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  • in reply to: 42 kilos lost and counting #52035


    the store i’m getting my kimchi from is located near leopoldplatz, luxemburger straße 31.

    altho it doesn’t look korean from the outside and it’s a rather small shop, they have about every cooking ingredient you could wish for – and fresh kimchi of very high quality.

    and while you’re in the area, there’s a great korean restaurant called arirang in walking distance, seestraße 106. it’s usually packed with koreans at evening times and does very authentic korean cuisine. you always get five banchan with every meal. most meals are between 6 and 10 euros. they’re closed on tuesdays.


    you’re absolutely right! i just love the korean side dishes. sometimes i just skip the main course altogether and just have some spicy myulchi bokkeum (maangchi’s recipe, it’s lovely stuff!), kongnamul and other veggies that go well prepared with sesame seed oil, soy sauce and garlic.

    i also agree with everything else you said – typical western food is all about meat, french fries and stuff like that. no wonder americans and germans are the fattest people on earth.


    i’m actually trying to learn the korean language. :)

    altho i can read hangeul now, i’m pretty much stuck with the pronunciation rules and grammar, as it’s hard to find good resources for that on the net. you usually just find collections of sentences, like a travel dictionary, but no proper language course.

    see you everybody!

    in reply to: 42 kilos lost and counting #52030

    has been some time now (i’m not too active on the internet these days), but i’m happy to tell you more about my weight loss of course. :)

    if you do what i did before, a) eat unhealthy food, b) too much of it, you will get fat in no time.

    i’ve never really felt that hungry during the whole process of losing weight. i think the most important thing to begin with is:

    get used to normal sized meals! i found this is easier to do with rice-based meals, don’t know why. a burger will fill your stomach for two hours, then you’ll want to eat again. not the case with rice. it somehow lasts longer.

    so now that i started eating the right food and not as much as before, things went pretty easy from that moment on:

    – i started seeing results in about a month, thus i got motivated to do some cycling on a regular basis, which of course helped lose more weight.

    – i began to like soups. admit it, we western people don’t appreciate soups as much as koreans do. in fact, i always wanted grilled meat, fries, chicken etcetera before, everything but soups. now what’s the difference between a grilled half chicken with french fries and a bowl of doenjang jjigae in calories…?

    – another very important thing: i’ve stopped buying anything that you could easily take out of the fridge and just eat without the need of having to do some sort of preparation work. in other words: in most cases, my laziness is even stronger than my appetite.

    – only fat allowed: sesame seed oil and if necessary, a teaspoon of vegetable oil.

    – fresh ingredients, lots of seafood, sometimes chicken, very little beef, almost no pork.

    – try to make meals even smaller, if you still feel peckish after dinner, just have some kimchi. i’m lucky to have a korean store nearby where you can buy it freshly made.

    all the compliments i received from my friends were also such a boost to my spirit.

    i have to admit: i could not have consequently followed all these rules of thumb for such a long time without my fascination for korean food.

    i like everything about it: the spicyness (i always loved chili), the garlic, the sesame, the seafood and the seaweed..

    and in weak moments, whenever i was in danger of losing this fascination, maangchi had posted some new video that made me go “oh, i want to try this!”. except the crispy chicken wings, thank god.

    i don’t know what else to tell you and i don’t want to make this post even longer. any questions, feel free to ask! :)

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