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Korean barbecue – What do you need to know before eating – 3 essential rules

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Korean barbecue – What do you need to know before eating – 3 essential rules

 

Here are the newest insights about Korean barbecue. I know if you are no vegetarian than you love to have some good barbecue. BBQ in Korea is different from the one you may know. So, if you are a fan of grilled meat than you definitely have to visit Korea and try this delicious Korean barbecue for yourself. Grilled prok in example marinated in a sweat sauce is a new story for your mouth to tell. Samgyeopsal (pork) is the dishes name but there are a lot of differences you will have to know before choosing your restaurant for this adventure.


What you will have to know before eating and while eating Korean barbecue

In Korea you can have Korean barbecue with samgyeopsal at so many different places. You literally can find an barbecue restaurant every 50 meter here in Korea. But of course there are some differences. And of course all Korean know the differences! Not just between the restaurants designs but more between the different qualities and shapes of samgyeopsal. But as we the foreign folks do not have this knowledge here is what you got to know:

Korean barbecue – 3 rules essential rulesFirst rule for Korean barbecue

As you may know, there are a lot of Korean samgyeopsal BBQ restaurants offering you all you can eat for a very cheap price. You can get all you can eat for less than 6 $. This is a great deal for those of you who love to eat a lot of meat.

 

Well, I do! Especially Korean barbecue *samgyeopsal! So if you are interested in eating a lot just check the prices and look for the word “refill” anda  price tag saying something like 9.900 won.

 

But if you are looking for a better korean barbecue experience then you should follow rule number 2.

 

Rule number 2 for Korean barbecue

The meat must be sliced thick and not too thin!

 

Example: (Samgyeopsal: sliced thin = quality is good but not “really good”)

 

So what should really delicious samgyeopsal look like?

Example 2: Korean BBQ: Samgyeopsal sliced thick = rich in flavour = great taste

 

So that is what you got to look for. Both versions look delicious. But just one is really delicious!


So if you know are already satisfied and hungry for some Korean barbecue you are good to go. But if you would like to experience the inexperienced than you should read the next rule as well:

Rule number 3 for Korean barbecue:

Take a good look on the sauce. The marinade of the fresh sliced pork is most important. If you got a very good marinade than your adventure of new flavors will become most exciting. Here a tip, look for a restaurant which uses a sweet but hot marinade sauce. And one more think, if you do, you will have to turn the meant more often than usual while letting it dancing with the fire as the sauce can burn easily.


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food expiration test – koreans 3 methods

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by Andre Schmitz | on January 23, 2013Food Expiration

3 food expiration test methods, which you should keep in mind, especially in Asia!

Have you ever been in the situation where you were standing in front of your refrigerator and you just asked yourself if that stuff in there is still eatable? I guess yes. Well, me too. And yesterday my instinct which normally never fails me has failed me. Very bad experience!

 

In order to prevent the same from happening to you I thought about writing my extended checklist down for you (the korean 3 methods):

 

first food test method: the date test

 

This is quite funny, because I read just yesterday that the expiration date on food is not for telling you if the food is still eatable or not, it just tells you from which day the foods appearance and maybe smell will start to change. But this does not actually mean that the food is not eatable any more. Only of eggs the expiration date means really expiration date. So don´t try to play the hero when it comes to eggs!

 

second food test method: the smell test

 

This test I use often for milk products, meat or fish. You now the saying: If it smells fishy then you better leave it be. If you have an extravagant sense of smell then you probably can use this method, but as you know now from the first method, it is not accurate and does not tell you for 100 % if the food is still eatable or not.

 

third food test method: the trust test

 

Sometimes people say to you that you can eat something even in 3 days or even later. “No problem”

 

Well, I just used this test yesterday, and it was indeed a problem. Here in Korea everybody believes that you can eat rice even after leaving it a view days in the rice cooker. Let me tell you this just one more time. THIS IS NOT TRUE!

You can´t even use the second or the first method to tell if it is still eatable or not. You will just realize after a few hours that your stomach will start to hurt quite badly.

 

Food test mehod conclusion

If you can´t use the first or the second method don´t use the third! Especially not in Asia!

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Girls’ Generation “SNSD” – new song “I got a boy” official and dance music videos

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Girls’ Generation (SNSD) with the new song “I Got a boy”

Girls’ Generation (SNSD)is quite popular. Not just in Korea but altough in europe and america its popularity is undeniable.

The funky image of the girlgroup and their new song “I got a boy” has reached out of the borders of Asia and affected a lot of people. In Japan Girls’ Generation (SNSD) is in every mouth, enjoys great popularity and established a strong linkage between Korea and Japan. The intercultural mix proved to be unchainged even in political rush times. Fan-stores in Tokyo (Shin-Okubo) have been visited despite of all the political discrepancies. A big plus for the japanese and korean people.

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korean vending – Socks vending machine

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korean vending machine – necessary?

For me personally I think, that korean socks to go are kind of an invention which is not really needed. I can´t imagine anybody to get in a situation in which he would need to buy socks in the middle of the night. Even no korean! Neither can I imagine any korean who would actually forget to put on his socks before leaving the house. But hey, maybe this is just me.  Maybe there are really some  korean who are so busy that they would really use a vending machine to buy socks. Maybe this is some culture thing. I mean, I know that korean people are quite busy and they have to make a lot of overtime, so they probably get home very late a lot of times. And as they have to leave early in the morning their house again, I can imagine that they sometimes are quite exhausted and sleepy. Maybe too exhausted and sleepy. So maybe yes! Maybe they really would get into the rare situation in which i.e. they would forget to put on their socks because of a huge sleep deficit. And just on their way to work they would realize that they feel a bit cold around their feed and the reason would be that they don´t ware any socks causing this strange feeling. So they would start to think about buying some socks and as going back home just to put on some socks would take to much time, so therefore most korean would like to be able to buy some sock while on their way to work.

but is it really necessary? 
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Longboarding in Korea – where to get a longboard

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Longboarding has become quite famous in the last couple of years here in Korea.Longboarding around the town or at the riverside or for more advanced riders in the mountains, Korea offers for any kind of interest the right route, with a 100 % adrenaline rush guarantee.

 

So if you are somebody how is still looking for the right kick ass track, you might would like to take a closer look on what Korea has to offer you.

Now, as you know where the action takes place you just have where to get your gear!

 

If you are currently residing in Korea you might have trouble in finding a good shop with a competent staff. I found a great shop in Bundaggu called Mindboard shop. Here you can find all kind of a longboard, merchandise, snowboards or any other kind off essential gear.

 

But the best of this shop is, that if you would decide to buy you board there, you would have the freedom to assemble the board just as you would like to.

You can decide which axle bearing you would like to have them assembled into the longboard, or what kind of axis you would like to have, really everything.

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How to order coffee in Korea – no need to pay attention in Korea when you ordered a coffee in a coffee shop

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How to order coffee in an Korean coffee shopDifference between Germany and Korea when you order some coffee

One question:

When you go to a coffee shop and order some coffee you got to wait quite some time to get it right? In some places like Starbucks and co. you have to check all the time when your coffee is done so that you can get up from your cozy chair to go to the counter again and catch your coffee. I personally don´t like that. I´m ok to wait for my coffee when my coffee afterwards comes to me automatically. But to check every minute if my coffee is already done is for my just disturbing. I can´t really concentrate on the conversations with my friends just because I´m am forced to check every few seconds if my coffee is already waiting for me on the counter.

 

Difference to Germany – the Korea solution

I don´t about you guys, but for me this is really a disturbing fact. And I thought that this would never change. But fortunately Korea has finally found a solution for this problem. They give you a phone or some small television like thing so you can choose to look either the latest advertisement spots or to try to call somebody because it looks sometimes a bit similar to a normal mobile phone. And when your coffee is done it actually acts like a mobile phone as well. It starts to vibrate or/and to play music which is an indicator for you that your coffee is finally done and waiting for you on the counter. I really love this invention. Thank you Korea. If it wouldn´t be for Korea I would still have to check every few seconds or minutes if my coffee is would be already waiting for me or not. But thanks to Korean effort this is no problem no more. Now I can enjoy good music or annoying advertisement while waiting. But don´t worry, you can turn off the music any time you would like to.

 

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http://www.empowernetwork.com/andreschmitz/blog/how-to-order-coffee-in-korea-no-need-to-pay-attention-in-korea-when-you-ordered-a-coffee-in-a-coffee-shop/?id=andreschmitz

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korean barbeque without bacon

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Korean barbeque without bacon?

Bacon is for sure for most of the british and american people nowadays an consitend ingredient to make the stressful daily life a bit more flavourful.

Without bacon I have to admit even I wouln´t know what to do.

But how about Korean people? Do they need bacon as I need bacon in my daily life?

I thought as bacon is a cheap product it would be consumed everywhere in the world. But yesterday as I went to a supermarket I realized that bacon is not just quite rare here in Korea but also very expensive. Four times the prize I used to pay in Germany.

This was a big shock. One of the moments which really have a big impact in your life and of course for a good korean barbeque as well.

 

Personal meaning of the to expensive bacon in Korea for a good barbeque

Just to image not to wrap bacon around all the stuff you grill is kinda sad. Or even shocking!

So, I will probably still buy the overpriced bacon for some good barbeque.

But I guess most of the Korean people would rather not.

Anyway, I bet that they would, if they would know what you can do with good bacon.

 

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