Shopping in Seoul

There are many reasons that the capital city of Seoul, South Korea is one of the most popular destinations in Asia. For the Jewish traveler, there is a growing Jewish community and a Chabad House. For the history buff, there is a huge variety of significant historical landmarks. For the photographer, the city is filled with amazing sights and colorful scenery. And for the shopper, the city is quite simply heaven here on earth.

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Mixed Vegetables and Rice (Bibimbap)

Rice is commonly served at each meal in Korea. Frequently it is served as porridge, particularly for elderly people and kids in the morning as breakfast. In the rest of the other meals, steamed white rice, prepared with the absorption method, will be consumed alongside the soups, meats, veggies and, needless to say, the authentic kimchi. Rice is actually of such great significance that each meals are generally referred to as comprising rice and panch’an, which is an expression that includes other things that are served together with rice. Bibimbap is delicious, gorgeous on the plate, and easily tweaked for different palates and spice levels. Read More “Mixed Vegetables and Rice (Bibimbap)”

Karjalanpiirakka or Karelian pasties

Finnish cuisine is strongly dependent on wholemeal products such as rye, barley and oats. These are used to make for instance bread, pasties and pies. Finnish pasties like karjalanpiirakka or Karelian pasties are very popular in the country and originate from Russia. The pasties consist of rye-dough filled with semolina-porridge. The karjalanpiirakkas is often served with melted butter or “egg-butter” which is boiled eggs mashed together with butter and seasoned with salt and pepper. Further on there is the lihapiirakka, a pasty which is filled with minced meat and onion. These are either baked in the oven or deep fried and then served with ketchup, mustard and sometimes raw onion. Read More “Karjalanpiirakka or Karelian pasties”