Six Tasty Instant Ramens!

Ramen is a dish that has become popular across the globe, and can be enjoyed at any time of the day! You can make it your own by adding different ingredients aside from the ones that come with the package, and can even sit down and catch up on some of your favorite K-dramas. There are many brands, flavors, and noodle types to choose from which gives you the opportunity to try a multitude of mouth watering ramen noodles. For this article, we’ll focus only on six different kinds of Korean ramen.

Ottogi Jin Jjambbong Spicy Seafood

Jin Jjambbong Spicy Seafood ramen is everything a seafood lover could want. It contains shrimp, cuttlefish, oyster, mussel, and crab. When you open up the package, you will see the thick ramen noodles, dehydrated garnishing flakes which contain Chinese cabbage, seaweed, and a few more flavourful surprises. The package also includes seasoning oil, and a liquid sauce that contains an array of goodness. Once cooked and mixed together, you get an instant meal that is hard not to enjoy (unless of course you aren’t a fan of seafood flavoring).


Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black

Shin Ramyun Black is a beef lovers dream come true. It contains three different variations of beef flavouring, like beef extract, beef fat, and beef bone extract. This version of Shin Ramyun has one more seasoning packet than the original. Included in the package is the block of noodles, the vegetable packet, the powdered soup base, and then the Sul-Long-Tang soup base. You can also get this ramen in three different kinds of ways: your traditional pack, a cup for on-the-go eating, or a bowl. These noodles are savory and mouth-watering, leaving any individual satisfied and craving for more.


Nongshim Chapagetti

Chapagetti is a blending of the Chinese black soybean paste “chajang” and spaghetti. This type of ramen gives you the original taste of chajang, which typically taste like sweet onions. The package contains the thick noodles, the soup base, a packet of vegetable oil, and the dehydrated vegetable packet which contains potato and pork. Once prepared, this instant meal with have you full till your heart’s content.


Samyang Spicy Chicken

The Samyang Spicy Chicken Ramen is the star of the popular Fire Noodle Challenge. This kind is extremely spicy so if you love heat and chicken, this is definitely for you. But if you do not like spicy or chicken, there are plenty of options for you. The contents include the noodles, a pack of dried seaweed and sesame seeds, and last but not least, the sauce packet that makes this ramen spicy. They also have a wide variety of the spicy ramen.


Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

Nongshim offers three different varieties of vegan ramen that is registered by the vegan society. This noodle soup is packed with veggies and a hearty vegetable broth. Once you open the package, you will find the block of noodles, the soup packet, and of course the vegetable packet. You can also get this in a cup if you are on the go.


Paldo Cheese Noodle

This pack of ramen combines everyone’s love of carbs and cheese! When you go to open your pack, there are the noodles, the soup powder packet, the vegetable packet which includes carrots, cabbage, and green onions, and then, of course, the star of the ramen, the cheese powder.

Have you tried any of these instant ramens or do you know of any other ramens that didn’t make it to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Brianna Giles

Korean Drinks for the Upcoming Heat ☀️

Summer time is fastly approaching, and with that comes nice, long and sunny days! However, it also means being unbearably hot and sweaty for the next couple of months. That’s why it’s important to know what summer drinks will you keep you feeling refreshed in the upcoming heat!

Grapefruit Ade

Grapefruit Ade, although being a drink one can get year round, it’s most popular in the summer months. A combination of sparkling water (or lemonade) and real grapefruit mixed together and served cold is what appeals to the people. This bittersweet drink is too good to pass up!

Sikhye

Is it a drink is it a dessert?? It’s a dessert you can drink! Sikhye is a traditional sweet Korean rice beverage, when served cold this perfectly sweet drink can keep you cool even in the hottest of days!

Subak Hwachae 

Subak hwachae, watermelon punch, is a blend of watermelon and various edible flower petals soaked in honeyed water or magnolia berry juice. The bright red drink is consumed heavily during the summertime because of its refreshing properties.

Sujeonggwa 

When one thinks of the summer the last thing you’d want to drink is a warm beverage. Usually served as a dessert during holidays, the cinnamon punch can also be consumed cold for the summer to help out with the hot temperatures! 

Milkis

To some, drinking carbonated yogurt might sound weird, to others it’s the perfect way to enjoy the summer weather! Milkis, a carbonated yogurt drink, can be found year round in convenience stores, however this unique beverage is popular in the summer because of its bubbly, creamy texture.

Having the right drink to help you feel cool and refreshed is the key for summer! What are some of your favorite drinks? How do you like to keep cool in the summer? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Briseida Rivera

NCTzen’s Best Memories

People often assume they know a demographic and know exactly who a person is just because they’re a fan of a specific group or individual, and artists have been labeled as certain types of entertainers based upon their fandoms, whether it’s because of the bad side of their fanbase or because of misconceived ideas of who a fan admires. Fans have been fighting the common misconception of the stereotypical fangirl for a long time—twelve-year-old girls who devote their lives and money to a group or person and nothing else—and they help break that stigma by spreading the good side of fandoms through fan projects.

NCT 127 is a subunit of NCT, a group under SM Entertainment. There are ten members in this subunit: Taeyong, Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Mark, and Haechan. Their recent comeback was released on May 24 with the mini album We Are Superhuman. They also recently ended their North American leg of their first world tour, Neo City – The Origin. NCT 127’s tour has had the most cities in a single North American tour by a K-pop act, with concerts held in two members’ hometowns.

I was able to go to their concert date in Newark and hung around for hours beforehand to interact with fans of the group, also known as NCTzens. There was so much going on, from the selling of banners to random dance plays. Fans were very excited to see the famous tour bus go by with the members’ faces on the side. A few fans were even painting faces. Everyone was in good spirits throughout the day. I took advantage of the happy people and asked an important question, “What is your favorite memory as a NCTzen?” along with their name, age, and favorite member. Here are the responses:

Name: Suzy
Age: 21
Favorite Member: Johnny
Memory: “Both times at KCON. First year, I had Johnny notice me and my jersey and smile. Last year, he noticed me again and winked! I cried like a baby, but it was worth it! I’m proud to be an NCTzen!”

Name: Gina
Age: 27
Favorite Members: Mark and Haechan
Memory: “KCON 2018 when they broke out in ‘Whiplash!’ NCT was so close to the stage where I was and the fan service was so beautiful and perfect.”

Name: Mya
Age: 20
Favorite Member: Mark
Memory: “Being right next to the stage at the Build Series interview and interacting with Johnny, Haechan, and Jungwoo.”

Name: Jasmine C.
Age: 20
Favorite Member: Johnny
Memory: “At Rough Trade, after taking a photo with the group as we said bye, I told Johnny that he’s my bias and I love him and he kept eye contact with me, smiled, squinted his eyes and said ‘Oh, really? Thank you!’”

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Name: Maggie
Age: 18
Favorite Member: Yuta
Memory: “At Rough Trade, I got to stand behind Yuta and took a picture with the members. During the second day, at Chelsea, I saw them for the first time in real life, and there weren’t a lot of fans so it was pretty calm.”

Name: Eli
Age: 19
Favorite Members: Haechan and Jaehyun
Memory: “The first time I saw them at KCON 2017, my brother came with me and had a blast and seeing Johnny up close was a great time. Also, seeing my little sister grow up liking them and seeing her sing their songs and do their dances, and now taking her to see them.”

Name: Nico
Age: 23
Favorite Member: Yuta
Memory: “Meeting all my cute NCTzen friends!”

Name: Cori
Age: 23
Favorite Member: Taeyong
Memory: “Having a conversation with Johnny about our friends.”

Name: Mary
Age: 24
Favorite Member: Johnny
Memory: “When the fandom name was announced! It feels so good to be an NCTzen.”

Name: Lala
Favorite Member: Winwin and Taeil
Memory: “Winwin’s laugh!”

Name: Lauren
Age: 19
Favorite Member: Jungwoo
Memory: “Seeing how the members were so happy at the fan party!”

Name: Elaine
Age: 14
Favorite Member: Doyoung
Memory: “When NCT 127 won their Golden Disk Award.”

Name: Dade
Age: 15
Favorite Members: Johnny and Taeil
Memory: “Seeing them both times at KCON NY!”

Name: Brielle
Age: 5
Favorite Members: Johnny and Mark
Memory: “Seeing them in concert for the first time tonight!”

Name: Thao N.
Age: 17
Favorite Member: Doyoung
Memory: “Seeing NCT 127 live for the first time at KCON. I cried.”

Name: Kat M.
Age: 16
Favorite Member: Jaehyun
Memory: “All the times I felt like I was loved, and how it felt like home. It didn’t feel like I was thousands of miles away from them, it felt like I was with my closest friends.”

Name: Vilma T.
Age: 23
Favorite Member: Winwin
Memory: “When they had made their first red carpet appearance at the AMAs in LA. I’m so proud of them.”

Anonymous Answers:

Favorite Member: Mark
Memory: “Hearing Mark’s rap in ‘The 7th Sense’ for the first time!”

Memory: “I wasn’t a K-pop fan at the time. I got randomly recommended to their song ‘0 Mile’ and loved it.”

Memory: “Jaehyun’s abs!”

Fandoms are often times misunderstood. In reality, fandoms are communities of very diverse backgrounds in almost every aspect, but where they come from, who they are, or what they identify themselves as does not matter in a world connected by music. Music is such an important part of everyone’s lives. Belonging to a fandom can really make you happy and people have made friends with other people from other countries through this common interest. It’s such a beautiful thing. These are the memories that have made people genuinely happy and made an impact on their lives.

Are you a NCTzen? What is YOUR favorite memory?

Cover Image: NCT 127 (SM Entertainment)
Written by Chey Olexa

Bokkeum: The Best Stir-Fry Around

As I leisurely shopped around the instant ramyeon aisle in the Korean market, I noticed a common word amongst many of the brand—“bokkeum” or “볶음.” Seeing this word so frequently, I wondered what it translated to. Bokkeum simply means that something is stir-fried. Some of Korea’s most popular dishes happen to fall under this stir-fried category, such as kimchi fried rice, tteokbokki, japchae, dakgalbi. Here are a few lesser known, but delicious, dishes that fall under the bokkeum category:

Although very delicious, bokkeum isn’t limited to only snacks and main courses. There are countless banchan that are also stir-fried. Ojingeochae bokkeum is one such side dish that serves as the perfect little snack. The shredded, dried squid provides a slight saltiness while the gochujang, honey, and sesame oil bring out showcase spice, sweetness, and nuttiness – it is, truly, a wholesome side dish.

Like ojingeochae bokkeum, nakji bokkeum is a dish where the flavors of the sea harmonize with the heat of Korean spices. If eating calamari tentacles creep you out, then nakji bokkeum might not be for you since it features cut up squid tentacles. Either way, this dish is worth a try as some believe that this dish is one of Korea’s spiciest dishes.

This spicy pork is so good, that it deserves not just one name but two: dwaejigogi bokkeum and jeyuk bokkeum. Whatever you decide to call it, you’ll get the same succulent, spicy pork. Wrap a couple of pieces of spicy pork in a perilla leaf or lettuce with chili pepper slices, raw garlic, and ssamjang and you’ll be the happiest person alive.

Dakttongjip is chicken gizzard typically stir-fried with gochujang, garlic cloves, onions, bell peppers, and Korean peppers. When looking for images of dakttongjip, you’ll often see the dish featuring beer or soju. This is because the popular chicken gizzard dish is considered anju, or a type of food to be eaten with alcohol. If you’re in Korea and want the full dakttongjip experience, Daegu’s Pyeonghwa Market is the place to go. The dakttongjip is so popular, they even named a whole alley after it!

From main courses to snacks to banchan, the list of bokkeum dishes seems to be never-ending. And who could ever be mad at a never-ending list of food? I know I can’t.

Written by Sarah Wong

Korean Food, But Make it Vegan!

With the direction our planet is heading in, we’re always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and help keep the Earth healthy! One of the most efficient ways of doing so is reducing or cutting out meat and dairy from our diets, as these are known to be quite unsustainable and wasteful sources of energy. Although many of us may hesitate to commit to giving up some of our favorite foods, have no fear! With some creativity and an open mind, it is surprisingly easy to adapt Korean dishes to be more sustainable. Here are a few recipes and tips and tricks to making your own vegan Korean dishes at home!

Bibimbap

Bibimbap (비빔밥: mixed rice), with its extremely customizable nature, is often one of the first iconic Korean dishes many think of when trying to veganizing the country’s cuisine! The base is a common vegan diet staple: white rice. Traditionally, it is topped with various vegetables, gochujang (고추장: red chili paste) and some type of protein, often beef. For the dolsot (돌솥: stone pot) variation, the ingredients are served in a scorching hot stone bowl and topped with a raw egg. The pot serves to cook the outside rice and egg together to create a crunchy, steaming bowl of goodness. To make the dish vegetarian, simply opt for a plant based protein on top such as tofu or seitan (the above recipe includes crispy gochujang cauliflower, yum!). Although the egg proves a challenge in totally veganizing this dish, it can easily be replaced with extra gochujang (make sure it does not contain honey, if that is something you would like to avoid!) or a vegan egg replacer. Overall, this is a great dish to start with if you are looking to experience some traditional Korean flavors on a vegetarian or vegan diet!

Jajangmyeon

Jajangmyeon (자장면) is a noodle dish comprised of delicious chewy noodles, a rich black bean sauce, meat, vegetables, and sometimes seafood. This is a great dish for anyone who cannot handle a lot of spice, or those who are looking for a cheap, quick meal on the go. Many instant jajangmyeon brands include meat in their recipe, but veganizing this dish is not too difficult! Most black bean sauce recipes are already vegan and combine just a few ingredients for a simple to throw together dinner. If you are following a non-vegan recipe, replace any chicken stock with water, vegetable stock, or vegan “chicken” stock. Make sure to leave out meat and seafood or replace it with a vegan alternative. Check out this recipe for vegan jajangmyeon, it’s one of our favorites and takes less than thirty minutes to make!

Japchae

Oh, japchae…a vegan’s dream…This dish is a savory sweet potato noodle dish often enjoyed on holidays, and we cannot get enough of it! The “glass” noodles are covered in a deliciously sweet and oily sauce and topped with vegetables, meat, sesame seeds, and an egg. For a vegetarian take on japchae, leave out the meat! If you are looking to fully veganize the meal, only a few extra steps are needed. The sweet sauce is usually comprised of honey, soy sauce, browns sugar, sesame oil, and pepper. If you are trying to avoid honey, replace this with maple syrup, agave nectar, or another liquid sweetener of your choice. The egg can be replaced with “scrambled” tofu or an egg replacer, like this one. In the above video, the egg and meat substitutes are left out entirely for a simple, but just as delicious version. There you have it, a 100% vegan take on the addicting sweet-savory japchae! We love the unique flavor of the sweet potato noodles: chewy, thin, and easily covered in whatever toppings we please.

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Take a look at some of these additional resources we compiled, showing just how easy it is to adapt Korean food to the vegan lifestyle!

As you can see, Korean food is one of the many cuisines that can easily be fit into a vegan or vegetarian diet! With a little creativity and a lot of stomach room, eating vegan is an enjoyable way to help out the planet or shed a few extra pounds. We hope this will inspire you to try out some new ways of eating and help you navigate eating in Korea! What are some ways you like to alter Korean food to fit your own lifestyle? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Abby Kotar

Powerful Voices on ‘Immortal Songs’

Ever heard of a wonderful music program called Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend? Presented by KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), this show offers entertainment suited for the whole family to enjoy. Many talented artists perform songs that are truly immortal, merging generations with the sound of music and showcasing the most beautiful, most powerful voices for the audience to admire. Curious to see what they are? Here’s a peek of what the show is about!

So Hyang

As every artist on the show brings their own interpretation of how to present the essence of the song, So Hyang’s skills always seem to impress anyone who is listening. Her ability to reach high notes almost effortlessly is impressive, but it is even more inspiring to know that not only her talent but also her motivation to practice hard has brought her to where she is now. So Hyang has covered songs such as “You Raise Me Up,” “Lean On Me,” and a beautiful rendition of “Arirang Alone.”

Ailee 

From soft, sweet like honey melodies to powerful, breathtaking performances—Ailee does them all. Known and adored by many, a very talented woman in the industry makes a strong contestant in the battle between other well established Korean singers. Songs like “That Woman,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Everyone,” and others have blessed the ears of the audience.

Son Seungyeon

Son Seungyeon is a young singer, the winner of the first season of The Voice of Korea and a frequent guest of Immortal Songs. The way she can capture your heart and have your full attention with her emotionally-stunning performances is fascinating. She has covered songs like I Miss You,” “When Our Lives Are Almost Over,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “I Can’t Find You Nightingale,” and many others.

Lee Sejun

His mellow voice is perfect for ballads, and the skillful way he conveys the emotion of the songs shows this delightful charm. Lee Sejun is not afraid to experiment and add various instruments like oboe, accordion or harp to the live performance. Here are some songs he performed on the show: “Sad Sea,” “A Cup of Tea,” “Goodbye, Seoul.”

MAMAMOO

It is impossible to not mention these four amazing performers—Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein and Hwasa—a power group blessed with an alluring aura, receiving many compliments from artists in the industry as well as, of course, their loving fans. As a group of three vocalists and one rapper (Moonbyul), the girls include all their skills, not only singing the song, but sometimes adding choreography to the performance, showing the steadiness of their unique voices and charming charisma at the same time. Songs covered by MAMAMOO: “Passion Flower,” “Love,” “The Dance In Rhythm,” “Love Story Of A Girl,” “You, In My Fading Memory.”

Did you know all of the artists that were mentioned? Maybe you remember some more wonderful vocalists from Immortal Songs? If so, don’t hesitate to comment down below and share with us!

Cover Image: MAMAMOO (RBW) on Immortal Songs
Written by Ruta Balzekaite

Food Tour With BLACKPINK 💕

Ever wonder what your favorite K-celebs are eating lately? Look no further than their social media! The familiar faces we know and love from Korean entertainment occasionally turn to SNS to share photo-worthy foods, delivering a double helping of aesthetics and taste, and giving fans a closer look into what they’d most likely be found eating for lunch. Let’s take a trip through treats from Korea and beyond, and who knows? Maybe we’ll find our next spark of snackspiration!


BLACKPINK have made some historical achievements this year, from performing at Coachella to embarking on a full North American tour. We sometimes wonder how they do it all, but look no further! Jisoo, Rosé, Lisa, and Jennie have made it known that they keep themselves going with sometimes nutritious but always delicious snacks, drinks, and meals. The girls are obviously big foodies, so we have compiled some of their most mouth-watering posts sharing their favorite foods!

We can imagine life as an idol can be draining at times, and that a caffeine fix is definitely a necessity. Rosé gets hers from a food truck in New York City, Wafels and Dinges. This Belgian stand has been specializing in traditional waffles since they got their start in 2007, and they also offer specialty coffee and espresso. As if that was not enough to have us hopping on the first train to Manhattan, they also make their own lemonade daily and serve locally made ice cream!

  • Rosé: French Fries

The girls of BLACKPINK are well known for their incredible figures, but that doesn’t mean they don’t indulge every once in a while! Rosé is an avid carb connoisseur just like the rest of us. These french fries are served with what looks to be house-made ketchup and look to be quite a few steps above your typical fast food fry.

  • Jennie: Latte

Just like her fellow BLACKPINK members, Jennie is not one to shy away from a good coffee. Here, she enjoys a latte with her bandmates on a bright and sunny morning. Frothy milk and a quality espresso mix to create a harmonious experience, one that Jennie can appreciate as much as us fans!

  • Jennie: Korean BBQ

Korean barbecue has made headlines recently for its unique culture and flavor, combining grilled meat with the sharp crunch of kimchi and other delicious banchan (반찬: side dishes). BLACKPINK definitely need the protein to keep up with their strenuous schedules, so we’re glad to see Jennie enjoying some mouth-watering bbq!

  • Jisoo: Dippin’ Dots

Are you a fan of ice cream? Who are we kidding, of course you are! Dippin’ dots are a unique ice cream treat comprised of little frozen balls of goodness. On their trip to Universal Studios, Jisoo picked up a cup of cotton candy Dippin’ Dots to tide her over in the spring heat of Florida.

  • Jisoo: Candy

Jisoo is well-known for her energetic and youthful attitude, and now we know where she gets it! Posing in front of a wall of everything from Hi-Chew to Rice Krispie Treats, Jisoo balances a box of Hershey’s chocolates on her head. We hope she didn’t go too crazy after snapping this pic!

  • Lisa: Butterbeer

While Jisoo was off enjoying her Dippin’ Dots at Universal Studios, Lisa opted for a more sophisticated drink, known as Butterbeer. Butterbeer originates from the Harry Potter universe and is made up of cream soda, caramel, butter, whipped cream, and powdered sugar. It’s described as tasting “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” Although it does contain a bit of alcohol in the original stories, rest assured that the replica available at the theme park is safe for all ages.

  • Lisa: Kettle Corn

We know the girls of BLACKPINK to be big snackers, and Lisa is no exception. Here, she indulges in a bag of Popcorn Indiana Kettle Corn. Kettle corn is a sweet and salty variety of popcorn enjoyed by many at street fairs, carnivals, and parties. We love seeing Lisa enjoy herself with this delicious and addicting snack!

We are so jealous of the variety of foods the girls get to try during their global travels. What are some of your go-to snacks when travelling and relaxing? Don’t forget to follow the girls of BLACKPINK on Instagram to keep up with their foodie adventures!

Cover Image: Lisa of BLACKPINK (YG Entertainment)
Written by Abby Kotar

Surp-rice-ing Dishes!

Rice is one of the key elements of South Korean cuisine and can be found in a multitude of dishes. Korea’s love for the crop can be found in dishes like gimbap and bibimbap, of course, but are you aware that South Korea is home to some of the most unique forms of rice consumption? Here are just a couple of the most surprising ways rice is enjoyed on the peninsula.

Makgeolli

In South Korean cuisine, rice is commonly enjoyed in a bowl served alongside various side dishes. However, in makgeolli, rice is actually turned into an alcoholic beverage! Made by mixing rice with yeast, water, and nuruk (a starter culture used to turn the combination into alcohol), makgeolli is a traditional Korean beverage commonly enjoyed with fried foods like pajeon and bindae-tteok. Makgeolli is reported to have a slightly sweet, bitter, and tangy taste and bears a low alcohol proof rate as well, but be sure to enjoy makgeolli both legally and responsibly!

Yubuchobap

Rice can be used in a large variety of ways, but have you ever imagined rice as a filling? Well in yubuchobap, rice is mixed with various ingredients and stuffed into fried tofu to make delicious, savory bites! The shape created can be seen as reminiscent of a dumpling’s shape, and, just like dumplings, yubuchobap make a perfect addition to any picnic or lunchbox!

Sungnyung

Like makgeolli, sungnyung is a drink made from rice, albeit non-alcoholic. Instead, sungnyung is actually a tea made from scorched rice that sticks to the bottom of the rice pot. However, the popularity of rice cookers has lead to a decrease of scorched rice, but this hasn’t stopped people from making this delicious tea using other methods! Oven broilers and additional rice cooker settings are both used to make sungnyung, accomplished by adding the water to the bits of scorched rice and steeping it accordingly to make the tea.

Yaksik

Contrary to other rice dishes, yaksik is actually a sweet dish that’s meant to be enjoyed as a dessert treat! Composed of glutinous rice, honey, nuts, and dried fruits, yaksik is not only appetizing, but it’s made of healthy ingredients as well! With glutinous rice holding this treat together, yaksik has both a great taste and texture!

South Korea’s love for rice extends passed savory dishes and is shown to extend into other types of food. Through these dishes, rice is shown to not only be useful as a savory ingredient but also as a sweet ingredient and even an ingredient for drinks as well! So next time you’re out, keep an eye out for these interesting dishes!

Written by Kyle Voong

Korea-Based YouTubers 🎥

You’re looking to kill time and cure boredom by mindlessly scrolling through your YouTube subscriptions, but you’ve already watched everything you could possibly watch… If you have interest in anything from living in Korea, makeup, skincare, Korean cafes, K-pop to simple vlogs, this small list of English-speaking YouTubers based in Korea should keep you occupied for at least a little while!

Joan Kim

Joan is perhaps one of the more popular Korean YouTubers and is known mostly for her beauty and lifestyle videos on her main channel, and vlogs on her second channel, joanday. She is a Korean-American, based in Seoul, and her vlogs often showcase Korean cafe culture, shopping, travelling and hole-in-the-wall locations around Korea. Her main channel consists of extensive skin-care routines, makeup reviews with an aesthetically pleasing, minimalistic editing style. If you’re an avid watcher of her vlogs, you might even find a cameo of your favourite K-pop idol. So if you’re looking for a feel-good, relaxing YouTuber to watch, both of Joan’s channels should keep you occupied.

Edward Avila

Edward is a close friend of Joan’s and makes similar beauty and lifestyle videos, but with a comedic twist and fast-paced editing style. He makes videos mainly focusing on makeup, such as makeup reviews, idol-inspired makeup looks, and makeovers, while also doing videos such as skincare, vlogs, and Monsta X reaction videos. His videos are perfect if you’re in the mood for a laugh and lighthearted content.

Dearnessie

Nessie is a university student from Australia who is on exchange in Korea, studying at Seoul University. If the thought of going to Korea for exchange has ever crossed your mind, Nessie makes exchange seem like everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Her videos focus predominantly on her exchange experience including her study vlogs, friend hang outs, and general Seoul University campus life videos. She is also a blogger, which means her videos are always pleasing to the eye, with pretty food shots and scenery of Seoul landscapes. She also travels beyond Seoul to smaller cities within Korea in case exchange doesn’t particularly interest you, and some of her vlogs feature the occasional K-pop concert or festival!

Marie’s Kawaii World

This channel is slightly different than the others, in that it is more catered towards a family audience with a focus on food and travel. Marie is a mother of two young girls, and together with her husband, their family travel vlogs are simple and informative—best for when you are planning a holiday and looking for activities that the whole family can enjoy. Their family is currently based in Seoul, South Korea but if you scroll far enough down you will find videos from when they were based in Japan. Besides vlogs, she also posts videos such as travel guides, toy unboxings, and skincare routines.

cari cakes

Cari’s channel is heavily focused on her life in Korea and enjoying the simpler things in life. Her videos often consist of adorable little Korean cafes, thrift shopping, corgi-sightings and travel vlogs in Korean cities beyond Seoul accompanied by mellow jingles for background music. She has a unique, vintage aesthetic and this can be seen through everything from her video thumbnails to her apartment layout. Cari’s videos are great for when you’re in need of a relaxing video with leafy green aesthetics to remind you to appreciate the small things in life.

Soobeanie

Christine’s channel is relatively new compared to the others in this list, she is also a lifestyle vlogger and her videos often have a heavy focus on her experiences as a K-pop idol. Her series Idol Insider is perhaps made up of the most popular videos on her channel, in which she discusses the good, the bad and the ugly side of being a K-pop idol in reference to topics such as contracts, dieting, and dating. Amongst this, she also makes general lifestyle videos including travel vlogs and favorites videos.

With this list of YouTubers based in Korea, you should have enough binging content to last you for a while. Who are your favorite Korea-based YouTubers? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Stephanie Leung

I Love You, Stew

Doesn’t it feel good to slurp down some hot goodness when you feel like you have been starving for years? Maybe you need a good remedy to save you from a tough hangover or just feel like filling your stomach with some warmth on one of those unexpected rainy days.

What is this wonderful dish, you ask? Well, it’s stew, of course! Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from, as stews and soups are quite popular and are almost always included in a Korean meal.

  • Kimchi Jjigae

Probably the most popular is kimchi stew, and no wonder, it does turn your frown upside down! Stews cooked with kimchi require older, more fermented batch to make the stew more rich in taste. Then, accordingly, you can choose additional ingredients like tofu, beef or pork, spring onions, etc.

  • Budae Jjigae

“Army base stew,” or simply sausage stew, is a filling dish and very satisfying, especially if you like sausages. Ham, spam, sausages, ramen, beans, cheese, and more if you wish; add them all! It’s a mix of everything and if you know what you like, you will surely love it.

  • Maeuntang

Beware, the spicy fish soup is not for those who can’t handle spicy foods… However, if you wish to test your tastebuds, a boiling pot full of seafood treats, swimming in the red ocean of mind-numbing spice is perfect for you! Crack an egg in and enjoy this delicious dish with some rice and other side dishes.  

  • Haejang-guk

Finally, the holy grail, the answer to a painful morning after a fun night of partying—it is literally called the hangover soup, how can you doubt it’s magic? The ingredients are quite ordinary, though. Beef broth, some dried Napa cabbage, vegetables, meat, eaten with rice and some ripe kimchi—the best combination to cure your misery in no time!

  • Galbitang

If you are feeling a little bit luxurious and want to treat yourself with some good quality meat, try galbitang, or beef short rib soup. The meat is quite expensive, but it is definitely worth it. The clear, nourishing, healthy soup is cooked together with Korean radish, garlic, onion and ginger, some starch noodles and chopped green onion to garnish added at the end. Enjoy!

Did you find a dish you would like to try sometime? Some of these stews are quite easy to make at home, so you don’t have to worry about rushing to find a Korean restaurant close by. Maybe you have already tried some of this hearty goodness?

Comment below to share your love for the Korean stew!

Written by Ruta Balzekaite