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.:)