A Rice Mill : To Buy Rice Cake for Lunar New Year in Busan, Korea

rice mill

On the way home, swirling steam blurred my sight.
I stopped to figure where it was from. It was from the ventilator of the rice mill.

I thought the rice mill was almost shut up, completely close, since its light inside was often off. It hadn’t displayed any stuff quite long time.

But today, Surprisingly, small carts was laid in line in front of the rice mill to wait for its turn. I looked around standing there, and I spotted some women who seemed to be owners of those carts chattering with each other.

They must wait for their white long bar rice cake to make rice cake soup on the new year day. And thinking that we already prepared the rice cake ingredients, my mom by herself did it for us waiting in line.

Thanks, Mom. I feel the biggest holiday coming soon.

2011/12/28 - [KOREAN FOOD] - Korean Food : New Year Culture, Rice Cake Soup at Home

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Korean food : In Winter, My Mom's Best Udon

In winter, shivering with cold and hunger, I just arrived home.

There is just one thing that comes to mind.

I look for Mom taking off my shoes.

“Mom, can you fix me a bowl of Udon?”

When I feel cold, I want to eat something that can warm my body. Noodle soup would be the best choice. I place my hand around the noodle bowl and melt my pinky frozen fingers. I grab my chopsticks and hold some string of noodles and suck it. After delight my mouth with chewy noodle and sip noodle warm soup embracing the bowl with both hands. It warms my hands as well as inside my body. 

Udon in Korea

Udon is a thick wheat flour noodle with hot noodle soup originated from Japan. It became popular in Korea long ago, so there are some Korean who think Udon is Korean traditional soup. Korean Udon has fewer variations compared to Japanese Udon.

Popular in Winter

The Udon popularity in winter in Korea is proved by the sales records. Instant udon sales in winter is twice as much as that in summer. The companies produce almost twice many products in winter. No doubt Udon is representative winter food in Korea.

There are three ways we, Koreans, consume Udon
Snack bar, Udon restaurant, Instant Udon at home.

The first place we eat udon was at a snack bar. These bars carry not only Udon, but also other snacks such as Ramen, Cold noodle, dumplings, rice and so on. It means they regard Udon as one quick prepared snack. You can eat Udon in high way station(휴게소). They serve instant Udon cooked in a short time and fill a driver’s empty stomach. The taste of Udon are not delicate at all, but quite satisfying considered as a fast food.

Second,  at Udon specialized restaurant. we started pursuing more valued noodle taste there. Franchise Udon restaurants such as Jang-udon appeared in Korea and introduced various kinds of Udon to Korea. Later on 2000, customers began to want more sophisticated Udon. To meet the market needs, individually own restaurants were opened by chefs trained in Japan or who benchmarked Japanese Udon restaurants. They provide high class Udon satisfying Korean consumers taste-buds.

Third, Instant Udon intruded into Korean kitchen. Instant Udon, Saengsaeng Udon(생생우동), was approached by Nongsim company in November, 1995, and it has been continuously highly sold till now. Almost Koreans around my age must know the well-known ad copy, “The soup is finishing(국물이 끝내줘요.)”.It literally means that soup comes to the end(full) of your satisfaction, so it finishes you. Implying, the soup is awesome. Through this commercial copy, Saengsaeng Udon(생생우동) became the number one instant udon in Korea.(If you say ‘Gukmul is keun-nae-jueo-you’, your Korean friend will definitely be atonished.)


Saengsaeng Udon Commercial Copy Link

After Saengsaeng Udon has hit the market

There appeared follower items from competitor companies. Most of them couldn't break the dominance of the leader product, so CJ launched Japan traditional instant udon targeting at the niche premium market in 2000. It was carried and stored in the fridge compared to Saengsaeng displayed in the room temperature. It was fresher and more chewy than preserved products. 4 years later, it attained the top of korean udon market having sold 10 million for 4 years. It still stay on the best selling instant Udon and plan exporting to adjacent countries.

My mom’s instant noodle

I remember all types of Udon that I said above
;a snack bar udon, highway udon, restaurant udon, and instant udon. What do I like the best? In terms of the taste, undoubtedly, udon restaurant serve the savory udon bowl with well harmonized flavors.

But, I would say, to me, my mom’s instant noodle in the evening is the best udon. After coming home from school shuddering in the freezing cold day, I eat mom made Udon. Although it’s instant mass produced by a company, my mom adds her warm-hearts to the udon, and yummy small talk as a side dish. It is my best family udon of my life.   

This Winter,
I hope you have your best Udon with your family!




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    이 스프를 만들어 제가 다른 시음 음식을 탐구하고자이 블로그 정말 감사 저를 바쁜 유지 훌륭한 맛. 난 당신이 곧 자세한 내용을 게시할 희망 그들은 그림뿐만 아니라 정말 끝내줘

Korean Food : New Year, We Talk Dumplings! Seollal tradition

Around new year, all my family gathered together to celebrate the new year. In spite of the long journey to another province to visit relatives, I waited for the day for two reasons. 

The first reason is that I could get some pocket money from the eldery. They gave me more or less 10,000won each, and it’s come to around 100,000won or 300,000won at most, if I could meet all relatives.

As a student who receive the allowance of 40,000won for a month, it was a fortune. I bought what I wanted to buy before, saved money in the bank or sometimes be taken over by my brainy parents. However I used my money, I was just glad that I could touch or have that amount of money at that age.

The second reason is that I could make Mandu with my family altogether. We sit around making a circle on the floor with the ingredients in the center of us. We usually talk about what happened during last year, feelings, the plans for the future or trivial issues occurring around the world. I liked that moment with laughter, and I also loved the Mandu making procedure.

Now, you might’ve become intriguing about mandu.
What the hell is it?

This is Mandu. It is that Mandu that the protagonist Oh Dae-Su is fed a steady diet in the film Old boy, If you watch it, you can recall what it is and how it looks exactly. Briefly saying, Mandu is a dumpling in Korean cuisine. We make it every new year day, especially on chinese(lunar) new year day.

“Do you want to have a pretty baby?”

When I made my dumpling with my mom, I tried to make it as pretty as possible. It was not that easy. The size and shape of my dumplings are not steady owing to my lack of skill. Some of them even exploded horribly showing its fillings outside. It’s mainly because I added too much amount of filling inside and it couldn't bear that, and bombed out. I tried, tried and tried to make it neat and nice.

In Korea, it is said that
you will have a pretty baby
if you make the dumpling pretty.

Every girl or woman wants to make a dumpling look good for that reason. It doesn't have any scientifical facts at all but it makes fun whiling making them. The eldery sometimes praise the young for their elaborating handwork, or laugh at the funny shapes and make a joke at it. This traditional joke(or rumor) vitalizes the dumpling making process.

Do you want to have a pretty baby? Then, try to make your dumpling beautiful. 
I just put some filling on a small  dumpling dough and fold it to make a half moon shape. 
Very simple and easy.
Haha, moreover, a rumor has always its covered reason, 

so, what if it’s true?



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I ate Pepper bugak as my side dish for lunch!
I bought it from a discount store.
There are several varieties such as brown seaweed, and sea lettuce.

The taste of it was crispy and a bit spicy, but real good!

It's a Korean traditional food, so I want to introduce it to you!

Bugak is a sort of deep-fried vegetables coated with glutinous rice paste. Rice paste often gets replaced by wheat flour paste. The ingredients being fried include Korean laver, perilla leaves, chili pepper, and so on. It is eaten as a sidedish with rice or as a cruch snack time to time.

How to make pepper bugak.

1. Steam mild peppers coated with wheat flour in the steamer.
2. Dry them thoroughlyunder the shade and store them.
3. Deep-fry them in the vegetable oil before being served.
4. Sprinkle a little bit of salt and sugar.

Refer to this pictures(sorry it's in Korean) 
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This is one of my favorite drink in Korea.

From the past, Korea has made Fruit drink such as umes, strawberries and so on.
Ume is the most popular one of them.
Lotte company produced a commodity of it.
It has two variation including Seoljungmae gold and Seoljungmae Sparkling.

Its distinctive feature is genuine Ume in the bottle
so that you truly assure of the ingredients

It 's a very Korean drink, so you shouldn't miss it!
Enjoy it with fried meat like pork or beef!


My tip:
You should try with orange juice. It tastes good mixed.

And people usually drink this in Soju glass. I tried something different and it made good mood anyway.

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Nowadays I can see umpteen Self Gas Stations in Busan.
There were just few only few years ago, but now they are everywhere.

This situation was caused by the labor cost increase.

The machine replaces human resource more and more.
The automatic cashier replaces a human cashier.
The huge vending machine replaces a convenience store.
The Ticket machine replaces ticketing staffs.

Very convenient and efficient.
But I worry about our future that might be dominated by machines.

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A Cafe : Barista hand drip coffee, Hands Coffee : Franchise in Korea


Hands Coffee

핸즈 커피

Food : ★★★ Fantastic
Atmosphere:★★★ Fantastic
Service : ★★☆  Touched

Drip Coffee / Drip Coffee Specialized Cafe

Hands coffee was established in Daegu with the thought that coffee was a blessing from God. God gave people coffee from his hands as a gift. Openheartedness, sympathy, and knowledge are what Hands coffee provide best to customers. This is a place where people gain new vitality while communicating with  loved ones. It is a place where it is as bright and cozy as southern France with full of sunshine. Baristas will serve with the perfect cup of coffee.

"Drip coffee, this special coffee specializes this place, Hands coffee. There exist thousands and thousands coffee shops in Korea, and also a hundred(a bit over stating) franchise cafes, but it’s hard to find a hand-drip coffee shop here. I expected Hands coffee to serve the high quality coffee that differentiates itself from other cafes."

"The first feeling of here is casual and bright with jaunty jazz coming out. Then, it shows warm yellow and walnut color mixed interior. Some parts are emphasized by red and green colors. I feel as if in european cafe decorated for christmas, red, green, yellow and dark wood."

"After fully enjoying the atmosphere, I approach to the bar to order. I choose the green tea latte to warm and delight me with this sweet comfort. I see the sign that it provides one refill coffee, and smile. I sip one morsel of sweet green tea and read a book. The distance between tables is far enough to feel private. It’s a good thing."

"Later, as time pass by, I get another cup of coffee. I relax myself leaning back to the cushion listening rhythmical jazz sound. It is a pleasant experience."

For Foreign Foodies 

Must Eat Menu : Drip Coffee
                  (Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Yigacheffe, Limu, Kenya, Koke)

Very Korean Menu : Green Tea Latte, 

                      Sweet Potato Latte,
Spiciness : ◇◇◇◇◇ (Not at all),
English : ◆◆◇ (Menu written in English)

Menu : Handdrip coffee(5,000~6,000won), Americano(3,800won), European Cappuccino(4,800won), Cafe Latte(4,800won), Green Tea Cappuccino(5,000won), Frappuccino(5,800won) Decaffeinated Coffee(5,000won), Sherbert(6,000~7,500won),Sandwiches(5,000~6,000won), Cake(3,500won)

Opens : 10:30~24:00 Sunday off (depends on stores)
Location : Beom-eo station gate 7 in Daegu
Phone : 053-753-3476
Address : 138-1, SuseongHaits Sangga, Suseonggu, Daegu
Budget : around 5,000won (1drink)
Homepage : www.handscoffee.com
Branch visited : Busan university, Busan

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