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Month: January, 2012

Korea’s Healthy Winter Foods


I came across another interesting post from KTO, again! Just wanna document my blog and yeah..share with you all. I like Byoelhae Jangkuk, the best, and also all the picture in “Hot Soup” Section are my favorite too. I miss Samkaetang, I miss summer…Ah.. already mouth watering! ***

Like most people, the item at the top of my winter to-do list is staying healthy. Of course, avoiding seasonal flu is easier said than done when chilly weather forces us indoors where germs abound.So, what to do?

Aside from washing hands and getting sufficient rest, keeping yourself well fed with nutritious foods can keep sickness at bay. In much of the world, winter is about staying warm with piping hot soups and beverages. Korea certainly experiences a robust winter of chapping winds, cold temperatures and shrinking hours of daylight. Despite this, in Korea, hot soups are associated with summer heat, where “fighting fire with fire” is a hot weather tradition.

Nevertheless, the Korean kitchen is full of hearty soups and stews, traditional porridges and medicinal teas, all perfect options to help keep you warm and healthy this winter. To give you a “taste” of what’s on offer, here’s a quick review.

Soup figures prominently in the Korean diet. Served with virtually every meal, its ubiquity has spawned diversity.The perfect meal on a snowy afternoon is Gamjatang. The so-called “potato soup” is better known for its succulent pieces of pork, which are boiled (typically at your table) with sesame leaves, spinach, green onions, enoki mushrooms, spices and, yes, the occasional potato.

As a peninsula, seafood soups also figure prominently in Korea. From the hot and spicy seafood smorgasbord called Haemultang, to the freshwater shrimp soup, Minmulsaewootang, and marsh clam soup, Jaecheopguk, Korea’s seafood soups are a fantastic alternative to land-based meats.

If you crave some land fowl, however, your best bet is Samgyetang, a soup made from a whole young chicken stuffed with glutinous rice and boiled in a ginseng broth. Beyond its lovely taste, Samgyetang is fun to eat. As your spoon emerges from the earthenware bowl, it’s a guessing game to discover what emerges. Will it be a clove of garlic or a gingko nut? A cracked walnut or dried jujube? Traditionally eaten on “Sambok,” the three hottest days of the year, the wholesome soup is said to protect the body and restore energy.

Not to be missed, beef is another staple of Korean soups. The sister soups of Gomtang (beef brisket and tripe soup) and Seolleongtang (ox bone soup) are two popular options that claim to buoy one’s health. Seolleongtang is a widely loved winter soup. Made from ox leg bones simmered for eight hours or more, the milky white broth is seasoned by the customer with coarse salt, green onions or chili pepper powder. Some restaurants will serve it with wheat or sweet potato noodles, while most customers tip their tin of rice into the broth, mix, and enjoy.

Finally, as you’ve probably noticed, many Korean soups end with “tang,” but another common suffix is “guk,” as in Tteokguk. This soup actually is associated with winter, since it’s typically enjoyed on New Year’s Day. The chewy sliced rice cakes, called “tteok” in Korean, are said to resemble coins, thus ensuring a healthy and prosperous year to come.

Perhaps you still can’t tell your “guk” from your “tang?” Nevertheless, we’re going to throw more into the pot, if you will. “Jjigae” and “jjim” are two Korean types of stew. Distinguishing soup from stew is more art than science, but the latter usually refers to a dish where the broth has reduced significantly and the other ingredients dominate.Two of the nation’s most popular stews are Kimchi jjigae (spicy pickled cabbage stew) and Doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew). While it takes some people a while to fully appreciate doenjang (think of miso soup with a lot more character), the fermented soybean is a staple in Korean cuisine.

During the fermentation process, the liquid form becomes soy sauce while the solid is crushed into paste. When added to an anchovy stock, hot pepper paste, vegetables, garlic and thick slabs of tofu, the result is a delicious and pungent stew.

Korea’s best soybean paste is said to come from Sunchang County. The tiny hamlet of North Jeolla Province also boasts the nation’s highest proportion of residents over age 85. Since Doenjang is packed with essential amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants, perhaps it’s more than just a coincidence?

Similar to jjigae, jjim is made by steaming or boiling marinated meat until the liquid is reduced even further. Examples of regional jjim include Andong’s Jjimdak steamed chicken and Masan’s Agujjim, a mix of anglerfish, sea squirt and soybean sprouts. My personal favorite is the sweet and spicy Galbijjim. The delectable dish’s beef short ribs are cooked over low heat with chef’s choice of vegetables, cellophane noodles, rice cakes and sometimes even a quail’s egg.

In the unlikely event that you tire of Korea’s vast selection of soups and stews, another option that’s sure to warm your gullet is the traditional porridge, called juk. Made from boiled rice at about a 1:6 rice-to-water ratio, variations on the soup are popular from Sri Lanka to China, where it’s known as congee. Frequently advertised as a health food, juk is often served to the very old, very young and infirmed, since it is mild and easily digested.Korean juk comes in dozens of varieties, with vegetable and seafood porridge among the most common. Bean sprout, pumpkin, oyster and pollack are other options. Jeonbokjuk, an abalone gruel mixed with small pieces of carrot and green onion, is another favorite. If you’d like to spice up your gruel, add ground nuts or dried seaweed.

Although the colorful seafood options are winter mainstays, my cold weather choice is the red bean porridge called patjuk. Red beans have a subtle flavor and are packed with fiber, protein and vitamins. Plus, frequently hiding beneath the purple surface are chewy balls of rice called birds’ eggs. Often eaten on Dongji, or the winter solstice, the vaguely red hue is said to bring good fortune and dispel evil spirits on the shortest day of the year.

Finally, traditional tea has a long history in Korea. It’s been said that a tea offering was made to the spirit of King Suro some 1,300 years ago during the ancient kingdom of Gaya. Although daily tea ceremonies among the royals and aristocrats waned during the Joseon Dynasty (1394-1910), wild tea plants have grown continuously for centuries on Korea’s southern foothills, and today, tea represents a major regional export.Although tea comes in many types and colors, all tea originates from the same plant. Despite their common source, certain preparations are prized for their well-documented health benefits. For example, in addition to green tea, Yujacha (citron tea), Saenggangcha (ginger tea) and Ssanghwacha (harmonized energy tea) are frequently consumed as home cold remedies in Korea. Furthermore, tea served with locally harvested honey can relieve allergies, sore throats and coughing.

Laundry


If you first come to Korea and don’t know Korean and feel frustrated to ask someone on how to use some Korean-written-description machines, this post might be helpful. ^^. My first post of the new category about Tip 4Students in Korea, goes for laundry. Yes, it’s everyday use, so… it might be necessary to know. (I guess).

If you stay outside (Not in dormitory), I’m not really sure how the process is, just for my case, my dorm need us to pay all the time once we need to do laundry. Here I’ll draft out some simple step to finish laundry. Firstly, change the money into coin. For my dormitory, for using washing machine need to to put 500won x 2 / time. You need to insert 1000won to change if you happen not to have cash with you. (Only 1000w0n works with this machine, no 5000, no 10,000 either)

If you dont have your own shampoo, you can get it here for 500 won, plus the dry cloth freshening tissue.

1/ Put the 500 coin in the star sign and pull the handle accordingly then you can get it from the bottom part.

There are 4 step needed for the washing machine, pls follow the sign number

1/ Area to put fabric soften, if you dont have just ignore it

2/ Area to put shampoo (Pls don’t say you also dont have this*)

3/ Put the 2 coins in the hole and push the handle in, so the coin can drop inside

4/ Choose your type of washing (Normally, “colors” button is used)

Then just left machine to work for around 44 mins, and it’s done! Wink*** However, in case, you don’t want to wait it dry by itself, you can have another option is dryer machine. Again, need to pay 1000won/time around 40 mins.

Simply step, put the washed clothes (Not the hand washed-heavy-wet one) inside, and put coins in the hold at sign #1 and at #2 just choose type of cloth, after pressing it will run automatics. (The picture here is for machine above and below, make sure you choose the right dryer machine before you press the button)

Lee Hae Ri (Davichi) – Dear My Loving Person


Lee Hae Ri (Davichi) – Dear My Loving Person (사랑하는 사람아) Poseidon OST

긴 하루의 끝에서 꺼내보는 내 마음속에 꼭 숨겨둔 이야기

gin haruui kkeuteseo kkeonaeboneun nae maeumsoge kkok sumgyeodun iyagi

먼 훗날 언젠가는 돌아보며 어렴풋한 기억에 난 웃음짓겠지

meon hutnal eonjenganeun dorabomyeo eoryeomputan gieoge nan useumjitgetji 

봄날에 향기가 따뜻한 바람이 그대 데리고 와 내 옆으로 앉네

bomnare hyanggiga ttatteutan barami geudae derigo wa nae yeopeuro antne 

사랑하는 사람아 나를 기억 못해도 나 혼자만 바래온 못난 사랑이래도

saranghaneun sarama nareul gieok motaedo na honjaman baraeon motnan sarangiraedo

이제야 혼잣말 많이 좋아했다고 바보 같은 나지만 참 사랑했다고

ijeya honjatmal manhi johahaetdago babo gateun najiman cham saranghaetdago 

그날에 그대를 바래온 날들은 여기 내 마음속에 노래가 되어

geunare geudaereul baraeon naldeureun yeogi nae maeumsoge noraega doeeo 

사랑하는 사람아 나를 기억 못해도 나 혼자만 바래온 못난 사랑이래도

saranghaneun sarama nareul gieok motaedo na honjaman baraeon motnan sarangiraedo

이제야 혼잣말 많이 좋아했다고 바보 같은 나지만 참 사랑했다고

ijeya honjatmal manhi johahaetdago babo gateun najiman cham saranghaetdago

내 꿈같은 사람아 기억하지 않아도 바람이 이 봄날이 널 자꾸 데려와

nae kkumgateun sarama gieokhaji anhado barami i bomnari neol jakku deryeowa

하나 둘씩 켜지는 우리 추억을 이제 어느덧 내 손으로 꺼야만 하지만

hana dulssik kyeojineun uri chueogeul ije eoneudeot nae soneuro kkeoyaman hajiman

 하나씩 또 하나씩 잊어가기를

hanassik tto hanassik ijeogagireur

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

At the end of the long day, I take it out and look

The story that I have hidden deep in my heart

Sometime in the far future, I’ll look back

And smile by the vague memories

The fragrance of the Spring days, the warm wind

Brings you and sits next to me

*Dear my loving person, even if you don’t remember me

Even if it’s a foolish love that I have only wished for

Finally now I mumble myself, that I liked you a lot

Even if I’m a fool myself, I loved you a lot

That day, those days that I wanted you

Became a song in here in my heart

*Repeat

Dear my dream-like person, even if you don’t remember

The wind, this Spring day keeps bringing you

Lightens up our memories one at a time

Now I have to blow it off with my own hands but

I hope to forget them one at a time

Credit : finnbucks, popgasaRepost :Siwon Indonesia Fans Club

Fantastic Seoul



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New Day New Idea


I just made a new page about “Tip 4New Students in Korea“.  Go and have a look what it is about and then let me know what you want to know about student life in Korea. ^^ From today, I’ll post more regarding tips. Enjoy your reading!

Crossroad


@Top of N Seoul Tower

Re-post: Right now, my feeling is so complicated because I don’t know exactly which way to go. Simply, I got only two ways, whether I’m in or out of this mess. The thing is I will not give up until one day I have no more tears to drop. Is that possible that my tears will stop falling down before I close my eyes? I don’t really think so.

Am I right about “we can’t change the entire thing, but we can change it little by little if we are patient enough”? Because of this thought it keeps me alive and believe one day I will be able to make some changes to it, even it so hard or sometimes, absolutely painful for me, but that’s life.  Life is complicated with fate as a shadow and destinies that follow are so unpredictable.

There is still a problem because if you want to make a change, you have to be sure that you are holding enough abilities and efforts to keep this mission accomplish. Unfortunately, I’m now have no enough confident at all. I, myself, feel really weak and damp. I see myself uncategorized and always wondering who am I exactly? What do I really want? Am I doing this right or wrong? …. Many questions rise up, but there is still no light yet. So, how could I keep changing what I want to change?

and, How am I suppose to walk pass this crossroad?

(This is why diary can reminds us that some commitments which proves  time might still just not be enough)

Hangang Sunset


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The Best 3-Night, 4-Day Winter Trip


More info: Here

Experience A Bit of Everything about Korea in a Short Time
Experience first hand Korea’s traditional yet modern lifestyle, its culture, and winter sports! Don’t miss any of them!
The following is a brief guide to a wonderful winter package itinerary that allows travelers to discover the many different aspects of Korea.
Itinerary Overview
Day 1: Seoul: City Tour Sightseeing at Changdeokgung Palace → Insadong → Cheonggyecheon Stream → N Seoul Tower → Hotel or shopping at Dongdaemun Market
Day 2: Sightseeing in Suwon Depart from Seoul to Suwon → Sightseeing at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Everland → Back to Seoul
Day 3: Namiseom Island Depart from Seoul → Namiseom Island → Gangchon Resort (go night skiing and spend the night at Gangchon Resort)
Day 4: Seoul Gangchon Resort (go skiing in the morning) → Back to Seoul

Day 1: Blend of Tradition and Modernity within the Metropolitan Seoul
Visit the heart of Seoul. The trip may be short, but you don’t want to miss the capital city of Korea. First, visit the royal palaces that represent both ancient and modern-day Korea, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, and N Seoul Tower. Sightseeing through the city along with shopping will make the day seem too short. So, let’s go! Here is a short list of the most attractive destinations in Metropolitan Seoul.
Day 2: Exciting Entertainment ‘Jewel in the Palace’ and Korea’s largest Theme Park, Everland
The historic site of Hwaseong Fortress and the Hwaseong’s Haenggung Palace in Suwon has spurred increasing numbers of travelers in Korea since the TV drama ‘Jewel in the Palace’ was aired. Also, Everland is just a short stop away. Everyone will enjoy this fantasy-filled theme park.
Day 3: Gangchon Resort, a Snow-covered Wonderland where the Romance of Winter Sonata Lives on
Winter Sonata is the catalyst that set off the Korean Wave. One of its film locations on Namiseom Island is still fresh with the memories left behind from the two leading actors. After a leisurely walk along the many paths, there is one more thing you must see. Gangchon Resort offers snow-covered slopes for an exciting skiing experience. Beginners and advanced skiers are all welcome. Enjoy Korea in the snow!