South Korea is a pretty awesome place. It has survived Japanese colonization, Soviet meddling and North Korean threats to become the world’s 12th-largest trading nation. South Korea produces the LG TVs, Hyundai cars and Samsung phones we use every day. K-Pop stars […]
It is not the healthiest dish in the world, but surely the instant ramen is one of the fastest meals to make in Korean cuisine. In Italy, generally, the ramen is prepared by boiling the water, adding the sauce for the broth and then the noodles; in Korea things are a bit different because there are more ingredients that make the dish really tasty! (And even less healthy!)
As beginners in learning Korean and their alphabet 한글, a lot of us struggle with the curse of blocky handwriting.
There’s no shame in it though, all of us have it at one point – even native Koreans!
This is most probably due to the block structure of the writing system. However, as in any language – the more we practice the more we get lazy with our handwriting and we also adopt the letters to fit our writing flow better!
Recently I was enjoying kpop songs and since I know almost all of you listen to kpop songs too, I came up with the idea of teaching lessons through Kpop.
I will be choosing two sentences from kpop songs and I will be explaining it, one by one.
Today’s song will be Momoland’s Bboom Bboom.
Kimbap is one of the favorite foods of Koreans. Similar to sushi roll or Japanese maki it is very nutritious and handy for a quick meal.
Obviously, it is also delicious.
The meaning of the name of this dish is literal:
It consists, in fact, in steamed rice with vegetables, eggs and meat rolled in a ‘sheet’ of dried seaweed and then all cut into disks to make it easier to eat.
There are various types, with different fillings and combinations: everyone can choose the one they like best or, as in my case, prepare the one that most inspires.
From the description, those who know a bit of Japanese cuisine, will have thought that the Kimbap is nothing more than the Maki or sushi roll.
Probably this Japanese dish has found space between kitchens and Korean palates during the Japanese colonization.
Now, let’s see what we need. Don’t be afraid if some ingredients are a little bit hard to find, I’ll link you where to find them!
Anyone who is passionate about South Korea will find themselves wanting to learn the language, surely the first step from which we must pass is to learn to read the hangul (한글), the Korean alphabet.
Learning to read Korean will only take you some days, if not only a couple of hours and if you already know Hangul, then this will be a good review!
Please note: I will explain the alphabet in order to, hopefully, make it easier to understand.
In South Korea, as in the rest of the world, there are rules that must be followed when one is at a table, some are more important than others.
Obviously, the more formal the occasion, the more your manners will be important to maintain and will be noticed. For example, if you’re in a business dinner or at your boyfriend’s house, you should be much more careful than on a night out drinking with friends.
But what are these rules? Let’s see them together.