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Month: July, 2010

Pojangmacha in Korea


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The pojangmacha (street vendor) is one of the best places to grab a quick snack or pass the night away drinking with friends. The types of food they serve can usually be eaten quickly while standing up (although someplaces have cheap chairs or benches) or take with you. They have many types of food on sticks or “finger foods.” Other specialize in seafood and are geared more towards people who want to sit and have some drinks as well. Smaller stands can be easily carried or rolled from place. Larger, more elaborate ones have plastic tarps to protect patrons from the rain and cold.

Pojang Macha began in 1950 with a few rear-cars selling small snacks around Cheonggyecheon, Seoul. After several years passed, in 1970, the rear-car began to form its shape by covering itself with orange plastic wrap and people started to sell small appetizers. The rear-car is the earlier form of Pojang Pojang Macha we have all around us today. Rear-car started to improve during the 70’s because the lower class people liked having a drink and food for little money and the first place they went to was Pojang.

The Pojang Macha that seemed to end all together thrived once again in 1997.

Looking back to the past 10 years, we can all see that there is a clear difference in styles and forms of individual Pojang Machas. The change is not about the alteration of the look but on its full attraction of all the people including foreigners and success in the effort to bring comfort to their customers. The food in Pojang Macha also have enhanced in providing newer, better food that needed to taste good to people from other countries, where the favor in taste might be different. Morover, the environment turned very clean and started to give a good image for all to remember.

Pojang Macha has come a long way to become one of the aspects of Korea. It contains a different look that can be interesting for many others and teaches them of Korea’s tradition of eating a food when everyone is gathered around. Not only the food is great but also there is a particular feeling emitted from the environment, so try it! I recommend you to try one cup of fishcake soup (odeng gukmul) on a freezing cold winter day in Korea, the feeling it gives is unexplainable but I am sure about one thing, the feeling is sensational!

source: http://www.lifeinkorea.com and http://hjm910909.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/pojang-macha-food-shelter-for-all-koreans/

Kim Tae Hee at Paris Baguette


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Totally in love with her!!

Official Poster of Harry Potter 7



Throughout the six previous novels in the Harry Potter series, the main character, Harry Potter, has struggled with the inherent difficulties of adolescence along with being a famous wizard. When Harry was a baby, Lord Voldemort, a powerful evil wizard, murdered Harry’s parents but mysteriously vanished after attempting to kill Harry. This results in Harry’s immediate fame, and his being placed in the care of his muggle, or non-magical, relatives Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon.

Harry re-enters the wizarding world at age 11, enrolling in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and is soon confronted by Lord Voldemort, who is trying to regain power (and a body). Returning to school after summer break, there are several attacks on students after the legendary “Chamber of Secrets” is thought to be opened. Harry ends the attacks by killing a Basilisk and defeating Lord Voldemort’s “memory” stored in an enchanted diary. The following year, Harry hears that he has been targeted by escaped murderer Sirius Black. Despite stringent security measures at Hogwarts, Harry is confronted by Black at the end of his third year of schooling and Harry learns that Black was framed and is his godfather. Harry’s fourth year of school sees him entered in a dangerous magical competition called the Triwizard Tournament. At the conclusion of the Tournament, Harry witnesses the return of Lord Voldemort to full strength. When the next school year begins, the Ministry of Magic appoints Dolores Umbridge as the new High Inquisitor of Hogwarts. After forming an underground student group in opposition to Umbridge, Harry and several of his friends face off against Voldemort’s Death Eaters, a group of Dark witches and wizards, and narrowly defeat them. In Harry’s sixth year of school, he learns that Voldemort has been using Horcruxes to become immortal. Horcruxes are fragments of the soul that are placed within an object so that when the body dies, a part of the soul remains and the person can be regenerated or resurrected. However, the destruction of the creator’s body leaves the wizard or witch in a state of half-life, without corporeal form. When returning from a mission to discover a Horcrux, Professor Dumbledore, the Headmaster of the school and Harry’s mentor, is murdered by Severus Snape, a teacher at the school with whom Harry is consistently at odds and who Harry has suspected of being a Death Eater. At the conclusion of the book, Harry pledges not to return to school the following year and to search for Horcruxes instead.

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hroughout the six previous novels in the Harry Potter series, the main character, Harry Potter, has struggled with the inherent difficulties of adolescence along with being a famous wizard. When Harry was a baby, Lord Voldemort, a powerful evil wizard, murdered Harry’s parents but mysteriously vanished after attempting to kill Harry. This results in Harry’s immediate fame, and his being placed in the care of his muggle, or non-magical, relatives Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon.

Harry re-enters the wizarding world at age 11, enrolling in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and is soon confronted by Lord Voldemort, who is trying to regain power (and a body). Returning to school after summer break, there are several attacks on students after the legendary “Chamber of Secrets” is thought to be opened. Harry ends the attacks by killing a Basilisk and defeating Lord Voldemort’s “memory” stored in an enchanted diary. The following year, Harry hears that he has been targeted by escaped murderer Sirius Black. Despite stringent security measures at Hogwarts, Harry is confronted by Black at the end of his third year of schooling and Harry learns that Black was framed and is his godfather. Harry’s fourth year of school sees him entered in a dangerous magical competition called the Triwizard Tournament. At the conclusion of the Tournament, Harry witnesses the return of Lord Voldemort to full strength. When the next school year begins, the Ministry of Magic appoints Dolores Umbridge as the new High Inquisitor of Hogwarts. After forming an underground student group in opposition to Umbridge, Harry and several of his friends face off against Voldemort’s Death Eaters, a group of Dark witches and wizards, and narrowly defeat them. In Harry’s sixth year of school, he learns that Voldemort has been using Horcruxes to become immortal. Horcruxes are fragments of the soul that are placed within an object so that when the body dies, a part of the soul remains and the person can be regenerated or resurrected.[8] However, the destruction of the creator’s body leaves the wizard or witch in a state of half-life, without corporeal form.[9] When returning from a mission to discover a Horcrux, Professor Dumbledore, the Headmaster of the school and Harry’s mentor, is murdered by Severus Snape, a teacher at the school with whom Harry is consistently at odds and who Harry has suspected of being a Death Eater. At the conclusion of the book, Harry pledges not to return to school the following year and to search for Horcruxes instead.

Don’t forget


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Did you forget that I was even alive?
Did you forget everything we ever had?
Did you forget, did you forget about me?

Did you regret ever standing by my side?
Did you forget we were feeling inside?
Now I’m left to forget about us

But somewhere we went wrong
We were once so strong
Our love is like a song, you can’t forget it

So now I guess this is where we have to stand
Did you regret ever holding my hand?
Never again, please don’t forget, don’t forget

We had it all, we were just about to fall
Even more in love, than we were before
I won’t forget, I won’t forget about us

But somewhere we went wrong
We were once so strong
Our love is like a song you can’t forget it

Somewhere we went wrong
We were once so strong
Our love is like a song, you can’t forget it at all

And at last all the pictures have been burned
And all the past is just a lesson that we’ve learned
I won’t forget, please don’t forget us

Somewhere we went wrong
Our love is like a song but you won’t sing along
You’ve forgotten about us
Don’t forget

lyrics from: http://www.elyrics.net/read/d/demi-lovato-lyrics/don_t-forget-lyrics.html

Bibimbap


Bibimbap

Bibimbap is very popular in Korea, but many foreigners are more familiar with Kalbi, another popular Korean dish. Let’s learn about bibimbap first before learning about its dietary benefits.

Bibimbap (pronounced Bee-peem-bahp) describes a type of mixed rice dish topped with Korean style vegetables (called namul), lean meat, and other food items. Bibimbap is cheap and easy to make, only requiring a short preparation time and few ingredients. Most ingredients are available in your kitchen.

There are several types of bibimbap. Regular bibimbap includes sliced vegetables, lean meat, and hot pepper paste spread on a bed of short grain rice, served in a cool, shallow bowl. A egg is placed on top.

Dolsot bibimbap includes more vegetables and meat in a thick stoneware bowl. The bowl is extremely hot and people are advised not to touch it. A raw egg is placed on top to finish off the dish.

Hweodopbap is another version of bibimbap that uses fish instead of meat. Fresher food, such as cucumbers, lettuce, and a milder paste are used. Hweodopbap is typically enjoyed in the summer because of its refreshing, cool taste.

Bibimbap rarely uses any sauces, besides hot pepper paste, when prepared. Some people opt to add sesame oil to the bottom of the dish to make it crunchier.

Many Koreans believe bibimbap is based on a similar royal dish from the Middle Ages. It is strikingly similar to royal cuisine prepared in that time, using fresh, elaborate ingredients to make a visually appealing meal. Koreans believe this dish also heals the body, gives off energy, and helps ward off illness during the winter. Recently, science has proven it is a beneficial Korean food–especially if you want to lose weight.

Why Bibimbap Is a Great Diet Food

Why is bibimbap a great diet food? Although it is a high caloric diet food, the portions are enormous, meaning you stay full longer. Bibimbap never uses any artificial ingredients–natural, organic ingredients make the bulk of this diet dish. Green leafy vegetables, lean meat, and shredded seaweed provide numerous health and dietary benefits to people who want to lose weight fast, so make sure to fill up. A healthy diet ensures a slimmer waistline.

Calories in Bibimbap

Bibimbap is slightly higher in calories compared to other diet food choices. According to Calorie King, expect 560 calories in a single serving. Other variations, like Dolsot Bibimbap, are higher in calories due to the oils used to prepare it.

You can easily reduce the calories, however. As with most Korean food, most of the calories are from the rice and meat, and the best way to trim the fat is by getting rid of the meat. You can also divide portions in half (expect four cups in a single serving). Bibimbap is a very filling food, however, so you probably won’t eat as much if you add it to your diet.

Nutritional Benefits of Bibimbap

Bibimbap is also very nutritious. According to Calorie King, bibimbap packs an overwhelming 18g of protein, 83mg of calcium, and 572mg of potassium per serving, making it an extremely healthy diet food. Several studies show that calcium boosts weight loss, including one study reported by the Journal of nutrition. According to the study, women who consumed over 1,000mg of calcium per day lost up to 20% more weight, increased their lean mass tissue, and ate significantly less calories.

Protein is also essential for weight loss because it promotes lean muscle tissue, which increase the metabolism. Your body is able to burn more calories if you have more lean muscle tissue, so make sure to eat plenty of this diet food.

Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/health/diet-nutrition/articles/29832.aspx#ixzz0uC1XEzKk