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| "Re(2):MMcafe Trip Thread: South Korea edition" , posted Fri 3 Apr 04:36|
Have fun in South Korea! I don't know of good visiting locations although the food I hear is excellent. Kalbi is too popular that it doesn't even need to be mentioned, but I haven't ever tried Jajangmyeon, which is the Korean version of the Chinese Zhajiangmian noodle.
IGT is right this weekend and I hear there's top players attending from quite a number of regions, even for KOF. Enjoy it!
I nearly had a chance to visit South Korea last year but it never worked out. As such I've never been, but I can make a few suggestions regarding food based on my years spent living in Baltimore, Maryland, which is surprisingly lush with Korean food. I grew up with a bunch of Korean friends, and tried a bunch of foods their moms made over the years.
First, eat any and all dishes involving tteok, or rice cakes. They're very distinct (most varieties at least) from Japanese mochi, and the sliced, steamed, and pan fried sorts are particularly delicious.
I'd recommend trying as much soup as you possibly can. If you're a fan of spicy food, there are some sorts (tojangguk is one that comes to mind) that can be found at exquisitely spicy levels.
There's also a particular sort of Korean food (I'm blanking on the name) that involves lots and lots of interestingly flavored small dishes. I wish I could recall the name, because it's a great way to try lots of dishes in one go.
One last thing I'll note is that one of my very favorite condiments hands down is gochujang, a spicy bean/sesame paste with varying levels of heat and funkiness. It's amazing stuff, and a lot of dishes include it, so I'm sure you'll have a chance to try quite a bit of it. An old college friend of mine used to make grilled tteok coated with gochujang, but I have no idea if that's an actual dish you can find in Korea or if it was just some of his broke-ass college student cheap food.
Anyway, have a great trip, and hope my scattered thoughts are of at least some use!
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