There was a small store around the corner from my hotel that sold mini cans of coffee and lattes. I don't know why but I loooooved them. I guess I'm easy to please. I would walk by on the way to the subway and pick up a couple. One day the owner pointed toward what looked like a small oven. I couldn't figure out what he was trying to say so I just shrugged. Finally he walked over, opened it up, grabbed something inside and put it in my hand. Warm cans of coffee!!
Actually a lot of places in Korea sell these. I recently found a Korean grocery store close to home in the U.S. that sells them.
I flew into seoul from london on a Korea airlines 747 and was asked by the attendant whether I wanted european or korean food. I'm flying to korea and therefore I chose the local dish which was bi bi bap which is a rice dish. On delivering the dish she asked me "do you know how to eat this?" Being a portly chap I thought she was making a joke and just laughed and said yes. I then proceeded to eat each dish on the tray, a practise I continued for the next five days. On my flight out of korea I was offered the same choice and again chose the korean dish. Being an expert by this point I set about eating the meal to the shock of my Korean neighbour who showed me, like a child, how to eat my dinner appropriately. The trick is to mix everything to your preference into the main bowl, add veg, rice and the soup/gravy and then eat all together. Clearly I didn't know how to eat my dinner, I do now. Pleace learn from my ignorance. To be honest I don't think the locals are actually that bothered but boy did I feel foolish when realised my mistake.
Sundae is famous street vender food too,
this food is a Sausage made of Beef and Beancurd in Pig intestine. first time look or eat, you would not eat odious stuff like this
but almost like a this food korean peoples.
You can fine its Streets, Small markets, Alleys. There are few different style Sundae.
Ojingeo Sundae ( Cuttlefish Sundae )sundae Guk ( pork soup mixid with sliced seun-dae sausage )Frizzle Sundae,Sundae with chitterlings
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!
Never serve drink to yourself!
In a Korean meal you have to wait until someone serves you the drink, then you have to serve the other one. As far as I know drinking alcohol, I´m not sure about non-alcoholic drinks.
Once both of you have full glasses you can say: Konbe! (Cheers) and drink.
There is a mixed drink called "bomb", it contains a small glass of Soju inside a bigger glass of beer. It´s extremly dangerous... one shoot! dangerous...
The most popular beer brand is OB Lager, pretty good!
After I have been to Seoul three times (and perhaps one more time in year 2008), my opinion of Korean food are as follows:
- Meat is an important component of Korean food e.g. pork, squid, fish etc. Also, Korean love their food to be spicy and hot. Herbs such as ginseng are also popularly added into food.
- For a typical meal, there are lots of side dishes (usually Kimchi and other vegetables). Sometimes it is very difficult to finish all the food because there is simply too much to eat.
- Unlike Japanese food (e.g. sushi), Korean food is usually cooked so there is less of a problem with raw food. Also, the hygiene standard is generally high. The hot Korean food is very good on a cold day e.g. winter.
- As for variety, I think Korean food does not have so much variety as compared to Chinese food or Japanese food.
Do Koreans really eat dog meat? You bet they do... it's called Kaegogi, literally "fire dog." It's really a summer-time delicacy (for the "dog days" of summer!).
Koreans are very sensitive to the Western belief that dog should not be eaten, therefore, they will rarely talk about eating dog, will seldom eat it in front of a Westerner, and would never serve dog without telling their guests. Unlike most other Korean stores and restaurants, Kaegogi restaurants never have signs in English, as they are not for tourists. If you want to try dog, you'll have to learn Hangul or make friends with a local. My friends who tried it say it tastes like a wet dog smells...
According to this BBC article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/422338.stm) dog is the fourth most popular meat in Korea after pork, beef, and chicken. Eating dog was banned for several years around the '88 Olympics and '02 World Cup, partly due to the inhumane killing methods, but the practice has continued. Some argue that the practice should be stopped due to the infamous cruelty, while others argue eating dog is part f the Korean culture and therefore should be allowed, but regulated to prevent abuse and punish those who might torture the animals.
Korea is world renown for its Ginseng products. They have used the ginseng roots for thousands of years to cure all sorts of ailments. It is said that the ginseng tea is good for the body and mind. Some say it boosts the energy and even prolongs ones life. I highly recommend you buy some and give it a try. The tea is delicious!
There are many foodstands all through Seoul. The serve really good snacks and sometimes Koreans are willing to wait for ages if they know the serving is good. If you are a bit hungry, these are great possibilities to try out some Korean food and it's ridiculously cheap. Usually just 500W (no negotiating).
Are you ready to enjoy Korean Food ~?!In addition to the bars and nightclubs located inside major hotels, there are many nightspots in Seoul.
The area around Hongik University is filled with unique cafes, bars, and clubs featuring live performances by underground artists. Likewise, Sinchon, around Yonsei University, assumes a whole new life at night when cafes, pubs and karaoke places are packed with college students and young office workers who are attracted by its cheaper prices.
Itaewon, a popular shopping destination among foreigners, has long been famous for the nighttime scene. There are many restaurants serving cuisine from different countries. Theme clubs here also cater to foreigners.
The area around Gangnam Station is always packed with people looking for a place for a drink after work. There are numerous pubs, cafes and karaoke rooms in the area.
Apgujeong-dong area features more posh entertainment. Night owls sporting the latest in fashion flock here to spend the evening at the area¡¯s cafes, restaurants, clubs and karaoke rooms.
The Sheraton Walker Hill Casino is the only casino in Seoul. The casino features Baccarat machines, Blackjack tables and 100 slot machines. There are also roulette and big wheel games.
For more information: http://www.visitseoul.net/english/
Bibimbap! When hearing a Korean flight attendant utter these words, I just couldn't process that this was a Korean word: it sounded more like a name of some guy from the Southern United States. Anyway, the flight attendant was giving us the choice of meals for that day and we kept saying, 'Sorry? What was that one again? Bee bee bob?' The flight attendant just shook her head like, 'Of course, bibimbap. Are you crazy? It's bibimbap!' We asked what it was but the communication after that was kind of difficult. We later learned that it is a big bowl of vegetables (carrots, greens, mushrooms) that are stirfried and then you add steamed rice and hot sauce to your taste. Not too complicated but it took us a while to figure out what exactly this bee bee bob stuff was. :)
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!
there are about 35 basic kinds of kimchi in both south and north korea and kimchi is spicier in north korea since they have colder weather. At present there are about 100 different variations of kimchi. If you eat at a korean restaurant here, they will give you at least 4 kind of ban chan (kimchi) as side dish and as many as 13 in large restaurants and the good news, kimchi is given free when you order food at any restaurants, food courts, fast food places around south korea.
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.