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 →

Pink and Green: Tomatoes in Korea

🍅 "I like tomato, you like tomahto... 🎶 🥔 I like potato, you like potahto." 🎵 Or was it the other way around? 🍅🤔🥔 Who decides what's correct and what is not when it comes to tomatoes and potatoes, anyways. Despite pronunciation,* there are also disputes regarding the classification of these two food items. Is... Continue Reading →

Meeting Potatoes in Korea

You may find boiled potatoes boring as a side dish🥔, but you love french fries🍟. And a bag of chips miraculously disappears when you watch a movie. 📺 So you think you know potatoes? 🥔 Are you suuuure??? You've probably had potatoes in all kinds of ways: Boiled, mashed, baked, roasted, fried, cooked 'au gratin'...... Continue Reading →

Fast Food Fashion of South Korea

"Balli balli!" (빨리! 빨리!) Move fast, act immediately, there's no time! Anyone who visits Seoul will quickly notice how many people appear to be in a rush in whatever they do. Some may call this impatient and short-tempered, others may consider this behavior as targeted at optimization of processes. In the end it might be... Continue Reading →

Taste of green: Nokcha 녹차 and Ssuk 쑥

Green tea frappuccino with ice cream and green tea cake. Gyeongju 2018. 💚 Greeeeeeeeeeeeeen! 💚 Isn't green food fascinating? 🥦🥒🍏🥝🥗 Do you know what ingredients can turn other foods green? You may remember that spinach is added to e.g. pasta and bread, and recently even chlorella and spirulina have found their way into our (smoothie)... Continue Reading →

Seasonal treat: Spring greens

🐦Birds are singing.🕊 🌸Flowers are blooming.🌼🦋Insects are buzzing around.🐝 🌱New leaves are sprouting on plants.🌿 Everything is basically yelling: 🌤 SPRING IS HERE!!!! 🌷 Young plants of edible mugwort (ssuk 쑥). How else can you tell? 🤤Fresh spring greens (bom-namul 봄나물) are back!!💚 Traditional Korean food is characterized by turning seasonal and local ingredients into... Continue Reading →

Jelly in secret: Hidden gelatin

Fact #1:Gelatin is a gelling agent. 🍮 Fact #2:Gelatin is made from pig. 🐖 Or some other animals' remains, such as bone marrow, skins or hides. While fish gelatin and bovine gelatin are usually specifically labeled (e.g. as halal or kosher), gelatin from pigs is so common that its source is often not stated. While... Continue Reading →

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