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Get to know Korean Soups and Stews with Chungdahm Teacher, Brian Lee

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The foundation and staple of Korea’s diet has always been soups and stews. Soup dishes in Korean cuisine are referred to as Guk (국), also sometimes known as tang (탕) because of the added meat. Korean stews or Jjigae (찌개) come in a bevy of varieties and flavours to suit anybody’s personal taste preferences. I will review some of my favourite soups and stews that all ChungDahm teachers must try while having a great year teaching and living in Korea.

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Tags: living in Seoul, eating healthy in Korea, living in South Korea, Korean food

Top 5 Korean Dishes you Must Try

Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Korean food has become popular all over the world in recent years. The growing trend of K-pop has led to even more interest in Korean culture. 

Food has an important role in Korean history as a result of social and political changes throughout the centuries. Every province has its own dishes and ingredients that are unique to their own region. If you travel around Korea, you will be become accustomed to the various meals you should indulge in. For example, Jeonju is famous for Bibimbap and Jeju is famous for Black Pork. 

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Tags: eating in Korea, kimchi, food in Korea, eating out in Korea, eating healthy in Korea, bibimbap, Korean dish, Korean food, ordering food, banchan, samgyeopsal

Learn About the Secret Benefits of Living and Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 04:57 PM

Having spent the last three years living and teaching in Korea, I have grown a strong love for the country. There are just some things here that I will never be able to get anywhere else. There are some things that I enjoy, I hold on to, and I use them to their fullest. This blog post is about the unsaid benefits of living in Korea and will focus on a number of differences, primarily focusing on my experiences between the living in the U.S. and South Korea.

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Tags: Social Clubs, food in Korea, eating healthy in Korea, Health in Korea, Transportation in Korea, Korean food

Try These Top Summer Dishes and Drinks While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 @ 02:47 PM

If you haven’t been to Korea, Korea is a great place to live because you can truly experience 4 seasons. When I was in living in Las Vegas, all I knew was hot and cold. One thing that I like about living in Korea, is that Korean people eat specific foods according to season. Since summer season in Korea is quickly approaching, I thought it would be best for me to share the top 4 foods you should try while living and teaching in Korea during the summertime.

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Tags: eating in Korea, summer in korea, alcohol, food in Korea, eating out in Korea, eating healthy in Korea, alcohol in Korea, Korean food, korean drinks

Maintain a Healthy and Organized Lifestyle While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 @ 02:09 PM

When I was about to finish University, I knew that things in my life would change. I had accepted a job to teach English in Korea, and although I was excited to begin the next chapter of my life, I was also very nervous.  Not only was this my first real job, but it would also be the first time I would be living on my own.  I would now be responsible for things like providing and feeding myself.  As a result I have since developed three important habits that have helped me live a more organized and healthy lifestyle while living in Korea. 

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Tags: gyms in Korea, eating healthy in Korea

10 Tips for Going Gluten-Free in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

I know some of you may not trust me as a gluten-free foodie resource in Korea. I mean, come on, I recently wrote a love letter (in the form of a blog post) to the best sandwicherie in Seoul. I've been known to indulge from time to time. Although, I swear I didn't eat the suspicious PB&J sandwich pictured below. It was 'gifted' to me at Korea Burn this past summer and although my friend and I accepted the sustenance with gratitude, the fact that a kind soul pulled it out of his suitcase prompted us to 're-gift' it to the carefree, rainbow-bearded man we met a few seconds later.

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Tags: a year in Korea, eating in Korea, food in Korea, advice, eating out in Korea, Korean cuisine, diet in korea, eating healthy in Korea, Health in Korea, alcohol in Korea, gluten free in korea, gluten free

Restaurants To Visit While Teaching in Korea: ToSokChon (토속촌)

Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:29 AM

Korea is all about the "well-being" of body and health. While teaching English in Korea, you will hear a lot of people claim that most of their traditional dishes all have some kind of health value that can prevent cancer, diseases, or even relieve stress.

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Tags: Korean culture, food in Korea, restaurants in korea, eating out in Korea, eating healthy in Korea

Visiting Farmer's Markets while Teaching in South Korea

Posted on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

Middle school exams are coming up and this gives English teachers in South Korea more time to explore. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, food in Korea, markets, diet in korea, eating healthy in Korea

Snacks On The Go While Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 03, 2012 @ 09:26 AM

      It’s been ten months since I’ve been teaching English in Korea now. One of the difficult things I had to get use to was teaching six hours straight with five minute breaks in between. It isn’t that the job is too stressful or tiring, it’s the fact that I have to teach through dinner time. I’m the kind of person who makes sure I eat all my meals in one day. So, when my stomach doesn’t get its dinner when it’s dinner time, it gets really loud and hungry. Being a slow eater, five minute break each hour is definitely not enough time to get my dinner in.

      I have heard certain branches give up to 15 minutes break in between classes and even provide dinner. Unfortunately, my branch is not one of those. Fortunately, I have learned to snack every hour to tame my stomach. I don’t recommend snacking on chips or junk food because it will definitely catch up to you, health wise. Here’s a list of my favorite “not so bad for your health” snacks that’s available at nearly every convenience store and bakery in Korea, which by the way. is on almost every corner as well.

  1. Triangle Kim Bab or Kim Bab: Simply put, this is a snack that has vegetables and/or meat with rice wrapped with seaweed.  The price is good too! Expect to pay only anywhere between 700 won to 1,200 won (70 cents to $1). Personally, two of these will get me through six hours.
  2. Jar of Nuts: This is a great healthy alternative to eating junk food. Just recently, I bought a liter full of peanuts, pecans, macadamias, almonds, and cashews at Home Plus for 18,000 won. A bit pricey, but the jar will last you at least a month.
  3. Sandwiches & Salads: Around the corner from my branch is a Paris Baguette Bakery. Sometimes, right before work I’ll go there to buy some snacks for the day. My favorite is their breakfast sandwich, which has ham, egg, and cheese. Another favorite is their Caesar Salad with chicken. Expect to spend about 2,500 won to 6,000 won ($2.30 to $5.30) here.
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Tags: food in Korea, eating healthy in Korea, snacks in korea, Late night eating, snacking in korea

Eating Healthy and Cooking in Korea

Posted on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 @ 03:00 PM

When teaching in South Korea, its possible to find healthy eating options when dining out, especially in larger cities such as Seoul, Daegu, and Busan; however, it can be quite difficult to find healthy, specialty restaurants in smaller cities.  Fortunately, Korean food is generally a healthy mix of fresh vegetables, meat, and rice or noodles.  However in many traditional restaurants, the problem lies within the meat.  The meat will usually be a low quality, fatty pork that, while tastes delicious, might cause problems for those who are on a diet.  The pork is so ubiquitous in traditional restaurants that often the best bet for vegetarians or those who are on a strict diet is to stay in and cook or visit an exclusively vegetarian restaurant.

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Tags: cooking in korea, eating out in Korea, eating healthy in Korea

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