Korean Food – Gimbap (Recipe)

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Do you have special or common food for school or any picnic?  If you ask any Korean what they would bring for their picnic, most of them probably say that they have to make or buy Gimbap for their picnic.  Yes! Gimbap is special and common Korean’s picnic food.  Today we will learn how to make delicious Gimbap in English and Korean.

Ingredient: for 1 serving (2 rolls)                                      재료: 일 인분 (두 개)

  1. ½ of an English cucumber and cut into strips         오이 반 개- 길게 자르기
  2. ½ medium carrot and cut into strips                    중간크기 당근 반 개- 길게 자르기
  3. 2 strips of yellow pickled radish                              길게 자른 단무지 두 개
  4. 2 strips of sausage                                                   길게 자른 소시지 두 개
  5. 1 ½ cups cooked rice                                               밥 – 한 컵 반
  6. 2 sheet of seaweed                                                  김 – 두 장
  7. ½ teaspoon sesame oil                                           참기름 – 반 스푼
  8. ½ teaspoon sesame seeds                                      깨 – 반 스푼
  9. Gimbap mat                                                              김밥 싸개

Directions

  1. Clean the Gimbap mat first and put a seaweed on the mat
  2. Put half of cooked rice on the seaweed
  3. Put a strip of cucumber, carrot, yellow picked radish and sausage on the cooked rice
  4. Roll up all using the mat
  5. Spread sesame oil and sprinkle sesame seeds
  1. 김밥 싸개 닦기 그리고 김 놓기
  2. 김 위에 밥 반 놓기
  3. 밥 위에 오이, 당근, 단무지, 소시지 놓기
  4. 싸개를 사용해서 김밥 싸기
  5. 참기를 바르기 그리고 깨 뿌리기

“Photo from by jamiefrater on flickr.com”

There are many kinds of Gimbap.  If you want to make your own, you can add ingredient whatever you want.  Watch the vidoe below for your reference.

Five Days in South Korea

Posted on 21. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

안녕하세요! Hello everyone! My name is Sasha, which I’ve been told is 사샤 in Korean. I’m from the USA (미국), but I currently live in China (중국). I’m an English teacher and blogger/videographer – you can usually find my work on the Chinese, Indonesian, and Thai Language & Culture blogs. I’ve never lived in Korea, and I can only say a few words in Korean, but I’m going to share some stories, photos, and videos from a trip I took there. During the summer, we had five days off and needed to exit China for visa purposes. Thanks to a good deal on flights, we decided to head to Seoul and spend Monday-Friday in the ROK. Here’s a short run-down of our trip along with a few photos. More detailed posts and a few videos will be posted to the blog in the weeks and months to come.

Being silly tourists in Korea.

Being silly tourists in Korea.

Seoul (서울)

As is the case with most people, our Korea trip began in the capital city of Seoul. Coming from Beijing, our immediate thoughts about Seoul were that it’s more modern, cleaner, and a bit more Westernized than the Chinese capital. Seoul is far and away the largest city in South Korea; if you count the whole metropolitan area, more than half of the country lives there. It’s a city of stark contrasts – ancient culture and modern technology, peaceful temples and wild nightlife districts, impressive skyscrapers and drab housing projects. With just a few days to spend there, we did our best to pack a lot into a short visit.

A former royal palace.

A former royal palace.

Seoul is home to quite a few ancient royal palaces, so we knew we had to see at least one. We checked out Gyeongbok-gung (경복궁), the first palace used by the Joseon Dynasty. Considering its age and the fact that it’s been razed by the Japanese twice, the palace is in great condition. There are also two museums that you can check out inside the grounds, and it’s a good way to learn a bit about Korean history and culture.

Checking out traditional hanok houses.

Checking out traditional hanok houses.

From there we headed to Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골 한옥마을) – a free park with a few traditional hanok (한옥) houses. The aim of this park is to preserve Korean traditions and give visitors a glimpse into how life once was here in Seoul. Of course, nowadays most people live in high-rise apartments that don’t look much different from the ones in London or New York. It’s a nice place to stroll around for a couple of hours, and you can also check out the Seoul Millennium Capsule. Back in 1994, 600 items representing modern life and culture in Korea were buried in this time capsule to mark the city’s 600th anniversary. It will be opened in 2394 – the 1,000th birthday of Seoul.

Enjoy the views at the N Seoul Tower.

Enjoy the views at the N Seoul Tower.

No matter where you are in Seoul, you can probably point out the N. Seoul Tower (N서울타워). Once the tallest building in Asia, this tower is located on Namsan Mountain (남산) and stands at 236.7 m (777 ft). From the observation deck, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city.

A local hangout in the Korean capital.

A local hangout in the Korean capital.

With the rest of our time in Seoul, we simply wandered the streets in search of local culture, food, and a good time. The central Gwanghwamun Plaza (광화문광장) is an interesting place to hangout, as you can watch local kids have a blast playing in the fountain. We also strolled around Insa-dong (인사동), a popular neighborhood that contains tons of antique shops and art galleries.

When it comes to food and drink, you’ve got endless options in Seoul. From street food stalls to high-end restaurants and everything in between, Seoul is a great place to munch. Having lived in China for a few years, we were admittedly excited to see Taco Bell, where they have fries bell grande! After our shameful experience (who eats Taco Bell before 2AM?) we redeemed ourselves by eating kimchi jigae (김치 찌개) for dinner. It took us over an hour to locate the hole-in-the-wall restaurant tucked down a random alley, but the juice was definitely worth the squeeze. This traditional Korean stew made with the national dish kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage) was amazing and something I often dream about eating again.

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Learn how to make kimchi jigae yourself!

At night, we joined some friends who were living in Seoul and headed to Hongdae (홍대), an area around Hongik University full of bars and clubs. Korean college students definitely party harder than their Chinese counterparts, and we had a great night out there. Although we easily could have spent the whole week in Seoul, we headed out to see a bit more of the country.

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Hongdae by night.

Gyeongju (경주시)

A few shots from our afternoon in Gyeong-ju.

A few shots from our afternoon in Gyeongju.

We were fortunate enough on our visit that there was a Visit Korea promotion going on with free buses for tourists. Our plan was to head to Busan to visit a friend, but we decided to take advantage of the free ride and hop on the bus bound for Gyeongju, where we could then change to a bus for Busan. With just a few hours in between buses, we weren’t able to do much there. Our afternoon was spent with a visit to the Bulguksa Temple (불국사) and a stroll up to the Seokguram Grotto (석굴암 석굴). It’s too bad we didn’t have an extra day so we could actually overnight in Gyeongju. My Korean students have told me it’s a really nice place, so I guess I’ll just have to go back!

Busan (부산)

Beaches, BBQ, and beers in Busan.

Beaches, BBQ, and beers in Busan.

The second largest city in Korea, Busan is famous primarily for its beaches. After a busy couple of months working in Beijing and the action-packed trip in Seoul, we were excited to kick back and relax for a few days. A friend of mine was living there at the time, so we simply spent our time catching up, lounging on the beach, feasting on Korean BBQ, and drinking plenty of soju (소주). As with the beaches in most Asian countries, it was a funny contrast between the locals and the foreigners. Whereas we donned our bathing suits and nothing more, locals chose to jump in the water fully-clothed. The white people try to get a tan while the Asians try to remain as white as possible.

There’s a lot more to do in Busan – temples, parks, museums, markets, boat tours, and so on. It’s also a very festive city – an international film festival, rock festival, and fireworks festival all go down here annually. If you’re more into the outdoors, you can do a variety of hikes in the area. They’ve also got baseball, basketball, and football (soccer) teams in Busan if you’d rather be a spectator.

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14 Things to Do in Busan

As per usual, our trip went by too fast. It was a short and sweet journey in Korea, and it definitely left me wanting more. Living in such a massive country as China, it’s easy to sell Korea short. This trip made me realize that although it is a small country, there’s still so much to see, do, and learn in Korea. Hopefully I’ll make it back there for another visit one of these days, or who knows – maybe I’ll just move there.

How can I get there?

Posted on 17. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Have you been to other country for traveling? If yes, you might had experience to be lost or got confused which direction was right to go. I had the same experience, but I was not sure how to ask direction in English. I could ask, but I used broken English. I thought that I was not so ready to travel, and I am not qualified to travel; it sound weird for people who are not afraid to do something new, but me. I studied English for long time, but I still did not know how to ask it in correct way. I was ashamed myself. I hope you don’t get the same feeling when you travel in Korea. Today you will learn “How can I get there/….에 어떻게 가요?/ (name of area)… ae eo ddeo gae ga yo/ See the dialog below to learn from first to last when you want to ask to someone on the street.

Mike: 저기요/ jeo gi yo/ hey. 실례합니다/sil lae hab ni da/excuse me.

Korean: 네/nae/yes.

Mike: 강남에 어떻게 가요?/kang nam ae eo ddeo gae ga yo/how can I go to Kang Nam.

Now the answer will be varying. I will give you some possible answers you can hear from Korean on the street.

#1. Korean: 쭉 가세요/jjook ga sae yo/go straight; he or she will point out for correct direction.

#2. Korean: 길 건너세요 그리고 쭉 가요/gil geon neo sae yo g li go jjook ga yo/cross road and go straight.

#3. Korean: 여기서 103번 버스 타세요/yeo gi seo baek sam beon bus ta sae yo/take a bus number 103 here.

#4. Korean: 여기서 사당 방향 지하철 타요/yeo gi seo sa dang bang hyang ji ha cheol ta sae yo/take a subway here on direction of Sa Dang.

#5. Korean: 몰라요, 다른 사람한테 물어보세요/mol la yo da leun sa lam han tae mule o bo sae yo/ I don’t know, please ask someone else.

“Photo from by TF-urban on flickr.com”