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.
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
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
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
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.
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.