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

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

Hansik (Korean Food) Series -Chimaek (Fried Chicken and Beer)

Korean Fried Chicken
Korean Fried Chicken

In the hit Korean drama, “My Love from the Star” (별에서 온 그대), the main female character, Cheon Song-yi, likes chimaek (치맥) very much.  Chimaek is the short form for fried chicken (치킨 – pronounced as “chikin”) and beer (맥주 – pronounced as “maekju”) generally used among the younger generations. Due to the popularity of that Korean drama in China, chimaek has also become a popular Korean food there. It was said that customers needed to wait in line for 3 hours to order fried chicken at some Korean fried chicken restaurants in Shanghai and Beijing. Continue reading

Hansik (Korean Food) Series -Kimchi

If you ask, “What is the Korean food that Koreans can’t live without?”  I am sure a lot of people (both Koreans and foreigners) will say “Kimchi”.  Kimchi (김치 – fermented vegetables) is one of the staple food of Koreans – you can always find kimchi as one of the side dishes on the tables in most Korean families and restaurants in South Korea.  Kimchi can indeed be considered as one of the national symbols of South Korea.  Moreover, in South Korea, when taking photos, Koreans say “Kimchi” to make people smile (the equivalence of saying “Cheese” in English).  In this blog post, let’s talk about some interesting things about kimchi, including kimchi being used as a theme in Korean pop culture like TV drama and pop song. Continue reading

Hansik (Korean Food) Series -Korean Table Manners

Every culture has its own rules relating to table manners and the Korean culture is no exception.  In order not to upset the Koreans who dine with you, you should familiarize yourself with the Korean table manners.  In this blog post, I will talk about some interesting Korean table manners which may be quite different from the other cultures to help you avoid culture shock when dining with your Korean friends. Continue reading

Hansik (Korean Food) Series -Samgyetang

What do you eat or drink when the weather is very hot?  Ice cream, fresh cool vegetable and/or fruit salad, iced cold drinks…you will definitely want something cool or even cold.  However, for the Koreans, on the hottest days of the year, they eat something served in sizzling hot pot  – it’s samgyetang (삼계탕 – ginseng chicken soup), one of the must-eat Korean cuisine not only for Koreans but also for foreigners.  Let’s talk about samgyetang in this blog post. Continue reading