Dolsot bibimbap, Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan, Seoul

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bibimbap, literally mixed rice, is an iconic Korean dish with white rice topped with various ingredients (vege, egg, meat etc.) and chili paste. Dolsot bibimbap is the version where the bibimbap is served in a hot stone bowl.
Had this last week at a famous restaurant in Myeong-dong, the Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan (전주 중앙 회관, lit. Jeonju Central Clan House) which specialised in this dish. The meal cost 9000 won (~US$8), great stuff…
Dolsot bibimbap at Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan, Seoul
As usual we’ll have to mix all the toppings with the rice, thoroughly, so that we can taste all ingredients in every single bite. And the advantage of dolsot bibimbap is that the dish would still be warm till the end, perfect for winter…
Dolsot bibimbap in Seoul

Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan restaurant in Myeong-dong, Seoul

Myeong-dong, Seoul’s ladies shopping heaven

Myeong-dong, arguably Seoul’s trendiest shopping district, is the place to hunt for mid-level fashion and beauty items, especially for the ladies. Visited the area on Sunday (Jan 17), it’s so crowded that there’s barely any spaces to stroll on.
SPAO in Myeongdong, Seoul
Most of the branded stuff in Korea are endorsed by popular celebrities; and the star power is showcased heavily by the fashion-beauty outlets in Myeong-dong.
Top pic is SNSD’s Yoona for SPAO; in sequence below… Lee Byung-hun (Misha), Kwon Sang-woo (Tears), Rain (Nature Republic), and Song Hye-kyo (Laneige)…
Misha in Myeongdong, Seoul
Tears in Myeongdong, Seoul
Nature Republic in Myeongdong, Seoul
Laneige in Myeongdong, Seoul
Myeong-dong also houses some famous traditional restaurants as well as fast food franchises. There’s also some street food and fashion accessories stalls in the outer area; and plenty of happenings around during the weekend…
Street food in Myeongdong, Seoul
Cute hats in Myeongdong, Seoul
Stormtroopers in Myeongdong, Seoul

SNSD @ Daum Life on Awards

Korean girl group SNSD at Daum Life on Awards on January 13. Organised by web portal Daum, the event acknowledged people who have contributed to the online society with their entertainment and community works.
SNSD Taeyeon at Daum Life on Awards
The girls won the music of the year award with Oh!. Though they were probably performing Hoot! instead as Daum’s spokeswomen. Image by Spdstudio.
SNSD Yoona at Daum Life on Awards
SNSD Yuri at Daum Life on Awards
SNSD Seohyun at Daum Life on Awards
SNSD Tiffany at Daum Life on Awards
SNSD Hyoyeon at Daum Life on Awards
SNSD Sooyoung at Daum Life on Awards
SNSD Sunny at Daum Life on Awards
SNSD Jessica at Daum Life on Awards
SNSD Yoona at Daum Life on Awards
SNSD Taeyeon at Daum Life on Awards

Korean Folk Village, Yongin, South Korea

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Korean Folk Village in Yongin City is the largest of its kind in South Korea. It has reproduced over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Chosun Dynasty and has recreated the life of Korean people through the exhibition of various household goods and workshop items.
Korean Folk Village, Yongin, South Korea
There should be daily cultural performance in most of the months, except during winters. The exhibits were amusing enough though; and the place was pretty scenic itself.
Korean Folk Village, Yongin, South Korea
Carpenter house at Korean Folk Village in Yongin
Torture tools at Korean Folk Village in Yongin
Torture-tools which are often seen in Korean historical dramas
Frozen water wheel at Korean Folk Village in Yongin
The village is also a popular place for shooting historical dramas/movies. Previously filmed here include popular dramas Iljimae, Painter of The Wind, and movie Hwang Jini etc.
Magistrate office at Korean Folk Village in Yongin
Korean Folk Village, Yongin, South Korea
Korean Folk Village, Yongin, South Korea

Namsan locks of love, Seoul, South Korea

At Seoul’s Mt Namsan, thousands of love padlocks can be seen hanging on the fences around the base level of N Seoul Tower. Locks of love is a custom in some cultures where love birds would lock their padlocks at public areas and throw away the key to symbolise that their love will be locked forever.
Namsan locks of love, Seoul, South Korea
The practise – suggested to be originated from China – is pretty popular in East Asia and some European countries. Technically the lovers can leave their locks wherever they want, but normally there’s one or two hotspots in each of the cities where local authorities would approved the custom.
Namsan is the one for Seoul.
Namsan locks of love, Seoul, South Korea
N Seoul Tower locks, South Korea
Locks of love in Namsan, Seoul
Namsan love padlocks, Seoul, South Korea
Smile friend lock at Namsan Seoul

More Food xDD~

Sindang-dong, Seoul’s famous place to have Korean tteokbokki (rice-cakes in red-pepper sauce). There’s dozen of restaurants selling the Korean dish at one particular street; we dined at the Mabongnim Halmeoni Tteokbokki restaurant (in February) which is one of the earliest to open its biz in the area in 1953.
Mabongnim Halmeoni Tteokbokki, Sindang-dong, Seoul
Seoul story from Feb 2010. Lunch at Myeongdong Gyoja restaurant, famous for its kalguksu (knife cut noodles) and gyoja (dumplings).
Kalguksu noodle at Myeongdong Gyoja restaurant, Seoul
Samgyetang – literally ginseng chicken soup – is an iconic Korean dish which consists of a whole young chicken stuffed with glutinous rice plus Korean ginseng and boiled with some other oriental herbs.
One of the most famous restaurants to have this is Tosokchon (토속촌) which is located nearby the Gyeongbukgung Palace in Seoul…
Samgyetang, Korean ginseng chicken soup at Tosokchon
Jokbal – Korean pig’s trotter or pork knuckle, another popular food here. Dined at the Original Jangchungdong Grandmother’s Place a couple of weeks ago – finally a restaurant that I can name in English lol. It’s one of the first jokbal restaurants at the famous Jangchungdong jokbal street in Seoul…

Pardon me if it’s common elsewhere, but I’ve never seen cotton candy sold in a cup prior to this Korean trip; and you’re supposed to eat this with a fork? Hmmm…
Cotton candy in a cup, South Korea

Snack's and Food xDD Yummy~

Bulgogi (lit. meat fire) stew is one of the common dishes in Korean restaurants around the world, with marinated meat slices (most often beef) cooked on a hot pan with other ingredients like veges, mushrooms and glass noodles etc.
Bulgogi beef stew in Seoul, South Korea
Had this a few times in various spots in Seoul; the photo above was taken while dining out with some hostel friends near Sinseol-dong Station. Actually you can hardly find any place which cook this badly… the marination might be a bit time consuming but it’s basically a simple dish. Goes well with rice wine too lol.