- READING COMPREHENSION
Location: Sinchon – this place is kind of hidden, in the alley near Krispy Kreme. You have to go downstairs, But from the main street, you will see a banner that’s green-themed telling you which way to go.
Date of Visit: October 30, 2009
How To Get There: It is across from the UPLEX, next to the Mr. Wow hot dog stand where 7-Eleven is. The restaurant doesn’t really have a name so just look for bright neon letters saying “냉면”
Date of Visit: October 27, 2009
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My friends (Casey & Esther) & I decided to have lunch at this restaurant on a chilly afternoon after Korean class when we were at Yonsei University last fall. This restaurants had both tables with chairs and tables where you sat on the ground. Since we were feeling traditional, we opted to sit on the ground. My friends decided to get the 회냉면 since this restaurant was famous for it. I, however, opted for something different. Since I have never tried it before, I decided to order 갈비탕.
갈비탕 (kalbi-tang) is essentially short ribs, daikon, and green onions in a beef broth. The broth is made from simmering beef to achieve the clearness. This meal was served with a bowl of rice and kimchi. At first, it looked really plain to me. But I instantly fell in love with it as soon as I took the first bite. The meat from the short ribs were soft and fell right off the bones. The broth was flavorful and sweet. IT WAS SO GOOD. I seriously could not get over how tasty it was. So simple, yet so tasty. I think it tasted extra good that day because it was kind of chilly outside. My kalbi-tang was 7,000 won. The naeng-myun Esther & Casey got was 6,500 won each. Mmm what an awesome lunch. It was such a nice meal to have on a chilly October afternoon.
is simply breathtaking. Or at least it’s supposed to be.
Being the “in-the-bubble” child from Southern California that I am, adapting to the 추워는 날씨 of Korea has been kind of difficult. In short, in the mornings & at night, I am freezing my balls off. And since I only intended to stay for the summer, heavy jackets & thermal wear wasn’t packed.
I’ve been in school for almost 4 weeks now. I like it. I mean waking up at 6:30AM Monday-Friday sucks balls but I like my class. I’m finally learning about something I am actually interested in. I guess my class isn’t that close but some of the people are pretty cool. Everyone’s from a different country with a different background. There’s a girl from Germany who’s half Korean. A Japanese girl who’s studying to become a stewardess in Korea. There’s someone from Philly studying Korean to prepare for college entrance exams in Korea. All so interesting. We had a cooking class together the other week & it was a lot of fun. Our class is so un-perfect, but that’s why I liked it. I heard the phrase “OH SHIT!” every two seconds, I felt like I belonged.
I have midterms this coming week & I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about it. Of course, there is the usual worry & stress because I have to memorize like 3 skits. And I fail at listening. But, I want to study this time. I spent 9 hours on Saturday night studying Korean at 3 different cafes… I actually memorized most of my skits. It’s gonna be more studying throughout this whole week… 화이팅!
There is so much to do yet so little time. November will be that month to go all out. I’m ready.
Location: Sinchon – this place is across diagonally across the street from Caffe Bene. Across the street from a 1,000 won waffle stand as well.
Date of Visit: October 23, 2009
After an intense study session at Meeple, Esther, Casey & I headed down the street to get some budaechiggae… at 10PM. We went to the budaechiggae place all the way down near Caffe Bene. We were pretty much the only people in the place at that time of the day haha. We added mandoo, ‘shrooms, ham, & tofu to our soup.
Our meal came with a bowl of rice each, lot of side dishes, & my favorite: a bag of ramen to add to the soup towards the end. The soup started to boil after 3 minutes of being on the stove. Since we were famished, we sort of finished it too quickly. I loved eating the ramen with the saltier part of the soup. Mmmm… All of the canned meat worked so well in this dish. Spam, vienna sausage, hot dogs… the stuff you would usually cringe at in America. The ending result:
And since we were in the world’s biggest food coma after finishing that pot of soup, this happened:
Casey: You know what I just thought of you guys?
Me & Esther: What?
Casey: What are we still doing in Korea????
Casey: I mean, everybody already left after summer ended.
Casey: Why are the three of us still here???
SO FUCKING EPIC. Hahahaha.