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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.


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 해피 빼빼로 데이~

South Korea — 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.

미역국 (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


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!


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!


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.

Fyi: These are delicious! @meganstuckey22 spotted these while we...

Fyi: These are delicious! @meganstuckey22 spotted these while we were out. Yummm. #food #snacks #doritos

22 Things To Do in Tokyo, Japan

I came up with 3 Ps to describe Japan – more specifically, Tokyo. And they are “precise, pristine, and polite”. As a young, fanatical judo guy back in the day I quickly became enamored with Japanese culture but I never took the chance to visit. Well, I finally went and it is better when you’re older.

Tokyo is still a top travel destination in East Asia.  Let’s find out why.  Here are 22 things to do and see in Tokyo, Japan.

Rindoe Kampoeng (sometimes spelled Rindu Kampoeng ) is an...

Rindoe Kampoeng (sometimes spelled Rindu Kampoen

Drunken Master Bar & Bistro has tasty American-style Chinese...

Drunken Master Bar & Bistro has tasty American-style Chinese food in a fun atmosphere. The service is stellar and they’re usually running some sort of special on food and/or drinks. It’s a good place to go to kick-off a night near Kyungsung University in Busan, Korea. 

Hours: Mon - Thurs: 18:00–02:00, Fri - Sat: 18:00–04:00, Sun: 18:00–02:00

Directions: Take the subway to the Kyungsung/Pukyeong University station, go out exit 3. Walk straight and then take the first right. Keep walking until you see CU convenient store on your right. They are located above it on the third floor.

Keeping in mind that I like American-style sushi, Sushi Berry...

Sushi Berry rolls

Sushi Berry hours

Sushi Berry menu

Keeping in mind that I like American-style sushi, Sushi Berry (스시베리) is my favorite sushi restaurant in Korea. I enjoy all the rolls as they’re big and tasty. Rolls range in price from 3,500₩ to 8,000₩. Check menu picture above.

The customer service is attentive and the chef speaks perfect English.

Two Taco Bell franchises came and failed in South Korea in the...

Two Taco Bell franchises came and failed in South Korea in the early 1990s –but since 2010, Taco Bell has been thriving in Seoul. There are currently eight open locations.

I know a lot of people can say that fast food is “gross” and “overly processed,” but sometimes I really crave it. Taco Bell in Korea has a fun bulgogi taco that I love having whenever I’m in Seoul. Just hoping and praying for a long overdue location in Busan.

9 Examples of South Korean School Lunches

Lunchtime is an interesting one for me. It probably is for most foreigners if they choose the route of breaking bread in the cafeterias with their Korean co-workers. If I don’t sit with my co-teacher, it’s pretty much just me in my own world chomping away.

There are occasions when some teachers will try to formulate a sentence or two, but not often. Even then, at both schools I’ve worked at teachers all sit in the same spot each day so if noone around me speaks English it’s going to be a quiet year.

Nonetheless, I go to the cafeteria to eat. And school lunches in Korea have been a delightful surprise for me. Why surprise? Because compared to the concoctions they call school lunch back home in America, these lunches are DELIGHTFUL.

The difference can be summed up in this way: natural vs. synthetic.

La Bella Citta Busan

Top 7 Jeonju Hanok Village’s Street Food (that you shouldn’t miss)

Jeonju, located in Jeollabukdo province, is one of best cities to visit because of the well preserved Hanok Village.

Jeonju Hanok Village is the biggest Hanok village in Korea. There are over 800 traditional Korean Hanok houses. While the rest of city has been industrialized, Jeonju Hanok Village  retains its historical charms and traditions.

Insider’s Guide to Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin fish market is the most popular fish market in Seoul. It is located in Noryangjin, subway line 1 & 6, near Yeouido. Because of the convenient location and the huge size of the market, many people visit this market to buy fish. Also comparing to other markets, you can definitely get fresh and cheap sea food here. You can just look around the market to watch many kinds of fresh sea food. Let’s go inside the market together.

My banana bread recipe is delightful, but it doesn’t do well...

My banana bread recipe is delightful, but it doesn’t do well when adding walnuts. Below is a recipe ideal for a nutty addition. Don’t be lazy; toast those nuts.

1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces (10 minutes at 350F)

Nampo-dong and Jagalchi Market

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