This weekend I tried a Korean dish that I haven’t had before: 연포탕 yeonpotang (octopus soup). Although it’s summer and around 30 degrees during the day, it was still surprisingly good to munch my way through a hot pot of seafood! Mr. Kim thought it was very 시원해 ‘shi-won-he‘ (refreshing). Continue reading “Octopus Soup yeonpotang” »
I just took a few days break in Japan and as always food was on my mind. 😉 Of course I enjoy the strong flavours of Korean food – vegetables, fish, and meats all so often seasoned with pungent garlic, explosive chilli, nutty sesame oil, and spicy chilli paste. But I also love the subtlety of Japanese food which is so different to Korean cuisine.
On my quest to find the best kimbap in Seoul, this week I tried the intriguingly named Robot Kimbap chain to see if it can beat my favourite kimbap shop so far – Kim Seon Saeng. With so many premium kimbap shops around, the unique selling point of Robot Kimbap has to be that they use brown rice rather than white. And they use low salt and fat and so can market themselves to be the healthy option. Continue reading “The best kimbap in Seoul? Robot Kimbap” »
Walking from Jongno Tower to Jogye Temple, the streets are lined with shops selling all things Buddhist – grey monks robes and headwear, statues, 목탁 moktak wooden percussion instruments used for chanting, pictures, candles, Buddhist music CDs, sutras in notebooks sewn together with thread, beads, protection charms and bracelets, to name just some of what’s on sale! The Buddhist shops look busier than usual as crowds come to visit Jogye Temple on Buddha’s Birthday. Continue reading “Buddha’s Birthday in Seoul” »
So this is the love story of a cold young king who falls in love with a beautiful commoner which causes all sorts of problems at the palace when she rises up the concubine ranks. Continue reading “Jang Ok Jung: Living by Love SBS 2013 drama review” »