Caramel Corn Peanuts are haunting my dreams

I’m procrastinating.  I have an essay due next Friday for my Korean Cinema and Society class.  I don’t want to write it, of course.

Anyways.  Yesterday a friend and I went to 홍대 Hongdae.  We didn’t know what we wanted, so we spent a lot of time walking around Hongdae.  Fine with me!  I got to build a mental map of the place in my brain.

Hongdae is definitely an interesting place.  It’s full of clubs and bars, but there are also some really neat restaurants and cafes if you know where to find them.  The people are very different from Sinchon, in my opinion.  In Sinchon I feel like everyone dresses ‘normal’ and has ‘normal’ hair styles and colors.  However in Hongdae there are some interesting hair styles and fashion statements going on.

Anyways, we ended up going to 놀부 Nolboo (a chain restaurant that I haven’t seen before) and ordered 김치부대찌개 Kimchi budae jjigaeBudae jjigae literally means ‘army base soup’.

Budae jjigae is a type of jjigae (a thick Korean soup similar to a Western stew). Soon after the Korean War, meat was scarce in Seoul, South Korea. Some people made use of surplus foods from U.S. Army bases … such as hot dogs, canned ham, and Spam, and incorporated them into a traditional spicy soup flavored with gochujang (red chili paste) and kimchi.

Budae jjigae is still popular in South Korea. The dish often incorporates modern ingredients such as instant ramen noodles and sliced American cheese. Other ingredients may include ground beef, sliced sausages, baked beans, dropwort, onions, green onions, tteok, tofu, chili peppers, macaroni, garlic, mushrooms and other vegetables in season.


2nd floor restaurant.  Nolboo in Hongdae.

They have cute mascot characters.

Side dishes (left to right): Spicy root.  Bean things?  Kimchi.  Corn.

Before the water mixture is added. (From their website

Ours had Kimchi, hot dogs, green onions, ddeok (rice cakes), mushrooms, tofu, meat,seaweed (I think) and noodles.  It was good.  REALLY spicy.  Probably one of the spiciest things I’ve eaten here so far.  Our noses were not happy with us.  But man, did it taste good!

W6,000 ($5.34) a person.

After dinner we wanted something to cool off our burning mouths, so we went on a search for waffles.  Yes, waffles.  Hongdae had many places that sell waffles, but not the waffles we were looking for.  So, we went back to Sinchon where we knew they had the waffles we were looking for.

Eating waffles while walking around with your significant other or friends is really common here.  I’ve seen many people eating them, and have passed many waffle stands, but I’ve never had one, until last night.

Coffee and handmade waffles.

The make these large circle waffles themselves.  You have a choice of regular filling or sweet potato filling.  The filling is like a fluffy yogurt.  You can also get almonds and peanuts in the filling.  Then you have a choice between strawberry or chocolate sauce.  The fold the waffle in half and walahh!  I got the plain yogurt with strawberry sauce. SO good!  My waffle cost W1,000 ($0.90).  I think the most expensive waffle was W2,000.  Fog’n also sells coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and other drinks.  I see Mint Hot chocolate on their menu for W2,000 in the picture above, that sounds really yummy!  Wish I had seen that yesterday.

The only negative side to Fog’n and other waffle stands is that there is no where to sit.  I got a food cramp from walking and eating….but it was sooo worth it!  Bring these waffles to America please!

Here are some other Korean foods.  Nayoung is kind enough to let me takes pictures of her snacks.

Caramel Corn Peanut:

The name describes this snack perfectly.  A mix of peanut butter and caramel taste.  Never would you think that these two flavors go together….but they do! I actually got these today, they are SO good!  Korea has such good snacks! I don’t know how they stay so skinny here!   W1,000. (Nayoung is currently trying to convince me to go buy another bag.  NO!  I won’t do it!   …part of me really wants to though T.T Damn you Caramel Corn Peanut!!!!!)


Beetles as in The Beatles?  The characters on the front are playing instruments…so maybe? I didn’t try these.  Not sure what they taste like, but they look like they would taste sour.  They are fruit flavored: apple, orange, grape, and lemon.  W500.

Potato stick snack:

Oh speaking of food…

I had to write a recipe in Korean for my homework yesterday.  Guess what I chose?  Pumpkin bread of course!!!   No one here knows pumpkin bread, it makes me really sad.  When I made pumpkin bread for my Korean friends in America they loved it.  Maybe I should start a pumpkin bread store, I bet I’d make millions of dollars ^^

Yea…’s a REALLY simplified version!


Walking and dancing cookies

March 16

JaeChoon told me that I’m to write a short paragraph in Korean everyday.  So, I will try that.  I’ll post them here, since they’ll probably be about my day.  I may write it in English too.  We shall see.  Anyways, I tried to write a paragraph but ended up writing two ‘thoughts’ instead.  I hope that’s OK 선생님! >.< 다음번 잘 할 거예요!

1. 오늘은 문법 수업에서 ‘겠’ 배웠다.  하하.  선생님, 글요일에 나에게 가르치셨다!! 와!   감사합니다!  이 수업이 너무 좋다.  많이 배울 거예요.

2. 미국에서 오른쪽에 걸어 간다.  하지만, 한국에서 삼람들이 왼쪽에 걸어 간다. 지금, 나도 왼쪽에 걸어 간다. ㅎㅎㅎ.

Oh, I want to talk about #2 in English actually.

In America we drive on the right.  They also drive on the right here in Korea.  In America we walk on the right.  However in Korea they walk on the left.  I was told this was because of the Japanese. As you may or may not know, the Japanese occupied Korea for 35 years.  During this time Koreans were forced to speak Japanese and do things the Japanese way.  This included walking on the left (In Japan they drive and walk on the left).  Ok, they probably weren’t forced to do it, it most likely just happened that they conformed to this habit.

These days, apparently there is a movement to have people walk on the right side.  In the subway stations there are arrows telling you to walk on the right.  However some escalators (like the ones at my subway station) are on the left. >.<  It’s really confusing!  Anyways, people still tend to walk on the left when when there are not arrows telling them what side to walk on.  I’ve become accustomed to this too, it’s really weird but it seems very natural now.
End of my random rant!  Sorry!

I keep taking pictures of all the foods and drinks I have, even the snacks, because they just look so cute!

Dr. You nutrition bar.  Nayoung’s dad came today to drop some things off for her including a bunch of these bars.  She gave me one to try.  It was pretty good!  Now I’ll be on a hunt for these.  At Stony Brook I would eat the Luna Bars because they were high in fiber and therefore make you less hungry.  These don’t have as much fiber, but I’ll still be on a hunt for them.  If I can find these, I’m sure there will be other nutrition bars nearby.  I learned the word for fiber: 식이섬유 shi-ki-soe-myoo and I learned the word for fat: 지방  ji-bang.  These’ll be a nice factor in helping me pick healthier more filling foods.  Yay!

서울우유.  seo-ul oo-yoo.  Seoul Milk.
Nayoung’s dad also brought her a case of this.  Wow.  He is so kind.  Nayoung gave me one of these too.  Yum!  No fiber 😦  Haha.

Nayoung was also eating these cookies today.  She was nice enough to let me try one and even take pictures.  They are called 칸쵸 kan-chyo.

They are little round cookies with chocolate on the inside.  They each have little pictures on them (Of course in my pictures all but two of them are upside down >.<).  Some of the pictures match up with the pictures on those pink and white squares on the box.  If you get those cookies, you’re supposed to do what the box says.  One of them says “Make your signigigant other jealous” another says “run up to your significant other and suprise them”.  On the top it says that these are supposed to be ways to end one-sided love.  haha.  I don’t think they’ll really work, but it’s still cute.

Isn’t that adorable????  *melts*