My Korean food making experience-Part 2

Today I learned making Bibimbap(rice mixed with meat, vegetables/비빔밥 in Korean) andGujeolpan(Dish of nine dishes/ 구절판 in Korean) which are the traditional Korean food. However there was many vegies and other ingredients to cut and peeling, it took a lot of patience for me to finish the dishes.

In the Bibimbap there are 7 ingredients which should be included; bracken, balloon flower roots, cooked separate yolk and white of an egg, peel of the cucumber, meat and theclear froth jelly(called Cheongpomuk/청포묵 in Korean).

However, the ingredients in Bibimbap or in Gujeolpan are not limited to the particular ones that you can select which one you prefer. In Korea if some side dishes are remain in home, sometimes we put those ingredients on the rice and mix and eat. Especially after the Korea family ceremony(called Jesa in Korean) for the ancestor, commonly people eat the Bibimbap to treat the leftover ceremony foods. Many kinds of the food should be cooked to do the ceremony as you can see in below, and these ingredients are sufficient to make the Bibimbap.:)

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The way of eating the  Gujeolpan is first put the ingredients what you want to eat on the grilled wheat cake and roll it.

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Gujeolpan is similar with Vietnamese summer rolls. However, there are big two differences from Gujeolpan and the Vietnamese summer rolls. First, Gujeolpan uses the grilled wheat cake for wrapping, but the Summer rolls use the rice paper wrapper. Second, Gujeolpan the ingredients in Gujeolpan should be all fried on the pan such as carrot, cucumber, meat. Meanwhile, the ingredients in the summer rolls are not fried.

For me, the big difficulty was in making the wheat cake for cooking the Gujeolpan. At the first time, I made the hole in the wheat cake, or ripped during flipping it.

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Making the Bibimbap and Gujeolpan could be little stressful for cutting lots of ingredients, but these have many vegetable that it will be good for health.

Thanks for reading it.:)

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My Korean food making experience-Season 1

I ate Korean food in whole my life, but was not interested in making food that I only could make few Korean food. So I decided to learn Korean food, and start listening class from 2 weeks ago. I’m listening the “Korean food Craftsman cook” certificate class to learn the Korean food.

However, to acquiring this certification is not that easy. Because firstly, there are 51 kinds of Korean foods to learn and you have to remember all the process of making each kinds of the food. In the test day, you have to make 2 foods which are selected randomly. Secondly, you have to cut the ingredient in the fixed sized. For example, the mushroom should be in 0.2cm thickness and 3cm length in the ‘Korean mushroom porridge’ cuisine. In every food recipe, there are fixed standard of the ingredients size. Finally, you have to make the food in on time. Normally the time limit is 20-30 minutes for one food.

IMG_3547These are the two Korean food measurements. The big one is usually used for measuring the amount of the rice and the water. The spoon Is usually used for measuring the sauce(soy sauce, red pepper paste), salt, sugar…etc.

Today I made “Korean Steamed egg”(계란찜), Tangpyeongchae(탕평채) and Korean mushroom porridge(장국죽)

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This is the food which I finally made. This food visual seems not that yummy, but the taste was not that bad. 🙂 I brought home and my family ate it all. I hope I can make it better in next time.

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To make the Korean Steamed egg, first pour the water five times as much as the egg amount, and then put it inside the pot and boil about 13-15 minutes. Then Turn off the fire and put the sliced mushroom on the top of the egg and steam it. The black one which is in top of the egg is the sliced mushroom. In this time, I pour the water little more than the suitable amount that the steamed egg was not made well. 😦

 

 

Korean frequently eat the steamed egg dish and it is good for eating with spicy food. Because steamed egg helps you to feel less spicy.

What I felt during making Korean food is we have to throw away many parts of the ingredient to make the Korean food pretty. The egg which is cooked separately from yolks and whites should be cuted in 0.2cm length and in 4cm thickness. I threw away all the end of the egg.

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Cooking tip what I learned in the class is that if you want to make the good shape of the egg slice, wipe the cooking oil with the kitchen towel after putting the cooking oil in the pen. Then the bubbles can be less made in the flat egg.

Thanks for reading. Next time I will introduce about making the Bibimbap(mixed rice) Korean dish.:)

Fish bread(Bungeoppang) Character Analysis-from how you eat

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Fish bread, which is called ‘Bungeoppang’ in Korean, is popular Korean street snack. It is shaped as the fish with the sweet red bean filled in. In winter, it is easy to see the truck that sells the fish bread in the street. The taste is soft, sweet and fluffy and a little crispy.

In Korea, we have a physical test with the fish bread for fun! Test your personality with which part you eat first.

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 6.17.39 AMEats head first: An easy-going optimist, unconcerned with trivial things. Says whatever comes to mind, is passionate, but the passion can dwindle easily.

Eats tail first: Cautious. A romanticist concerned with the smallest things; is slow in catching onto other’s feelings.
Eats stomach first: Masculine, active, bright, and outgoing.
Eats fins first: Temperamental and childish. A loner.
Cuts it in half and eats the tail first: Polite, good at saving money, and a rationalist.
Cuts it in half and eats the head first: Strong willed who goes through with a plan once it is decided. Stingy, and does not like to lend money.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

Singapore River VS Korea Han River

I visited Singapore last week and could look around many places.:) I saw the Singapore River flows the central Area as the Han River in Korea runs through the center of Seoul, and got an idea to compare both rivers. Today I will compare two rivers and especially will introduce more about the Korea Han river.

Common

1. River cruise

Singapore river and Han river both have river cruise.

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This is the Singapore river’s cruise.

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This is the Han river cruise.

But when you are taking the cruise in Han river, there are one thing you should be careful. The water flows from the bridge at night that when the boat passes under the bridge, go inside the ship. Before when I took the cruise in Hans river at night, I saw some guys were standing in the rail of a ship and got wet from the bridge fountain which you can see in below.

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2. Many people are around the river at night

It would be a bad ideas to walk around the dangerous cities at night. However both Singapore and Seoul are all safe that many people are exercising or sitting around the river at night.

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This is the view of the Han river at night. You could see many people are around the river.

3. Many people exercise around the river

I could see many people are exercising around the river both Singapore river and Han river. I think the most reason of this is both cities are all high in the population density. Singapore and Seoul are all within top 10 of the density that many people are living in cities.

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Difference

I will specially introduce about the Korea characteristic.

 1. Wearing Suncap and mask when exercising

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If you walk the Han river, you could find some people are exercising with wearing the suncap. Also what you can see in the woman’s arm is cooling arm sleeves which is called cool tosh(쿨토시) in Korean. This is for protecting your arm from the sunshine and to feel more cool in hot summer.

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This is the typical suncap which many middle aged Korean women wear. Suncap is to protect from sunshine.

 

 

 

2. Restaurant around the river

I could see many restaurants around the Singapore river. Some of them were right aside the river.

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This is the picture which I took in Singapore and you could see the restaurants in the right side of the river. Meanwhile, in Hans river most restaurants are little way off from the river. Instead the convenience store and the park are right aside the river. If people want to eat food around the Han river, they order the delivery food. Korea has the delivery culture that you can order almost all food like chicken, Jajangmyeon(black-bean-sauce noodles), pig’s feet…etc any food you want.

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What you can see in the picture is the Korean pig’s feet food which people got from the food delivered. If you order food around the Han river, the food is delivered within 20-30 minutes.

3. Weather

Singapore is always warm but Korea has 4 seasons that the river froze in winter and normally it snows from December to February.

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This is the winter view of the Han river.

4. Camping around the Han river.

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In summer many people do camping around the Han river. There are four major camping spot in the Han river and Seoul city lend the camping equipment in cheap price. Some of the camping place provides swimming pool and baseball diamonds that you could also do other activities.:)

Thanks for reading.:)

Commute between Seoul and suburb-daily life

Seoul is the capital of the South Korea, but many people also live in suburb cities where are around the Seoul. However, Seoul is the main city of the Korea economy that most of the companies and universities are located in Seoul. Accordingly, many people who live in suburb commute to Seoul, and I also live in suburb that I commute to Seoul everyday. Today I will introduce my daily commute.

I can go my office for two ways; bus and subway. Mostly, when I go to the office I take the bus and when I come back home I take the subway.

1. Going Seoul with bus

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This picture is the line for the bus which goes to Seoul. It was 8:30am on morning, and I was waiting for going office. There were so many people that after I passed 5 buses, finally could took the bus.

 

 

 

 

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However, already the bus was full of people and I had to stand up on the bus. This picture is the inside of the morning bus.

 

 

 

 

 

Even the bus is full of people on morning, me and many other people prefer to take bus instead of the self car. The most important reason is in the bus-only lane system.

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This is the picture which I took in front of the bus. On weekdays there is the bus-only lane from 7am to 9pm. Even the road is full of cars, the line for the bus is fine and could arrive in Seoul more faster than driving a car.

 

 

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If the traffic is not heavy, normally 30 minutes takes to go Seoul from my home. Finally I’m on the bridge which is in the way for going Seoul. I was crossing the Han river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Go home with subway

Usually I go home with subway. On morning the bus is more faster but on evening it took more time. There is the bus-only lane in the highway that it is fast, but in inside the city the traffic is heavier than on morning.

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This is the picture of inside the subway in the rush hour. Many people also take the subway to go home.

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the crowded public transportation in everyday makes me tired, but there is one advantage! It is good at consume the calories.:) I have to stand up total 2hours on a day and also have to walk that it makes me to exercise naturally. In the news report it says If you take the public transportation, you consume the calories twice more than driving the car. For one hour’s commute, using the public transportation can burn 211 calories, but driving the car burns 105 calories.

Thanks for reading.:)

Korean blood type superstitions

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In Korea, the often question people often asked is “What’s your blood type?”. Many Korean believe the blood type affect to the individual personalities. Of course, none of these are scientifically proven, but people believe blood type descriptions fit quite well. Normally I don’t believe the superstition and unscientific things, but some of my friends guess the people’s blood type well that partially I do believe the blood type superstitions.:)

The theory that blood type is linked to personality is popular mainly in Japan, though it has carried over to Taiwan and South Korea. It was started by the Germans in 1901 who, after the discovery that certain races are more likely to be predominantly of certain blood types. Later It was revived again in 1971 by Masahiko Nomi’s book Understanding Affinity Through Blood Type.

Following are the personality traits ascribed to the basic blood types: A, B, AB and O.

BLOOD TYPE A 

People with type A blood are known to be more conservative and introverted than the others, often finding difficulty in expressing emotions or trusting others. They’re extremely patient, considerate, and reserved, but also highly creative and perfectionists, often giving people the impression as being stubborn, tense, and uptight.

Men with type A blood are said to be the friendly natured ones with good personalities. They’re very punctual, always expecting the best results in everything they do, but are also very sensitive and willing to give up everything they have for those they love. Due to their sensitive natures, they’re very fragile-hearted and often get hurt easily.

The women, however, tend to be very greedy and have a hard time finding satisfaction easily. They’re strong prides often lead them to act emotionless. However, they’re very loyal and caring, which often results to extreme jealousy or emotional damage upon feeling betrayed. They prefer living according to schedule, are intimidated by spontaneity, and feel distress in sudden environmental changes.

BLOOD TYPE B 

People with type B blood are said to be the passionate, wild, and creative ones of the four. They’re independent, but also very passionate about the people and things they love. They tend to think outside the box and live very liberal lifestyles rather than limiting themselves to one environment. However, they can also get impatient and give up easily, often coming off as being lazy, self-centered, shallow, and irresponsible.

Men with type B blood have a negative reputation for their strong prides and self-centered personalities. They hate those who underestimate their abilities or fail to give them the attention they want. However, they’re very smart and popular due to their sense of humor, fall in love easily but lose interest just as fast, and tend to act before they think. They’re good liars, and often get annoyed when asked to do something.

The women, not much different from the men, hate being controlled by rules and tend to speak their minds, regardless of what the other person might feel, but can also get affected by their own emotions easily, resulting in constant mood swings. They tend to get bored and lose interest quickly, making spontaneity a vital factor in their everyday lives—this also makes it difficult to maintain long-term relationships. They hate attachment or being confined to one area, and while they’re not the easiest to anger, they can get extremely stoic and have difficulty finding peace.

BLOOD TYPE O

People with type O blood are outgoing, energetic, optimistic, and known to be natural leaders. They like speaking their minds while maintaining a friendly attitude, and possess high self-confidence which leads them to be highly ambitious and obsessed with success. They convince themselves that they’re winners and hate losing. They also tend to be dramatic, arrogant, insensitive, and ruthless, but are known to have the best personalities out of the four blood types. They often tend to tire themselves out due to their need to take care of everyone around them.

Men with blood type O are extremely sensitive, emotional, and tend to trust easily. They’re very aware and critical of their surroundings and enjoy participating in group activities, which emphasizes the active and leadership skills they posses. They often hide their feelings and find it difficult to express them due to fear of rejection.

The women, however, are very active and nice, but also extremely bold and unexpected. They lose control of their stress easily and end up getting hurt or experience loneliness more often than others. However, they’re extremely caring and patient and usually treat others’ problems as if they were their own. They might look strong on the outside, but they’re very weak and fragile and prefer being in a small group rather than big ones.

BLOOD TYPE AB 

People with blood type AB are known to be either the genius or the psycho ones of the group. While they might look active on the outside, they can be very sensitive and shy, but also extremely loud and strong. They’re rational thinkers with strong concentration skills and are more controlled by their heads rather than their hearts. They can also be shy and aloof, indecisive, and sometimes distance themselves from others, leading some people to think of them as two-faced, untrustworthy, and unpredictable.

Men with type AB blood can often come across as cold and distant on first meetings. However, they’re more caring than most people and are always the first ones to forgive. They give up on things easily, often jumping around from one activity to the next, and adjust to new environments extremely quickly. Because they’re extremely shy people, they tend to hide their feelings and often come across as emotionally detached. People usually don’t associate them with trustworthy characteristics at first, but find that they’re very honest and romantic with those they’re most comfortable with.

Women with type AB blood are often two-faced—they’re very curious about other peoples’ businesses, but hate disclosing any of their own and usually like being left alone. They can be extremely caring and considerate at times, but also very selfish, impatient, and suspicious of other people. They’re more free and unaffected by their surroundings than reserved, and while they might not look like it, they’re extremely vulnerable to their feelings.

Thanks for reading.:)