Monthly Archive: September 2018

Popular and Delicious Korean Food

For some people who love K-Pop and K-Drama will be familiar with some Korean food, like Kimchi and Tteokbokki. South Korean foods can also compete with the foods from the other east Asian countries like Japan and China. Korean foods are now also popular to the other countries including the US and Europe since the K-fever is spreading around the world.

Must-Try Korean Foods

Here are some Korean foods that are very famous around the world that you should try when you go to visit South Korea or authentic Korean restaurants.

  • Kimchi

Kimchi is known as the spicy pickle from Korea. Kimchi was made from fermented vegetables. It is fermented by scrubbing the vegetables with spices and salt. White mustard, radish, cucumber, and cabbage are the most common Kimchi that the native usually eat. It is fermented inside earthenware vessels that are buried in the ground for a few days. Kimchi can last for a long time if it is stored nicely.

  • Tteokbokki

Korea is known for its spicy foods. One of the most popular spicy food in Korean that we can easily found as street food is tteokbokki. Tteokbokki is a Korean spicy rice cake. In some drama or tv show, it often stole the attention of the viewers. Tteokbokki is being prepared by cut it into pieces and the nice spicy gravy is being spread on the top of the rice cake with the slice of green onions, eggs or fish cakes.

  • Kimbab

If Japan has sushi, Korea has Kimbab. Not much different from sushi, Kimbab also has filling inside the rolled rice. Kimbab’s fillings are more various than sushi, Kimbab is only depended on fish or the other seafood. Kimbab can be filled with meat, vegetables or even modified with the other ingredients. The rice is being seasoned with sesame oil and a pinch of salt. The rice is being rolled up inside the nori or flat seaweed.

  • Ramyeon

Another Korean version of Japanese food is Ramen. In Korea, we call it Ramyeon. Korean ramyeon is very famous for those who love Korean Drama and movies. Almost in every movie, there is a scene where the characters are eating ramyeon with the pan lid. The difference between Ramen and Ramyeon is in its broth and toppings. Ramen has fish or meat broth and topped with Naruto-some kind of fish cake, or Menma (boiled bamboo), while Ramyeon uses Anchovy or shrimp broth and topped with kimchi.

  • Jjangmyeon

Jjangmeyon is originally a Chinese Korean combined cuisine. Jjangmyeon is a kind of noodle that is topped with thick black gravy on it. This black gravy is made of soy sauce and some slice of pork meats and vegetables.

  • Bulgogi

Bulgogi is made from thinly sliced beef that is roasted and then stir-fried. Before it is roasted, the beef is marinated in fish and soy sauces. Korean has a unique way to eat bulgogi. They usually put wrap bulgogi inside the perilla leaves with gochujang (chili paste) and garlic in it.

Korean Travelling Tricks without Tour Package

Some of us may think that having a Korean trip package might be boring and strict. It can be caused by the demanding schedule with too many destinations to go at a set time. Moreover, the given private time is very limited since the number of participants. It is no longer surprising that a tour package is not very comfortable for those who really want to explore the destination

Traveling to Korea

South Korea is now the most popular country with numerous tourist destinations in eastern Asia. This country is famous with its numbers of boy or girl group that hit the popularity among other countries including the United States of America. For you who are interested to have a trip to South Korea without participating in a tour package, here are some tricks that may be helpful.

  • Set Plan from Days Before

Before heading somewhere you are unfamiliar about, it is better to do research first and set the trip months before. It is important to research before having your trip to South Korea because there are many things you need to prepare beforehand, like the weather and the clothes we need to bring according to it. Then, we need to set the time when we are going to buy the plane ticket, the first hotel we are going to book and how long. It is also important to know the places you are going to visit in South Korea and set the trip schedule.

  • Prepare your Passport and Visa

The next thing you need to do is preparing your documents, like passport and visa. You need to prepare documents like SOA or statement of account (copy of SPT PPh 21) and working statement to fulfill the requirements to get the visa for your passport from South Korean Embassy. Make sure those documents are ready before you submit the form to get your Korean visa.

  • Book Hotel

After you now the places or destinations that you are going to visit, you need to book the hotels near those places. At least you need to decide one place to be your first visit if you plan to pick the destination after arriving in your destination country and then decide the next visit before your booking time in the first hotel is ended. Choose a hotel near the capital or tourist area to cut down the budget for transportation.

  • Change your Money to Korean Won (KRW)

Do not forget to change your money to Korean Won before going to Korea. Mostly, Korean people use digitized money to do almost every transaction. You need to prepare enough cash in order to anticipate the limited access to the bank in Korea. If you insist to use a debit card and take the money from ATM, you need to make sure that your card has chip and Master sign to make sure your debit card can be used in the ATM around the world.

  • Use Google

Lastly, use google to go everywhere you want, prepare your budget and what accommodations you should take.