I absolutely love wine, so it is only natural that one of the first drinks I tried in South Korea was Magoli. This rice wine is a very popular dink in Korea. Additionally, when Korean’s go into a bar to order drinks it is the norm to always order food. For Magoli, the staple food is Pajeon…a vegetable pancake! This is one of the best combinations I have ever had! 🙂
I arrived to Daejeon towards the end of summer and as I strolled the streets I would see advertisements for this dessert. This dessert, 빙수 (pronounced: bingsoo), is a popular summer dessert in South Korea. Bingsoo translates to shaved ice and is usually topped with an assortment of fruits, red beans, nuts, and much more. When this dessert is ordered it is usually shared between two or more individuals. I, of course, had to try this dessert because of its popularity. The results…outstanding! Bingsoo taste similar to ice cream, but with a richer flavor. The consistency is like a mixture of ice cream and snow cones. As you can see, this bingsoo is a fruit bingso topped with an extremely dense and rich whipped cream. This dessert did not last long!
What is a great snack in Daejeon that everyone loves?! Why it is dried squid! Initially, I was apprehensive about trying it, but I am glad I did! It reminds me of the jerky that you can buy at gas stations in the United States! As for this package, there are three different colors because there are three different flavors to this squid. One section is a plain, bland flavor. Another has a peanut butter flavor to it, and finally, the orange section is the SPICY squid! I know it may sound nasty, but this stuff is even better than jerky found in the United States!
As for the three items located on top of the squid, they are strawberry pastries. This pastries have thin layers similar to the layers found in baklava. Finally these pastries are topped with a gooey, strawberry jelly! 🙂
South Koreans always serve so much food! I chose this meal because it was one of the cheapest. It might be a bad thing that I like it so much because the restaurant is located in the same building as my school!
With each meal, comes side dishes…which you can see in the background. The dish in the far back left was filled with mixed vegetables. The dish in the far back right is one of my favorite sides! It is called a fish cake. I don’t know how it is made or what all goes into it, but I always want more! The side located in the front left is kimchi. Kimchi is a staple in South Korea. It is served with everything. You can eat is cold, grilled, or as a soup. I need to learn how to make it because it is only pickled cabbage in a red pepper paste. So simple, yet so tasty. The front center dish consist of a cold, soft seaweed salad. The front right dish is filled with bean sprouts…always great with every meal! Finally, the bowl located to the right of the main dish is a soup. I am not sure what kind of soup this is, but it taste similar to a hot chicken broth…not too shabby! 🙂
Now, I can’t forget the main dish! The main dish is a type of bibimbap, which is usually meat and vegetables mixed with rice. The meat I chose for this meal was pork. Although I am not a big fan of pork, I believe I am slowly starting to love it! I do wish each and every one of you could have the option of eating this meal because, so far, it is my favorite dish in Daejeon! 🙂
김밥, pronounced “kimbap” is the cheapest and most delicious meal to order when in a hurry. This meal consist of a seaweed rice roll with meat or vegetables stuffed inside. The best part is that it is served with pickled radishes. Did I also mention how cheap it is?! 🙂
This meal was the first full meal in Daejeon! Prior to ordering, I had no idea what it was. The only thing I was able to translate was the symbol for rice…which was the main reason I ordered it. When the meal came out, I was full of excitement to see all of the muscles delicately placed on top. This dish was a spicy soup with sauteed vegetables, muscles, and shrimp! I need to find out what this dish is called so I can order it again!