Mountains of snow and icy clouds: Korean Bingsu 빙수

Anyone who tried it won't forget the refreshing experience of eating this typical Korean dessert: Bingsu. Milk-based Bingsu garnished with persimmon and jujube (daechu 대추) at Oknumong 옥루몽, Seoul 2017. This may be the ultimate guide to Korean Bingsu. Read on and learn everything you need to know about Bingsu, including what is Korean Bingsu,... Continue Reading →

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Easy-to-go vegan ice cream in Korea

These days, I often find myself thinking "Need... water... need... ice..." 🌡☀️😵 In an unstoppable impulse to find something that would quickly bring relief ❄️, I rummaged through various ice boxes, looking for ice cream. 🍦 (To be more precise, those of the popsicle kind - the "single servings".) While checking the loooong labels with... Continue Reading →

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Names of beverages and drinks in Korean

Summer is here! 🌞 With the sun shining fiercely, it is more important than ever to stay hydrated! 💦 For your thirst for knowledge, here's a new list covering refreshments in Korean language! 🤓 After all, we got food (vocabulary). 🍽 Now we need (to learn about) drinks! 🥛🧃🥤☕️🍵🥃🍸 [Btw, the lists you can find... Continue Reading →

What the name on the food label says…

When doing grocery shopping in Korea, did you ever wonder why the "names" for food on the price tag are sometimes rather long? 🤔 You may also notice that some names deviate from what's on these lists: Korean names for vegetables, fruits, nuts, seaweed, mushrooms, cereals and beans. If you find that confusing, you can... Continue Reading →

Plant-based hiking the Korean way

☀️ The sun shines, the sky is blue. 💙⛰ Days are warm, but nights are cool. 🌠 Hiking on Mt. Unak 운악산. Gapyeong, October 2017. Can you guess what season this is? 🌸 Plants blossom and insects arise. 🐛 That sounds like spring, doesn't it? But the description can continue like this: 🍎 Fruits ripen... Continue Reading →

Diverse delicious seaweeds of Korea’s seas

As a follow-up on last year's post "What you need to know about seaweed" (aka "Seaweed 101"), here is more information about Korea's edible seaweed! In this post, "Diverse delicious seaweeds of Korea's seas" [Can you pronounce this tongue twister? 🤪] or in short "Seaweed 102", you can learn about various other seaweeds in Korean... Continue Reading →

Comparison of common citrus fruits in Korea

Despite the cold of winter, South Korean markets constantly offer edibles. Apart from beans, grains and other dry foods, there is also some fresh produce. The cold temperatures allow the harvest of seafood and seaweed, which would easily spoil in the summer. Winter vegetables such as spinach, cabbage and root vegetables (e.g. radish, sweet potatoes,... 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 →

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