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Korean Store Haul and Korean Conversation! 24/12/2010

Filed under: Food!,Korean with Koreans — Shannon @ 2:55 am
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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!

Choco boy! These look good 🙂

Korebap Crackers. Not entirely sure what these are...

Close up of the flavor of the Korebap crackers. I tried translating but I still can't tell :/

Yummy Kancho again 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Filed under: Food! — Shannon @ 4:16 am
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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).

 

감사합니다! 20/12/2010

Filed under: Korean with Koreans,Ramblings — Shannon @ 11:27 pm
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Totally forgot! When I went into the Korean market, I talked to the lady in (my somewhat feeble) Korean! Well I said 안녕하세요 when I entered and after she gave me my change, I said 감사합니다. I think she was a little shocked that I spoke Korean, lol (she spoke perfect English, btw). Can’t wait to brush up on my other phrases for my next “Kancho” run 🙂

 

Daeji Bulgogi and Cookies!

Filed under: Food!,Paraphernalia :P — Shannon @ 10:46 pm
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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)

The "Kancho". Isn't it cute?

The equally-cute inner pouch 🙂

The actual product. So cute, as promised ❤

The delicious chocolate center. These didn't last long 😀