2012-06-15

Other than kimchi

Other than Japan, Korea is the most developed country in Asia. These two countries are always in my wish-to-travel list. Luck was on us when my husband's company chose Seoul, Korea and  Guang Chou, China as this year staff outing itinerary options. Since We have been to Guang Chou, China in 2007 when we visiting Hong Kong, so we decided on Seoul, Korea.

For the past few years, myself, April and May had been tagging along my husband's company staff outing to countries like, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Every country has a unique culture or common heritage, joint experience, and shared learning that produce its culture. I want to thank my husband for giving us a chance to recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life.

Traveling to a more developed country, increases our knowledge and widens our perspective, especially Korea has the best technology in Asia. We were able to view new customs, and different ways of living. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. My husband has started to take good care of his skin with the new skin care range that was bought in Korea.

When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, take lots of picture, and share nice stories to people afterwards. I don't intend to show off and make people jealous. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.

Here I would like to pen down the new food that we got to try in Korea.
Left: BBQ marinated beef (bulgogi) with lots of grass noodles and lemon grass.
Right: Other than kimchi, it is still kimchi.
Halal buffet lunch.
A full-course Korean traditional meal.
Ginseng soup with rice stuffed inside the chicken.
Frankly, I tasted the kimchi on the first day, and I dare not taking it on the second day onwards. My girls were worse, they couldn't even smell the kimchi. We are certainly not a fan of Korean cuisine. You can tell from April's expression when forcing to finish her breakfast.

Basically, Korean food is quite healhty. Every meal also includes plenty of grains, legumes and vegetables, most indispensably in the form of kimchi—robustly flavored, fermented vegetables. Kimchi is actually tastier when putting in soup.

p/s: My tour guide is 41 years old. SK got it right.

45 comments:

  1. Never a fan of kimchi, I would rather survive on the cup noodles instead. But I don't mind the BBQ one, but can't have it daily because I'll lost my voice after the 3rd day :p

    How's the ginseng chicken soup with stuffed rice? It's quite a famous dish there :) I hope there's no kimchi in it...

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    1. Ginseg chicken soup must have & very popular during summer there, right? ^^

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    2. Ginseng Chicken soup is must try in Korea, you can take it in anytime, be it Summer or Winter.

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  2. You are blessed with your hubs company sponsored trips. I hope there are more to come. Travel when you have chance! Hehehe...

    Once we travelled, we usually foreseen and compare the pro and cons about our country and theirs."neighbor's grass is always greener". Somehow I love M'sia cos this is the place I was born.

    For me, I like Korean and Japanese food. Actually, I love food from all around the world....

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    1. I wish his company is performing well every year, and we get to go to country in Europe and American.

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  3. Aiyoh! Why you no like Korean food!

    I used to cook Korean food every weekend. Love kimchii. Must have a tub stocked up in the fridge... all the time.

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    1. hehehehe! Perhaps, I don't like those fermented food. It tastes weird to me.

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  4. The best part of a Korean meal for me, apart from kimchii are the banchaans. ;p

    I wish there are more Halal Korean places here in KL. :(

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    1. I like the Korean BBQ and seafood steamboat.

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  5. Ansangheyo!!! I don't dare to take kimchi over here because of it's sourness so i guess i won't dare to try them if I ever go to Korea. Hey, so nice of your hubby's company to offer this trip to the staff and family. Please hurry and post all your shopping loots :P

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    1. I will post about my loots, Barb, please stay tune.

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  6. I love Korean food. I think I'm going to like Korea a lot. My next 2 must visit countries are Korea and Japan. WOW, it's a free trip?

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    1. No, it isn't a free trip, Shireen. It was only partially sponsored. We need to pay full for the kids and 50% for the spouse.

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  7. I dislike kimchi too.....but my cousins treat them as precious. haha

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    1. Really? Your cousin is a K-pop fan, so must like what the idol likes?

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  8. i love korean food ...wish one day i will go and hv a visit to the country .... Me not so keen in kimchi ... but usually i will put in the noodles if i cook . But my hub love Kimchi, he will mix with porridge :)

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    1. Sound good to put in noodles and kimchi. I tried the kimchi fried rice, not bad.

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  9. Wah...so many nice food! You are so lucky to tag along in your hubby company trip. Me too, can't take kimchi...too spicy!

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    1. Kimchi tastes soury than spicy to me.

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  10. Kimchi is definitely out from my food list...LOL!!

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    1. Some said it is nice. So, it is really depended on individual preference.

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  11. not really crazy about Kimchi but i know some one who is crazy about them

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  12. Those days when I was working in a shipping company where we had korean ships calling regullary, my boss would ask one of the staff to collect kimchi from the vessel. I got to taste it as a result. no bad really. maybe the one on the ship taste better than those at the restaurant.?

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    1. Johnnie, you can accept Kimchi better than me.

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  13. Hello Yan... The ex Spammer King from Sk land is here for the first time. Why nobody told me you write lovely blog posts?

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    1. So glad to have you here. Spamming SK is worthy. I have got some of his readers,like lina, blue dreamer, Lawrence and now you. Thanks for dropping by, TM. It is my pleasure to have you here.

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    2. Geez! You just scared me with a reply like lightning! I have not finished my 2 nd comments and you already replied. I like that!!!

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    3. Sorry for scaring you, hahahaha! You are so funny. By the way, you too, write a very great blog.

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  14. I noticed the 2 sistas don't spam here like how they invade other blogs! So I better not mess too.

    Okay, I love kimchi like hell....like all the Koreans. It took me months to like it after being forced to eat Kimchi everyday with my Korean housemates in US. They also used lots of sesame seed oil in every dish as if they cook confinement meals only. Trust me, you will love them if given more tries to eat them. Good luck.

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    1. Is that so? Then I shouldn't give up at Kimchi too soon. Thanks, once again for your comment. I love your input.

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    2. This is a true Fact that Kim Chi is very good for health because it is fermented and contains good enzyme. Moreover the Koreans swear that it will help their ladies to slim down fast. You see much lesser fat or plump ladies in Korea than here. Japanese also serve Kim Chi in their restaurants because they love to eat that. I can even cook their famous Kim Chi Jigae! So easy and can google the recipe online! Have good weekend!

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    3. Wow! Then, I must take kimchi. I die for those Korean ladies very slim figure.

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  15. Hi Sheoh Yan, wow! Really nice to know you went to Korea for holidays.
    Yes, agree with you Seoul or Korean is a fantastic city.....
    I love their food too, as been there few times.

    And I sure love kim chi. Incidentally, Koreans are one if the most healthy people on earth...
    Reason being they eat kim chi very often or not everyday. And kim chin has lots if garlic, good for our bodies.

    We have numerous Korean malls here as well food stores, and we love kim chi, like eating ah char....
    My wife keeps a bottle in the fridge we have t once a week when having dinner.
    I bet your 2 dolls really had fun and improving their geography too.
    Did you visit the mountain natives....the native women really beautiful foreigners wanting to marry them, but Korean govt put up a law, 'no way'....ha ha, to maintain the original peoples.
    You have a great weekend, and stay beautiful.
    Lee.

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    1. Lee, so glad to have you drop by. Didn't visit the mountain natives, may be because of the govt law. Their food is really very healty, mostly contain no oil and fat. You keep a song in your heart, and forget about those ungrateful friends that spoilt your mood.

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  16. Poor April struggling to finish her breakfast haha. One thing about Korean food, you either love it or hate it. Your hubby's company is so good and generous to organize such family trips overseas. Is it fully sponsored or just subsidized for the family?

    I like reading about holiday posts like this... you are not showing off la (cos similarly, I also blogged about my holidays). It's fun to pen down our holiday experiences so that we can read back in the future and relive all the sweet memories :)

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    1. Hweili, it wasn't fully sponsored, just partially subsidized. Thank for the kind thoughts and kind words.

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  17. Wow kimchi...
    I m not a Big fan of kimchi... But I like Korean BBQ..

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    1. Same here I like Korean BBQ too.

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  18. Hi Sheoh, welcome home, glad to hear that you enjoy your trip.

    Have a nice weekend, regards.

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    1. Thanks for your kind thoughts, Amelia. You stay happy.

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  19. i dont take kimchi in malaysia, i think if i were in korea, i will stay away from it too...

    Latest: Summer Splash from Paris

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    1. Hahahaha! It is weird, I like to spicy food, I like to eat veggie, but don't know why when two combination can be found in Kimchi, I don't like it.

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  20. Kimchi. I can accept it lar. I do eat it but it's not my very favorite food. :) Aiyoh you are so lucky because of your husband's company you get to travel along. Why my husband's company not like that ah? hehe.

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  21. lucky you and your girls are able to join your hubby's company trips. So nice that they even give few destinations to choose. Not many people like kimchee but i quite like them, especially in soups.

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