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Worst Smelling Korean Food: Cheonggukjang

Love it or hate it. The fast-fermented soybean paste is notorious for its stink but also a widely-known health food. The strong, pungent odour is the result of simple, brief fermentation process. The more popular dwenjang, fermented soybean paste, usually takes a lot longer to produce and can be preserved for longer
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Film Talk: Fun Facts about Okja the Movie

On July 11th, I went to watch Seoul Cinema’s screening of Okja. Director Bong Joon-ho’s latest film is about a little girl’s attempt to rescue her pet, Okja, the super pig bred by a mega-corporation as a source of future food product. This was a special screening because the movie was followed
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Local Cuisine in Jeju: Largehead Hairtail Soup

Jeju is an island–the biggest island in South Korea. Largehead hairtail, or cutlass fish, is the one that comes to mind when Koreans are asked to name one seafood that represents the island. Jeju galchi is so famous that the name itself became a brand that usually followed by ridiculously high price.
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Jeju Local Food: Buckwheat Noodles in Pheasant Broth

The volcanic island of Jeju is full of life–around 1,800 species of plants and over 4,000 species of animals. As the winter rolls in and you feel the chill in the air, the small animals up on the Mount Halla descend to the foot of the mountain in search of food. For
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The Croaker Street in Mokpo, South Korea

Four hours of bus drive from Seoul left myself and my bicycle at a terminal in Mokpo, the biggest port city on southwest coast of Korean peninsula. My ferry ride to Jeju Island leaves after midnight and I got plenty of time to cruise around the city best known for its seafood
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Jeju Local Food: Congee with Conch Meat

You can taste conches nearly anywhere along the coast of South Korea. Interestingly, depends on where you are the species of conches that are commonly available in the area may slightly differ. On the island of Jeju, the conches size of an egg with bumpy shells are known as 뿔소라 (bbul-sora), with
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Noodles in Beef Broth: An Old Seoul Classic

Noodles in beef broth was one interesting variation of korean noodles dish that I came across in Seoul. In Daejeon, where the traditional kalguksu noodles is famous for, the broth is often seafood or vegetable-based. Dried anchovies or whole clams are boiled to release the savory flavour of the soup. However, in the
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Charcoal-Grilled Chicken & Beer at Daejeon Tongdak

This is one place that I miss in Daejeon already. Chicken and beer is everyone’s favourite in Korea but from so many different varieties that I’ve tasted this place in Daejeon was surely one of a kind. Daejeon Tongdak, literally meaning Daejeon chicken, operates in its own building in Yuseong district of
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North Korean Dumplings Soup at Libuk Sonmandu

Ever since moving to Seoul, I gained the joy of visiting old restaurants in my neighbourhood. To be more specific, old hanok restaurants. Jongno, the heart of Seoul, is a forest of modern skyscrapers but among those, in the back alleys, are the old hanok (traditional Korean architecture) structures waiting to be discovered. I
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The Old Noodles Restaurant That Became Historic Site

Cold buckwheat noodles is now a popular dish in South Korea but many are aware that naengmyun is regional food originated from Pyeongyang, the capital city of North Korea. ㅡMy local friend who is in love with Pyeongyang-style naengmyun told me that I must try Wooraeok, one of the oldest restaurants and
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