Spicy Yaki Udon in Daegu: A Korean Version of Japanese Stir-Fried Noodles

Daegu is a city that I try to stop by whenever I travel to Busan or anywhere in Gyeongsang-do. The metropolitan city has rich history of culinary fare and it is not too difficult to spot a restaurant that has been operating for decades. Apparently, the city of Daegu has selected 10 dishes and named them “Taste of Daegu” to promote their city’s own culinary creations. And this day we were about to get a taste of one of those ten – and ironically, it’s a Daegu creation that is called “yaki udon”.

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Meet spicy, red, Korean yaki udon!

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Chicken Soup at a North Korean Restaurant in Daegu

Being a Korean-Canadian, I was always fascinated by the topic of North Korea. Everyone has their own opinion and stereotype about the world’s most repressed county but the most interesting insights come from none other than South Koreans. Now that I live in South Korea, I am exposed to more news and stories about North Korea through South Korean media.  After more than 70 years of separation, it seems that down here in south the neighbour up north is no more than a political tool during election season. Some younger generation feel indifferent towards issues in the north and some oppose unification while others have strong opinions toward policies against North Korea.

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A bowl of North Korean chicken soup to relieve all the political tension?

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