I opened up my presents to myself (hee hee) and I tried some of the Choco Boy and the Korebap crackers that I blogged about a few days ago. The Choco Boys are wicked good- just a thin cookie, or “biscuit”, with a big hunk of chocolate on the end. The Korebap crackers were…interesting, to say the least. To my relief they didn’t taste fishy, but I don’t know what exactly they did taste like. I know they are made with seaweed and I’ve never had seaweed before so maybe that was the taste. Overall, they aren’t bad and the inside of the box contains cute colored comics in Korean (which I can’t read quite yet but yay for more reading material 😛 ). And the crackers are in the shape of sea animals 🙂 There are squids, turtles, sharks, crabs and fish 🙂 Sooo cute! ***For some reason, I can’t upload the pic I took of the actual Choco Boy cookies but they look the same as they do on the package (from 2 posts ago). Pics of the other ones:
메리 크리스마스! 25/12/2010
Ok so it just turned Christmas 23 minutes ago in the Eastern time zone, but its Christmas anyway 🙂 I’m looking forward to spending time with family and going out to eat at the best Chinese restaurant (Yes…Chinese, and not Korean, food. My family is a little pickier about food than I am, but this “Chinese” food is amaaaaaaazing anyway).
Got an email from Netflix today saying I should be receiving my next disc of “Be Strong, Geum-soon!” volume 1 on Monday, which is sooner than expected, so yay 🙂 Disc one leaves in the middle of a really exciting plot so I can’t wait!
I really want to order off from G-Market but their website is so difficult for me to navigate. Even with the English version, all the listings are in Korean which would be great if my Korean was just a liiiiiiittle bit better. I wish I could use the Singapore site, which is all in English, but I can’t 😦 Maybe once I become more proficient, I will get a gmarket haul as a reward for myself 🙂
Anyway, I should be getting to bed so I’m well rested for today’s festivities 🙂 Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and 메리 크리스마스 to all!
Korean Store Haul and Korean Conversation! 24/12/2010
I went on another Kancho and snacks run and ended up actually (semi) conversing with the store owner! As I entered, I said “안녕하셔요!” and at first, he said “hello” in English. After he heard me greet him in Korean, he did the same. As I brought my purchases to the counter, he rang them in and told me the total…IN KOREAN! I couldn’t believe he was conversing with me as if I knew Korean! I handed him the money, said “감사함니다” to which he said the same. I then said “안녀ㅇ히겨세요!”, he said “안녕히가세요!” plus a couple other things I didn’t understand. I smiled, bowed and said “안녕히겨세요” again and left, elated inside that I had just endured my first Korean conversation 🙂 So much fun. I’m definitely going to brush up on other phrases for next time to have a real conversation. I wanted to ask “어꽇게지내세요?” (How are you?) but I was afraid that he would start saying a bunch of things I didn’t understand. Next time… lol. I’ll have to practice “Sorry, I don’t understand what that means”…just in case 😛
Now for the haul! Not a *huge* haul, mind you, because this is a very small, privately owned convenience store. But I love their snacks 🙂 On that note, I need to visit an H-Mart. There is one in my state but its almost 2 hours away I could order online and its only $9 for shipping up to $150 which is a fair price but I really want to see the inside of one so I might make that trip after the holidays, for a proper haul 😛 Here is my mini-haul from today!
So the ingredients on the Korebap (고래밥) cracker box say they have seaweed in them but there is a picture (the 3rd pic posted above) that shows a dinner plate with veggies and a piece of meat, so I am assuming these have a meat flavor. Trouble is, I can’t tell what it is. I tried translating “볶음양념맛” and I keep getting “flavored roasted seasoning” which doesn’t help too much 😛 If anyone is reading this and knows what that says, please tell me! I tried googling the product and all I can find is seaweed flavored, shrimp, and chicken flavored and none of them look like that.
I won’t actually be finding out what these taste like until December because I bought them as Christmas gifts to myself so they are wrapped and under my tree. I will definitely report back then!
♥ Navar! 23/12/2010
Best online dictionary evarrrr. I still need to get a good paper dictionary (returning the crappy one I just bought, tomorrow), but for right now, Navar fits all my needs 🙂 Its a little frustrating when a word isn’t definable by Navar, probably because its a part of speech that is implied, or something. Still rusty on my grammar rules.
Still struggling with reading At least I finally feel like I know the pronunciations of all the Hangul letters now, which is an accomplishment. Plus, I know where they all are on my keyboard; something I thought I would have to buy the Hangul keyboard stickers for. I guess enough trial and error was what I needed to learn them, and that gives me hope that with enough trial and error in my Korean journey in general, I will master this language someday 🙂
Oh, looking forward to a small Kancho haul tomorrow 🙂 They also have these weird shaped (like squiggly) crackers at the Korean market that look like they are garlic flavored. I will probably be picking up a box of those and reviewing them. Yay for Korean snacks 🙂 Also, I will have another chance to practice my basic Korean with real life people! Always exciting (and slightly terrifying).
Daeji Bulgogi and Cookies! 20/12/2010
So I made the Daeji Bulgogi tonight and it turned out pretty well! I have pictures on my “Shannon Cooks Korean Too” page. Found out I don’t really care for Kimchi. Maybe if I rinse it so the sourness isn’t so strong, I will like it.
I also visited my first Korean Grocery today and I picked up a bottle of 고추장 (kochujang- the spicy chili paste) and I saw a box of Kancho cookies which looked interesting so I picked some up. Here is a picture timeline of my adventure with 칸초(Kancho)
Reinventing the Wheel…errr…The Ramen 19/12/2010
My dinner tonight was somewhat Korean- inspired. I cooked up a packet of Ramen (yeah yeah, I know, its technically Japanese because I prefer Maruchan) but I threw away the chicken seasoning pack and added a TON of red pepper flakes, and some garlic. I added some teriyaki-marinated steak on top and mixed in some peas. Pretty tasty and hot as HELL, lol. I think this is why Korean food is attractive to me- I love love love spicy and hot food. I eat red pepper flakes on pretty much everything; same with tabasco sauce.
Anyway, I took a pic of my delicious spin on Ramen noodles
Yum Yum 🙂 I have leftover steak and a never-ending supply of Ramen so I think I will probably have this again for lunch tomorrow and then for dinner, I will have my Dwaeji Bulgogi with either noodles or rice and maybe some Kimchi if I can get my hands on it 🙂 Pics to come!
I also made a new page called “Shannon Cooks Korean Too” where I will post all of my culinary adventures so make sure you check that out!
Well, kinda. I had Ramen noodles for lunch (yes, I know, they are more of a crappy Japanese food than Korean but it was delicious nonetheless 😛 ) and I marinated some chicken in chili paste and red pepper flakes, mixed it with peas, and poured it on top of the Ramen. Very tasty 🙂
We have some pork loin in the freezer so I think I am going to make 돼지불고기 (Pork Bulgogi) for dinner tomorrow. Found a good recipe online and its something that even my non-Korean-food-loving family will enjoy. I mean, its just spicy pork with a side of veggies (and maybe some plain ramen noodles as well).
Speaking of (authentic) Korean food, there are actually a lot of restaurants that are within 20 minutes from my town and I have yet to try any of them out 😦 One of them is connected to a Korean grocery store, so I will definitely have to check that out, as no regular grocery stores in my area carry kimchi. All of the Korean restaurants around here have received glowing reviews so I’m super excited to give them my patronage. I’ll have to wait until my “adventurous-eater” friends are in town, lol.
I will post pics of my 돼지불고기 tomorrow night, for the one or two people who might be reading this blog 😛