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by Cory
Canada Ball Hockey Korea (CBHK) - 2019 Fall Season

BALL HOCKEY MANIACS, LEND ME YOUR EARS...  Canada Ball Hockey Korea (CBHK) is once again recruiting a few good men and women for our 23rd season of play, which will begin this September. Old and new players alike are welcome to start registering at www.cbhk.co now.  Every season we hope to have 10 teams and 120 players registered. However, this doesn’t always happen, so in order to make it fair for everyone we will be using the following cut off numbers (72, 77, 84, 88, 96, 99 and 108) from the start of registration.  If, after you register and make your payment, you fall between these numbers you will be placed on to the waiting list until the next cut off number is reached. If you really want to play this season please register immediately to guarantee your spot so this doesn’t happen to you!!  WHEN:  All games are to be played on Sundays from 10:00AM to 8:00PM (10 teams), 11:00AM to 7:00PM (8 teams), 11:00AM to 5:00PM (6 teams) with two teams scheduled into one of the two hour blocks except for those with an * next to the date.  Take note of the special changes this season.  A: Each team will have ONE regular season game on a Saturday this season either on October 5th or October 12th. Please read the details below.  B: There will not be any make-up weekends this season. If any games are cancelled in weeks 9 to 12 they will be removed from the schedule.  Pre-season  August 25th – 1st Rookie Day / Mini Tournament  *August 31st – 2nd Rookie Day (if necessary) / Draft  Regular Season  September 1st – Week 1  September 8th – Week 2  September 15th – No Games (Chuseok long weekend)  September 22nd – Week 3  September 29th - Week 4  *October 5th - Week 5: Games will either be from 3:00PM to 5:00PM or 5:00PM to 7:00PM (will be done randomly), followed by a team party at your sponsor’s bar, with Sunday October 6th being an off day for your teams.  October 6th – Week 5: Game times will be from 1:00PM to 3:00PM or 3:00PM to 5:00PM and be done randomly.  *October 12th – Week 6: Games will either be from 3:00PM to 5:00PM or 5:00PM to 7:00PM (will be done randomly), followed by a team party at your sponsor’s bar, with Sunday October 13th being an off day for your teams.  October 13th – Week 6: Game times will be from 1:00PM to 3:00PM or 3:00PM to 5:00PM and be done randomly.  October 20th – Week 7  October 27th – Week 8  November 3rd – Week 9  November 10th – Week 10  November 17th – Week 11  November 24th – Week 12  Playoffs  *November 30th - Playoff Preliminaries, only if there are 9 or 10 teams.  December 1st – Quarter-Finals  December 8th – Semi-Finals  *December 14th – Finals, followed by the league banquet and awards ceremony. END OF SEASON  LOCATION OF THE RINK: Sports Complex, Seoul. It is central and very convenient to get to.  DIRECTIONS TO THE RINK: A map with full directions to the rink is provided on the main page of our website.  LOCATION OF HOCKEY/OTHER SUPPLIES SHOPS: They can be found on our website under the Forum section.  CLOTHING NEEDED: Team Shirt (provided) and then whatever other exercise gear you feel comfortable in and running shoes (We highly recommend a good pair of tennis or basketball shoes). Nothing more. We RUN.  GEAR NEEDED: You will need at least a hockey stick. Other gear is up to you. We strongly recommend that you invest in hockey gloves (available cheaply from the league), shin guards and protective eyewear. There are league sticks that you can use, if you are coming out for the first time.  TEAMS, SPONSORS AND CAPTAINS: Names of teams, sponsors and captains vary from season to season. Please refer to our website.  REGISTRATION FACTS: (What You Get)  1. Eligibility for the Fall, 2019 Entry Draft which will take place on August 31st, 2019 at one of our sponsors bars. Each player will be drafted on to a team and be provided beer at the draft party.  2. Team Shirt and a Mouth Guard ( Ask us for one if you want it ).  3. Four months (up to 15 weeks) of ball hockey INSANITY from September to December.  4. Weekly stats of all players (Goals, Assists & Points) and goalies (GAA, Wins, SO etc.) displayed on our website.  5. Use of a communal stick when you first come out, full goalie equipment (if you are a goalie) and world class rink facilities (boards/ official size nets/faceoff circles located on the site of the 1988 Olympic Games).  6. Discounted prices and specials from our league sponsors. Please refer to the website for updates on this year's sponsors.  7. Bragging rights, if you outperform your mates.  8. A forum to build solid relationships, friendships and networking via league members and our website.  9. Being part of one of the largest expat groups in all of Korea.  10. Being part of the largest Ball Hockey Organization in all of Asia and a member of the International Street & Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF).  11. The chance to win the CBHK CUP!!!  12. A night out with your fellow rookies, a pub crawl, team events and other league outings will take place at various times throughout the season.  13. The League Banquet (Awards Ceremony, Buffet Dinner, Beer and Hard Liquor) will be held on Saturday, December 14th, following the Championship Games.  14. 150,000 won (160,000 won, if you are paying after 11:59PM on August 15th, 2019) worth of dead weight removed from your wallet and invested into something that will DRASTICALLY improve your quality of life in Korea, socially, emotionally and physically. All league payments must be received by 11:59PM on August 30th, 2019 (NO EXCEPTIONS).  Payments can be made to:  Name: Cory Robert Pettit  Shinhan Bank ( 신한은행) Account #: 110-361-331157  PETTIT CORY ROBERT  Once you have sent your fee please let him know so he can confirm receiving your payment. He can be reached at 010 6687 8144, via kakao: coryp or by email at crpcrp2@yahoo.com. Please provide your full name and payment details.  If you are new to the CBHK you MUST register on our website and attend a rookie day or pick up session prior to the draft or you will not be permitted to play this season.  For further information please refer to our website, facebook page or email us at cbhk.info@gmail.com. If you don’t find what you are looking for contact Cory directly at the number provided above.  Once that is done your world just got a whole lot better.  Don't miss out on this opportunity and be ready to play some ball hockey this fall. We guarantee that it will be one of the best things, if not the best thing, that you will ever do during your stay in Korea.  Check out the publicity we have received locally and internationally, which includes player testimonials regarding the league and what we are all about.  ARTICLES:  1. Hockey For Expats Goes Beyond The Ice  http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000078160&  2. Big Rock Teams  http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000078159&  3. Sticks Clash In Seoul Season Finale  http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000079202&  4. Hockey Holds Preseason Draft  http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000080436&  5. Ball Hockey Season Set to Commence  http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2010/05/177_50693.html  6. Hockey Season Starts Sunday  http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000084966  7. New Ball Hockey Season Starts  http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2010/02/177_39273.html  8. Hockey League Oasis in Korea Is Platform for All  http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2009/12/177_57307.html  9. Hockey League Hits Its Stride  http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100226000062  10. Where Canadians Go, So To Does Hockey  http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100607001779  11. Still Got Game - Age Doesn't Stop Player From Giving His All In Hockey (written by league member Jon Rabiroff)  http://www.stripes.com/lifestyle/still-got-game-1.102455  12. Canada Ball Hockey League Set To Start Fall Season  http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100817000568  13. Ball hockey Cup Brings Korean, Hong Kong Expatriates Together  http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20101012000602  14. Canada hockey league gets ball rolling for spring season  http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120207000795  15. Canadian Stories - Embassy of Canada Newsletter  http://www.myzenic.com/html/canada/201001/newsletter_eng.html  16. Hockey Community Grows in Seoul  http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130108000658  17. Ball Hockey In Korea Gears Up For Season 10  http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/01/177_128505.html  18. Hockey Day Spreads Love of Sport to Kids  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161110001032  19. Korean Team Wins Asia Ball Hockey Tourney  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161122000891  We have also been featured in the following printed and online publications:  1. Eloquence Magazine  2. Groove Magazine (in print and online)  https://issuu.com/groove_korea/docs/january_2014 (pages 88-89)  3. 10 Magazine: www.10mag.com  4. Seoulist: www. seoulistmag.com (http://seoulistmag.com/a_hockey_league_of_their_own/)  5. KBS Radio  6. TBS Radio  7. FM Radio  VIDEOS and PHOTOS: (Numerous clips/videos and photos of league members and league games can be found online)  1. www.youtube.com Type "CBHK " into the search box. You will find clips of league games, promotions and events by a number of current and past league members, as well as interviews by Rajnesh Sharma.  2. www.facebook.com – CBHK – Canada Ball Hockey Korea (photos and videos)  WEBSITE:  1.www.cbhk.co  AWESOME AWESOME POWER!!!!  GAME ON!!!!

Jul 22, 2019
by Korean Air Future Artist
Korean Air Future Artist Olympiad

This is the 11th 'Korean Air Future Artist Olympiad' management office. I'm happy to tell you that we are hosting this contest this year again. If you want to participate in this contest, please make sure to contact us through the email below to receive the participation application form and further details on this contest.   1. Title: The 11th Korean Air Future Artist Olympiad 2. Theme: <Let's play, friends beyond the mountains! One, two, three~ Here is the peace playground> 2-1. Theme description:   What if peace were to come to the Korean Peninsula? In the new peaceful world, you will meet friends everyday, who live in different places but speak the same language and friends who express different thoughts but own the same smile. We become friends from the moment we meet As we were one from the beginning How wonderful it would be to play with the new friends, Imagine the world as much as you want through 내.그.비!   3. Hosting: Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd. 4. Supported by: Ministry of culture, Sports and Tourism, BOEING, Korean Fine Arts Association 5. Applicant: Domestic and foreign elementary school student (Individual and a pair) 6. Application period: Mon, Jun 24 to Mon, Sep 16, 2019 (deadline: 6:00 pm) 7. Method of reception: postal service - Address : 서울시 강남구 도곡로 183 현진빌딩 6층 내가 그린 예쁜 비행기 운영사무국 앞 (Operation Office of Korean Air Future Artist Olympiad, 183, Dogok-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 06257, Rep. of KOREA) 8. Submittals: participation application, original of the artwork for the contest ※The participation application must be attached on the back of the work(drawing paper) 9. Method of selection: Dedicated examiners will quantify the works based on their creativity, originality, theme’s aesthetics, theme’s suitability, acceptability to wrapping,etc. 10. Announcement of winners: to be posted on the webpage and separately informed on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 (provisional) 11. Award ceremony : 2019 October 26th(Sat) (provisional) at a hangar in the Korean Air Head Office 12. Awards: Special Prize for Overseas Participation ① Prize certificate (Korean Air Prize) ② Model airplane (1:200 scale) ※ For students from international schools in Korea 13. Property Rights: - The copyright of all artworks submitted shall belong to their applicants. - Korean Air can use the prize-winners’ artworks without limit for its marketing, sales purposes, etc. with their permission of exclusive use (such as production, duplication, distribution, etc.). 14. Contacts: koreanairart@naver.com   Please visit: http://myplane.koreanair.com/index.asp?PID=21124345  

Jul 3, 2019
by Harry
Korean Food - Seafood (Menu, Locations, Types)

(All text is referenced from "Seafood" by Amos Farooqi)   Korean Food - Seafood       Seafood in Korea is very common, as the land is surrounded by sea. At Seoul, there is the famous Seafood Market at Noryangjin, but normally people will head to districts near the sea to try out the freshest seafood. Much like Japan, seafood is consumed either cooked or raw, but unlike Japan when eating raw, rather than eating seafood as a sushi, it is consumed more as a sashimi type.   --- 1. Saeong-seon Gui     Saengseon gui translates as grilled fish. It is a simple way of cooking fish by grilling it on a pan or grill, slightly seasoned with salt or other spices. Now it is a common side dish enjoyed by the general public, but in the old days it was a symbol of wealth, as only a well off family could afford to put out saengseon gui as a side dish.   Where to eat?   - Finding saengsun gui is pretty easy since it’s a very popular appetizer for drinking sessions. However, there’s an alleyway in Dongdaemun known as Saengseon Gui Alley that’s home to a whole bunch of restaurants specializing in the dish. Prices vary depending on the type of fish, but it’s usually no more than 8,000 won for a meal set.     2. Jang-uh Gui       Jang-uh Gui is eel sprinkled with or coated in either a soy-based or chili paste based sauce and grilled on a pan or over charcoal. It’s high in nutrients and believed to be especially good for gaining energy and stamina. It’s also easy to cook at home, with many grocery stores selling special marinade for eel, although it might leave a lingering odor after you cook. However, it’s also quite an expensive meal, with a single eel costing upwards of 30,000 won sometimes at restaurants.   Where to eat?   - There are jang-uh gui restaurants spread all over Seoul, but some famous ones are Wangja jang-uh (왕자장어) in Apgujeong, Suhyeon Minmul Jang-uh (수현민물장어) near Ttukseom station off Line 2, and Yeoui Minmul Jang-uh (여의민물장어) in Yeouido     3. Jogae Gui   Jogae gui is just assorted shellfish grilled over charcoal. You can eat this seafood fresh anywhere due to nearly every Korean city’s proximity to the sea. Restaurants will scoop live shellfish from a tank, usually in front of the store, and bring it right to your table. Don’t forget to order jogae kalguksu also; noodle soup with even more shellfish.   Where to eat?   - There are a number of famous jogae gui restaurants located in Nonhyeon-dong, by Nonhyeon Station Exit 2 as well as Sinnonhyeon Station Exit 3. These restaurants open in the early evening and are usually open until the early hours of next morning. There are also plenty of jogae gui restaurants in coastal towns across Korea, closest ones to Seoul are Oi-do, and Incheon Wolmi-do.     4. Gejang   The famous nickname for gejang is rice thief, because a bowl of rice will just disappear when you eat it with gejang. The recipie is simple. Just marinate fresh raw crabs either in ganjang (soy sauce) or a chili powder based sauce. Female crabs with roe are preferred when making gejang, just like cheese is preferred on pizza.   Where to eat?   - There’s a famous Gejang Alley located by Sinsa Station Exit 4. It’s a cluster of restaurants specializing in various gejang dishes that are open 24 hours a day.     5. Haemuljjim   With three of its sides surrounded by sea, Korea is a peninsula where many different types of seafood are caught. Haemuljjim is a dish where you can taste all these different kinds of sea creatures on one plate. It is a savoring dish cooked by braising fresh seafood in a stimulating spicy sauce with bean sprouts and noodles. It is the ultimate dish for spicy seafood lovers.   Where to eat?   - There’s a famous street that specializes in haemuljjim and a similar dish known as agujjim (which uses a single type of fish known as the blackmouth angler rather than a variety of seafood) in Nagwon-dong, right next to Jongno 3-ga station outside Exit 5. They usually open right before lunch and don’t close until after midnight.     6. Hwe   Korean raw fish, ‘hwe’, is not a Japanese food. Koreans have also enjoyed raw fish since old times. In fact those who have tried hwe will understand that it is a completely different dish compared sashimi. When you order hwe in Korea, fresh fish straight out from the tank is served, whereas Japanese like to age the fish before eating. Also Koreans like to eat hwe with many other side dishes or make it into a lettuce rap (ssam)   Where to eat?   - Noryangjin Market is your best option for the best hwe in Seoul, with plenty of vendors selling it and slicing it up on demand. It’s also incredibly easy to find in any coastal town, with tons of restaurants serving hwe usually lined up by the seaside.     7. Jjukkumi Bokum   Many people believe that its baby octopus, but the jjukkumi used in jjukkumi bokum is actually just a species of octopus that’s very small. This very spicy but mouth-watering dish is made by marinating jjukkumi in gochujang sauce (Korean red chilli paste) then grilling it on a pan mixed with chopped onions and maybe bean sprouts. Many restaurants will have an option of adding samgyeopsal (pork belly) to the dish to give it an even more incredible and interesting taste.   Where to eat?   - There’s a famous alleyway with a large number of jjukkumi restaurants line up together known as Yongdu-dong Jjukkumi Alley, near Jegi Station Exit 6. These restaurants are usually open a little before lunch time and close around 10:30pm.    

May 24, 2019
by Harry
Korean Food - Pork (Menu, Parts, Types)

(All the following text is referenced from "Pork" by Amos Farooqi          Korean Food - Pork   Pork is the most widely consumed meat in Korea, because of its savory taste and relatively cheap price, especially when compared to beef. All parts of the pig, from its head to its feet, are widely used in Korean dishes. Nevertheless, the most beloved part amongst Korean is by far pork belly, or samgyupsal.   ---   Pork Cuts / Parts       Moksal: Boston butt Perfect blend of flesh and fat. barbeque, bossam Deongshim: Loin Consists of mostly flesh. Very soft. steak, bulgogi, cutlet, jjigae Anshim: Tenderloin Consists of mostly flesh. Softest pork cut jangjorim, tangsuyuk, cutlet Dwitdarisal: Fresh Ham Contains low fat and is a vividly colored part ham, bossam, jangjorim, Samgyeopsal: Pork Belly Layered with flesh and fat. Juicy barbeque, bacon, bulgogi, bossam Galbi: Spare Ribs Flesh with a bit of fat. Chewy and savory barbeque, jjim Apdarisal: Picnic shoulder Consists of mostly flesh. A Bit tough bulgogi, jjigae, bossam   ---   1. Dwaeji Galbi   Dwaeji galbi is barbequed pork ribs marinated in a sweet combination of soy sauce, fruit puree, and other spices. This succulent and savory dish is a cheaper, but no less tasty, alternative to sogalbi (marinated beef rib barbeque), and is a popular menu item for all types of gatherings.   Where to eat:   - Suwon is famous for sogalbi (beef), Chuncheon is famous for dakgalbi (chicken), and finally the mecca of dweji galbi is Mapo in Seoul. Many restaurants with long histories are located in the Dwaeji Galbi Alley in Mapo, so if you’re in Seoul, do not miss the chance to taste authentic dwaegi galbi here.     2. Samgyupsal   The direct translation of samgyeopsal is ‘three layered meat’, meaning the three visible layers of meat and fat. It is undoubtedly the most popular food for friendly gatherings or any other dine-outs. Surveys show that the average Korean adult eats samgyeopsal once every four days.   Where to eat?   - You can find Korean barbeque restaurants serving samgyupsal anywhere. It’s also easy to cook at home, as grilling samgyeopsal doesn’t require a lot of skill. However you might have a hard time getting rid of the smell and grease afterwards     3. Bossam    (Photo from Won-Halmeoni- Advert) Bossam is a dish of sliced steamed pork served with various sides. For this dish the sides play as important a role as the meat, and will determine the taste of the dish. The basic sides that come with bossam are salted cabbage, kimchi and saewoojut (salted shrimp sauce). Other side dishes using seasonal ingredients such as oysters or squid are also served depending on the restaurant.   Where to eat?   - There are bossam restaurants everywhere, whether they’re franchises, in the food courts of department stores, or at traditional markets. If you visit the Bossam Alley near Jongno 3-ga station in Seoul, famous for gul-bossam (oyster bossam), you will be amazed by the generous amount of food you can get for an incredibly reasonable price.     4. Jokbal   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Jokbal is a traditional pork dish that Koreans enjoy both as a meal and as a side dish to munch on during drinking sessions. The main ingredient is pig trotters (feet), braised in traditional alcohol and other spices. The front trotter is chewier as its muscles are more developed. But if you want your meat to be soft, eat the back trotter. Koreans usually prefer the taste of front trotter, although it’s more expensive.   Where to eat?   - There are a lot of franchises and restaurants specializing in jokbal in Korea. But the three major jokbal restaurants in Seoul are ‘Manjok Ohyang Jokbal’ near City Hall, ‘Seongsu Jokbal’ in Seongsu-dong, and ‘Yeongdong Jokbal’ in Yangjae. There are also many other famous restaurants located in Jangchung-dong Jokbal Alley and Gongdeok-dong Jokbal Alley     5. Sundae   (Photo by Korea Tourism Organization) Sundae is a Korean style blood sausage generally made by steaming a pig's intestines and stuffing it with dangmyun (glass noodles) and pig’s blood. The thought of eating blood and pig intestines might sound exotic and even horrifying to some people, but it’s a very popular food in Korea. It is one of Korea’s most popular snacks, alongside tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cake) and twigim (deep fried vegetables or seafood), all of which can be found at any street food vendor. There are also many restaurants specializing in sundae soup or stir-fried sundae.   Where to eat?   - You can find sundae at any street food vendor or snack house (bunsikjip), while sundaeguk restaurants are also quite common, usually around offices. But if you are in Seoul and want to try stir-fried sundae, definitely go to ‘Sundae Town’ in Sillim. It’s a building several stories tall filled with nothing but stir-fried sundae restaurants.     6. Gamjatang   Gamjatang is a slightly spicy, boiling hot stew of pork back bone, perilla leaves, perilla seed powder, cabbage, potatoes, and a few other ingredients. It’s very nutritious, making it perfect for recovering stamina. Koreans often eat this dish to cure hangovers, but ironically it is also a popular food to have a few drinks over. Although 'gamja' is the Korean word for potato, the spinal cord included in the bone used to be called ‘gamja’, and this is where the dish got its name, not from potatoes.   Where to eat?   - There are plenty of gamjatang restaurants in any neighborhood you go to. However, there’s a famous gamjatang alley in Eungamdong in the northwestern part of Seoul that’s well known for this dish.    

May 24, 2019
by Harry
Korean Food - Chicken (Menu, Locations, Tips)

(The following text is referenced from "Chicken" by - Amos Farooqi)   Hello, this is the second addition to my blog series of 'Food in Korea' along with 'beef'. Chicken in Korea is consumed as a dish of its own, usually with vegetables especially radish shaped in squares. It is uncommon to see chicken consumed with rice, unless the chicken is dipped in a soup, or stew.         In Korea, chicken is the second most consumed meat after pork. Although the concept of western KFC style fried chicken was a recent addition to the Korean diet, chicken in general is nutritious, high in protein, has healthy fatty acids and is easy to digest. You can often see fitness trainers or people on diet consume chicken breast, due to its low calory, but high protein intake.   Drumsticks, are one of the most expensive and prized parts of the chicken, and in Korea, there is an interesting culture in which taking both chicken legs when sharing friend chicken with your Korean friend is taboo.  --- Chicken Cuts / Parts        Whole Chicken   Samgyetang, Fried Chicken, Jjimdak  Wings  Savory, high in collagen  Buffalo Wings  Drumstick / Thigh Chewy, Consist of Dark Meat Only Dakgalbi, Cutlet  Breast / Tenders Soft white meat, contains little fat Dakgalbi, Salad Feet Full of Collagen, mostly skin Spicy Dakbal Gizzard Very Chewy Deep-fried, Stir-fried   --- Korean Dishes / Menus made from Chicken   1. Fried Chicken   One of the most popular food in all of Korea, with over 40,000 fried chicken restaurants currently open, chicken, in this case, friend chicken have been the best friend of Koreans throughout several years now. The national craze for chicken came about during 2002 World Cup, as chicken was the perfect food to eat while watching the game. In addition, chicken also became commonplace as delivery services in Korea developed. Along with chicken came its best friend, beer. Although beer was popular in the past before the chicken craze, the combination of chicken and beer brought rise to a new term chimaek (chicken + maekju). Chimeak has spread out across the world as hallyu fans spotted their favorite celebrities having chimaek in a number of K-Dramas. For instance, when the drama "My Love from the Stars" was on air in China, people lined up 5 hours to eat chimaek at Chicken restaurants.    - Popular Variations of Fried Chicken:   Fried Chicken - Basic crisy fried chicken without any sauce, or toppings Yangnyeom Chicken - Fried Chicken Coated with a signature style sweet and spicy sauce.  Ganjang Chicken - Fried Chicken coated with sweet soy sauce and sprinkled with nuts and chilli Gu-un Chicken - A Roasted version of Fried chicken Tongdak - A whole chicken deep-fried or roasted Soonsal Chicken - Boneless Fried Chicken, a lot more pricy   Where to eat? - Below are some of the hottest Chicken franchises and restaurants across Korea. Don't forget that most of these franchises also provide delivery service!   BBQ (Currently number one franchise in Korea, as of 2018) BHC (The chicken brand which was featured in "My Love from the Stars") Nene Chicken (Promoted by the famous comedian/entertainer Yu Jae Seok) Pericana (One of the first to come up with Yangnyeom Chicken) Kyochon (More popular in the southern parts of Korea, than in Seoul) Mom's Touch (A typical chicken fast food restaurant like KFC, but much cheaper) Goobne (One of the first 'baked' chicken franchises) Hosigi Dumari (Basic menus consist of two chickens, but the price is similar to other major franchises) Mexicana (Famous for creative chicken menus)   2. Samgyetang   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) A whole chicken soup dish which is filled healthy ingredients. The chicken itself, it stuffed inside with rice, jujube, ginseng and other healthy ingredients as well. Samgyetang is usually eaten by Koreans during the hottest days of summer to regain energy and stamina, but it is still popular all year-long round.  There are many varieties of samgyetang depending on what goes in the soup, such as hanban samgyetang (herb) or jeonbok samgyetang (abalone)   Where to eat?   - Samgyetang is not a regional dish, and you will be able to find franchises and great family-run restaurants serve samgyetang. Samgyetang is usually served in a clay pot, or ttukbaegi, and it may take some time to boil the chicken in the soup. It is recommended that if you know the number of the restaurant, you can call to reserve samgyetang beforehand, and have it served right away when you arrive.     3. Jjimdak   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Jjim dak is a dish made with chicken, various vegetables, and glass noodles braised in a savory, mildly sweet and salty soy-based sauce. But don’t be deceived by its unthreatening color. Spicy green peppers are usually part of the dish. There many are other varieties of jjimdak such as cheese jjimdak or gochujang jjimdak.   Where to eat?   - For the most authentic taste visit the Jjimdak Alley in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk Province, where more than 20 thousand visitors from all over the country come every weekend to indulge in this delicious dish.     4. Dakgalbi   (Photo by Korea Tourism Organization) Dakgalbi is made by marinating boneless cuts of chicken breast and chicken thigh in a chili-paste based sauce, then stir frying it with sweet potatoes, cabbage, perilla leaves, tteok (rice cake), and other ingredients.  There are several variations and franchises that serve dakgalbi. The most popular addition is cheese, and bogkeumbap (fried rice), after you finish the dakgalbi.   Where to eat?   - To try authentic dakgalbi, many people go to Chuncheon, which is close to Seoul, and accessible by the Subway. There is a famous dakgalbi alley in Myongdong (Myongdong of Chuncheon, not Seoul) where you can taste another specialty of Chuncheon, makguksu (sweet and spicy cold noodles), as well.     5. Dakbal   (Photo taken by Amos) Dakbal literally means ‘chicken feet’ in Korean, but it usually refers to a dish made with dakbal that is grilled or stir-fried with an extremely spicy sauce. The spicy taste is to cover up the distinctive smell of the chicken feet. This is one dish that many foreigners abhor, not just because of the creepy shaped feet which has hardly any meat, but also because of the extreme spiciness.   Where to eat?   - You can find dakbal offered at Korean style bars. One of the bar franchises that played an important role in popularizing the dish is Hanshin Pocha, and the first store in Nonhyeon station is always crowded with people      

May 23, 2019
by Harry
Korean Food - Beef (Types, Menus, Locations)

(The following text is referenced from "Beef" by - Amos Farooqi)   Hello, I am back this time to tell you some of the major food componenets of Korean food, starting from beef, pork, chicken, and ending with seafood. Although the staple part of any Korean meal is rice, people eat rice with side, or main dishes, and it is common to see any forms of meat as part of the dish.     (Photos from MBC News)     Korean Cuisine - Beef   Beef is actually a relatively recent addition to common Korean cuisine. Cows in the past, were an integral part of the agricultural workforce, thus, beef consumption was confined to once-in-a-lifetime special occasions such as weddings. As Korea's economy grew, beef became a common part of the average Korean's diet, but the price of beef remains high compared to other countries due to high import costs, and low domestic production.   The most expensive, and arguably the best quality among Korean beef is Hanwoo, Korea's indigenous cow. Hanwoo contains a lot of Oleic acid which makes the meat more savory and chewy, while others say that Hanwoo is raised using a special method to make it more suitable for Korean dishes. Thus, some foreigners may be disappointed when eating hanwoo due to its rough texture.         Guide to beef cuts:    Part  Description  Dishes  Moksim (Chunk Roll) Chewy, and abundant in gelatin   Steak, Barbeque  Deungshim (Sirloin)  Soft, and juicy  Steak, Barbeque  Chaekkeut (Loin End)  Tender and moderately blended with fat  Steak, Barbeque  Anshim (Tender Loin)  The most tender part of beef, low fat content  Steak, Barbeque  Woodun (Top round cap)  Smooth texture with low fat Marinated dish, bulgogi, beef jerky ‌Seoldo (Bottom round) ‌Muscle, chewy Bulgogi, beef jerky, Yukhwe (Raw Beef) ‌Galbi (Ribs) Tender, Moderately blended with fat ‌Barbeque, Marinated dish ‌Yangji (Brisket) ‌Chewy due to connective tissues Soup, Stew, Marinated dish ‌Satae (Shin foreshank) Tough, dry, low in fat ‌Soup, Stew, Marinated dish ‌Apdari (Bolar blade) Soft, but dry ‌Soup, Stew, Yukhwe, Marinated dish   1. Galbi / Sutbulgalbigui   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Galbi is a perfect combination of juicy meat and sweet soy sauce, deepened by a smoky charcoal flavor. Traditionally the marinade was made from Korean soy sauce, but nowadays, many restaurants come up with their original recipies Almost all Korean BBQ restaurants that serve galbi, will use Sutbul, a charcoal grill. The taste of the galbi depends on the freshness of the meat, the sauce but also the charcoal grill, which gives a rich flavor that you cannot get from a normal steel grill. You can also get Saenggalbi, which is non-marinated galbi.   Where to eat?   - Nowadays, you can easily find galbi or beef barbeque restaurants all over Korea. Marinated galbi is believed to have emerged in Suwon, in the Gyeonggi-do province. During the Chosun Dynasty, Suwon was the center of commerce in Korea, and galbi was a symbol of wealth. Suwon is famous for its Wanggalbi, which means King galbi, and you can eat galbi a size up to 15 cm long!  - Other famous areas for galbi are Pocheon (also in the Gyeonggi Province), and Busan, with their own Haeundae-galbi. - Prices will range about an average from 40,000 KRW ~ 45,000 KRW (per 100 g) for a hanwoo marinated short rib   --- 2. Deungshim or Kkot Deungshim   Koreans generally prefer the fat to be evenly distributed on their beef. Sirloin, with the evenly distributed fat, is called Kkot Deungshim. Kkot means flower in Korean, and you can see the white fat among the red flesh that resembles flowers, hence is why it is called Kkot Deungshim. This part of beef is extremely popular alongside galbi, and is one of the most expensive beef cuts. It's full of flavor, and melts away in the mouth, making it irresistable.    Where to eat?   - Similar to galbi, you can find restaurants that serve deungshim, and kkot deungshim all over Korea. One place you can try out is Majangdong Butcher Market, and the Food Alley inside. It serves good, fresh quality meat at reasonable prices. Majangdong can be accessed by the Seoul Subway, at Majang Station (Line 5), or by the City Bus.   - Prices will average ranging from 48,000 ~ 52000 KRW for a normal Hanwoo sirloin (per 100 g), and 60,000 + KRW for a normal Hanwoo prime sirloin (kkot deungshim, per 100 g).     3. Bulgogi   (Photo by Korea Tourism Organization) Bulgogi is one of the most famous Korean dishes, commonly made by stir-frying thin slices of beef marinated in sweet soy-based sauce. There are different recipes for bulgogi that vary by region. The taste is similar to the marinated taste of galbi, but bulgogi is much thinner, and is served without the bone.     There are several different styles of bulgogi:   1) Grilled Bulgogi:  - Marinated Beef / Bulgogi grilled on charcoal   2) Gwangyang Bulgogi: - Gwangyang is a district in Jeollanamdo province, and the bulgogi are marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, fruit puree, sugar and other spices, which is then grilled over a charcoal fire. The meat is marinated just before being grilled.   3) Eunyang Bulgogi:  - Eunyang is a district in Ulsan, and it consists of fine shredded marinated beef that comes out in the shape of a pancake. Again, this beef pancake is grilled on a charcoal fire at your table.    4) Yuksu Bulgogi: - Marinated beef that is grilled on a pan, with broth, and other ingredients such as vegetables and glass noodles.   5) Sariwon Bulgogi:  - Bulgogi following the recipe of the Sariwon region in North Korea achieves sweetness with a fruit puree (pear or apple) instead of sugar.   6) Seoul Bulgogi: - Thin slices of bulbogi are placed on a pan that has a dome in the middle, so that when the broth is poured on, it boils at the edges of the pan with vegetables and noodles.   7) Ttukbaegi Bulgogi:  - An individual portion Bulgogi stew that comes out in a clay pot (ttukbaegi). It is commonly served in casual Korean restaurants like Kimbap-Cheonguk, and is much cheaper that grilled bulgogi.     4. Galbijjim   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Galbijjim is made by braising short ribs in a sweet soy sauce, with chestnuts, and other vegetables. It is served on special occasions such the traditional holidays such as Chuseok or Seollal, or is also a food served when inviting guests to your house. Unfortunately, not many restaurants serve galbijjim, as it is more of a home-cooked food.   Where to eat?   - Dongin-dong at Daegu is famous for spicy galbijjims. It is even the neighborhood in which spicy galbijjim originated from. There is even an alleyway called Dongin-dong Spicy Galbijjim Alley. Be careful as it is very spicy, so if you are not good with spicy food, you can request the staff to make it less spicy.     5. Galbi-tang     (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Galbi-tang is a type of clear rib-bone soup with several meaty galbi inside, along with vegetables. These days, healthier versions exist with ginseng, jujube and other vegetables.  It is a luxurious soup dish often cooked at households, and is a common dish served also at casual restaurants. People may find the soup salty, but you can request the staff beforehand to reduce the amount of seasoning, before being served.   Where to eat?   - You can find galbi-tang in almost any restaurant, but an excellent quality is hard to find due to the limited supply of good galbi. Within a few walking distance from Gangnam Station in Seoul, there is a restaurant named Budnamujip, which has been rated Michelin star for two consecutive years. It serves only one hundred bowls of galbitang everyday for lunch, but usually they are all sold out by 12 pm.     6. Yukhwe / Raw Beef   (Photo directly taken by Amos) Yukhwe is thin slices of raw beef seasoned with salt, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and other spices. It is often served with an egg yolk on top, along with thinly sliced pears. Yukhwe is one of Korea's finest delicacies and it melts in your mouth, but many foreigners may fear food poisoning. Do not worry, as no food poisoning accidents related to yukhwe have been reported in Korea.   Where to eat?   - There is a famous yukhwe alley in Seoul, inside Gwangjang traditional market. Although many of the restaurants here may have a shabby feel, it serves one of the most delicious yukhwe in Seoul. One of the restaurants 'Buchon Sikdang' was listed in Michelin Guide for two consecutive years.     6. Gobchang, Daechang and Yang gui   (Photo by Korea Tourism Organization) Gobchang is the small intestine, Daechang is the large intestine, while the Yang gui is the tripe. Each part has a completely different texture compared to meat, but Koreans prepare it similarly; on a grill or in a stew.  The intestine has a particular 'smell' as you put it in your mouth, due to this, Koreans find it exceptionally fitting with liquor such as soju. It is also best to eat it with vegetables or dipped in sauces.   Where to eat?   - You can find intestine barbeque in franchises such as 'Obaltan', Yeontabal', or 'Gobchanggo' all over Korea, in food alleys near business areas. There are also famous gobchang food alleys in Seoul such as Wangsimni Gobchang Alley, and Gyodae Gobchang Alley.   That is it for my post about beef, and beef menus in Korea! If you have money to spare, then you should definitely try out the beef, and hanwoo in Korea. There is a reason beef is expensive, and you'll figure out that the amazing taste makes it worth every KRW.

May 22, 2019
by Visit Korea - Korea Tourism Organization
Tips for Vegetarians in Korea - Part 2

      -- Vegetarian Cuisine in Korea (Part 2)-- By Korea Tourism Organization   In Part 2, we will be notifying you of key vegetarian restaurants across Seoul, Korea. They are all reasonably priced, and foreigner-friendly.   ---   1. Plant   - Plant serves meals and desserts that are made without using any eggs, milk, and butter. It was a cafe, but now it is also serving vegetarian dishes and meals. It is not only popular among vegetarians, but also recommended among international tourists in general. There are two store locations, both which are located in Itaewon Station (Line 6)   Address: 2F, 117, Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 용산구 보광로 117) Directions: Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 4. Walk approx. 5 min. Operating hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00—22:00 / Friday-Saturday 11:00-22:00 / Closed Sundays Inquiries: +82-2-749-1981 (Korean, English) Website: www.plantcafeseoul.com (Korean only)     2.  Around Green   - Around Green is the hottest vegan restaurant in Mangwon-dong. The restaurant menus fit for vegetarians such as sandwich, tofu topping rice, and curry. The most popular menu is the black bean steak, made from substitute meat using organic black beans, topped with vegan demi-glace sauce.   Address: 47, Poeun-ro 5-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 포은로5길 47) Directions: Mangwon Station (Seoul Subway Line6), Exit 2. Walk for approx. 15 min. Operating hours: Monday-Saturday 12:00-21:00 (Break time 15:00-17:00) / Closed Sundays Inquiries: +82-2-6080-9797 (Korean, English) Instagram: @around_green (Korean only)   3. Slunch   - Slunch is a vegetarian friendly café and a restaurant. Their menu provides ingredient information along with vegetarian classification, allowing any vegetarian to choose the menu conveniently according to their dietary preference.   Address: 38, Wausan-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 와우산로3길 38) Directions: Sangsu Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 3. Walk for approx. 10 min. Operating hours: 11:00-01:00 Inquiries: +82-2-6367-9870 (Korean, English, Japanese) Website: www.slunch.co.kr (Korean only)   4. Osegyehyang   - Owned by vegetable grocery store Veggie Food, Osegyehyang has been serving vegetarian food for over 10 years at Insa-dong. The greatest draw of this restaurant is the diverse variety of menus.    Directions: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk for approx. 5 min. Operating hours: 11:30-21:00 (Break time: Weekdays 15:30-17:00 / Weekends 16:00-17:00) Inquiries: +82-2-735-7171 (Korean, English, Chinese) Website: www.go5.co.kr (Korean)     5. Loving Hut Cafe   - Loving Hut Cafe is aprt of the international vegetarian chain restaurant Loving Hut. From meals, to desserts, the cafe offers a wide variety of menu that is 100% vegan. A total of 15 cafes are spread throughout Korea, namely in Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Daejeon and Jeonju. You can find more information on each branch locations at the official website.   Address (main branch): 35, Gaepo-ro 22-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 개포로22길 35) Directions: Yangje Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, Shinbundang Line), Exit 5. Take Bus Gangnam 02 and get off at Kookmin Bank Green Park Bus Stop. Walk for approx. 5 min. Operating hours: 11:00-21:00 Inquiries: +82-2-576-2158 (Korean, English) Website: www.lovinghut.kr (Korean, English)   You can check out our site for additional details and information.   Also, feel free to contact us on our SNS such as Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions or concerns about Korea.

May 22, 2019