Friday, December 15, 2017

[Korean Wave] World Delicacies You Can Enjoy in Korea │Asia

[Korean Wave] World Delicacies You Can Enjoy in Korea │Asia

As Korean Wave has spread throughout the world, Hanryu(Korean Wave) fans become not only interested in kpop an k-drama but also curious about the rest of aspects of Korean culture including food. Like Seoul, Tokyo, NYC and many other big cities, Daegu offers a variety of food options ranging from authentic Korean food to international food. Most of these restaurants have their food adjusted to Korean tastes on a different level. Once you are in Daegu, Korea, try experiencing world cuisine to spice up your trip!

Thai Food
Hi Thai 하이타이

This is one of the most famous Thai restaurants located in downtown. The best-selling menu is Pad Thai.
─  Hours: 11:30 – 21:30 *Break time: 15:00 – 17:00 closed on Mondays
─  Address: 53, Gongpyeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 공평로 53’

Chinese Food
Rian 리안

Among today’s list, Rian is the only restaurant that’s located outside downtown. Rian is very famous among locals for offering good quality (Korean) Chinese food at decent price.
─  Hours: 11:30 – 21:00, close on Tuesdays
─  Address: 48, Gyohak-ro 4-gil, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 수성구 교학로4 48

Junghwa Banjeom  중화반점

Junghwa Banjeom was featured on one of the most renowned TV shows for its yakiudon! Yakiudon is also one of “10 Tastes of Daegu”
─  Hours: 11:30 – 21:00
─  Address: 406-12, Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 중앙대로 406-12

Japanese Food

Last Sikdang 라스또 식당

Last Sikdang offers visually tantalizing Japanese food you will love. Waiting is very common at this restaurant.
─  Hours: 12:00 – 21:00, close on Wednesdays
─  Address: 31, Dongseong-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 동성로1 31

Hu-u-mi Ramen 후우미 라멘

Hu-u-mi Ramen offers you a authentic style of Japanese ramen at 7,000 – 8,000KRW.
─  Hours: 11:00 – 22:00,
─  Address: 18-4, Dongseong-ro 2-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 동성로2 18-4

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Seomun Market, winner of “The Star of Korean Tour 2017”

Seomun Market, winner of “The Star of Korean Tour 2017”

A must-visit tour spot in Korea!

One of the Daegu’s attractions is once again selected as The Star of Korean Tour in 2017! Seomun Market is Daegu’s second winner of the award following Modern Alley in 2012. Among final candidates were Daegu’s Kim GwangSeok Street and Otgol hanok village. Seomun Market was one of the 3 biggest market in Chosun Dynasty. After Korea gained independence from Japanese oppression, it became the biggest wholesale market for fabric.

Why Seomun Market?

The perfect location
Seomun is in walking distance to a lot of popular tour attractions such as Cheongna Hill, Jeil Church, 3.1 Independence Movement Steps, Gyesan Cathedral, Jin Street and Yangnyeongsi Street.

The Korean "sijang(market) vibe!
Anywhere you travel, checking it out a local market usually give you a great insight into the culture and atmosphere of the place! 

A variety of Korean food!
The charm of a traditional market is a variety of food it offers! It’s a perfect place to try different kinds at cheap costs!

Night continues at Seomun 
The market you see during the day starts to close for the day starting 5pm. However, night continues at Seoumun market with its infamous Seomun Night Market!

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Other convenient facilities! 
Not only that, Seomun Market has facilities like Tourism Information Center, Tax-free shopping mall “D-mall” and a hanok guesthouse. Tourism Information Center runs at night, too. It opens from 10:00 to 17:00 and 19:00 to 22:30. You can walk in there to solve any question you have or even ask a guide to the market!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

8 Best Korean Winter Munchies: bungeoppang, hotteok, eomuk and more!

8 Best Korean Winter Munchies: bungeoppang, hotteok, eomuk and more!

Street food vendors dotted on streets in Korea is a certain signal that winter has arrived! It’ very easy to spot a vendor that sells exclusive winter snack! We’ve complied 8 best Korean winter munchies that are at hearts of Korean people! While you are exploring Daegu, they offer great and convenient options to fill your stomach. I am not saying you will love these all but challenge yourself to experience different varieties when you landed in a foreign country;)

No. 1 bungeoppang 붕어빵
Bungoeppang is a goldfish shaped bread filled with sweet red bean paste. It is one of the most symbolic Korean winter food that people of any age enjoy. The outer break part is just crispy enough and fillings come in many variation for the past decade: custard cream, pizza and more!

Cost: 400-500KRW/piece
Where to find: near subway stations or bus stops and any busy sector of the city.

No. 2 Hotteok 호떡
Mmmm. Thinking of hotteok just makes my stomach crave for it! Hotteok is a deep-fried little pancakes stuffed with black sugar, cinnamon and nuts! I recommend you eat this when it just finishes cooking, blowing it to cool down the sweet stuffing! It’s an instant energy booster!  

Cost: 500 – 1,000KRW/piece
Where to find: any market(sijang) such as Seomun Market

No. 3 Eomuk 어묵
Eomuk is commonly seen all year around at a snack store or vendors. However, it’s the winter when this delicacy shines the most when served super hot from deep-flavored broth. Make sure you try broth cooked from anchovy, many vegetables and soy sauce! It warms your body immediately!  

Cost: 400 – 500/stick
Where to find: near subway stations or bus stops and any busy sector of the city.

No. 4 Hoppang 호빵
“ho- ho- ho-“ Don’t be mislead. It’s not the sound of Santa Claus! During winter in Korea, this sounds symbolizes people devouring hoppang, hot steamed buns. As you can tell, the name of this munchies derived from the onomatope. The classic hoppang is filled with soft red bean paste. Other variation include vegetables and pizza fillings inside! Yumm.

Cost: 1,000 – 1,500KRW
Where to find: market(sijang), convenience store. 

No. 5 Boiled corn 찐옥수수
Boiled corn is one of the most nostalgic Koran winter foods! It is both at home and on the street. Corns are boiled in a little sweetened water and then kept warm steamed. Boiled corn is comparatively a rare winter food that you need to hunt for during winter!

Cost: 1,000-1,500/corn
Where to find: Mabijeong Mural Village, a market(sijang)

No. 6 Baked sweet potatoes 군고구마
Gungoguma literally means baked sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes are cooked in large iron barrels with wood. This way, it becomes extra sweet and hot, which makes it a perfect winter munchie!  

Cost: 1,500 – 2,000KRW/sweet potato
Where to find: Mabijeong Mural Village and a market(sijang)

No. 7 Roasted Chestnut 군밤
Along with gungoguma, roasted chestnut is popular winter food that has nostalgic vibe for Korean people. This healthy snack is cooked without any flavor but takes wonderful!

Cost: 3,000-5,000LRW/pack
Where to find: Mabijeong Mural Village, Outside Dongdaegu Station, a market(sijang)

No. 8 Tteok-bokki 떡볶이
Ttoek-bokki is Korea’s most iconic street food! The red look of the food might daunt some of you but this dish actually comes in various level of spiciness. If you can’t handle the spiciness, ask the vendor owner. Nonetheless, steaming tteok-bokki tastes extra fantastic during winter!

Cost: 2,000 – 3,000KRW/dish
Where to find: literally any neighborhood!

One tip to conquer this list is going to Seomun Market, Dongseongro or Mabijeong Mural Village!