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Monday, May 26th, 2008
I came back from Korea last night. I brought a lot of Korean stuff with me.
The customs officer at the airport asked me, “What are you bringing from Korea?” I said, “..eh, just some dried fish, dried anchovies…” emphasizing all fish is dried. If I say just fish, I knew they were going to check out all items one by one in my baggage.
She asked again, “anything else?” I answered, “dried seaweed…” She let me go through quickly. : )
At the Korean airport, I got caught because I carried 10 small packs of soju (liquor) and 1 bottle of grapeseed oil. Even though I knew I was not supposed to put any liquids in the carry on bag, I totally forgot about the regulation. Oh, I really felt frustrated. I said, “Can I save one small pack of soju by putting in my zipper bag?” Of course they said, no. : )
Anyway, here are some photos I took in Korea. Anybody who feels homesick or misses Korea, smell the photos. These are very fresh. : )
A restaurant near Shin Chon area in Seoul looked very popular for their cold noodles (Naengmyun). The taste was awesome, but as usual I had a stomachache that night. They are probably not careful enough when handling the cold soup (yuk su). That’s why I’m always worried about eating Naengmyun at a restaurant. I always get a stomachache.
Homemade naengmyun is the best.
I forgot the name of the bridge, but the river is the “Han river”
No, it is pork bones.
After eating all meat and salads, I ordered this handmade spicy noodle soup. It was fantastic taste! The old pot which has so many dents everywhere is showing it has been being used at the restaurant for a long long time. I bought a new pot. I will show you guys later when I make a cooking video.
This restaurant gave us a cotton glove and a plastic glove for each person without any explanation at all. So I experimented by wearing the cotton glove on my right hand and the plastic glove on my left hand.
Later the waitress came and taught me how to do it. I should wear the cotton glove on my left hand and the plastic glove over it. The reason is that I can hold the cooked ribs with my left hand while I use chopsticks in my right hand to pick up side dishes.
It was a very relaxing day.
I stopped by this ice cream shop while walking around Myung dong in Seoul. All four walls were full of comments written by customers on post-it notes. I could not stand the stuffy atmosphere and got out as soon as I could. But the ice cream was very soft and sweet!
It was very cheap dinner. Gimbap and sea plant salad. (Miyuk salad, do you remember? I posted the recipe on Youtube and my blog).
This soup is “Chu Uh tang” using mudfish. It’s not my favorite dish, but my cousin bought it for me. She said it’s good for our health because the mud fish was ground so the soup contains lots of calcium.
I will show you how to make it soon.
Sinchon area, Seoul, near the woman’s university.
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