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Korea’s Green Bottled Heart: Soju

If you haven’t tried this green bottled Korean national drink, you have to! Soju (소주) is a kind of Korean vodka or brandy, clear and colorless and made of sweet potato (traditionally of rice and wheat). Its alcohol content varies from about 16% to 45% alcohol by volume and you can find different flavors such as classic, fresh, blueberry, lemon, grapefruit or pomegranate.

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Alohomora – New Harry Potter Themed Café in Korea

About 10 years ago you could hardly find a cup of coffee in Korea, yet a coffee shop. A weird picture if you look at Korea nowadays as every major city owns tons of coffee shops. About every 10th building in Seoul is a café and they are a crucial part of the student and dating culture. You can just hang out in a regular café drinking green tea chai latte or enjoying honeybread, but there are also some unique themed cafés, such as Continue reading

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If Your Food Makes Faces

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Although I myself am not a passionate cook, I like to watch others make food and enjoy seeing their creativity. So I came over this food trend from East Asia which is called character bento or kawaii bento. It’s about adding cute little faces on your food – especially in your lunch box. And it doesn’t really surprise me that this trend supposedly originated in the country of cuteness: Japan! Continue reading

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Restaurant for Singles

This video is up and down on video sites these days and quite a laugh. The principle of this restaurant is simple: be single and get a meal for free. While eating you get the chance to have someone accompanying you – having a meal is seen as a social activity in Korea – however, surprise, the person joining in is actually a total stranger sitting right behind the blend in front of you. Continue reading

Welcome to Tteokbokki Town

 
It’s time to take a closer look at my favorite Korean dish: tteokbokki (떡볶이). Tteok are little stir-fried rice cake rolls which can be served sweet or spicy. Strolling around Korea you can buy the red-orange tteokbokki as part of the famous Korean street food everywhere. Usually they offer you the simple version of tteokbokki with red chili paste (고추장 – gochujang) and fish cake (오뎅 – odeng). It’s a pretty delicious snack on the go.

However, I want to introduce you to the best way of serving tteokbokki, in my opinion, at the best place one can eat tteokbokki in Seoul: in Tteokbokki Town. Yes, there is actually a place called Tteokbokki Town. The area is famous for its tteokbokki restaurants since the 80s and they serve stomach filling tteokbokki dishes there.

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The Ice Cream Bouquet

It is getting warm in Seoul and during the day it constantly has 30-33°C and about 25°C at night. This wouldn’t be that bad if the humidity wasn’t that high, too. Still, it is not as worse as it can be for example in Thailand or Singapore. Yet, I am always happy for getting a possibility to cool down a little and still be out and about exploring.

So my friend decided to go to a special ice cream shop called Gemello near 정자역 (Jeong-Ja-Station). Now, ice cream parlors are not that unusual to Germans as we have them everywhere and it is unimaginable to spend a summer whithout sitting in one and enjoying ice cream. However, in big meteroplitan (Asian?) cities like Seoul, Bangkok, Hong-Kong or Tokyo it is more difficult to find these kind of shops.

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