Beondegi, 번데기 – Street Food

Beondegi, 번데기 - Street Food

It’s common street food you can get near oceans.
I was born in In-cheon, 인천, where the international airport and the west coast are.
I remember I very much enjoyed eating this food until I heard a story of my friend that she saw a butterfly wing on them.. hmm.. (omg) Ever since, I couldn’t help but not think about the wings and ended up refusing buying them.
The texture is like dense tofu and you can definitely feel that you will get some protein as you chew them through.
They are usually served in a salty water so they tend to be moist!
Hope you try this when you are in Korea and let me know if you liked them 😉

Wiki:
Beondegi (Korean: 번데기) are a popular snack food in Korean cuisine. Literally meaning “chrysalis” or “pupa” in Korean, Beondegi are steamed or boiled silkworm pupae which are seasoned and eaten as a snack. Beondegi are often served by street vendors, as well as in restaurants and drinking establishments. They are also sold in cans in grocery stores and convenience stores, but they must be boiled in water before serving. Beondegi is not always sold in the market and is usually sold from street vendors, although it is possible to buy the live variant for personal preparation.

Light Decoration @ Lafesta, Il-san

DSC03351 lightIt was @ Lafesta in Il-san in Sept. 2007.
They set up beautiful decorations with lights. I was more excited about walking under the huge lights but now that I see the photo again, I’m more fascinated by the beautiful oriental designs. Sometimes you realize different things in other views when you are far away from your home country. For me, it can be also from tutoring my language and culture to westerners, since they have interesting questions about S.Korea which I wasn’t aware of. Perhaps, you will learn more about your own country when you are in Korea. 🙂

Sheep Farm in Daeguanryeong, 대관령

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The farm is well known for raising sheep in Daeguanryeong in Gangwon Province.It takes about 2~3 hours to get to the place from Seoul by car.
You can rent a house near by, with beautiful scenery! I went there with my family, had barbecue(not the lamb though lol) and visited the farm. It was incredible to experience feeding sheep and watch them how they walk or sleep while we were taking a long path around the hill. They were so cute and gentle.

It can be a very relaxing and educational trip for kids and adults and if you like nature, I highly recommend you to check out this place! 🙂

Official Website of the farm: http://www.yangtte.co.kr/

Bean paste stew, 된장찌개

Bean paste stew, 된장찌개

I am putting up a photo of the food I made last week!

된장[Duenjang], the paste is made of fermented soy beans. It’s supposedly very good at increasing your immune system and fighting cancer.
It seems as though a lot of fermented food is excellent for fighting cancer, like Kimchi (김치).

You can add any veggies you want but I prefer putting ones of different colours such as red hot peppers, zuchini, carrots, radish, onions etc. I also added tofu, ginger, garlic, black pepper, pork meat and of course the bean paste(3 big spoons).
It is so flavorful and spicy that it gives you so much appetite. Korean people eat stew at almost every meal with rice (you could also eat it with noodles or sliced rice cake).
If you want to try making this dish and wonder about something, please message me 🙂

Minto (민들레 영토) In Sinchon

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They are old photos I just found in my hard drive.

The place is called “민들레 영토 [Mindeulle youngto]” meaning “Dandelions land”. People shorten the name to “민토 [Minto]”

I used to go to this coffee chain to study with my friends.
It’s very comfortable atmosphere to study and you can order food or grab some drink and snack.

They also have private study room for groups or seminar etc. I used to study English every Saturday in one of the group rooms.

If you feel like chilling with your friends, reading or studying( it sounds weird but Korean people do.. :p), check out this place in Sinchon or Hongdae. There might be more of them now.

Mr. PIZZA

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It’s my favorite pizza chain in the world. It’s pretty thin crust and the crust is generally filled with something like sweet potatoes and cheese. You will never imagine how tasty the crust can be or that it could even become your favorite part of eating pizza. I like the idea that they put a lot of different nutritious toppings on them.
They are many types of pizza so the toppings vary a lot. The pizza in the photo is called “Golden seafood pizza” and it’s got shrimp with plenty of veggies, plus sweet potato filled crust! hahah!
People usually visit stores and sit down to eat and there is a unlimited salad bar which you can enjoy along with pizza or as an appetizer. Just be careful not to eat too much of it and make yourself too full to enjoy the pizza with the full enthusiasm!
I wish I had the chains in Canada as well. Should I be the first one who opens it? 😉

[WIKI source]

The CEO of Mr. Pizza is Jung Woo-Hyun (정우현).[1] The president is Lee Ju-bok (이주복). As of 2010, the company had franchised 350 stores in Korea, two in the United States, one in Vietnam, and 15 in China.

South Korean
pizza chain established in 1990. It is based in Banpo-Dong, Seocho-Gu, Seoul. After establishing a franchise in Ewha Women’s University, Mr. Pizza opened a store in Beijing, China in 2000 and has two stores in the Los Angeles Area in Koreatown and recently opened a store in Little Tokyo. The Mr. Pizza logo, a slanted, stylized ‘Pizza & Hand’, is symbolic of two people (the company and customer) shaking hands.