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 “bbul” meaning “horns”. They are consumed raw or cooked in various ways to feed the natives who lacked protein from meat.

Congee with conch meat

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Cubed Snailfish Soup: Day 2 of East Coast Bike Trip

Last Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) was the one to remember. I got to ride my bike along the east coast of Korean peninsula for a whole week. From Gangneung to Pohang, I soaked myself in beautiful coastline and got to try delicious seafood fare for every single meal. A trip of a lifetime, I might say.

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Bike-only path along the Korean east coast. Highly recommended!

Of many strange things I had since I returned to Korea, the lunch on second day of our bike trip would definitely go on top of the list.  Ever heard of cubed snailfish or mulmegi (물메기)? In Korean, it literally means “water catfish”. Continue reading

Butterfish Sashimi in Mokpo: Last Day of Youngsan River Bike Trip

The last bike trip of 2016 was the one to remember: from Gwangju to westcoast city of Mokpo. The route that runs along Youngsan-gang (river) goes through the province of Jeolla-do, the part of Korea famous for their unique traditional fare.

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Finally arrived in Mokpo! After two days of riding

As a way to celebrate our achievement, we decided to go for something rare and out-of-ordinary. A quick search on smartphone led us to a sashimi place nearby that serves daily catch. Today’s special: A pomfret or so-called butterfish. Continue reading

Beef & Rice Soup in Naju: First Day of Youngsan River Bike Trip

Last November, a few friends and I decided to go on a spontaneous bike trip to Youngsan-gang, a river running through the province of Jeolla-do. I mentioned number of times on my blog that Jeolla-do is the mecca of traditional Korean cuisine. Nowadays, it is a popular tourist destination not only for foreigners but for Koreans from other provinces as well. Living in Daejeon, the center of South Korea, it is just an easy two-hour bus ride to Gwangju, the largest metropolitan city of gourmet province.

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Naju gomtang, beef broth with rice

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Fresh Squid Sashimi on East Coast Bike Trip

It has been two years since I returned to South Korea. Although I haven’t seen all the places yet, I tried to travel around the country as much as possible. So far, my favourite part of the peninsula is definitely the east coast. Last year, I have done two long-distance bike trips along the east coast and those were my favourite traveling memory in Korea. The newly constructed bike path along the coast is well maintained and easy to follow. Even a novice rider like myself could undoubtedly carry a cycle in the cargo of an intercity bus bound to sun-rising east sea.

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My sister riding along the beach

On our second day of riding from Sokcho to Gangneung, we stopped over at a small port village called Susan Port (수산항). Just like most other port towns across Korea, the coast of Susan was also lined with restaurants with tanks of live sea creatures up front. After all the calories we burnt from riding, our engines were screaming for some protein and carbs. Continue reading

Must Eat in Mokpo, South Korea: Pork Bone Soup

Our weekend bike trip to Youngsan-gang (영산강) was a great way to end this season. I haven’t been riding much since the eastcoast ride I had done over last Thanksgiving week. My bike had been sitting in the corner of my yard and was literally being covered in spider web. So being able to take her out again and into the nature was amazing despite the damp weather on Saturday.

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[Riding in Korea] Bike Trip from Sokcho, Gangwondo – Part 1

Duration: July 1~3, 2016
Distance: About 80km
Sokcho Bus Terminal ->  Gangreung Express Bus Terminal
Bike Path: Donghaean bike path (동해안 자전거길)

On the first day of July my sister and I took our bikes to Sokcho, a small city on northeastern coast of South Korea. It is now famous for being one of the only few places in the country where you can catch a Pokemon. Thankfully, we got to enjoy the coastal city as it is before all the digital hype took over the place. Our trip began on a Friday morning of Canada day. The intercity bus bound to Sokcho leaves from Yuseong Intercity Bus Terminal at 10:30am.

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