Having lived in Korea for three years, and also lacking the ability to cook, I have enjoyed various foods from numerous places located throughout Korea. That said, there are some places that I keep coming back to, whether it is because of taste, ease, or just a pleasant atmosphere. Today, I would like to introduce you to three restaurants you should check out during your time teaching in Korea. I picked these places in particular because they are chain restaurants, and you should be able to find a location no matter what city you are teaching in.Read More
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Yes, I realize that comfort food is typically associated with childhood, so I guess me having a list of Korean comfort foods makes about as much sense as a Korean teenage girl listing off her favorite childhood death metal tunes. But personally the term comfort food simply means a dish that is hearty and satisfying, while of course bringing a sense of overwhelming contentment. Now for yours truly I generally get that feeling even after eating something as simple and cheap as a triangle kimbap, so for me to narrow down this list was actually pretty difficult. But I have whittled it down to three of my Korean favorites, since the blogging powers at be have told me that readers enjoy lists of three for whatever reason.
It’s that busy time of the Chungdahm calendar again. Summer intensives, Toefl testing and end of summer semester has arrived. CDI instructors are working hard ironing out those student report cards and preparing for summer intensive weeks. All teachers are in need of some downtime and what better way to enjoy some relaxation than eating delicious food and sharing memories with co-workers at the fancy Vizavi Buffet restaurant in Gangnam.
For foreigners, South Korea is an enabler. It enables our late night partying, the late wake-ups the next day, and our frequent eating out at restaurants. Being such a Westernized country, it also enables our use of English. You can spend years in this country and never really have to use more than a few words of Korean, which is something that many foreigners fail to appreciate. I shake my head when I see foreigners yelling English at befuddled movie theater attendants or other service staff, somehow assuming that if they yell louder and faster, then these poor Koreans will magically acquire the ability to understand English. Personally, I believe that if you are going to spend a long period of time in another country, you should at least make an effort to learn the native language. Having been here just over a year, I have three tips for all you language connoisseurs out there on how to tackle the Korean language.
When I moved to Korea over two years ago, I was full of questions and uncertain expectations. I had been reassured by friends and my recruiter that everything would be great, but it was the specifics that I felt were missing. Part of taking a leap like moving abroad, however, means that certain aspects of your life will be unknowns until you arrive. Some of my biggest questions were about my neighborhood and what it would be like.
Ddukbokki is a popular Korean staple food, along with blood sausages 순대, fish cakes 오뎅, and a variety of battered fried goodies 튀김 (which range from vegetables to dumplings to fish cakes even).
Here's a great look (video post!) at one of the many different kinds of buffets that you can experience while living and teaching in Korea. This buffet has a fantastic variety of food options and a friendly cook who helps prepare your meal. This buffet in Seoul also offers many extra 'service' options. You'll have to watch to find out what these are.
If buffet chain restaurants were a flock of teenage girls, Seven Springs would be the Queen Bee demonstrating the supreme art of smörgåsbord dining in Seoul, Korea.
Since living in Korea, I’ve been asked over and over again what made me decide on becoming a vegetarian. I too am sometimes bewildered at the exact reason, as it has changed over the years. When I became a vegetarian in 2010, it was because I’d learned that the animals slaughtered for its meat were somehow harmful as it contained chemicals. I’d heard this over and over, but found it difficult to change my diet. It wasn’t until several years later that I was able to make the transition to becoming a pescetarian, vegetarian diet that allows consumption of fish. Pescetarianism excludes meat, poultry and pork but includes fish and shellfish as well as dairy products. As part of my indecisiveness on becoming vegetarian, I’ve often switched back and forth between pescetarianism and vegetarianism. Lately, I’m finding cruelty against animals is the major reason for sticking to my vegetarian diet.
While vegetarianism follows a pretty strict regimen on what can and cannot be eaten, I’ve found that my diet has become more relaxed while living in Korea, especially when eating out. Although many foods, including kimchi appears to be meatless, I've heard that it actually contains meat byproducts. The same is true for ramen noodles, an other seemingly Korean vegetable dishes. I've decided not to let this bother me too much.