K-Cook Delight: Bibimbap Day (Aug17)

Written by Aaron

August 2013Culture

K-Cook Delight started off with energy and excitement on August 17, 2013! Taking place in Korean Culinary Arts Academy in Chungcheongno, all 20 participants of the local group ended up showing up, ready to learn. Upon orientation, the diverse twenty huddled around their designated stations, effectively cooperating, connecting, conversing, and cooking

Bibimbap is known as a signature dish among the endless list of delicious Korean foods, which is why it was chosen as the first meal to ... (Read More)

K-Cook Delight! Share The Korean Taste Buds In You

Written by Aaron

August 2013Culture

 

K-Cook Delight is a campaign by Inspired Steps (www.inspiredsteps.org), and sponsored by Korean Food Foundation (www.koreanfood.net), which aims at spreading global awareness of Korean culture through its cuisine.

People of diverse set of nationalities/ethnicities will come together and apply to participate in the event. Among these applicants, thirty individuals will be selected (10 professional chefs, 20 local foreigners) and participate in cooking classes spanning for roughly three weeks. During this period, they ... (Read More)

Hangul The Great Script

Written by Mikael

July 2013Culture

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The Korean alphabet Hangul (literally ‘Great Script’) was created in 1443 by King Sejong and his scholars. It was created as a response to the then widespread illiteracy among common Koreans who could not afford to learn the complicated Chinese characters (Hanja). Hangul is extremely logical and it can be learned quickly. The alphabet consists of 24 consonants and ... (Read More)

Eating Fried Chicken in Korea!

Written by Van T.

July 2013Culture

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Fried chicken is very popular in Korea. Whether a snack or for a mid-night party, it is always open to eat for a meal. Since the demand for fried chicken is so high, there are many ways to have it in Korea (the truth can be the other way round: For fried chicken is so easy to buy ... (Read More)

Appealing Korean Stationery

Written by Gladis

June 2013Culture

Stationary is often times seen as stiff, simple, and a bit…sanitary.  However, if you visit the many stationary stores in Korea, you will see what a huge business it is compared to Western countries.  Koreans take their stationary seriously and you can tell by how much thought and detail is put in to the design.  One aspect of the design that sets Korean stationary apart from others is the heavy use ... (Read More)

Cool Yourself With Naengmyeon

Written by Aaron

June 2013Culture

As the weather warms up, one good way to cool yourself off amidst this heat is to seek Korean dish, naengmyeon. A noodle dish filled with long, thin noodles in a large stainless bowl, along with slices of cucumber, pear, boiled beef, a boiled egg, and ice, people usually dive in to this meal to get a refreshing taste of Korea during a hot summer day. Prior to consuming, people might ... (Read More)

Sharing Your Food

Written by Gladis

May 2013Culture

It is rare to see anyone eating out by themselves; some restaurants in Korea do not even allow single guests because the dishes they offer are meant to be eaten by a group of people of at least two persons.

In this regard, Koreans like to share their food by eating out of the same pot or from the same plate. Dishes like samgyeobsal, budaejiggae, or dakkalbi come in big portions so ... (Read More)

Hitting Hard with Taekwondo

Written by Aaron

May 2013Culture

A martial art that originated in South Korea, Taekwondo is a combination of both combat and self-defense, in the form of sport and exercise. It was vastly popular around 1989, and is still taken by many all across the world today. In the word, tae means "to strike with foot," kwon means "to strike with fist," and do means "way, method." Hence, the accumulation results in the way of striking with both ... (Read More)

Cool Yourself With Patbingsu

Written by Aaron

May 2013Culture

As summer is just around the corner, people are beginning to welcome the mild heat. Along with this change in weather comes a transition from long sleeves/pants to t-shirts/shorts, and overall a lighter atmosphere. With that, people become more active and this opens up a time for knowing what types of refreshing foods and snacks to eat. When needing a cool, fresh snack to munch on during the coming summer heat, ... (Read More)

Japanese Buckwheat Soba

Written by Michael

April 2013Culture

Have you ever heard of Japanese buckwheat soba? It is easy to cook and great to eat during the hot summer. Here is how to make this simple dish.

Ingredients: dried buckwheat noodle, soy sauce (alternatively use concentrated soba tsuyu), green onion, white radish, toasted seaweed flakes (nori), wasabi

Simplified dipping sauce: dilute soy sauce with water to taste. Regular dipping sauce: buy concentrated soba tsuyu from the store Boil buckwheat noodles and ... (Read More)

Angels and the Lumberjack

Written by Sarah

April 2013Culture

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Long ago, there once lived a lumberjack in a small town.  One day, while chopping down a tree, he spotted a deer running away from a hunter.  The lumberjack felt pity for the creature so he hid the deer beneath some tree trimmings.  Once the hunter was a safe distance away, the lumberjack released the deer and bid it to never be caught.  While looking into ... (Read More)

Traditional and Modern Art: Samcheongdong and Bukchon

Written by Michael

April 2013Culture

 

Among the many beautiful sites in Seoul, Samcheongdong and Bukchon Village are two adjacent areas that are designated to preserve the ancient traditions of Korea while integrating modern developments in architecture and art.

On the side of Samcheongdong, many independent artists from Korea and other parts of the world rent out modern buildings to display their galleries and goods.  Couples are typically found visiting these galleries, eagar to explore and absorb ... (Read More)

Ukiyo-e: Timeless Woodblock Prints

Written by Victoria

April 2013Culture

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

You may have come across them one time or another: ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock prints, by Katsushika Hokusai. You may not have been aware of this art form, nor this particular artist, nor identify his name with his work, but The Great Wave off Kanagawa is widely known even in the West as an iconic piece of art from Japan.

Created between the years 1826 and 1833, ... (Read More)

Japanese Celebrities: Sumo Wrestlers

Written by Victoria

March 2013Culture

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Sumo is a Japanese national sport that has origins dating back to the Tokugawa Period of the 17th century.  It preserves many of its traditions when it had been a part of Shinto rituals.  The picture above is a still of a broadcast from NHK, the National Broadcasting Company, with sumo wrestlers performing the leg stomping ritual to drive away evil spirits.  Furthermore, salt is tossed into the ... (Read More)

Korea Delivers

Written by Sarah

March 2013Culture

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Delivery service in Korea is readily available, remarkably accommodating, and guilt-inducingly cheap. From early morning until past midnight, sometimes until 2AM, a wide range of restaurants are able to deliver their menu items right up to the doorstep. While nearly every dish can be delivered by a restaurant (including McDonald's), there are companies solely dedicated to making deliveries. For example, you can call them up and ask ... (Read More)

Yatsuhashi Rice Cakes

Written by June

November 2012Culture

Kyoto has a number of specialties: silk, tofu, vegetables, shrines, etc. But if you are not particularly interested in Japanese culture, you will probably be the most interested in the strange triangular rice cake that is sold all over the city.

Those triangular, soft, and sweet rice cakes that usually contain  sweet paste inside are called Yatsuhashis. Well, they are fresh Yatsuhashi (Nama-Yatsuhashi in Japanese), actually, since there are other kinds of Yatsuhashis as well. Baked Yatsuhashis are crispy ... (Read More)

Visiting Kyoto-Nishiki Market

Written by June

October 2012Culture

 

Nishiki market, which in Japanese actually means the Silk Market, is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kyoto. This is both because tourists think that this is a traditional Japanese market, and it is conveniently placed close to Shijo street, perhaps the most crowded place in Kyoto. You can walk from Shijo Karasuma, visit Nishiki market, go to Shijo Kawaramachi, and then arrive at Gion street in 1 hour(all popular spots for tourists).

In ... (Read More)

The Budget Meal

Written by Joanne

October 2012Culture

There is often an expression that goes around in Korea which states that eating out costs less than eating in.  Unless you’re a stay-at-home mother of 3 making banchan all day, this couldn’t be more true.  One can eat to satisfaction for less than $5 dollars per meal and if you’re really frugal and money savvy, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner for under $10.  How?  Well, first off, ... (Read More)

Visiting Kyoto-Doji Flea Market

Written by June

October 2012Culture

 

Kyoto holds a number of flea markets, but the biggest one is at Doji temple, on the 21st of every month. This event is called Doji Koboichi.

There is an old saying that ‘Osaka dies eating, Kyoto dies wearing’, which means that the people in Osaka spend a lot on eating, whereas the people from Kyoto will spend anything to wear luxurious, elegant clothes. The temple is in walking distance from JR Kyoto station, and as if to ... (Read More)

DIY Korean Snacks

Written by Joanne

October 2012Culture

Snacking in Korea takes on a whole new approach with DIY snacks.  Influenced by Japanese DIY snack companies like Kracie, the expression “don’t play with your food” doesn’t apply in this case, with boxes of cookies that come with mini pastry tubes filled with strawberry and chocolate icing and even cute prizes like stickers.  You can find these DIY food products in larger markets and is a hit with kids ... (Read More)

Korean Bread (빵)

Written by Joanne

October 2012Culture

The bakeries of Korea are as much part of its culture as kimchi is.  You can find one on every street corner, and even in the most humble parts of the country.  They are distinctly Korean in that the bread is lighter, fluffier, and contains Korean flavors.  One type of bread that seems to be in every bakery is pat bbang – with its shiny exterior, pillow soft flesh, and ... (Read More)