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Soondae: Traditional Korean Steamed Sausage

For those ambitious foodies traveling to Korea for the first time I would like to recommend that you give soon-dae (순대) a try.  The classic Korean food soondae (often written as “sundae” which I personally hate — No, this is nothing like an ice cream sundae) has been around for ages and
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Traditional Korean Home Meal at Yeo Su Daek

A comfort food brings warmth to your heart and belly wherever you are in the world.  In my hometown of Daejeon, South Korea, I am exploring hidden jems where the true masters practice the art of Korean home cuisine.  The small joint that I visited today sure looked like it was built
Recipes

Easy Homemade Vegetarian Bibimbap

Nowadays, we only prefer barley rice at home.  I add Job’s tears as well because I have read that it is effective for skin troubles such as eczema.  Barley rice is not as sticky as regular Korean steamed rice and it is great for making a bibimbap.  If the rice is too
Life in Korea

Getting Around in Korea: T-Money Card

If you live in Seoul then you should be familiar with one and only transportation card T-Money.  The Smart Card system has been used in Metropolitan Seoul for decade and finally in 2011 was integrated in Daejeon’s public transit.  The card can be used on city bus, subway, taxi and also as
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Giant Seafood Pizza with Long Arm Octopus Topping

On a Friday, mom and I drove all the way to city of Uiwang in Gyeonggi-do province to visit my grandmother.  It is about a 1.5 hour drive from Daejeon but on our way back an accident on highway and local traffic combined has caused us to stay on road for nearly
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All That Retro, Saemaeul Sikdang (새마을식당)

We love to stay adventurous but at the same time we tend to go back to where we came from, looking for that familiarity and comfort of the good old times.  Founded by the star chef Jong-won Baek, Saemaeul Sikdang takes the patrons on a time travel and places them right in
Recipes

Healthy Kimchi Fried Rice with Spring Herbs

  Kimchi fried rice is my go-to recipe whenever I get hungry but there is not much to eat in the fridge.  All you need is cold leftover rice, kimchi (as a Korean I always got some in my fridge!) and any vegetables you got in hands.  Nowadays I make steamed barley rice
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Grilled Short Rib Patties in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do

Last Sunday, my parents and I decided to go for a little drive out of the city.  Less than an hour away is a small city called Iksan (익산시), located in the province of Jeollabuk-do.  Today’s destination was solely based on my father’s suggestion.  He has been eager to try the famous
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Maru Chirashi Don at Lotte Department Store, Daejeon

Last Sunday was the day that mom and I spent almost entire day at Lotte Department Store in Daejeon, Korea.  I never realized but it is physically painful to spend hours in an enclosed space that is crowded with Sunday shoppers.  At least we ended the day watching a great movie called 국제시장
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