Eating & Drinking, Seoul
Dried fish are found in all shapes and sizes in Korea, and I found it fascinating to walk around and look at the open stalls where they were both laying and hanging.
You are often offered to have a taste of a dried squid, a dried shrimp or other small dried fish when you are wandering around looking at the stalls, and some were pretty tasty - very different from Europe!
Beer, or "Maekju" in Hangeul, in probably the most popular Korean drink for foreigners. The two most common brands are OB (Oriental Brewery) and Cass.
OB, first brewed in 1933, has 4.4 % alcohol and claims "timeless enduring heritage, craftsmanship and new rice addition deliver refreshing smoothness and clean aftertaste, making OB the most drinkable beer." I'll admit, OB is VERY drinkable, but I really couldn't taste their "new rice addition."
Cass is the newer brand, and has 4.5 % alcohol by volume. Rather than taste, Cass declares itself as "the Refrashing Beer that Vitalizes Youth and is Cold-filtered for the most Freshness." If I can say one thing about Cass, it certainly Vitalizes Youth, if my understanding is the same as theirs... During my time here, I never quite figured out how to say "Cass" so that Koreans understood me... I tried cass, cahs, caws, cassa, cassu, caus, and other varients with no luck. If anyone can give me the correct pronunciation (and something it rhymes with), I'll be forever in debt!.
You will occasionally see Hite beer, Hite Stout, and Cafri but none are as Drinkable or Vitalizing as OB and Cass. Through my most dilligent research, I have concluded that OB, Cass, and Cafri are all brewed by the same company -- see Oriental Brewing Co's website at www.beer.co.kr. Hite's website is http://www.hite.com
Other traditional Korean liquors are soju, or potato wine, and makgeolli, a milky rice wine.
Another favorite of mine because i'm a sweet tooth! this is also sweet and good at every bite. it costs 600 won and is also available at convenience stores everywhere. The honey bread is another common favorite sweet and snack of both the South Koreans and th Japanese and I will have pictures of both.
Korean and Japanese Sweets can be strikingly similar! an example of the common similarities of both countries is the milk bread, My favorite, it is sweet and very creamy, it's filling and it only cost 800 won a pack. available in convenience stores. They are really popular here in South Korean and in Japan, see my pictures for both kinds as a comparison.
this are rounded rice crispies that are very sweet but also tasty and is similar to japanese rice crispies but the japanese ones are larger and more flat. costs 1000 won.See my pictures for the comparison between the korean and japanese rice crispies. Rice Crispies are a popular snack across east asia and south east asia.
Hayeong is a newly-opened restaurant perched on top of a hill at the entrance of the Jungmun Resort Complex in Jeju. The restaurant serves high-quality, roasted black pork (for which the island is famous). Not only can visitors expect some excellent cuisine representative of Jeju, but diners are also treated to a gorgeous view of the sea and the surrounding tourist attractions of the Jungmun Resort Complex. Located right on the main road of Ilju, between the Jungmun Resort Complex and the parking lot for Cheonjeyeon Falls, Hayeong is easy to find, even for first time visitors. The hilltop view and spacious dining area make it an ideal place for group tourists, family gatherings, or individual tourists.
Korean style onion ring, a bit spicy but is very tasty. it cost 1000 won a pack aand is available at 7-11's and any other korean convenience stores all around seoul. Can also be a bar cheap bar chow companion to beers in your hotel room for those on a budget.
It is Big and they use Rounded, Big Charcoal Briquettes from hardwood which adds a smoky flavor to the sweet and spicy korean dishes that are popular. These kinds of Charcoal Grills are popular around Seoul and South Korea and can be seen everywhere!
Kimbap is Like Japanese sushi but without the kikkoman soy soyce and wasabi. The Kimbap is the Korean Version and inside the seaweed wrapper are assorted veggies and imitation crabs and vinegared rice. it cost 3,000 won an order and is really tasty and filling!
Very Sweet! the outer layer is a crispy rice starch that melts in your mouth and the inside filling is like the sweetened crushed red mongo seeds found in chinese mooncakes! it costs 300 won a piece and is available everywhere.
Grown in Icheon County (which is popular rice growing region in south korea, Red Rice are short grain, weedy type of self propagating rice that are glutinous and is a favorite since it has more nutrients than the well polished white rice. It costs 2,000 won per order!
It is very Tasty and Sinful! Since the US Beef Ban in 2003, koreans have rediscoved the cheap alternative to expensive local beef by buying thin slices of pork belly called samgyeopsal. fatty slices of pork belly meat are served in the same fashion as galbi, with the meat flavored with garlic, salt and sesame oil and cooked on a grill at the diners' table. Prior to consumption, the large slices of meat are cut into smaller pieces with scissors. A common way to consume the meat is to place a slice inside a lettuce or other green leaf with some cooked rice and ssamjang, a paste made out of chili paste (gochujang) and soybean paste (doenjang).
It is very popular around korea since it costs only 12,000 won an order!
Korean Food, Bulgogi is made from thin slices of sirloin or other prime cut of beef (usually imported since local korean beef is very expensive!). The meat is marinated with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar and other ingredients such as scallions and mushrooms, especially white button and shiitake and rice glass noodles are added and is cooked into an lpg stove! it is Deelicious!
it costs 18,000 won an order but it rises to 55,000 won if using local korean beef!
An Aphrodisiac as Koreans would say! It is made from 4 year old ginseng, stuffed into a 4 month old native chicken (the black ones are twice more expensive!) plus glutinous rice and boiled in a broth of Korean ginseng, dried seeded jujube fruits, garlic, and ginger.
a basic meals costs 12,000 won and if you order black chiclen then it balloons to 24,000 won. Available everywhere!
Since Korean Strawberries are very sweet and juicy, they make dehydrated whole strawberries enclosed in either whiteor dark chocolate and they sell it by boxes and a small box (12 pieces) costs 6,000 won; a medium box at 9,000 (16 pieces) won and large boxes (24 pieces) at 12,000 won! Available in department stores and duty free shops.