Spring is Here (Almost). Try Seasoned Shepherd's Purse.

In Korea, you may realize that winter has passed by the change of your dinner menu.  As the springtime comes, Koreans enjoy consuming bom-na-mul (봄나물: wild spring herbs) such as naeng-i (냉이: shepherd’s purse), dal-lae (달래: wild chive), sook (쑥: mugwort), and so on.  Koreans believe that foods that are in season are the

Valentine's Day at Sung Sim Dang

If you have lived in Korea long enough then you might have noticed that concept of Valentine’s Day is slightly different here.  In Canada, a couple may exchange gifts or cards over a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day.  But here in Korea, February 14th is the day that girls present a gift

Grilled Bulgogi and Rice Wine at Damiwon

Sutong-gol (수통골) in Yuseong, Daejeon is one of my favorite places in the city.  The edge of Mt. Gyeryongsan (계룡산) offers number of great hiking courses.  After the hike you can enjoy a cup of coffee or have a tasty meal at one of the cafes or restaurants near the base of

Make Spicy Jokbal Bokeum with Leftover Pig's Feet

Korea is the heaven on earth when it comes to food delivery.  There are so many varieties to choose from and many places operate 24/7.  One of the popular late-night snacks to deliver to your home is jokbal (족발: glazed pig’s feet).  A classic Korean favorite, pig’s feet are cleaned then boiled

Oh-So-Spicy Beef Brisket with Webfoot Octopus

I spent the last weekend of January in Seoul meeting some old friends.  One of them is a girl I met in Vancouver back in 2006.  She came to Canada to study English and we got close naturally as we were the same age.  Nine years passed and she is now a

Chondaeji Jjigae with Dried Zucchini Slices

Chondaeji Jjjigae (촌돼지찌개) is one of my favorite Korean comfort foods.  The spicy and hearty soup is so easy to make at home.  I tried to look up where the name “chondaeji” came from as the name sure sounds funny (chondaeji literally means “country pig”) but I could not find any information

My First Try at Rock Beam Sashimi

While in Canada I suffered greatest craving of raw seafood.  There are sushi and sashimi in Canada as well and occasionally I would satisfy my appetite at all-you-can-eat sushi places (where they serve not-so-high quality sashimi but under reasonable price).  Although I loved the  raw fish served in Canada (especially sockeye salmon

Seol-Leong-Tang: A Winter Treat for Koreans

There is a place in Daejeon, South Korea that brings back memories from my childhood.  A restaurant that my family used to visit regularly is called Sinchon Selleongtang (신촌설렁탕).  An old, 24-hr diner is famous for traditional beef bone soup.  I have not been here for years but today I decided that

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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