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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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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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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,
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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. As a way to celebrate our achievement, we decided to go for
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Mudfish Noodles Soup in Icheon

Located at southeast of Seoul, Icheon, Gyeonggi-do is famous for their rice cultivation. When we drove up to visit a friend I thought it’d be a good opportunity to try one of the restaurants serving rice and side dishes. But instead, we ended up on a narrow country road in which our
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Spicy Steamed Monkfish in Masan

The city of Masan is located in southern coast of Gyeongsang province. It is about one-hour drive away from Busan. The former provincial capital is more famous for birthplace of steamed monkfish or agu-jjim(아구찜), a regional comfort food that became national favourite. Agu, or monkfish, had originally been treated as scrap fish
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Steamed Snow Crabs in Yeongdeok – Day 6 of East Coast Bike Trip

The seven-day bike trip along the east coast of South Korea was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had. During the Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holiday in 2016, a friend and I decided to go on a 280km ride going southbound from Gangneung to Pohang. We planned seven days because
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Winter Delicacy: Grilled Oysters at Cheonbuk Oyster Village

The vast tideland of South Korea’s west coast offers so much life. From both the land and the sea. The west coast of Korean peninsula is known for its high tides. The tidal range defers on season and places but in general the west coast ranges from 3~8m. Compare to 1~3m on
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A Trip to Gangneung and One-and-Only Samsugi Soup

Everytime I travel around Korea, I am blown away by how much I do not know about the cuisine of my own country. Samsugi-tang (삼숙이탕) was also something I’ve never heard of before. A local dish of Gangneung area, Samsugi-tang is a soup made with a fish called samsegi(삼세기), or samsugi in
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