Suh Long Tong – Great Early Morning Dish in Korea

No need to recreate the wheel, so let’s use what wikipedia writes about the popular Korean dish:

Seolleongtang is a Korean broth tang (soup) made from ox bones (mostly leg bones), brisket and other cuts. Seasoning is generally done at the table according to personal taste by adding salt, ground black pepper, red pepper, minced garlic, or chopped spring onions. It is a local dish of Seoul.

Seolleongtang is typically simmered over a low flame over a period of several hours to an entire day, to allow the flavor to be gradually extracted from the bones. It has a milky off-white, cloudy appearance and is normally eaten together with rice and several side dishes; the rice is sometimes added directly to the soup. Continue reading

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Eating and Shopping on Chuseok

During two holidays a year in Korea, the Korean’s take a break from their vigorous working schedules:  Chuseok and Lunar’s New Years.  As a result, you’ll find many businesses closing down as a result.  In case you depend on your local selection of restaurants for your daily diet due to your extra small kitchenette, you might read the guide below to plan for these 2 big Korean holidays.

It was a brutal month in September for me where I couldn’t find much time to do anything besides work, eat and sleep.  The big holiday came up on me unexpectedly and I thought I might be a bit limited with my food options for the 3 day weekend.  However, I was pleasantly surprised that there was more open than I was expecting.   Continue reading

No. 1 Visitor to Korea is…

The Chinese have overtaken the Japanese as the top nationality to visit the South Korean peninsula

The popular American financial publication, the Wall Street Journal, reported yesterday that the country with the highest population in the world has recently overtaken the country next to Korea as the #1 set of tourists visiting the country.  Is it “Gangnam Style?”  Is it “Hallyu?”  Or could it be the recent political tensions that have been boiling between Japan and China?  It’s hard to say, but regardless, the visits from the citizens to the west and north of Korea grew 30% from last year.

The Japanese are still growing as a demographic, but their growth in their visits were only up 6.5% vs. the double digit growth by the nation that’s well known for their population.  The total number of Chinese visiting South Korea in July were 322,917 vs. 299,477 Japanese according to the Korean Tourism Organization.

Step 1 in getting your FBI Criminal Background Check with an Apostille

If you live in Korea and need to get your FBI Background Check with the Apostille, you can get your fingerprints done here at a local Police Station.  If you’re south of the Han River and in Gangnam-gu here in Seoul, here’s the directions to the Gangnam Police Station’s CSI Division which is where you get your fingerprints done for free:  Continue reading

Losing Weight Korean Style

A little more than 4 weeks ago, I took off for Seoul, Korea.  I debated taking a pair of blue jeans with me that wouldn’t fit right before I left.  I had gained a lot of weight after leaving Korea in 2010.  So, I failed to wear those jeans while I was in the states despite them fitting just 3 short years ago.

However, today, I tried them on and fit into those jeans with no problems.
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Moving on Up (in Gangnam)

As I wrote earlier, I was relatively satisfied with my little Goshiwon here in the Yeoksam neighborhood of Gangnam.  Moving to the big city here without depending on anyone could of cost an arm and a leg if I decided to book a month in any hotel in this area.  I guess I could of rented or stayed elsewhere in the city, but it would of taken a good 40 mins to an hour each way from more affordable parts of the city.  I also knew I would of had time constraints really needing me to be close to this neighborhood.  So, the goshiwon served it’s purpose.  I could of lived there for more months, but I decided to take a plunge into the Korean real estate market.   Continue reading