger will help blood circulation in the body. He brings caution to the fact that those who have lots of diarrhoea, a feverish body or a cold body shouldn't drink a ton of yuja tea at once because of the citron's acidity.

Different Ways to Prepare Korean Citron

* The citron fruit is simply a healthy sweetener. Since the tea is largely popular in Korea, there are different ways to drink citron tea without the fruit being a preserve. Citron tea was originally served hot but the tea can also be served cold. Below is a simple citron cocktail video.
 Honey citron with Korean pear cocktail
* You can also serve the citron preserve in a mojito.
  A citron tea mojito recipe
* The ingredients are mint, tonic water, ice and citron preserve. (The bottle says fried yuja preserve but, it doesn't matter if the citron is fried or not.) You can find the original video here.

* The citron doesn't need to be in a preserve in order to make citron tea. Below is a video on how to make fried yuja tea without making a citron preserve and how to make hot yuja green tea.
  A fried citron tea recipe
English Translation for Fried Citron Tea (흑유차)
1) The yuja is cleaned in water with a spoon of flour to clean up the fruit nicer from pesticides.
2) The fruits are taken onto a stir fry pan. The fruits need to be fried black for two to three hours. If you lay the fruit on the pan without flipping the fruit, the citron would explode. So every ten to fifteen minutes, flip the fruits around until they are nice and black.
3) Once cooled down, you can simply toss the fruit inside a pot of water and let the tea brew.

English Translation for Fried Citron Tea (유자단차)
1) The yuja is cleaned in water with a spoon of flour to clean up the fruit nicer from pesticides.
2) Cut the top piece of the fruit.
3) Scoop the insides out and squeeze the insides onto a stir fry pan.
4) Fry the juices with green leaves for three minutes.
5) Put in the fried green tea leaves into the citron carcass.
6) Put the top piece of the fruit back on.
7) Put the fruit inside a steam pot for three minutes.
8) Lay the fruit inside a pot of water and boil for five minutes.

*Citron preserve is a sweeter, afterall. The sweeter can be used in meals too. Below is a video on Korean stir fried chicken with citron preserve.
 English Translation
* Chicken breast (400g)
* Thinly sliced green onions (2 tablespoons)
* Soy Sauce (6 tablespoons)
Korean Seasoned Alcohol (4 tablespoons, optional)
* Thinly sliced garlic (1 tablespoon)
* Seasame oil (1 tablespoon)
* Pepper (1 teaspoon)
* Citron Preserve (3 tablespoons) (The bottle says fried citron preserve but, you don't need it)

1) Slice chicken breasts into small chunks.
2) In a separate bowl, mix green onions, soy sauce, Korean seasoned alcohol, garlic, pepper and citron preserve. Mix well.
3) Add the raw chicken breasts in the mixture and mix well.
4) On a hot pan, pour the chicken mixture. Move around the chicken and the sauce every minute. The sugar can easily burn so move the sauce around well.

Where to Buy Online
The citrons and citron preserves are all from South Korea.
Shopping Dictionary:
유자: Citron
유자차: Citron Tea
유자청: Citron Marmalade
꿀유자차: Honey Citron Tea
뽁유자차: Fried Citron Tea
국내산: Domestic Food (Otherwise Food from Korean Farmers or Sea)
중국산: Chinese grown food
날짜: Date
선물: Gift
세트: Set (ex. Gift set)

If you're going to the market, I recommend Youja Tea.
Auction (You can also buy Youja Tea here)
Gmarket (Honey and Citron Preserve, 3rd option)
Gmarket (Citron only Preserve, 2015)
Tmon (Citron Preserve only, 2kg)
0808 (All the others are high quality and cheap citron marmalades. However, this site is focuses on getting the best domestic fruits, seafood, meats and more. If you can read some Korean, I recommend this site to buy food online. This is two 800mg bottles of marmalade. The prices go way up: the more bottles you buy. This site is really great for gifts as well.)
Emart (Citron Hagen Dazs ice cream!)

Citron fruit: (1.23.2016)
***Please read if you are considering on buying the citron fruit***: Buying fruits online is a big deal because freshness is a huge factor. Korea has a reputation for buying fruits in its seasons and has a reputation for genetically modified fruits. Homemade citron marmalades can go up to one hundred dollars or more. I did my best to find cheap domestic citron. However, buying citron on your own is better because of the dates stamped on the packaging. I suggest checking Tmon every fall or winter for the best citron. Tmon runs out of their fruit quickly because their fruit has a high quality reputation. I will try updating the sites every few months. But anyways, happy shopping! ( \^o^)/

Auction (This post doesn't close down so, you can buy it whenever) (This site is the best English-friendly site I could find for the fruit as well)
Wemakeprice (Hurry because this is in season and sale ends soon!) (There is 3kg and 5kg, 1st option is 3kg and 2nd option is 5kg)
Interpark (These are the type of citrons farmers take extra care of. Fruits that farmers take extra care of tastes and is better. If you have the money, buying pricier fruits is a good investment.) (This is also pretty English-friendly)
0808 (This is only the citron fruit from this site)

I checked Amazon for Korean citron preserves but, they are as expensive as forty dollars. I suggest these sites to buy your citron preserves.
Yazu+ (Different types of citron preserves)
11st (Citron only preserve, from Jeju island, 1st option) (2nd option is Jeju tangerine marinade also great for tea)
Gmarket (Citron only preservative, 1st option)
Gmarket (Honey Citron preservative only, 1st option)

***  * So that's it! I hope you get the chance to drink citron tea. It is such a relaxing and sweet tea best for this cold winter.  I believe the taste is friendly to any country so, give it a try! The health benefits are amazing for such a sweet and modest tea. If you have any questions on Korean citron tea or any other Korean teas, comment or email me! ��  ***


  Blog.naver.com,. "Citron Tea Is Easy To Make". N.p., 2015. Web. 17 Jan. 2016.

 복음자리 숙성유자차 - 데리야끼 유자소스 닭구이 레시피. Naver Tvcast: Home Cafe Bokum Jari, 2016. video.

  Chae, Ria. "Let’S Change To Organic Citron Tea!". Agrafood.co.kr. N.p., 2016. Web. 17 Jan. 2016.

  "천기 누석". MBN, 2016. TV programme.

  Lee, Yoon Jin. "Nutritional Benefits Of Korean Citron Tea". General Mings - the delicious dynasty. N.p., 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2016.

  "오늘아침". MBC, 2016. TV programme.





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Renewing my Canadian Passport in Busan

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-01-19 15:53
Renewing my Canadian Passport in Busan

Renewing your passport while abroad isn't exactly the smartest course of action.  I had a year and a half left on my passport when I left Canada to teach English in South Korea, but with all the expenses of applying for my visa, getting my fingerprints and background check done, having my degree notarized, etc. I didn't bother applying for a new passport.  You need 6 months + to travel practically anywhere, and if you want to go to China on a multi-entry visa you need at least a year before your passport expires.

Now that I'll be staying for another year (this time right in the middle of the excitement of Seoul!), I'm kicking myself for not getting a 10 year passport when I had the chance.  Had I renewed back in Canada, the fees would have been significantly less ($170 rather than $260), my Chinese visa would have been multi-entry rather than the single-entry I received (check out how to get a Chinese visa here), and I wouldn't have had to go all the way to Sinpyeong (the end of the line!) to submit my passport documents.

What you'll need to prepare (taken from cic.gc.ca):

Complete the Adult Simplified Renewal Passport Application form (PPTC 482) (PDF, 426.61 KB).Does your passport have a valid visa in it?If you submit a passport for renewal that has a valid visa, tell us on the application form that you want the original passport returned to you and that you still need that visa. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.***The above is extra important!  You'll need your E2 visa back, so you need to specify that you want your passport to be returned to you.  Once you have your new passport you have 14 days in which to notify Korean immigration of the change.***

You need a Credit Card Authorization form too because guess what - although it says they'll accept credit cards on premise, they don't!  They'll send you down the street to get a certified cheque or money order UNLESS you prepare this form!

Passport photos in Busan:
I got my Passport photos taken at LotteMart in Hwamyeong (Photos must be taken in person by a commercial photographer).  I received 4 unaltered copies (tell them NO PHOTOSHOP!) with a stamp (The name and complete address of the photo studio and the date the photo was taken. The photographer may use a stamp or handwrite this information. Stick-on labels are unacceptable.) on the back for KRW 20,000 (just over $20 Canadian).  I was told by several Korean friends that Passport photos were cheap at LotteMart so I don't want to consider how much they'd be elsewhere!  Click here to print the specifications for the photographer.

Getting to the Honorary Consulate of Canada to Korea in Busan:Address, Telephone, Fax, E-mailc/o Dongsung Chemical Co., Ltd.99 Sinsan-ro, Saha-gu
Busan 604-721

Telephone: +82-51-204-5581
Fax: +82-51-204-5580
E-mail: seoul@international.gc.caMap of the Honorary Consulate LocationHours of OperationMonday to Friday : 09 :00-11 :30 and 13 :00-17:00 - Only Passport Services/Citizenship & Notary Services for walk-in clients. 

photo c/o Karen Jessiman
Rather than taking the subway to Sasang and the bus to Sinpyeong I should have just gone the long way from Hwamyeong to Sinpyeong (transferring at Seomyeon).  Avoid taking the bus unless you speak Korean.
"Take exit #4 from the Sinpyeong Station and head straight for about a half of a kilometer (500m). Take a left when you come to the corner with the LG (GS) Gas Station and the Canadian Consulate is 100m down the road." - Ryan Griffiths c/o UlsanOnline

TLDR: So what do I need to bring?
Complete the application formTo save time, complete the form on your computer and then print it. Sign each page of the application.Complete the Adult Simplified Renewal Passport Application form (PPTC 482) (PDF, 426.61 KB).***REQUEST THAT YOUR ORIGINAL PASSPORT BE RETURNED TO YOU!!!***Gather all necessary documents and get your passport photoInclude the following documents with your application form:
  • your most recent passport
  • two identical passport photos (the name and the complete address of the photographer and the date the photos was taken must be included on the back of one of the photos. Read the full requirements for more information)
Find two referencesYou will also need two references to include on your application. Your references must have known you for at least two years. You cannot use a family member or your guarantor as a reference. ***If you're applying to renew your passport you will not need a guarantor!***Submit your application and pay your feesSubmit your application to the nearest Government of Canada passport issuing office abroad.Passport – Fees5-year adult passport (age 16 or over) $19010-year adult passport (age 16 or over) $260Child passport (0-15 years of age) $100Additional fees: There are additional fees associated with replacing a passport and other administrative services. These fees are added to the base fee listed above.Receiving your passportThe Government of Canada passport issuing office abroad where you applied will let you know when your passport is ready and give you instructions on when and how to pick it up.***I applied in Busan, but since I'll be traveling to the DMZ & JSA within the 20 business day minimum application period they're sending me back my passport (the woman on the phone in Busan said I had enough time and to come in - no worries.  NOT THE CASE!  It's already gone from Busan to Seoul, and will come back to Seoul for my travels in Seoul, then will come back with me to Busan where it'll be sent to the Busan Honorary Canadian Consulate again, then sent back up to Seoul to be processed, then sent back to Busan to be sent back up to Seoul since I'll be moving while it's being processed.  Seriously - try to wrap your head around all that!  The registered mail fees will allegedly all be included in my passport renewal fees.  Updated to come...). ***
The Canadian Consulate in Busan is in the middle of nowhere.  I took the subway to Sasang Station and then got on the right bus (I promise!) which ended up going the opposite way.  I had to take a cab.  I was sick, I had no voice, and I cried...twice.  I'll keep you posted on the comings and goings of my Canadian Passport Renewal in Busan, South Korea!

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Dear Korea #139: It's Not the Size That Counts

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-01-19 11:01
Dear Korea #139: It's Not the Size That Counts


The situation in the comic actually happened when I went to visit Seoul sometime last year. The only difference was that the last few panels totally didn’t happen, because I’m a coward who’s too scared to yell at people I know. Instead, I prefer to wait some time and then draw passive aggressive comics. Go me.

I love Seoul. I really do. It’s one of my favorite places to visit. That being said, I also love Gwangju, which is where I’ve been living since I first arrived in South Korea. Sure, we may not have a Taco Bell, Costco, or all the other perks that come with living in Seoul, but I’m not in any denial when I say that I genuinely like living in this city. I’m certainly not trying to turn this into any sort of argument on which city is better than the other, as such opinions will definitely vary depending on the person giving them. I’m just not a fan of people talking smack about the city I’ve chosen to call home for over five years. If you think Busan is better than Jinju, great. If you appreciate the conveniences that come with living in a place like Incheon over residing in a quiet place like Damyang, awesome. All I ask is to not be so smug about it. To those of my readers who enjoy the smaller cities they’re living in, represent! Tell us about where you live and why others should consider it!

What I find hilarious is that Gwangju is actually one of the larger cities in South Korea. Before I moved here, my mother, who was born and raised in Seoul, warned me that this place would be nothing but hicks and farmland. Either she was dead wrong with her assumptions, or my definition of the country is way off.

Jen Lee's Dear Korea

This is Jen Lee. She likes to draw.
She also likes green tea.

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7 English-friendly Korean Clothing Sites

Koreabridge - Mon, 2016-01-18 06:33
7 English-friendly Korean Clothing Sites ***Hello everyone! If you are new to buying Korean clothing, please read my personal notice.***
Bongja (#4)
Twin Look: $20.27USD
Hotping (#5)First Crush One Piece: $37.52USDJust One (#1)Alice Sailor Knit Tee: 35,100 won
* Korean clothes are usually small for non-Asians. Remember that measurement is key and the measurement in Korea is different from anywhere else, especially shoes. Of course measurements vary so remember clothing is in the imperial system. Free size clothing may not work in America but, in Korea free size does work because women body shapes are generally similar. If you have big hips, be aware of them while shopping for pants. Accessories like rings may be too small for many ladies so look out for the ring sizes as well. Please find your shoe size on this website.

Shopping tips in review:
  • Measurements vary so consider them greatly
  • Shoe sizes are different from the imperial and American system
  • Free size also varies greatly
  • Accessory sizes can also vary as well
* I don't have Gmarket on this list because I don't like shopping in Gmarket because it's pretty expensive compared to other personal fashion businesses. Locally there are cheaper sites like Tmon or 11st, so Gmarket doesn't make sense to shop online for locals. I know Gmarket can be a good site for foreigners so do try surfing there too.

* However, the sites below are more domestic. Supporting more local businesses really help further independent fashion businesses in Korea so please do take these websites into good consideration. Please do comment or send emails if you want more recommendations as these are a few that I thought were English friendly. If you want me to do a similar blog on Korean cosmetics or Korean fashion magazines, please dont be afraid to comment or email me! As a further a do, here are seven English-friendly Korean clothing sites! ^_^


****Cade Polar Knit: 29,800won
Alia Frillneck One Piece: 57,900won1/ JustOne
* This website has a ton of knit clothing. A lot of them are sweaters with some turtlenecks and there are nice knit dresses. The colors are all neutral and pastel to bring a simple and chic tone. The dresses are formal and vintage which does reflect on the vintage theme Koreans like nowadays.

* I find the clothes soft and great for fall, winter and spring. Their pants are also nice for autumn and spring. The prices are fair as sweaters are around 20,000 won and coats are around 60,000 won. Also, their membership comes with a free three dollar coupon to their clothing. Remember to click the American or Chinese flag on the header on the left!


**Cutout Front Flare Dress: $49.00USD
Floral Crochet Shift Dress: $49.00USD
Tie-Neck Long Sleeve Dress: $33.USD
Sleeveless Mermaid Dress: $63.00USD
Flare-Sleve Black Mini Dress: $84.00USD2/ Dahong
* This website has more designers that make the website feel more active. The clothes range from vintage, conservative, edgy and casual. This website is great for looking at makeup and swimwear as well. I don't know about their bags but their accessories are simple and cute. I personally love their skirts, they have very unique skirts each different and beautiful. This website is majorly English and Chinese friendly. They have a few articles for foreigners on Korean pop and fashion. If you want to see their own fashion styles, Dahong also has their own styles you can have fun viewing too. They also make celebrity picks pages where you can look through famous Korean celebrities and their fashion choices.

* Keep in mind that some clothes might seem pricy but the reason why online shoppers love this site is because of the great quality. Try investing in a nice dress or cute tops to wear for a longer time than cheaper clothes.

Dahong has it's measurements page so do look at this page!
Also, this website has it's own shipping page that will come very handy when you're checking out.

I urge you to check this website out!


Marsha Knit: $42.39USD
Melody MTM Tree: $50.39USD
Noff Turtleneck Long Knit: $28.79USD
November V Knit: $63.99USD3/ Kooding
Hurry they are having a 20% winter sale right now!
* Chinese friendly as well, Kooding is a website with a collection of small personal fashion businesses. On the right bar you can scroll to see a handful of small businesses. They all have their own styles so check them out. The layout of this website is similar to other popular wholesale websites like Gmarket but this website is more friendly for domestic businesses to sell internationally. The shipping is free and the returning is free as well so don't hesitate on coats or shoes. Personally, I love Envystyle because of the pants they have. The quality and the lining feels great to wear and amazingly comfortable.

* There are also cosmetics that aren't personal businesses. I know Face Shop is very popular for being a Korean makeup brand. If you haven't tried the store's cosmetics, I urge you to try them. I do like their lipsticks and eyeliners! Although if you already have Face Shop cosmetics, try the other three brands that the website offers. Korean makeup is majorly different for different stores so, getting experimental with their makeup is fun as well!

Kooding also has measurement charts for all their clothing categories, so use them to your advantage!

**Fuzzy ball Flats
$25.09USD* Light Beige Coat: $69.63USD ** Cute Dress: $26.11USD ** Winter Bright Red Coat: $40.86USD *Light Pink Sweater: $26.11USD *Set Christmas piece
Plaid Dress: $49.05USD
4/ Bongja
* Also Chinese friendly, Bongja sells bright and cut clothes. They range from cute and formal dresses to casual bright clothes. The skirts and pants are all layers nicely with great material. Some dresses are free size, which you should check to see on the bottom if they fit. The designers for this shop makes fancy Asian dolly outfits that I really love. All the shoes and bags are alluring; I especially love how classy the shoes look. Overall, the clothes on this site look fun while maintaining a charming style to each clothing.

* They also sell their own cosmetics called DD'iell. I haven't used their products before but my friend uses the Intense Moisture Skin Lotion and her skin is flawless.

**Buddy One Piece: $34.72USD
Vita One Piece: $34.72USD
My Muse Knit: $41.72USD
Optimus One Piece: $33.72USDDesian Pants: $43.62USDMelody Corset Underwear: $19.32 USD
Sexy Top Corset: $13.72USD
Dark Knight Corset Panties: $15.32USD
Highlight Girdle: $15.12USD5/ Hotping
* This site is one of my favorites. Also Chinese friendly, Hotping makes the most comfortable pants and leggings. The designers try to make their pants as stretchy as possible to make the most comfort. I would invest in a good pair of leggings and long socks from this shop.
* Their clothing range from light hiphop, beautifully fancy, classy doll and casual chill wears. You can explore and make your own outfits on this website without worrying about comfort.

* My unnis really love the corset underwear on this site. Their hips look astounding over clothing and when you plainly look at the lacing, the corsets are beautiful as well as cheap! The second corset shown above would also be great for newly weds.

If you want to look chill on one day and the next damn sexy, this is the site to get all that!


Neoprene Pants Cut Banding (4th Stock): $33.37USD
Brushed Cameo Hooded Zipper Pocket (18th Restocking): $39.16USD
Washington Brushed Slim Skinny Jeans (4th Stock): $33.37USD
Doug Frayed Brushed Hoodie: $38.00USDLine Color Pattern Cardigan: $73.20USD
Flare Mini Knit Dress: $57.81USD
Bust Pocket Denim Southern: $34.64USD
Two Pockets Long Tweed Dress: $46.23USD

Wool Slip-on Point: $57.12USD
Round Nose Rabbit Sneakers: $46.23USD/7 Gaenso
* With over 2000 members, Gaenso is fabulously chic and casual at the same time. I think that the lining and patterns on this site are unique and worth checking out.
* The coats are cheaper than some other shops listed on this post. The coats have nice lining as well as warmth when it comes to the autumn and winter seasons.
* The hooded sweatshirts are casual and popular amongst locals in Seoul. I think the ripped pants are nice and placed thoughtfully around the legs. The accessories are classy and chic especially, the rings and bracelets. For those who love simple rings and bracelet sets, this site is for you! The shoes are unique but perfect to dress casual to simply hangout with your friends or running into the grocery store.
For those who do not fit the free sizes, there is an option on this site to buy 77-88 sizes.
If you want more information on their shop, click on this shopping guide.


* So that's it! I hope these websites are useful and get you the right clothes to have you feel beautiful. I love showing new Korean bits and pieces to foreigners so, if you want more websites or more things fine in Korean fashion, please do not hesitate to comment or email me!
* Enjoy exploring and have a great day! ( \^-^)/ *



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OinK - Only In Korea Podcast: Konglish, Showry & Korean Winter Habits

Koreabridge - Sat, 2016-01-16 05:30
OinK - Only In Korea Podcast: Konglish, Showry & Korean Winter Habits

OinK - Only in Korea members choose this week's topics & one brave soul left a voice message. On today's episode, Travis & Chance discuss the wonderful world of Konglish, the Korean YouTube sensation Showry, & finish by going through the interesting and often a bit odd winter habits you encounter here in South Korea.

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10 Must-Try Korean Convenience Store Foods

Koreabridge - Wed, 2016-01-13 05:24
10 Must-Try Korean Convenience Store Foods


One of the best things about South Korea that makes traveler’s life way more easy and comfortable is that there are hundreds and thousands of Korean convenience stores! See the map below and look how many convenience stores there are just in Seoul! (Surprised?)Not only travelers and tourists can easily find them, but also get what they need at all times because they are 24/7 (well, almost all of them in the major cities). Don’t need to worry about going to grocery store or mart, or if your drinks run out in the middle of the night! Just run into these convenience stores nearby! ;)

So, for those of you wondering which snack or convenience food is good, we’ve selected 10 best Korean convenience store foods beloved by Koreans and that you must try during your trip!

1. Samgak (Triangular) Gimbap

Well, these ‘Samgak(Triangular) Gimbap’ are one of the best-selling products in Korean convenience stores. And you can enjoy them with variety of flavors from mayonnaise & tuna to spicy fried-pork! It’s a rice with different recipes inside and dried seaweed wrapping the whole things around. Here’s one you should try, ‘Jeonju Bibim Samgak-Gimbap.’ This is spicy (just a little) and sweet, and tastes like Bibimbap. ;)

2. Dosirak (Lunch Box)

Nowadays, there’s a fierce competition between the brands that sell ‘dosirak’, or lunch boxes, because people in Korea (especially in the city areas) are very busy for proper dining time, as well as the increase in the number of single diners.So, among the popular lunch boxes like ‘Baek Jong-won’s Dosirak’, ‘Shin Dong-yeob’s Dosirak’, ‘Hye-ri’s Dosirak’, here’s ‘Kim Hye-ja’s Dosirak’, which Koreans praise a lot because of its comparatively low price for the amount of side dishes and rice, and of course, the great taste!

So, if you want to save some travel expense on food, then these lunch boxes are absolutely for budget travelers!

3. Giant Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cake)

Alright, this one was a huge hit in South Korea, gaining a lot of popularity on social networks like Facebook and Instagram. It’s hot and spicy. But, once you try you can never stop!

Don’t really know who actually started combining this ‘Giant Tteokbokki’ with a cheese string from the convenience store, but it kicked off a new trend. It’s a popular thing right now for Koreans to create different menus out of the recipes only from convenience stores.

4. Hot Bar

Hot bar..Sounds strange, right?! Well, think of it as a chocolate bar, except these ‘hot bars’ take various shapes, from rectangular to round (resembles a sausage), and they are made out of different ingredients like pork, chicken, seafood, etc. And they have a stick in them so that you can eat the bar comfortably!

Rip off just a little bit of its cover and warm the bar in a microwave (you can find it somewhere inside the convenience store) and enjoy it!

5. Popcorn Snacks

In South Korea, there are delicious popcorn snacks, 99% tastes and looks like real home-made popcorns! Plus, these popcorns are in various flavors, and like the pic above, ‘Butter-garlic Popcorn’ is the most best-selling snacks! Try every one of its flavors!

6. Soonbaek Uyoo (Pure White Milk) Steamed Buns

Usually steamed buns in convenience stores come in different recipes like vegetables, meat, pizza, or red bean. But, this one, like its name, has milk custard inside, which is very soft and creamy. Warm the bun in a microwave for 30 sec and it becomes a perfect snack during cold winter months. ;)

7. Petitzel’s Creme Chocolat Sweet Roll

‘Petitzel’ is a name of a brand and ‘Creme Chocolat Sweet Roll’ is one of their products. Quite recently released, it’s gaining popularity as a dessert. Along this sweet roll, another recommended product is ‘Creme Chocolat Pudding’, which tastes very creamy and sweet!

8. Gamdongran

‘Gamdongran’ is one of the products you can find in Korean convenience stores. It’s a boiled egg, and in one pack, there are 2 boiled eggs, and it’ll be enough for light breakfast. :)

9. Grand Yogurt

Korean-style yogurt is quite different from the yogurts you’ve tried in other countries. It’s more like a sweet liquid. One of the ways Koreans like to enjoy this yogurt is to put it in the freezer and enjoy it as a frozen ice cream-like yogurt. Plus, these yogurt products used to be small in size but they got bigger! Buy ‘Grand Yogurt’ from convenience store and try it!

8. Olbareun Burrito

‘Olbareun’ in Korean literally means ‘proper’ or ‘right’, which implies that these burritos are just right alternative for a meal! There are 3 different kinds of flavors: Quatro Cheese, Spicy Chicken Breast, and Beef & Jalapenos.  All of them are great, so choose according to your preference!


10. Ouidaehan (Great) Cheese Bulgogi Burger

‘Oeuidaehan’ is actually a brand name and their products have ‘Oeuidaehan’ in the name (so, it’s like a series). Among the Oeuidaehan’s products like hot dogs, pizza, and instant tteokbokki, the burgers are the most popular ones. Especially the Cheese Bulgogi Burger! Like its name, they taste great and they only costs 2,300 KRW.

So, if you are planning a trip or already traveling around South Korea, try Korean convenience store foods and snacks! You can save money on dining and save time. ;) If you want to find out more what’s more there to eat in South Korea, try browsing through Korea’s #1 travel guide, Trazy.com.

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Learn more about the EVO Electronic Village Online Sessions which formally begin after kickoff Jan 10. See the Call for Participation at http://evosessions.pbworks.com

EVO opening kick-off webcastathon 

When: Jan. 10, 2016, 1400 - 1630+ GMT

Event Time Announcer: http://bit.ly/1kCxN0g 


The EVO opening kick-off webcastathon hosted by Jeff Lebow, Mbarek Akaddar, Jose Antonio, Nellie Deutsch, and Vance Stevens takes place on Sun Jan 10 at 1400 UTC, coinciding with Learning2gether Episode 309

Sessions at EVO, or Electronic Village Online 2016, begin Jan 10 and run through Feb 13. The opening webcast is our traditional start to the event and Jeff Lebow is our traditional MC. At this event, EVO moderators will briefly introduce their sessions.


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Classroom-Based Research
for Professional Development  
What Teachers Can Do 
Educators & Copyright:
Do the Right Thing 
EVO Minecraft MOOC EVO VILLAGE 2016 Flipped LearningICT4ELT Media Resources and
Emotions in Teaching and Learning
Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Teachers as Designers Teachers Creating Digital Textbooks Teaching EFL
to Young Learners 
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