What you need to know about seaweed in Korea

Do you love the smell of the sea? 🌊 Or do you dislike that "fishy" smell? 🐟 Any thoughts on seaweed? 🌿 Nori seaweed (gim 김) and other marine organisms on a rock exposed during low tide. Bogil Island (보길도), 2018. Seaweed.... 🤔 Funny name to begin with, right?! Another name for it is algae,... Continue Reading →

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Edible any way: Sweet Potatoes in Korea

In a previous post, you have been introduced to the Korean look of the 'regular' potato.🥔 Now, let's take a look at their relative - the sweet potato! 🍠 Thanksgiving is coming up in the US, where sweet potatoes aka yams are popular guests at the dinner table. If you're tired of them showing up... Continue Reading →

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Smelly golden balls with gems inside: Ginkgo 은행씨

[⚠️Warning: Graphic language may be included in the text below. Not advised to read when eating or sensitive to unappetizing descriptions. 🤬😱🤢] I have a confession to make. Years ago, I went on a treasure hunt. 🗺 In Germany. The treasure were small, yellow gems. 💎 Those gemstones were enclosed in little pearls. ⚪️ And... Continue Reading →

Learning Korean: Update on language-related posts

It can't be stressed often enough how important language is. In general and in particular. If you are concerned about food, for instance, knowing at least how to read Korean makes you more independent from electronic, internet-based devices (e.g. unreliable translation apps, asking friends or random people on Facebook for help). At the same time,... Continue Reading →

Quarantine in Korea

After traveling to Korea during the ongoing Corona pandemic, the journey was not over yet. It did not feel like I had arrived in Seoul, because I needed to undergo the mandatory quarantine. This is another personal account describing my experience of spending quarantine in Korea. Quarantine certificate received at the airport Quarantine in Korea... Continue Reading →

Traveling to Korea in times of Corona

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people all over the world are facing great challenges which are the catalysts for many changes across the board. The way we live, work, eat, and celebrate is changing. The way we interact with each other - as individuals, among societies, as well as on international level - has changed.... Continue Reading →

Essential seasonings and spices in Korean

What makes food taste good? Beside quality and handling of the main ingredients, seasonings and spices are key to making food more flavorful. In general, they can increase the taste 👅, add new aromas 👃 and also change the visual appearance of the dish. 👀 If a food is not seasoned well, it is considered... Continue Reading →

Brown, bitter but lovely: Acorn jelly 도토리묵

Can you find a connection between squirrels, Romans and Koreans? Here's one: Acorns. Everyone knows that squirrels are fond of nuts, including those of the oak tree. 🌰🐿 Archaeologists and historians know that also humans have consumed acorns since ancient times. 🌰🏛 Who knew that at present, foods made from acorns are a significant ingredient... Continue Reading →

Flowers and Food in Korea

May - this month is filled with special events: Around the world, many countries have designated the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day to commemorate mothers (including grandmothers, godmothers, or parents in general!). [In 2020, Mother's Day was on May 10.] In addition to that, Christian holidays such as Ascension and Pentecost are often... Continue Reading →

Compilation of mushrooms and seaweed in Korean

By now, we have touched upon the vast diversity of plant-based foods like vegetables, fruit, grains and nuts. 🗒🌱 You may have learned enough Korean to identify the most common animal-based ingredients as well. 🗒🐮 So what's left? Well, a LOT! 😉 For example, there are hundreds of fungi and many kinds of seaweed, which... Continue Reading →

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