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5 Reasons Why You Must Visit South Korea in February

In terms of weather, the most favorable times to visit South Korea are March ~May and September~November. However, February can be a fabulous time for travelers to visit South Korea. Here are 5 great reasons why:

1. Save Your Travel Expenses

incheon-international-airport-680402_1920.jpgWant to save travel expenses? We strongly recommend you visit South Korea in February if you’re considering a budget travel because during the winter season, hotels prices and airfare drop as temperature drops! ;)


CFFC : Things that are Hot

My response for this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge — Things that are HOT. happy (3 photos)


Jjim dalk (찜닭) literally means “steamed chicken,” but it’s...









Jjim dalk (찜닭) literally means “steamed chicken,” but it’s kind of misleading as the chicken is broiled rather than steamed. I’ve been told it’s a food to eat while drinking, but I like eating it all the time, drink or not. 

One of my favorite places to eat this is at Du Namja (두남자 찜닭, Two Males). Their slogan is: “We are confident that we are #1.” I think they just might be. Prices range from 16,000-24,000₩ +3,000₩ for cheese and you know I gotta have that cheese!


5 Painfully Hot, Spicy Korean Foods You Should Challenge

paprika-671961_1920How much do you know about Koreans’ love for spicy foods? Well, it’s easy to notice if you travel around South Korea, because tons of Korean foods either have chili pepper powder or paste in them. You will feel even more astounded because you’ll witness some Koreans enjoy these tongue-aching spicy foods and often challenge themselves!


One of my favorite Korean foods is kimchi jjigae (김치찌개, kimchi...



One of my favorite Korean foods is kimchi jjigae (김치찌개, kimchi stew). Once you have all the ingredients, it’s easy to make. 

Ingredients

  • 7 large dried anchovies, heads and guts removed
  • 1/3 cup Korean radish, thinly sliced
  • 4 x 5 inch dried kelp
  • 3 green onion roots
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound kimchi, cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup kimchi brine
  • ½ pound pork shoulder or belly
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons gochugaru (Korean hot pepper flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (hot pepper paste)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 small package of tofu, sliced into ½ inch thick bite size pieces
  • 1 small package of spam, sliced into ½ inch thick bite size pieces
  • 3 green onions, diced

Directions


10 Must-Try Korean Convenience Store Foods

 


Korean Tradition : Kimjang

14-15 Nov 2015 | South Korea —

Today, I’m gonna share about my first kimchi making experience with my in-laws. Not just one head of baechu (napa cabbage) but amounting to a year supply.


The One Tuna Restaurant

IKEA Food

Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea — At long last, I’ve stepped foot in the iconic furniture retail shop called IKEA. There’s only a small area of Ikea inside a mall back in my hometown. Danny and I didn’t have a list of whatsoever furniture we need (or we think we need) because there’s not much space… Continue reading IKEA Food

Keep Calm & Bake Macarons

12 Nov 2015 | Seoul, South Korea —

The first time I had macarons was way back in February 2012. I tried them at a well-known, yet overrated dessert shop in Davao, right after Danny and I had dinner. They had bright yellow, orange and green colors, which are very unlikely used by other bakeries. Since then, I developed a love for this delicate pastry, though I haven’t tasted the perfect one ever yet.


6 Must-Try Coffee Drinks Now in Korea

Pumpkin spice latte is the popular coffee flavor in the fall, but it’s time to try some more adventurous coffee creations.

These are some unique flavors (and sizes) currently popular in Korea that you must sample.


McDonald’s Vs. Korean Street Food Vendor Churros

Korean street food is a blanket term for a large variety of eats. Of the sweet items that can be purchased from a street vendor is a popular choice that isn’t even Korean. It’s churros.

I see many stands selling churros and also many store fronts that sell them with different fillings like peanut butter, a general cream filling they call “milk”, and chocolate.

Here’s the thing about popular food. If it’s out there, McDonald’s is going to try and McMass produce it. So goes it with churros. There I was getting my McDs fix and a digital image of churros pops onto the screen.

I figured they probably taste pretty good, but instead of just letting the thought pass I decided to try them out. I also wanted to see how they compared to the street vendor versions of the same snack.


Trazy’s 8 Step Guide to Korean Restaurant Culture

Even the most experienced foodies can feel lost at authentic Korean restaurants.  Follow these 8 steps to enjoy the flavours of Korea like a local.

1. FIND THE BEST!

The most delicious Korean restaurants are often hidden in basements or behind small alley ways. Locals use Naver Cafe, a Korean-language-only free blogging service used in a similar manner as Yelp, to research restaurants and order the most delicious recommended foods on their menus. Don’t know Korean? Trazy’s got you covered, check out our restaurants section.


Happy Pepero Day

South Korea — 해피 빼빼로 데이~ Aside from Valentine’s day and White day, today marks another sweet occasion especially for high school students and couples. Today, Korea celebrates Pepero day. If one haven’t heard about Pepero, it’s a pretzel covered with chocolate, white or dark, almonds, melon or strawberry produced by Lotte. It can be compared to Japan’s snack called Pocky.


6 Ethnic Enclaves of Seoul

Not all of Korea feels Korean.

Korea is approximately 96% ethnically homogeneous, but also serves as one of several central business and international relation hubs for all of Asia. Similar to large cities in the USA, Seoul also has different ethnic enclaves with authentic foods, residential housing and services dedicated to their respective nationalities.

Here’s a short description of where to find these ethnic enclaves and some things you can find there:


5 Korean Convenience Store Ice Cream Bars

Convenience stores in Korea are not any different than back home. They are filled with countless items, mostly food, and are on every corner. The food mainly consists of snacks ranging from chips to ramyeon noodles. Also inside is a freezer full of ice cream treats. It’s not too difficult to get the late night munchies and I’ve had my share of the snacks at many of these stores.

The big chains in Korea are 7-Eleven, Family Mart, CU, and GS25. I took a few days to give you a sample of five different Korean ice cream cones and bars that can be found in these stores, but there are MANY more.

Here is a video where I chow down on some awesome Korean ice cream cone snacks.


Dear Korea #130: Just a Flesh Wound

There are way too many badly drawn hands in this strip. I should really stop messing around with my settings. I may need to redraw this in the future. Sigh.

For those who may not be aware, 호떡 (hotteok) is basically a stuffed pancake that’s filled with brown sugar, honey, chopped peanuts, and cinnamon before being cooked on a greased griddle.

Sounds good, right? It’s actually one of my favorite aspects of cooler seasons in South Korea, even if I manage to hurt myself every time I eat it. If you’ve managed to eat this stuff (not the baked kind, but the delicious, greasy version) without burning yourself, I give you major props. Even with the scalding hot filling, this stuff is definitely worth the pain.


Miyeok Guk | Birthday Soup

It’s Danny’s birthday! What should I cook? I only had one thing in mind: miyeok guk.

미역국 (miyeok guk) is also known as the birthday soup in Korea. It’s made of seaweed and sometimes mixed with chunks of beef or mussels. This soup is nutritiously packed with iodine and calcium. Pregnant mothers usually consume this healthy soup after giving birth to increase breastmilk production. That’s also the reason why birthday celebrants are given this soup as a reminder of their first food from their mothers. But of course, one can have this delicious, hot bowl of miyeok guk anytime, anywhere.

Ingredients: (4 persons)


Teach ESL Abroad to Travel Like a Pro

ITA - Photo Logo 300 x 250Among the many reasons why teaching ESL abroad rocks is travel. Being in the country you teach in is travel in and of itself. Take for example South Korea, which is where I am.


Top 5 Souvenirs You Should Buy in Korea

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What do you usually buy as souvenirs when you travel other countries? Small magnets? Cards? Or key chains? You may have had an experience of buying some souvenirs that only took a large portion of your suitcase and never looking at them again. So, Trazy recommends you the top 5 souvenirs from Korea that you won’t regret buying at all.


Top 10 Korean Snacks You Must Taste!

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Have you ever been to a snack section in a big Korean supermarket? Endless stacks of snacks with vibrant wrapping must be alluring you, right? For those who have difficult time choosing which snack to buy, here are top 10 unique Korean snacks that you would find very interesting!

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Registration For August 22nd Open!

So Mamas & Papas it’s that time again. Another 3 weeks passed since out last meeting at the lovely Manjok in Hongdae, and It’s time for us to go out and enjoy the brews and review another Makgeolli bar.


Yes, You Can Get That in Korea. And That. That, Too

Expats of the ROK, stop if you’ve heard this one: You can’t get “____” in Korea.

“I love Korea,” the imaginary newly-established English teacher from various western countries of the world of yesterday would say to other newly-established English teacher friends at the lone expat-friendly drinking establishment in town, over bottles of Hite because, you can’t get decent beer in Korea, and Hite’s at least better than Cass. “But, you can’t get decent cheese here. You can’t get avocados here. I would kill for some kettle-cooked chips. Powdered coffee is gross, some coffee beans would be nice. What about some toothpaste with fluoride? My teeth are going to rot out of my skull!”


Eat, Play, Dance! The most delicious performance in Korea! ‘Bibap’

Bibap is a Korean nonverbal performance with the concept of Korean representative dish ‘Bibimbap.’ The show describes the cooking competition of chefs through the combination of music with b-boying, acrobatic, and martial arts. Started in 2008 as a 30 minute show, Bibap has actively participated in international and domestic food fairs, biennales, and even 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our Trazy user, Jihyeon L, visited the Bibap show. She said it was great fun. Shall we listen to her story of how much she enjoyed it?


Koreanized Fast Food Menus in McDonald’s, Lotteria, Burger King & KFC

Korean fast food store

Sometimes, when travelling in budget, you’ll probably have a moment when you miss the time of having a proper meal. Moreover, some restaurants have a break time, not receiving any orders. Then what would you do? I’d say “Fast food.” Even though fast food is infamous for being unhealthy, many fast food restaurants are alluring you with delicious and simple menus.

Do you know that there are some fast food menus suited for the taste of Koreans and sometimes only available in Korea as well? There are some localized or so-called “Koreanized” Fast Food menus in Korea that are rare in other countries. We will introduce the menus of 4 major burger fast food restaurants – McDonald’s, Lotteria, Burger King, KFC.


Dear Korea #124 - Dry Clean Only

Dear Korea #124

I’ve gotten to a point where if there’s even a chance of me going out to eat, I make sure to wear dark clothes. I don’t know how people manage to stay completely clean while wearing white shirts as they eat boiling hot soup and a whole lot of red stuff in general. I’ve also learned the hard way that kimchi stains are pretty darn stubborn. As a result, I don’t own a single piece of white clothing.


Classic Korean highway rest area’s food you must not miss!

highway food

Driving or taking a bus on the highway is the cheapest way to travel Korea. However, it takes pretty long time to drive, making drivers tired and hungry. So let us introduce Korean highway rest area’s food you must eat in order to lighten up your driving! The number of menu being served in many Korean highway rest areas is increasing, yet there are steady-selling menus that highway visitors enjoy a lot. These are the menu you must try!


Cook show craze is sweeping Korea

Guess who is the hottest entertainer in TV these days in Korea. K-pop idol? Sexy actress? No! It’s CHEF! From 2006 when Olive TV, the only food life style channel in Korea, was launched, various cooking programs starring professional and amateur chefs have drawn viewers’ attention more and more. The term ‘Chef-tainer’ has been coined recently, reflecting their growing popularity in show business.


Bubbling goodness

Yay! Summer vacation is here! I love it when my kids are around, waking up late, heavy breakfast at noon, playing and chatting until lunch time and continuing to play and chat until dinner. It is pretty fun and I am enjoying every second spent with them. 

Today, we ventured out of our home even with the MERS situation hanging above our heads. Few people were wearing masks, there were sanitizers even inside the bus for public use, and antibacterial wipes everywhere. Maybe a little less crowd in the malls, and deserted restaurants. Everything is a bit gloomy and depressing here in Seoul :(

Look how expensive fresh asparagus and green beans are in Korea!...





Look how expensive fresh asparagus and green beans are in Korea! It’s disappointing. I regret taking these for granted in the past; they were plentiful for the picking where I grew up.


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