Why Pickles are always with western meal in Korea?

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My American friend asked me “Why there are pickles with every western meal in Korea? Pickles with pizza or with spaghetti is weird”. So I thought about the reason why Korean eat pickles with western food and today I will explain about it.:)

When you visit the western restaurant in Korea, you can easily see the pickles for the side dish. Korean usually eat pizza, spaghetti and other western food with pickles and I also like to eat with pickles. Even in the Mexican food, there is the side dish which is similar with pickles. The below picture is the Quesadilla what I ordered in Mexican restaurant located in Korea. The right side of the small bowls is the mix of chopped pickles, carrot and white radish.

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I visited the Costa Rica before, in fact  I never saw the pickles in any restaurant. When I was there, I thought the side dishes like pickles are common for the food, because I was grown in Korea where the pickles are always coming with the western food. Accordingly, at the first time when I ordered the food in Costa Rica, it was strange for me that there was no pickle or other side dishes with main dish. I asked to the waiter “Is there any pickles or something like that?” ,and he looked at me strangely. So I noticed it is not common for giving the side dishes such as pickles with main dishes.

In my opinion, the main reason why Korean eat pickles with western food is in the Korean food style; Korean food always has the side dishes.

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In typical Korean food, the side dishes should be with rice and soup and Kimchi is always included. 5-6 kinds of side dishes in one meal is normal for Korean, but I assume it will be uncommon for other countries’ people.

Korean doesn’t eat just side dishes by itself . We always eat the side dishes with other food such as rice. Few months ago, I had a chance for eating dinner with Indian person, but I was surprised because first he only ate Kimchi by itself without other dishes. I think eating the foods together was not common for him. Meanwhile, Korean eat the food together such as Kimchi with rice, soup with rice. Accordingly, Korean also like to eat the western food with this habit that we eat the western food with pickles. I assume that for the other countries people the pickles are just an appetizer, but for Korean the pickles are one of the side dishes which should be eaten with the main dish. I even saw the Korean who eat the piece of steak, one spoon of soup and pickles all together in one mouth in the western restaurant.

In Korean dish, it is common to have the specific combination of food. The most common combinations are in below.

1. Chicken with white radish

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This is the delivered fried chicken and always the white radish is coming with it. I really like to eat chicken with white radish!!

 

 

2. Jajangmyeon with yellow pickled radish

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Jajangmyeon is the black-bean-sauce noodles, and it always comes with yellow pickled radish. The yellow pickled is made from the white radish, but yellow food coloring was used during pickling it.

3. Bulgogi with lettuce 

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Bulgogi is the Korean barbequed beef and we eat the bulgogi wrapped in lettuce. Also many people prefer to put red pepper paste, garlic, onion in the lettuce additionally and eat together.

 

 

4. Boiled pork with kimchi 

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Eating the boiled pork with white kimchi or the normal red kimchi is common. Korean usually wrap the meat with kimchi and eat together as the barbequed beef.

The perfect combination of Korean foods like these examples are more than dozen.

Also the interesting thing is when I asked to the Korean as “What is your favorite Korean food?” then many of them answered as “I like Back-ban(meal with bowl of rice,soup, and side dishes)” or “I like the all kinds of Korean stew”. However, Korean always eat stew with rice and other side dishes that this answer includes they like to eat the combination of stew, rice and side dishes. Thus, many Korean prefer to eat the western food with this Korean food style that we are eating the western food with pickles. 🙂

This is my opinion of the question. If you have different idea or question please leave the comment. Thanks for reading.:)

 

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Korean dried pollack restaurant-near with Yongpyong ski resort

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I went to the dried pollack restaurant with my family last week, which is near with the Yongpyong ski resort. In Korea, there are diverse food which is made with the dried pollack. Also Korean language has dozens of name of the pollack, depends on the way of drying the fish, such as Bugeo( completley dried pollack),Hwangtae(dried as Bugeo, but especially dried in winter with the sun and the cold wind), Kodari(half dried pollack)…etc.

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“Hwangtae Duckjang” restaurant make most of the food with the Hwangtae. Duckjang means the place to hang out the fish as you can see in the picture. Yongpyong is near with the sea that in this region, there are many places where drying the pollack as you can see in the above picture. Accordingly, dried pollack is the local speciality in this region that many Korean eat the dried pollack when they visit the Yongpyong.

We ordered the set menu with grilled  Hwangtae(Dried pollack) which is composed of grilled Hwangtae, Hyangtae soup and other side dishes.

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The Hyangtae soup is made with Hwangtae, beaten egg and tufu. Hwangtae and tufu were a lot in the soup that it was yummy. 🙂 The dish which is in the right side of the picture is the grilled Hwangtae and the taste was a little spicy and sweet.

The price is not that expensive that Set menu with grilled Hwangtae is 12,000KRW(about $12) and the Hwangtae soup with rice is 7,000(about $7). Also, it is possible to wrap the food that I additionally bought the wrapped Hywngtae soup and ate in the next day breakfast.

It sells the Hwangtae package as you can see in below that you can try cooking the Hwangtae soup with it.:)

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The location is near with the Yongpyong ski resort that it takes 15minutes with car and the distance is 5.9km from the ski resort.

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Address in English: 21 Nunmaeul-gil, Daegwalnyeong-myeon

address in Korean: 강원 평창군 대관령면 눈마을길 21

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Tips for Skiing in Yongpyong Ski Resort

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Yongpyong is the biggest ski and snowboard resort in Korea, and 2018 Winter Olymics will be held in Pyeongchang region where the Yongpyong ski resort is. Also, the view is beautiful that Yongpyong ski resort is the most preferred ski resort for me. 🙂 Until now I went to the Yongpyong ski resort more than 15 times, and in this year I visited twice in February.

Today I will introduce about the Yongpyong ski resort and tips for skiing or snowboarding in this resort.

1. Place you should go in the ski resort

There are two ski resorts that one is Yongpyong and the other is Alpensia. Alpensia is the brand new ski slope but it only runs about 6 slopes, meanwhile Yongpyong has 20 slopes that if you like to ski or snowboard in diverse slope, I recommend going to the Yongpyong.

If you took the Gondola in Yongpyong, you can go to the top of the mountain.

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In the top of the mountain, there are coffee shop, restaurant that it is good for enjoying the view and for taking a rest. It takes about 20 minutes to arrive there with Gondola and the slope is long that usually takes 10~20minutes to go down with ski or snowboard.

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This is the view in the top of the mountain. There were no clouds in the sky that the view was beautiful.

2. When taking the ski lift

The left picture is the Yongpyong ski lift and the right picture is Tahoe ski resort which is in border of California and Nevada. The difference is in the footrest bar. In Korea it is common for having the footrest bar as you can see in the lift.

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However, many of the Korean take down the safety bar quickly that after you took the lift first make sure you are in the right position when the safety bar comes down.

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Also some of the ski lifts in Yongpyong have the conveyor belt that it is convenient to take a lift. 🙂

3. Ski ticket

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Yongpyong ski resort is still using the paper ski ticket that make sure if the ticket ring is locked well.

Before one of my friends lost the ticket during skiing, but it was impossible to reissue the ticket for free. 😦 What they said is “There will be some of the customers who sell the reissued ticket to other people and we made the ticket to be fully locked if you locked the ticket well. So we can’t reissue the ticket”.

 

 

In my opinion, they should change the ski ticket to the electronic card as the other ski resorts that this will help people not to worry about losing the ski ticket.

Whatever, Yongpyong resort’ snow quality is good that I really enjoyed skiing and snowboarding.

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About Korean military-Wearing the rubber shoes upside down

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All Korean men have to go to the military about 2 years. Now my brother is also in military that I get interested in the topic of ‘Korea military‘.

When boyfriend goes to the military, the girlfriend has to wait about 2 years that it is quite a long time. Accordingly, there are couples who broke up before the men go to the military or when the men is in the military. About the couples whose men are in military, there is a Korean proverb “Wearing the rubber shoes upside down”(고무신 거꾸로 신는다). This mean when the boyfriend is in the military, girlfriend betray and date with other guy.

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Where did the “Wearing the rubber shoes upside down” proverb came from?

When the Korea was liberated from Japan on 1945, people were commonly wearing rubber shoes. At that time, all young men had to serve in the military as nowadays. There is a story of this proverb’s origin. While the boyfriend is in a military, girlfriend went to the same room with other guy. However, after that, the girlfriend was trying to leave the room in a hurry and she wore the rubber shoes in opposite. This is because she had no time to wear it properly. I doubt if it is possible to wear the rubber shoes upside down, but might be possible if someone is really in a hurry. 🙂 This proverb’ story is commonly known among Korean.

“Wearing the rubber shoes upside down” is still used commonly. For example, when the guy goes to the military, the boyfriend say to the girlfriend “Don’t wear the rubber shoes upside down”.

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How Koreans celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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In Korea, Valentine’s Day is simply a way for women to show their interest and affection to men by giving them chocolate. This custom of gifting chocolate started in Japan in 1936, and this Japanese style of Valentine Day came to Korea. Although Valentine Day is used to cater more towards couples, or those wanting to confess their secret loves using a romantic day as an excuse, in recent years, Valentine Day has expanded to include family, co-workers and pretty much anyone you come into contact with on those days. Accordingly, female coworkers give the chocolate to the male co-workers and female students give to the male friends.

However the presents in Valentine Day’s are not limited to the chocolate. Recently, Korean man’s wish lists have changed, due to the current economic climate. The research, which you can see in below, is the list of the presents what Korean men want in Valentine Day.

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As you can see in the survey, majority of men would prefer to receive cash.

However, giving the chocolate is the most common presents in Valentine Day and many women (or girl) are interested in, making the handmade chocolates.

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Hand made chocolates and the hand written letter are also the good way to impress the Korean boyfriends. 🙂

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Then what about the men? The men get their turn to give presents to women on March 14th-White Day. Men are expected to reciprocate with non-chocolate candy to the women who remembered them the previous month.

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Consequently, you can see all kinds of candy offering in all the same places in Korea as you saw chocolate in Valentine Day.

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Bulgoksan Korea mountain view in seasons change

Last weekend the weather was really cold 14(-10 degree) and the cold wind is blowing that the sensory temperature was 1.4(-17degree). Even the weather was cold, I hiked the mountain where is in near my home. This is because I wanted to keep my leg strong for skiing in 2 weeks after.:) It is Bulgoksan mountain and the height of the mountain is 312.9m that it takes about 1hour to reach the top.

I hiked more than 30 times in this mountain, and I could see the change of the mountain view as a change of season. I took pictures in different season in same mountain.

On Feburary 8th 2014- Winter

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On December 7th 2014-Winter after a little snow

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On Octover 30th 2014-Autumn

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On July 31st 2014-Summer

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The best season for hiking in Korea is definitely Autumn, especially before the fall leaves. Autumn is the most beautiful and also the temperature is nice to hike. However, if you also also want to hike in winter be sure for preparing hiking equipment: hiking shoes, mask and gloves. Normally ground is slippery in winter, after the rain or snow came that wearing the good shoes are important for safety. Also if the cold wind is blowing a lot, the mask is essential for keeping you warm.

Thanks for reading.:)