Food Diary―Korea

 

Food Diary! This is just a photo-filled post of food I’ve eaten. WTF, RIGHT? Anyway there are short reviews on each food. I thought it’d be nice to do something with all the pictures I’ve taken over the past months. This also serves as a reference for things I will never eat again, or things that I should definitely make or try again.

During my exile in Korea (May-August 2015)

First up: food I cooked at my dorm.

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This was my go-to quick lunch or dinner. Basically the pasta sauce is just garlic, olives, capers, tomatoes (either canned or fresh cherries). I couldn’t find any canned anchovies, but it was still really good. Chicken breast was pan-seared, covered in an herb mix I got from the grocery.

Made-up tomato-egg dish + Yoghurt, nutz, and berries

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Made up egg dish + yoghurt and berries 

This is how I make my scrambled eggs: Put eggs in a hot pan, stir around without breaking the yolk.

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Soft-boiled egg on toast
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Cherry tomato pasta
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Kamote + Spam

This quickly became boring

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Crammed homework + Omelette and Toast and Maxim Cawffee
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Sesame-dressed salad, Chicken, cheese strings. A+
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Spamwich. A+

My breakfasts

 

PANCAKES. A+

yoghurt and fruit. YES.

eating ramen and mandu is one of the most satisfying things but you’re gonna feel really fat afterwards

On to the food I didn’t cook/make.

Donkatsu. Each one is worth P200 only so A+

Samgyetang / Ginseng Chicken. Delicious, hearty wow o wow. Koreans usually eat this in the summer because the ginseng gives you energy. But I could eat this hot bowl of slow-cooked chicken all year round. That’s rice, jujubes, ginseng, and garlic inside the chicken. It’s stuffed there to cook along with the chicken so obvs the flavor is MAXIMUM.

This is tteokbokki. Rice cake, fish cake, noodles cooked in a spicy sauce. After eating most of the ingredients, there would be sauce left and that’s meant to be mixed with rice afterwards. So yes, it’s a carb overload, but it’s very delicious.IMG_5592This is naengmyeon with fried dumplings. Naengmyeon is delicious but don’t get them in Han’s deli like I did. Go to Korean restaurants for this. It’s a cold noodle dish with a kimchi + vinegary soup base.IMG_5411This is Soondubuchiggae / Soft tofu stew. Beside is Kimchi and Meat, forgot if it was beef or pork. Soft tofu stew is my favorite but this specific place didn’t deliver.IMG_6345This is bulgogi (most left) Everything else on the right comes with it. That’s dwaenjangchiggae (Fermented bean paste stew) and delicious side dishes!! This is one of the best meals I had in Korea. ❤

This is Jokbal from a jokbal place in Hongdae. This was absolutely delicious. Everything from the starter soup to the salad to the main pork dish. That’s really soft and tasty pork. The best part was eating the skin and tendons off the knuckles.

Korean fried chicken from Way Side Chicken and Mymy Chicken. Ok, Korean Fried Chicken is as Korean as any of their other food. I ate ‘KFC’ at least once a week… or more. My favorite is Kyochon’s spicy fried chicken.

music festival food. That was the spiciest tteokbokki of my life.

and others

First row, store-bougt cookie 😦 better than I expected. Second row, my chocolate milk birthday cake and a chocolate and creamcheese bread from Paris Baguette (!!!). Third row, things that failed me. That’s geranppang (egg bread) which would’ve been great if the yolk was runny. The rest are just treats. :–)

Macaron Ice cream from the store. And Fish pancake with vanilla ice cream, honeycomb and matcha powder (!!!!). I got mine in Myeongdong but it’s a street stall which is a thing all over Seoul.

Genmaicha green tea. It tasted like the earth. Ossulloc is a beautiful tea shop with branches across Korea. Their store has the perfect, non-intimidating ambience.

Churros and Ice cream. Sobok Healthy ice cream. It’s a soy bean ice cream. The place is very normcore. Must go. I wish I tried their whole menu tho. It’s a bit pricy but worth it.

Paik’s coffee everyday.

That’s it for Korea. There would be more from the Philippinesssssss! If you have any questions or any feels, just let it out in the comments box. ^_^~

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Solo Flight: Arrival in Incheon

Arrival in INCHEON

Well here I am… In Korea… For 3 months.

You would think it’s an awesome thing and I do too. Going to a foreign land, studying their language and culture. But I’m not there yet. I’m still 2 weeks away from university and things are going remotely my way. I’m under my grandmother’s roof, so I have to obey whatever she tells me, or at least what I think she tells me. (e.g., eat a lot; don’t shower; wake up at 6AM to eat breakfast; Sleep with 6 layers of blankets; Drink warm water ALL THE TIME; eat Korean melon everyday) By the way, I’ve been eating a lot of rice since yesterday. Whereas back home, I wasn’t eating white rice; I was eating a normal amount of brown rice. Here, every meal means I have to eat 2 servings of white rice and I am only spared half servings occasionally. FAT GIRL FEELS. When I’m in my room, I can’t help but do a few exercise routines. I plan to lose a dramatic amount of weight this summer but this first week is already a big challenge. NGGHH

I don’t think I can do an apartment tour because my grandmother’s apartment is just dull. It’s really just functional–no design whatsoever. But here’s a look at the bathroom where it’s always a beautiful view whenever I take a shower. Charaught.


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It’s one of those memorable things in ones life where one travels alone for the first time. Being dropped off at Terminal 3 and saying words of goodbye to family members. Hugs, kind words… Seeing the car disappear into the distance.

OKAY that was too dramatic. Hehe. Our moment was pretty casual with a hint of rare emotion. I view this trip as more of an adventure than leaving home for a long time.

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Ge Se & Tuts
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Kat, Ges, Me, Tuts, Syd

So I went directly to check-in and I thought that I could get through this process without a hitch. WRONG. My mom told me that I didn’t need to pay travel tax, but as it turned out, I needed to. IMPORTANT: If it has been more than a year since you came back from a foreign country, you would have to pay travel tax. I think everyone knows that, no? Lelz mom. So I didn’t have enough pesos with me but fortunately my condo was near NAIA so Syd and Ge Jin were able to hand me money. (2nd good bye, lolz)

The flight was okay… I didn’t have enough pesos again to buy ramen noodles so I settled for a mogu-mogu (Baka mabusog sa nata, Char). I was envious of that Korean across my row who was having his ramen. The smell of the ramen was wafting around the air. Gutom naaa.

Upon arriving in Incheon airport, I was kind of apprehensive on where to go because my memory of the airport was complicated because I wasn’t paying attention the last time I was there. But I handled it like a pro. There were English signs and arrows everywhere. Towards the immigration part, I saw a long queue on the ‘Foreign Passport’ area. Lelz. I’m loving my Korean passport. Took me literally 7 seconds to get through without speaking a word.

Okay so if you’re going to Korea alone for the first time, and you’re feeling apprehensive.

LAND – GO DOWN ESCALATORS – TAKE TRAIN TO MAIN AIRPORT – GO UP ESCALATORS – IMMIGRATION – LUGGAGE – TURN OVER DECLARATION FORM – GO TO YOUR ACCOMMODATION VIA SUBWAY, BUS, OR TAXI 

But seriously, anyone who can read will get to where they want to go.

TIP: I always tell this to myself and EVERY TIME I violate this simple self-made rule, shit happens. Never put anything on the counter inside comfort room cubicles. Because you might forget about it when you go out and 5 seconds after you remember it, your name is already being announced in the airport. #MaljaFailsInKorea

After I got my luggage I immediately logged in to my social media apps. I was so compelled to vlog and snapchat everything because everything was so cool Hahaha. SO I bought my T-Money (card for subway, bus) and rode the subway going home! I still remembered where my grandma’s apartment was so it went pretty smoothly. Gained some muscle mass from carrying my luggage (Couldn’t find the elevator, lol). It was fun. I’m used to doing things alone and that was just a whole new level of my independence.

WHERE SHOULD I GO TOMORROW? COMMENT BELOW

PEACE,

Malja