Friday, March 29, 2013

Street food in Seoul

If you ever go to Seoul, you must try some of their amazing street food. In Seoul, it's popular to buy street foods from Pojangmacha (포장마차), which is street cars by day that becomes little tents at night. At daytime, people are busy, and will only stop by to buy something quickly, and then they will get going. But at night, they put out chairs and tables and it becomes a tent that sells foods and drinks. Korea has lots of interesting street foods, simply something for every taste.


Popular street food

Hotteok (호떡)

Korean pancake with syrup filling. It's a lot easier to keep the syrup in the middle instead of on top of it - then it would be all over, right? Also, the pancakes are only hand-sized, so their super easy to pick up on the way. This is popular street food in Seoul at winter time, when it's all chilly it must be nice with a stack of delicious mini-pancakes.


Bungeoppang (붕어빵)

Waffle-ish cake-bread baked fish-shaped. 
It's made in a special iron, and waffle batter is poured in. 
Then, it's filled with sweet bean paste, 
covered in a little more batter, and then pressed.
These are really popular.
Usually enjoyed in autumn or winter time, 

also great with a... hot... fish cake... at cold times..?


Tteokbokki (떡볶이)

Tteokbokki, ddeokbokki or topokki is a really famous Korean dish. It's made from sliced rice cake,meat, eggs and seasoning (stir fried rish cake). Because it's so popular, a lot of different Tteokbokki's has been made. There's chicken Ttokbokki, curry Tteokbokki, Pasta tteokbokki, cheese Ttokbokki and much more.The most famous one among Korean must be Rabokki ( 라볶이), which is a combination of Tteokbokki and Ramyeon (Korean version of ramen, instant noodles). Eaten during winter season.


Kkultarae (꿀타래)

First, it's starts of being a mound of hardened honey and kneaded malt. Then it gets streched into 16,284 strands. At this point it looks like a white, fine, soft white skein. Then it's filled with 10 ingredients such as almonds, walnuts, peanuts, black beans and black sesame seeds, and then rolled. Imagine eating this: Does it taste as hairy as it looks? Must be so fun to eat.


Kimbap (김밥)

Probably the most popular Korean street food. It's made from white steames rice and various other ingredients inside, rolled in seaweed and served in bite-sized slices. I know what you're thinking: sushi. Aaand it's not. Well.. It sure looks like it.. And sure reminds a lot of it. But the Korean version of sushi right here is different in the ingredients. Sushi usually only have some rice and then a slice of fish, or maybe some other stuff in the middle (if it's in rolls.) But Korea's version here has lots of lots of things inside, and the slices are usually bigger. They like to use ingredients with different colors to make it look fancy or something. Also, the korean version doesn't have raw fish. Inside this roll could be cheese, kimchi, meat, spicy squid or spicy tuna. In most Korean convenience stores, you can buy triangle-shaped kimbap, Samsak Kimbap(삼각김밥).


Mandu (만두)

Mandu is a type of Korean dumplings filled with mixed meat, garlic, ginger, tofu, or green onions and mostly served with a sauce made from vinegar and soy sauce. When they're fried they're called gunmandu (군만두), when they're steamed they're jjinmandu (찐만두), and when their boiled they're called mulmandu (물만두).


Monday, March 18, 2013

Lotte World

Lotte World (롯데월드) is a huge theme park in Seoul, South Korea. Lotte World opened in 1989 ,and receives over 8 million visitors each year.  It has the world's largest indoor theme park, which actually a Guinness World Record. A lot of the scenes in the drama Stairway to Heaven took place here, namely the carousel and the ice rink.

Lotte World's Adventures

~ Bowling alley
~ Ice-skating rink
~ Outdoor area Magic Land
~ Camelot Carrousel: Merry-go round with 64 white horses
~ The Conquistador: Viking ride that almost reaches the ceiling of Lotte World
~ Fantastic Odyssey: Giant indoor theater with 292 seats.
~ French Revolution: Roller coaster that rotates 360 degrees ,and even reached 540 degrees at some parts. It goes through buildings and is indoors.
~ Lotty's Kidstoria: A big fairytale-themed play area for kids to explore various fairytale stories

Friday, March 1, 2013

Seoul Lantern Festival

Since 2009, Seoul Lantern Festival has been a heck of a party. 

On the famous Cheonggyecheon Stream in downtown Seoul, hundreds of lanterns, each with a really unique design and stroy, will be lit here. The lanterns are handmade, and are made by local citizens or international artists.

People can paticipate in the making of the lanterns, as well as floating them into the water for good luck. They can also participate in wish hanji hanging, which is traditional paper.