I love being in Korea – this was my second time there. When I say Korea, I actually just mean Seoul. Had a short break in September and managed to join my mommy and sister who were there earlier.
I haven’t really utilised my basic Korean language lesson since I took it a few years back. I also haven’t been able to remember the few Korean phrases I learnt from watching k-dramas. Somehow, I feel embarrassed trying to speak a language I’m not competent at.. but I have to start somewhere. If I don’t practice, I will surely lose it – yet if I do, I feel embarrassed. So much for being a language teacher – totally not practicing what I preach.
It has been useful knowing how to piece the characters together to form the sounds. I’m the only one in the family able to ‘read’ korean (menus) and contributing the most to finding awesome food on our Seoul trips.
The dish above had a huge slab of meat in the pot that cooks and reduces to a thick stew in front of us. The option to add instant noodles was just empowering. Also had galbi on the side, which ended up too much, even for us, who are huge-eaters.
Update (2015): This jigae place is closed 😦 So is the bibimnaengmyun place. Many shops change along those streets but not to worry, there were more finds during my 2015 Seoul trip to Seoul.