A Little Bit of Korea Outside of South Korea

Traveling to South Korea would be the dream, but for a lot of people it’s not quite as easy as dropping everything and taking a nice vacation. It can cost a bit of money and time to be able to travel, so we have the some alternative solutions that might be a little bit closer to home.

Here are 5 locations outside of Korea that have a Koreatown!

  • Los Angeles, U.S.A

One of the most popular Koreatowns is found in sunny California. In L.A., the home to a few K-pop idols, there is a large Korean population, making it the perfect place to thrive. Recognized for its abundance of food, there are a lot of restaurants, and one of the most popular meals is Korean BBQ. Luckily, there are more than ten locations to visit if you want to grill your own food and get a lot of banchan!

  • New York, U.S.A
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Visiting the city of dreams, you can find a new kind of dream town. Koreatown in New York is home to businesses upon businesses that are stacked on top of each other. Keeping it busy, this area offers many different restaurants that are open 24/7, making it perfect for visiting at any time. Korea Way also offers at least four hotels, so you can stay in in the middle of the action to take it all in.

  • Sydney, Australia

Focusing on mainly Pitt Street, Koreatown in Australia is small but full of local businesses that offer anything from food to beauty shops. This location doesn’t have a lot of skyscrapers, but instead has a strip mall-style architecture, making it easy to walk down the streets and stop in shops within twenty-five feet of each other. You can stop at a grocery store, a bakery, and even some shops that are set up like street food carts where you can get food to-go!

  • Toronto, Canada

With a cute name like “Little Korea,” you can’t go wrong with visiting Koreatown in Toronto. Like every Koreatown, this is the place to go for some authentic Korean food, but it also holds other treasures to be discovered. You can find places that sell cute little trinkets, souvenirs, and places that sell Korean goods handmade in Canada. If you visit this location, make sure to plan on bringing a lot of extras home!

  • New Malden, England

Although smaller than some others, this Koreatown still has a lot to offer. Mixed with the residential areas of New Malden, it’s a bit dispersed through the town. Not to fret, you can still find a lot of fun things to do. One popular and easy to find activity is karaoke! Popular in Korea and called “noraebong,” karaoke can be easily found on High Street. Make sure to visit and sing your heart to your favorite K-pop group if you’re in England!

These are just a few of the Koreatowns located outside of South Korea, and there a a lot more that are bigger and smaller than the ones mentioned here.

Let us know where the closest Koreatown is to you and what fun activities are most recognized in your community!

5 K-Snacks to Improve Brain Function 🧠💡

We have all been there: Late night hits, you have a ton of paperwork to do for the office or school, and your brain starts to shut down.  You need to get things done before the morning, so where can you turn? We have the perfect solution! According to research, “brain foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases.¹” 

Here are 5 K-snacks to assist your brain both in the short and long term!

  • Kimbap

Kimbap has most of the nutrients needed for our brains. The eggs have a nutrient called choline that helps promote happiness, Vitamin B12 and folic acid. The seaweed and vegetables contain vitamins like C and K. All of which help promote a healthy brain, which makes kimbap an all-in-one brain booster treat.

  • Roasted Nuts and Berries

These are perfect on-the-go brain snack they have the good fats from the nuts that help protect the brain as well as Vitamins E, C and antioxidants which helps boost our brain function. Go ahead and grab a handful or have them in the form of a convenient energy bar, like Dr. You’s.

  • Ramen

Around the world today, carbohydrates have had a lot of bad reviews; but on days when you need the energy to function, they are essential. They break down into sugars and quickly provide needed energy to the brain on stressful days. Don’t worry about eating that ramen on a big test day. Make it a huge brain booster by adding veggies and an egg.

  • Green Tea

Green tea, like coffee, contains caffeine and helps with mental alertness. It also contains other properties that are helpful with memory retention and helping you relax, which can be very helpful before interviews or the national exam. Green tea is consumed in both hot and cold forms, but due to the caffeine content, we do suggest not to overdoing it.

  • Kimchi

Kimchi is my favorite food, not only for its flavor, but for its many wonderful properties. Known to contain many vitamins, minerals as wells as anti-inflammitories it can be used many different ways. Some have used it for weight loss, and others have said it has treated illnesses from the common cold to cancer. In October 2018, it was even shown that kimchi may help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s. We look forward to seeing how this research progresses.

These are just a few of the Korean snacks that could help boost your brain on those foggy days.  So, don’t stress out and relax with your favorite one!

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Alcohol’s Best Friend: Anju

Food and alcohol go hand in hand. In Korea, the snacks that are eaten alongside an alcoholic beverage is given a special name: anju. While anything can be considered a “drinking snack,” some foods pair better with certain kinds of alcohol than others. One way to determine if a snack is considered anju, is to see if it is finger food.

If you’re in a hurry or don’t want to go out, some quick preparations of anju include sliced fruit, nuts, or crackers. Some prefer quick, salty snacks because the salt absorbs the alcohol in the drink.

Chimaek

One of the most well-known alcohol and snack combinations in Korea is chimaek: a happy marriage between Korean fried chicken and beer. Fried foods are a popular choice when it comes to pairing snacks and drinks. May it be fries or dumplings, I don’t think anything can beat the combination of Korean fried chicken and a glass of cold, refreshing beer.

Pajeon and Makgeolli

Makgeolli, or Korean rice wine, is one of the oldest types of alcohol in Korea. The tangy, slightly sweet, and fizzy beverage is best suited with pajeon, or Korean pancake, on rainy days. Combining the rich, hearty flavor and texture of pajeon complements the light and almost citrus-like flavors of makgeolli.

Jokbal (족발) and Soju

Soju has made itself known across the globe. Going to any Korean barbeque place, you will see a menu composed of several choices of flavored soju. While soju pairs well with many kinds of meat, jokbal is said to be best. Jokbal, or braised pig’s trotters, is usually served in large portions, making it perfect for sharing amongst friends. The only tough decisions you’d have to make would be to order the spicy or classic version of jokbal. Wrap up a piece of jokbal in a piece of lettuce with some shrimp sauce and garlic, and you’ve got yourself a wholesome meal.

What’s your favorite anju?

As always, drink responsibly!

Eat Like a K-Drama Character!

Characters in K-dramas always seem to divulge in an array of delicious foods. It’s become such a popular convention in dramas that there are actual slow-motion montages of characters getting and enjoying their food in comedic ways. Why not join the fun in these delicious adventures and try your own K-drama delicacies!

  • Sauna Eggs

If your favorite K-drama hero/heroine ever stepped foot into a spa, this was probably the first thing they picked up. Just as the title suggests, sauna eggs were popularized in Korean bathhouses. As opposed to white hard-boiled eggs, they’re made from brown eggs and boiled in a rice cooker instead of a pot on the stove. The only seasoning you need is a bit of sea salt, and you have this well-known treat.

  • Ramen

From a filming standpoint, making ramen is probably the most simple route to go to as far as food is concerned, whether it’s a quick meal to be shared at home with a potential love interest or a quick meal to purchase at a convenience store—where you’re bound to run into a potential love interest. With a large variety of flavors, you’re sure to find one, two, or eight flavors that suit your taste!

  • Kimbap

Quick and on-the-go meals seem to be a popular trend in K-dramas set in the present day, and triangle kimbap or kimbap rolls are great inexpensive options. Similar to sushi in some ingredients, it’s not made exactly the same, and the biggest difference is what’s placed inside as filling. If you’re not into raw fish, then kimbap might be the better choice for you. With fillings like kimchi, tuna, and even ham and cheese, you can customize and adjust ingredients to your taste.

  • Jjajangmyeon

When it comes to K-dramas, this meal is one that pops up a lot as the go-to meal for delivery. In The Strongest Delivery Man, the restaurant the two main characters deliver for is, in fact, a jjajangmyeon restaurant. A quick and efficient meal for lunch or dinner, it’s not as expensive as take-out can typically be and it’s not a difficult dish to make in the comfort of your own home!

Hungry, yet?

You should try all of these foods, but which one of these treats are you most likely to try first? 

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Maesil-Ju Who?

I occasionally enjoy trying new kinds of alcohol from Korea, especially soju. Despite the high alcohol content, I find that the taste isn’t as harsh as many other types of alcohol. Another type of Korean alcohol that carries this characteristic is maesil-ju, which translates to plum wine.

Maesil-ju is best enjoyed chilled while eating sashimi or rice cake. Alternatively, Korean plum wine can be enjoyed before or after a meal.

Although it has “wine” in its name, maesil-ju is more like a sweetened plum-infused soju. Maesil-ju is lighter, fruitier, and sweeter than the soju that it is made out of; yet, remains incredibly smooth—much smoother than regular soju.

One would think that making alcohol is tedious, but this is not the case for making maesil-ju. The process is pretty much foolproof. Naomi Imatome-Yun from The Spruce Eats shares her recipe for making your own supply of maesil-ju, all you need is green plums (maesil), brown sugar, honey, and two bottles of soju. As with any alcohol, it takes time. Although the recipe says to wait about 100 days, many wait as long as a year until they break open their homemade maesil-ju.

Would you consider making your own maesil-ju at home? As always, don’t forget to drink responsibly!

Get Cooking with these 5 Easy Korean Dishes

When you’re craving a fresh Korean dish, but don’t have time to make a complicated meal, what do you do? We’ve got a solution! Get out your chef hat, and let’s get cooking with these 5 easy do-it-yourself Korean recipes:

  • KIMCHI JJIGAE (김치 찌개) or KIMCHI STEW

Kimchi is a versatile food that can be a side dish, a condiment, or used in other dishes to flavour them. If you’ve got some old kimchi hanging around, one of the favorite winter dishes in Korea is kimchi stew. The best type of kimchi to use in the stew is one that is quite sour, so a freshly-made batch is not normally used. Make sure to save the juice for more flavor!

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound pork belly, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 ½ cups cups kimchi
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 8oz block of firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp gochujang (red pepper paste)
  • 1 tbsp gochugaru (red pepper flakes)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 stalks green onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • Cooked rice for a side (optional)

Directions:

  • Heat sesame oil in stock pot over medium-high heat
  • Add pork belly, onions, and garlic; and sauté until meat has slightly browned.
  • Add kimchi, soy sauce, gochujang and gochugaru;
    and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add water and chicken broth, plus any leftover kimchi liquid, and let stew over medium heat for 30 minutes
  • Add tofu, and baste 3-5 minutes, allowing flavors to penetrate tofu
  • Garnish with green onion, and serve with a side of rice
  • PAJEON (파전) or SCALLION PANCAKE 

Korean pancakes, or jeon (전), are one of the staple side dishes in Korea. They can have many different ingredients, such as seafood, kimchi or vegetables; and are easily made as Korean pancake powder, buchimgaru (부침가루), is readily available for purchase in Korea as well as some Asian supermarkets in other countries. To make, all you do is add water and then the ingredients. If Korean pancake powder is not available in your area, try this recipe as an alternative:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of rice flour
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp vegatable oil
  • 2 green onion stalks, cut into ¼ inch pieces

Directions:

  • Mix all the dry ingredients and add egg and water slowly, mixing until smooth. (The batter should be thin and runny. If yours is not, add water in until you get that consistency.)
  • Put a non-stick or cast iron pan over medium-heat with a tablespoon of oil. You want it warm enough to cook the pancake but not burn it.
  • Mix green onions into the batter.
  • Spread a thin layer batter over the pan, and cook approximately 2 to 3 per side, until light brown.
    • Timing will differ for each pancake and the type of pan, but it should cook quickly. 
  • MIYEOK GUK(미역국) or SEAWEED SOUP

A popular dish eaten in Korea by women after birth, and everyone else on their birthdays, seaweed soup is relatively simple to make. The mistake generally those unfamiliar with it might make is using the wrong type of seaweed. There are three types that people may be familiar with: the first is called laver, or the sheets used for kimbap; the second is kelp, which is used mostly in flavoring for stocks; the third is the type used in seaweed soup, miyeok. You may also find it called sea plant or sea mustard.

Ingredients:

  • Handful of dried miyeok (approx. ½ cup)
  • ½ pound beef brisket, cut into thin slices
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Korean soup soy sauce

**Do not use regular soy sauce.** It will change the flavor and color of the soup. Adjust by using more salt and a dash of fish sauce if you have that available.

Directions:

  • Soak dried miyeok for about 20 minutes; drain.
    • The soaked miyeok should almost quadruple in size, giving you around 2 cups of rehydrated seaweed.
  • Rinse well (to avoid possible sand or grit in your soup), pat with paper towel to absorb excess moisture, then cut into 1-inch strips.
  • In a stock pot over medium heat, add beef, sesame oil, and garlic. Sear lightly.
  • Add chopped seaweed and sear for another minute.
  • Add water, sea salt, and soup soy sauce.
  • Cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
  • BIBIMBAP (비빔밥)  

One of the most widely recognized Korean dishes around the world today is bibimbap. The love of this colorful dish cannot be denied. What looks quite difficult is actually quite simple to do. 

**To add more flavor to the meat: marinate the cut strips in garlic, ginger, soy sauce and brown sugar in a sealed bag overnight.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of rice
  • ½ pound beef sirloin, cut into thin strips
  • 2 medium carrots, matchstick-cut
  • ½ red bell pepper, matchstick-cut
  • ½ English cucumber, matchstick-cut
  • 2 green onion stalks, cut into angled ¼ inch pieces
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp of ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • gochajang sauce

Directions:

  • Cook rice, and set aside.
    • Depending on the type of rice, you may want to start it about 10 to 15 minutes beforehand.
  • In a cast iron (or non-stick) pan, stir-fry the beef with the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and brown sugar. Cook until the beef is done to your liking.
  • Add the bell peppers, carrots, and green onions, then lightly stir-fry on high heat for about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
  • Wipe the pan clean, add a bit of vegetable oil, and cook egg to your liking. 
  • If not using a cast iron pan: Arrange the meat and veggies on top of your rice with the egg as your topper, and serve with gochujang on the side.
  • If using a cast iron pan: Wipe clean again and add a teaspoon of sesame oil.
    • Add rice, then other ingredients back as if in a normal bowl, and heat until you hear a crackling sound. This is the rice getting its crunchy and crisp outside layer.
  • If you have a dolsot (돌솥) or stone bowl: Heat bibimbap over a burner to get your rice crisp.
  • Serve from the hot cast iron pan or dolsot with a side of gochujang.
  • GOGUMA LATTE (고구마 라떼) or SWEET POTATO LATTE

A favorite winter snack in Korea is the roasted sweet potato. Compared to its European cousin, it has more of a sweet, nutty flavor which lends itself well to this dish. If you cannot find an Asian sweet potato in your local market, you can substitute with another variety; it will just be a not be as sweet, so you may have to adjust other levels.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

  • Wash sweet potato thoroughly.
  • Cut length-wise and place in the oven on a baking sheet at 350°F, for about 30 minute
  • Check with a fork to see if the potato has softened. If not, keep baking them for 10-minute intervals until done.
  • Once soft, remove the insides of the potato and put into a bowl.
  • Add half & half and 2% milk (adjust milk fat content to your liking)
  • Combine the potatoes, milk, sugar, and vanilla into a blender. Blend until smooth.
    • If you want froth, blend longer.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve

We hope you enjoy these favorite Korean recipes! If you make them, let us know how they turn out and show us pictures of your dishes. Happy cooking!

Local Breweries in South Korea

Whatever the day, whatever the occasion, whatever the meal, beer is the perfect complement. It’s easy, refreshing, and basically a meal in and of itself, thanks to its grainy body. A while ago, I heard the statistic that South Korea consumes the most alcohol per capita than any other country in the world, which instantly made me curious about their bar scene. While we all know soju is a top choice, I wanted to take a closer look at Korea’s brewery culture.

While the number is still growing, here are a few local breweries that rank as favorites in South Korea:

Magpie Brewing Company

Magpie Brewing Co is a microbrewery producing and selling small batches of pale ale, porter, kölsch, and IPA. While this brewery first started on Jeju Island, it has since expanded to include locations in Itaewon and Hongdae. A few of its signature brews include The Ghost, Green Frog, and Slash-And-Burn, which all include odes to Jeju’s local flavors and ingredients. If you like to get up close and personal with your beer, Magpie offers tours at its original location because, according to the Magpie team, “When you learn about the beer, it tastes even better.” I think they might be on to something.

Pong Dang Craft Beer Company

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Pong Dang Craft Beer Company believes, and rightly so, that good beer brings people together. In 2011, this warehouse-style bottle shop opened its first location, boasting 140 types of bottled beer. But selling only other people’s beers wasn’t in the cards for this innovative team. Three years and two additional locations later, Pong Dong’s owner had created and perfected his own beer recipes that the company now offers at its Made in Pong Dang Itaewon-based location. Check out Pong Dang Craft Beer’s flagship or any of its locations for great food and even greater beer.

Caligari Brewing  

Based in Incheon, Caligari Brewing is known for its fun and fruity beer flavors. The Caligari team is always researching and developing new beers in order to bring the most innovative brews to market. With flavors like banana and grapefruit, and even chocolate and coffee, Caligari offers visitors the chance to try the likes of Banana White, Sleepwalking IPA, and Dr. Filed in Future—quirky names that are only half as fun as the flavors they contain.

AKITU Brewing Company

AKITU Brewing Co. has been slinging craft brews in Busan since 2003. A mainstay of Busan’s drinking culture, AKITU carries on a legacy of beer-making that dates back to the Sumerian period. Over the years, this brewery has proven it’s a keeper of the craft; thanks to its team’s wealth of experience and knowledge, strict selection process, and optimal blending practices. After a day hitting the streets of Busan, head on over to AKITU Brewing Co. to try its best pours of Dalmaji, Flora, Camellia, or Dokkaebi. You won’t be disappointed!

Are we missing your favorite local brewery in South Korea? Tell us about it in the comments below.  

Sweet Potato Love in Korea 🍠

Koreans love sweet potatoes—as chips, drinks, hot straight from a street vendor—you name it, they love it. Sweet potatoes in Korea, called 고구마 (goguma), are slightly different from the potatoes that are found in the United States. Here, we have the orange-fleshed potatoes, while Korea has the purple-flesh potatoes that are naturally sweeter. Because of their natural sweetness, they are better to use in both savory and sweet dishes.

So, what are some different ways you can enjoy sweet potatoes in Korea?
Here are some of our favorites:

As a Drink!

Sweet potato lattes can come either as a soft, pale orange color or a beautiful lavender shade. Lightly sweet with a hint of the vegetables’ signature taste makes these some of my favorite lattes to grab in almost all cafes.

Roasted or Steamed!

A favorite dish in the winter along with other favorites, you can find plenty of street vendors selling steamed or roasted sweet potatoes all over Korea.

Side Dishes!

One of my favorite dishes is 고구마 맛탕 (goguma mattang), a simple, sweet side dish of glazed sweet potatoes. I like when it comes with beef as it pairs so well together.

In Noodle Form!

One popular Korean dish known as 잡채 (japchae) is a noodle dish made with seasoned meat, vegetables, or both. The noodles, 당면 (dangmyeon), are clear noodles made from these potatoes.

As a Pizza Topping!

Whether it’s sliced, diced, or even in a spreadable form, sweet potato makes a delightful topping for your Korean pizza.

Desserts!

Ice cream, cakes, pies, macarons, just about any dessert you can think of has a sweet potato version in Korea. They are so tempting, too—just look at this sweet potato tiramisu and sweet potato ice cream.

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes?
Have you tried any of these? Let us know in the comments below!

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A Triple-Course Korean-Style Meal

No matter how experienced with Korean cuisine you may be, there’s something for everyone to try! Here’s a three-course meal with some of the best, classic Korean dishes out there so that whether you’ve already been there or have yet to experience the delectable foods this country has to offer, you can get a full taste of Korea.

Appetizer: Kimchi

Kimchi is usually a side dish, and something traditional that completes every Korean meal. It is not too heavy, and can be prepared with a variety of different fermented vegetable options—most famously cabbage. Topped off with the classic Korean spice, gochujang, along with other seasonings such as ginger and garlic, it makes for a great starter.

Main: Bibimbap

A mixture of flavours comes together to effectively create a delicious rice bowl. Bibimbap comes served with multiple vegetables all beautifully arranged on top of rice, looking too good to eat! Just mix it all together for an explosion of different flavours and textures. From visuals to taste, this dish will leave you satisfied.

Dessert: Hotteok

A sweet, filled pancake that actually a Korean street food, but who’s to say you can’t try this as part of a meal? The fillings can include brown sugar, cinnamon and peanuts, making for a perfect sugary finish!

Drink: Tea

Korea has such a large variety of tea, putting just one in here would be too limiting, so have whichever kind of Korean tea you desire, I’ll let you decide!

After trying these, go explore even further the delicious foods that Korea has to offer!

Places to Visit in Korea with Your Loved Ones on Valentine’s Day 💕

It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s Day, the time of love. On this chilly day of February, singles sit indoors with Netflix and food for company while the couples come out to shine. In spirit of this romantic holiday, here is a list of some lovely places to visit and things to do with your loved one on Valentine’s Day if you are in Korea. If you’re alone like me this year, why not give it a read anyway, and make some plans for your future boo.

Han River Cruise

The Han River is a beauty to begin with, and taking this cruise with that special someone is a perfect way to see the admirable views of Seoul’s colours and the fast paced life there. Taking this cruise at night is definitely more satisfying, being able to see all of the city lights illuminate the edges of the river and admiring them glistening in the reflection on the water. The ambience is calming and the perfect place for you to let your loved one know how much they mean to you. While you’re at the Han River, why not give a quick visit to Banpo Bridge, where a lovely, small fountain show is put on display.

N Seoul Tower

Another way to show your other half how much they mean to you is by visiting Seoul Tower. Not only will you find some stunning views of the city that lies beneath, but there is also the opportunity for you to write a message on a lock and attach it to the metal fence at the bottom of the tower. The perfect place for you to hang with your favorite people.

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Suwon Fortress

It seems to me that the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day is just chilling with your most favourite person, and Suwon Fortress is another great place for that. Strolling along the fortress walls that line the outskirts of Seoul, taking in the gorgeous natural scenery that surrounds you while having a bit of history lesson and just chatting with one another makes for a lovely time spent together.

Cheonggyecheon Stream

This stream truly is admirable, with more than twenty beautiful and decorative bridges that cross it, each section with a different design. It lies amidst the buzzing city and stretches for 10.92km, so no matter where you are in Seoul, you’ll never be too far from part of it. It is also surrounded by beautiful nature that adds a sense of peace to the hustle and bustle of the busy city lifestyle. So when you’ve finished Valentine’s shopping, or just had your romantic meal, why not take a gentle stroll along the Cheonggyecheon Stream?

Whether you’re in Korea this Valentine’s day, or plan on going in the future, don’t hesitate to give these places a visit!