Best Meal So Far : Korea Trip Vlog 5

It’s really ironic that I almost missed out on the meal we considered to be one of our top 5 best meals of our entire Korea trip.  This was definitely the best meal we had up to this point and we were in Korea for over a week.  I was busy doing work and once in a while, I opted to stay home to edit vlogs or write blog entries. The thing about our line of work is that even when you’re on vacation, you’re never truly on vacation.  You’re actually working all the time.


But this time, Joe’s brother kept insisting that I come out and enjoy this meal with them.  I’m so glad I finally caved and went because I really had a mind-blowing experience.

We picked up Joel and Sharon from the post-natal care facility. They were there resting and taking care of their newborn twins.  Of course we had our niece Kara with us, since she pretty much became our adopted child during the time we were in Korea.  Then we went out to lunch at 새마을, a Korean BBQ place.


Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much out of this meal at first.  But then I saw the thinly shaved slices of pork, covered in a marinade, and I was instantly intrigued.  But after I ate their kimchi jigae (kimchi stew) over rice with shredded pieces of dried seaweed, my life was completely changed.


Then we headed over to 설빙 for dessert.  It was also my first time eating chocolate shaved ice.    It was so much more complex and wonderful than I thought it would be, It wasn’t too sweet or overly chocolatey.  The texture of the crunchy dark chocolate curls against the feathery shaved ice was the best part.  It was probably my most memorable dessert I had in Korea.  I wish I had a chance to eat it more than once. Watch what we did on days 10-11 in our Korea Trip VLOG 5 below:

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Dinner at 7-11 : Korea Trip Vlog 4

There was something I wanted to do ever since we landed in Korea… and that was to eat dinner at a convenience store!  Wait…huh?  That might sound funny to some, but the convenience stores in Korea are usually well-equipped for this sort of thing.  It’s actually part of Korean culture, especially late at night.  There are hot water containers, microwaves, and some kind of indoor or outdoor seating.  When I went to Korea by myself over 10 years ago, I did this often since I was eating alone.  I have fond memories of grabbing my snack and sitting by the window to people watch.

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Asian Lettuce Wraps : Behind the Scenes

This is our LAST behind the scenes for Season 3 and it flew by so quickly!  I decided to end with Asian Lettuce Wraps out of necessity.  We just had a bunch of these ingredients in the fridge already because I was busy recipe testing for the Crossing Borders fundraising event at the time, and truth be told, I just couldn’t fit extra ingredients in our fridge. But it worked out because I think a light and flavorful lettuce wrap is a good way to end a season of “simply summer fresh” recipes, don’t you think? Read more

Korean Spicy Chicken Stir Fry (닭갈비) : Korea Trip Vlog 3

Because I’m a chef, people always ask me if I’m critiquing food as I eat it.  The truth is that I don’t. The only time I do is when something tastes so exceptional that it perplexes me.  Then I become radio silent and start chewing slowly.  Inside my brain is a monkey on a computer taking down notes while I’m trying to break down why something is so delicious and why in the world I’m not making it already.  This is the experience I had eating Korean Spicy Chicken Stir Fry (닭갈비).

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Cilantro Peanut Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

It all began when I went a little crazy over the cilantro that was on sale at the store.  I guess the shipment they got in was a little dirty, so people weren’t buying it.  So they were selling 3 huge (dirty) bunches for $0.99.  After washing and spinning them dry, I found different ways to incorporate cilantro into my meals for the week.  But then I was still stuck with the hugest bunch of all and it was starting to die in my fridge.  So I decided to make a pesto out of it and my world hasn’t been the same.

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