During the last few weeks of December and into the New Year, my family came to visit me! They traveled all the way from Las Vegas, NV to spend some time with me in South Korea. Their first stop was Seoul, so I left Busan, my home city, for a weekend to come visit them there. I was excited to introduce them to the ROK!
The thing I was most excited to introduce them to was definitely korean food. A Korean meal is very different from western meals, and apart from visiting a Korean BBQ in LA once, they did not have a lot of experience with Korean food. The first food I wanted to introduce was bibambop, pictured above, which is one of the most famous rice dishes in Korea and a real treat, especially the dolsot bibambop, which comes in a still sizzling hot pot which allows for rice to get crispy.
tea tea tea
We explored a lot of districts in Seoul, including Gangnam, but my family's favorite was Insadong. Here, there was a lot of shopping, and some wonderful places to grab a warm cup of traditional Korean tea.
I also wanted to make sure my family tried the many hot soups and stews Korea has to offer. So, we stopped by a soft tofu soup restaurant. The soup was delicious, and by this time my family had fallen in love with all the extra little dishes of appetisers, called banchan.
Another Korean staple, chicken and beer!
My family was also impressed with the many theme restaurants that Seoul and other cities in Korea offer. We spotted camping themed BBQ places and also a beer and french fry place with Pyrex mearuring cup glasses that we couldn't pass up! The place was packed with people, and we had to walk around the block a few times while waiting for a table to open up, but it was completely worth it. They had a coffee beer that was amazing!
And of course, Korean BBQ
One of the best meals we had was Korean barbeque. There were a ton of side dishes, and it was fun for me to show off the grilling skills I have acquired in my ten months living here. I also didn't hesitate to brag about the most delicious way to eat the grilled meat in a lettuce sandwich, in my opinion.
And of course we did some some sight seeing too!
I absolutely loved having my family visit me and showing them around Seoul. I highly recommend begging your relatives to visit as well, as their presence is invaluable. I cannot wait to see them again in my hometown of Las Vegas, and I also am excited to host any other visitors!
After graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Ariel Rosen looked back on the semester she spent traveling around Europe and decided she must explore Asia. Her teaching job with ChungDahm April in Busan allows her to experience South Korea firsthand and with the bright enthusiasm of all the children she teaches. She is overjoyed to share a class with them and finds herself learning more from them and the big beach city around her everyday.
Read Ariel’s blog here: http://arieldrosen.wordpress.com/