Tag Archives: Korean food

Swirly Korean red bean paste bread- danpat bbang

Swirly Pat Bbang & other musings…

Swirly Korean red bean paste bread- danpat bbang

 

Flavours collect like memories.  They are powerful conjurors that dance on the lips and the tip of the tongue.  I am an amalgamation of everything I have ever eaten.  A stew.  A mélange.  Continue reading

The-Passage.org kalguksu recipe

Not Your Eomma’s Kalguksu: an ode to eating on the side streets

vibrant colours of Tunxi, China's local market

It turns out that I am a back alley kind of girl. This was something that I didn’t know about myself until we moved to Korea and began to travel through Southeast Asia.

Give me food stalls, stacks of dumplings steaming on street corners, wobbly stools, plastic chairs pressed up against cement walls, narrow passages crammed with tables. Let me sit elbow to elbow on a wooden bench in a bustling market noisy with sizzling, slurping, hissing, lip-smacking goodness. Paper sacks and plastic bags. Crunchy, greasy, savoury, sweet, bean paste, sesame, skewers, buns, pancakes and pockets. I am happiest at Continue reading

Scenes from Gwangjang Market- Seoul, South Korea

Gwangjang Market

Scenes from Gwangjang Market- Seoul, South Korea

We entered the market and walked straight into a tide of kinetic energy.
A steady buzz,
A jostling of elbows.

Nimble fingers press dough into perfectly shaped mandu. Continue reading

Bukchon Son Mandu- Insadong, Seoul

Bukchon Son Mandu

Bukchon Son Mandu- Insadong, Seoul

There are a few iconic dishes that one shouldn’t leave Korea without trying…one of them is the beloved dumpling called mandu. Steamed mandu (찐만두), fried mandu(튀김만두), meat mandu (고기 만두), kimchi mandu (김치만두), wang mandu(왕만두), or jjinppang mandu (찐빵만두)… Continue reading

On Budaejjigae Street in Uijeongbu, South Korea

Birthplace of Budaejjigae

On Budaejjigae Street in Uijeongbu, South Korea

Food always has a story to tell. Like magic, certain smells, flavours, and meals have the power to transport us through time and space. Whether it is a fleeting snapshot from personal memory that is evoked; or a larger, more encompassing tale that describes a culture, or colours a country and its people. Food is transcendent. Continue reading

Towering fish at the Sancheoneo Ice Festival in Hwacheon, South Korea

One Fish, Two Fish, Ice Fish…Nice Fish!

Towering fish at the Sancheoneo Ice Festival in Hwacheon, South Korea

Winter isn’t going away anytime soon, so why not try to embrace it? This is the question that I have been asking myself repeatedly as of late. In general I am a huge fan of winter, and all of the stuff associated with it: ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmen, (hot chocolate with lotsa marshmallows)…But winter in South Korea thus far has been Continue reading

Entrance to the Dragon Hill Spa in Seoul, South Korea

Hot and Spicy: jjimjilbangs and jjukkumi

Entrance to the Dragon Hill Spa in Seoul, South Korea

Guardian of the jjimjilbang

After an Indian summer that seemed to stretch on forever, winter has come to settle in South Korea. There is no disputing this as I gaze from the window of our house, high up on a hill overlooking the northern edge of Dongducheon. Trees, naked and skeletal against the stark blue sky decorate the tops of nearby hills and columns of smoke rise from the valley below. There is wind. There is ice. There is winter. Continue reading