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Lovely Day in Goyang City

Few weeks ago, on a freezing cold Friday, my classmates and I joined the free tour for foreigners in Goyang City. It is 30 minutes away from Seoul, famous as the flower city of Korea. It is winter though, so we cannot see blooming flowers around. But since it is free :D, we participated in the government-arranged trip.

We were picked-up at the Korean Tourism Organization Headquarters in Eulijiro 3-ga in downtown Seoul at around 9:30. Then we headed to our first stop: Goyang Lake Park. It was really freezing cold (-8 degreeh, eh?) but some of us still joined the bicycle riding. I was so happy because it was my first time to ride the bicycle in Korea (which is actually included in my bucket list). It is a crazy idea to ride a bike in winter, but we did it!

After that we headed to the Hallyu museum. Goyang is also famous for the KPOP bands that originated from the city, and some Korean dramas that were shot there.

We had a handicraft making session. We made Hanji (traditional paper) crafts. I’ve got souvenirs that I personally made, yay! 🙂

Then they brought us to the Central and South America Culture Center. It is a museum and a restaurant in one! The owner is a former ambassador to Latin America, so after he retired he built that museum. He welcomed us all and gave an inspiring talk. He’s such a man who lived his life very well. When he asked us to introduce ourselves, he had a comment on each country where we’re from!  After the talk, they served us Paella and steak. That was the best free lunch I had here in Korea!

The tour ended with the Grease musical show. Too bad I was so sleepy that afternoon so I feel asleep during the show. Also, everything was in Korean so I cannot understand it.

The best things in life are really free. I never thought that a free trip could be this good. I had a really lovely day in Goyang!

My tummy loves South Korea!

We Filipinos love to eat. From the most simple kakanin to the complicated dishes, we spoil our tummies. Before I came here to South Korea, the only Korean food I am familiar of is Jjam-pong. I know I am such a loser but I am not really into exploring restaurants. When I already found my comfort food, I will keep eating and eating that until I don’t like it anymore.

My friends told me that Koreans love spicy food, and I said that’s not a problem because my parents are from Bicol and we always have siling labuyo on our food. I grew up loving spicy food. Another thing they said is that Koreans love vegetables. Hmmm then I will learn how to eat veggies ‘coz I don’t like it that much. Lastly is that Koreans are so health conscious that they don’t put too much salt or sugar.

I thought adjusting to food here will be difficult for me, but I was wrong! I fell in love with Korean food the first time I ate and have a taste of their cuisine. So far here’s my top 10 favorite Korean food.

10. Korean street food

This photo shows one of street food stalls in Myeongdong. They sell hotdog/sausages. My favourite here is the one wrapped with bacon. So every time I get hungry after shopping I just grab one stick. There’s actually a lot of street food here. I might need a full blog entry for this. Price: 2,000 won

9. Hotok

This is also sold at the streets. Hotok is like a pancake, or more like our famous piyaya. It is crunchy bread with cinnamon and honey inside. Price: 700 won each

8. Yang-gogi

This is not actually a traditional Korean food, and it is sold in a Chinese restaurant here. But this food is made for Korean customers. It is lamb chops in sticks. The meat is not smelly and easy to chew. It is also perfect with Chinese-style fried rice. We usually have this after exam break or an exhausting week. Price: 9,000 per set (10 sticks)

7. Samgyetang

I ate this once, during the Seoul tour arranged for us. It is young chicken stew, with ginseng. They said it is good during summer to give you more energy. The chicken is also stuffed with rice. I love this because it is like our tinola. I am not sure about the price though but it is a little expensive.

6. Kimchi-shige

Kimchi is not for me. I am trying my best to eat it, but I just can’t. Surprisingly, I love the kimchi-soup. It is a spicy stew of cabbage and other vegetables, sometimes with tofu or noodles. And this picture is a typical set of a meal, complete with different side dishes. Price: 4,500 won

5. Chim-dak

I discovered this because a friend brought me to a restaurant in the SNU subway station. I am always there but never thought they have real good food like this. It is chicken with potatoes and carrots with soy sauce and vinegar. Sounds familiar, eh? Yes, it is like our adobo. Just that it has a lot of red chillies and noodles. Price: 26,000 won (good for four)

4. Cheese Ramyeon

You can see noodles just everywhere. But this cheese ramyeon is really special. I love this really spicy noodles topped with cheese. It is just perfect for the cold weather. Price: 3,000 won

3. Korean shabu-shabu

My friends are really good in discovering sumptuous Korean food. They found a shabu-shabu restaurant that’s near our school. It is actually a mix of vegetables, noodles, mushroom and beef. After finishing it, they will fry rice. Price: 19,000 won (good for 3)

2. Kimbap

It is famous globally. Kimbap is made of rice and other ingredients like vegetables and meat (tuna or beef) and rolled with gim (dried seaweed). I think it is the cheapest of all the Korean food in my list. Price: 2,500 won

1. Samgyeopsal

My most favourite Korean food is the Korean BBQ samgyeopsal! I will never get tired of eating this! You grill swegogi (beef) or dwejigogi (pork) then you wrap it in lettuce, add some salt or chilli paste. You can also eat with rice. The best way to eat this is to be with your good friends around. Price: beef: 8,000 per person.

There are still some that I haven’t included in this list. I have yet to try other Korean food. But so far, my tummy is really enjoying here in South Korea!