Dec 31

Favourite Things: Sam Gyeop Sal

by in food, korea

Happy New Year, everybody!

In just a few short weeks, I’ll be heading back to Korea. I don’t really like Korea in January as it is generally cold, cold, cold! I am nicely acclimatized in Vancouver and can’t really handle wintry weather anymore. Essentially, I’ve turned into a big west-coast wimp since leaving the prairies a few years ago.
Despite the cold weather, one thing I always look forward to when I go to Korea, is going out to eat with students. I love Korean food and a favourite meal of mine is sam gyeop sal. Sam gyeop sal is a social feast where delicious, sometimes-marinated pork belly, onion, garlic and kimchi are grilled at the table. As with most Korean meals, many side dishes are served including soup, salads, egg and other kimchi-like condiments. Often accompanied by soju (rice booze!), sam gyeop sal is definitely one of my favourite meals and a great pre-cursor to a night of karaoke and drinking!

Then there are the unrecognizable foods in foreign countries that I like to take pictures of but never, ever eat. This picture was snapped at a street vendor in Jongro, Seoul. Interesting to look at but scary to try, these are some popular Korean street snacks.

When in Seoul, I always stay in Gangnam, at the M Chereville residences which I reviewed on the blog in September. This area is stacked with restaurants, bars and coffee shops, Korean and western. As I’m always searching out Indian restaurants in every country I visit, I know for sure that there are a few very tasty Indian eateries in this neighbourhood as well.
The American influence in Korea is obvious and you really can’t swing a stick without hitting a Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, Burger King or 7-11. This should certainly satisfy those tourists that travel half-way across the world to order a grande, no-foam, 1%, extra-hot, vanilla latte for breakfast and a Whopper combo for lunch. That being said, I’m really looking forward to warming up with the new honey-orange latte offered by Starbucks Korea! 맛있게 드세요!

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