Celebrating Blog Second Anniversary at School Food

Jokbal (pig trotters) eaten at School Food in HK
Jokbal (pig’s trotters) served at School Food in HK

Time flies –  today is the second anniversary of this Korean Culture Blog!  I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the readers of my blog, in particular, my blog followers, for the support.  Like what I did on the first anniversary (as mentioned in my post on this blog’s first anniversary), I went to the Korean restaurant, School Food (스쿨푸드), at Taikooshing in Hong Kong to celebrate this second anniversary, but this time I tried different food – a modified version of jokbal (족발), the Korean-style pig’s trotters (as shown in the photo above). Continue reading

My favourite Korean street food

One good thing about travelling in Seoul is that even if you do not go into any restaurants, you can still eat delicious food and at a cheap price, too.  I am talking about the street food which are sold in mobile food carts on the street. There are a wide variety of street food you can choose from and the prices range from 500 won to 3,000 won which are good value for money.  While I was studying in Seoul, sometimes I was so full after eating street food that I just skipped my lunch or dinner.  In this post, I will talk about some of my favourite Korean street food – I can’t take spicy food so you may note that the Korean street food introduced in this post are non-spicy. Continue reading

Here comes Dongji (Winter Solstice) in South Korea…

Meaning of Dongji to Koreans

Today (22 December 2015) is Dongji (동지 – Winter Solstice) – this is the day with the longest night-time (or the shortest day-time) within the year.  It usually falls on 22 or 23 December of the Gregorian (or the Western) calendar.  After Dongji, the day-time gradually becomes longer signalling the coming of the spring.  So, in the past, people considered Dongji as the “little lunar new year”, and considered themselves one year older after Dongji (vs. nowadays people consider themselves one year older on New Year’s day). Continue reading

Celebrating Blog Anniversary at School Food

Time flies!  Today is the first anniversary of this Korean Culture Blog.  On this first anniversary day, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the readers of my blog, in particular, my blog followers.  Your support is a powerful motivation for my writing.

To celebrate my blog anniversary, I went to the Korean restaurant, School Food (스쿨푸드), at Taikooshing in Hong Kong for lunch. Continue reading

Let’s have a drink! – A look at the Korean drinking culture

A scene often appearing in the Korean TV dramas is people drinking alcoholic beverages and getting drunk. When you travel to South Korea, you can often see people drinking alcoholic beverages in green bottles called soju. According to a survey by the Korea Alcohol and Liquor Industry Association, in 2010, 93.8% of men and 83.8% of women said they regularly consumed alcohol. Alcohol is indeed an integral part of the Korean life.  Let’s talk about the Korean drinking culture in this blog post. Continue reading

Koreanized Chinese Cuisine – Jajangmyeon (Black Bean Sauce Noodles)

Jajangmyeon (자장면) (Black Bean Sauce Noodles) is a Chinese cuisine adapted to the Korean style served in most of the Chinese restaurants in South Korea and has now become a favourite food among the Koreans.  You can often see people eating jajangmyeon in Korean TV dramas and variety shows. It is said that every day over 7 million bowls of jajangmyeon are sold in South Korea. This is also one of the foods I often ate when I studied Korean in Seoul.   Let’s talk about jajangmyeon in this blog post. Continue reading