Saturday Adventure in Seoul

March 15, 2014 @ 8:07 pm (Permalink)

Before I go onto the main point of my entry, I’d like to point out that I participated in Georgie’s 2 Minutes and 40 Seconds interview segment. My interview can be found here :)

Moving on — with my crapstone turned in, the only thing I can do now is to wait for my defence date on March 27. I’ve a bit of a reprieve, so I made plans to meet up with Bunny Unnie to check out this Indian restaurant in Seoul called Namaste in Dongdaemun area. I’ve been craving Indian, so we decided it to check it out.

Indian food at Namaste

We ordered and split between a chicken tikka masala, chicken biryani, and plain naan. All together, our total came to 25,000 won ($24 USD). It was pretty good, but I am not sure if it’s worth going to Dongdaemun for it! But I’m glad we tried it.

Next we went to Hannam Dong area to check out Banana Tree. Bunny Unnie saw this place featured on TV, and they’re known for their cotton candy latte, a unique concept that made us curious, though I was a bit turned off by the idea first.

Cotton Candy Latte at Banana Tree

I chose to get the strawberry one. Now, I originally thought it’d be like a strawberry milk tea latte or some thing similar. I was not expecting for them to put chunks of strawberry in an actual latte. X_X; Coffee + Strawberry = NASTINESS. If I ever go back there, I’ll stick with the milk caramel flavour — that sounds better than fruit and coffee mixed together. But bleeeeeegh! I won’t ever get the strawberry one again!

Afterwards, Bunny Unnie and I walked around Itaewon. We stopped by the Foreign Food Mart to look around and get whatever catches our eye. Then we walked in the back road of Itaewon and we came upon this HUGE “lion dog”.

Lion Dog in Itaewon

Apparently, this dog’s a bit on the mean side. There was a warning sign that stated he bites when he’s touched . . . other people touched him with no issues, but I decided I’d better not risk it! Still, though, what a majestic looking dog.

Bunny Unnie and I separated after, and I headed to my neighbourhood, where I stopped by my favourite coffee shop to get yummy coffee to make up for that nasty latte, stopped by the fruit store to get some mandarin oranges for Daddy, and picked up some kimbap for mum and me. All in all, what a crazy, but fun day! I love Seoul. Where else can I do all this in one day? :D

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Balsamic Garlic Chicken

February 1, 2014 @ 8:05 pm (Permalink)

Balsamic Garlic Chicken

With my mum gone to the country for Lunar New Year, my dad and I are left on our own. I’ll be the first to admit that we have horrible eating habits when she’s gone. My dad always make his peanut butter steak sandwich, his number one favourite thing that he cannot make when Mum’s here, and I’m all about the microwaveable stuff that’s processed. In other word, it’s whatever convenient for me.

Well, tonight, I decided to try out something different. The other day, I saw this garlic roasted broccoli recipe. Being a fan of anything garlic-related, I decided to try this with chicken and hoped I knew what I was doing without burning down our flat. Luckily, I didn’t do the latter, and the chicken came out well. It was so, so easy, and it was a hit with my dad and me! We both loved it, and I paired the chicken up with some mixed veggies that comes in one of those microwaveable steam-in-a-bag thing and with Campbell’s Tomato Roasted Garlic Bacon Bisque. The bisque was really good despite it being ready-made. Even Dad enjoyed it, and he’s not much of a soup fan! Anyway, balsamic garlic is like my new favourite thing, and if you are curious, see below my recipe :D

Balsamic Garlic Chicken
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Minced garlic
4 chicken tenderloins

1. Preheat oven at 375.
2. In a baking dish (I used a glass one), combine the first five ingredients and mix well. I kind of eyeballed the amount . . . so if I had to guess it’d be 3T olive oil, 3T balsamic vinegar, 2T garlic, and a 1/4 (or less) teaspoon salt and pepper.
3. Marinate the chicken with the sauce.
4. Bake for 30 minutes, turning the chicken over halfway.

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Last Birthday in My 20s

January 20, 2014 @ 11:44 am (Permalink)

Google Birthday Graphics

Yesterday was my 29th birthday, my last birthday in my roaring twenties, a birthday otherwise known as the most social media heavy birthday ever. So many people wished me a happy birthday through emails, Facebook posts and private messages, KakaoTalk messages, LiveJournal posts and private message, Instagram comments, and Twitter. It was quite overwhelming, but at the same time, I feel loved :)

Along with the bazillion well wishes, I got the following:

Bose Companion 2 Series III Speakers

My daddy gave me this and $200~ I LOVE THE SPEAKERS. It’s way better than my old crappy speakers. Oh, man, the sound’s just bloody awesome.

Miyeok Guk

My mum made me the annual miyeok guk (미역국 = seaweed soup Koreans eat on their birthdays for another year of good health and stuff), and she gave me $100 and 100,000won. I told her to give my grandma half the money.

Budae Jjigae Paris Baguette Cake

My imo (aunt) made me budae jjigae (부대찌개 = Korean “Army Base Stew”) and got me cake on Saturday night! I wanted home-made budae jjigae for over a year, so my aunt ,and with my mum’s help, finally made me some as a birthday meal :D She also got me cake from Paris Baguette — some sweet potato cake!

Fried Chicken Roll Paris Baguette Cake

My co-worker, Chris, bought me the fried chicken roll for lunch last Thursday, and she also gifted me some mocha cake from Paris Baguette!

I also got gifts that I wasn’t able to photograph. They are:

Michelle ~ Card and Letter Book
Dong Jin (cousin) ~ Fancy Korean Tea set
Mosh ~ $20 Amazon Gift Card
Anonymous ~ One-year LJ Paid Account

I really am grateful for all my gifts and the birthday greetings. Especially since I got to spend my birthday weekend doing what I want. I spent Saturday afternoon walking around Itaewon and then read at my favourite cafe, and came home to eat my budae jjigae. Sunday, my actual birthday, I dozed around reading some more and then I met up with my cousins to go on-base, where I treated them to the sirloin steak buffet at Dragon Hill Lodge. And now to have another lazy day on Monday, MLK Day :) I love having a three-day weekend on my birthday! I enjoyed it and am happy to have a low-key birthday, perfect way to end my 20s, I guess!

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Takeaway Queen and the Mishmash Taste Buds

January 4, 2014 @ 6:20 pm (Permalink)

Takeaway from Taste of Thailand

I admit to not being fond of cooking. If anything, I usually tell people that I hate cooking, but I don’t mind baking. That’s why, when it comes to food, I do takeaway at one of the many places in neighbourhood because I’d rather do that than slave away in the kitchen. Especially for a family with mixed taste buds. See, my dad prefers US cuisines and meat heavy dishes like steak. My mum, being Korean, prefers Korean food. As for myself, I fall somewhere in-between them and completely away from them. I don’t mind Korean or US dishes, but I prefer the more “exotic” cuisines like Thai and Indian, and gourmet-y Italian pizzas and the like. Needless to say, the clash of taste buds means my mum usually has to cook three different dishes during our meals. A typical meal my mum would have to prepare is this:

Dad: Steak with veggies and potatoes
Mum: Kimchi jjigae with rice and Korean side-dishes
Me: Mum’s special home-made tteokbokki (because I do not like steak X_X)

Needless to say, that puts an extra load or two on my mum’s shoulder. I always feel bad, so I got into the habit of buying my own meals, especially when I was working the late shift that’d finish at 8 or 9pm at night. Luckily, my neighbourhood is awesome. I live in an area called “Itaewon”, known for its diverse people and establishments, but I live in the side-area of Itaewon, not the main area. However, both areas have many restaurants. Ranging from Korean to European to North American to whatever, the likelihood of finding something is pretty high, and the best part? They are all walking distance, so it makes it easier on me to do takeaway. And now I’ve been doing a lot of takeaway for me and my parents.

Here’s an example of my mad takeaway skills that occurred last week where I had to take into consideration our different taste buds, get the timing right to ensure one food is not colder than the other, and attend multiple restaurants — a challenge that I achieved!

1. Go to El Grecos to order fish and chips for Daddy. This place is a bit on the slow side, so it made sense to order from here first.
2. Go to Taste of Thailand, which is two minutes away, to get Thai red curry for me. I purposely chose a dish that’d stay hot for a while and would still be good to eat later. Wait and get the food. The food was done in less than ten minutes.
3. Go back to El Grecos to pick up the fish and chips, where I only had to wait an extra five minutes.
4. Go to Sonmali Kimbap, which is one minutes away, to get a kimbap roll for Mum which only took like two minutes.
5. Go to Itaewon Naengmyeon, which is across the street from the kimbap place, to get odeng for Mum which took another two minutes.
6. Go home fast (a four-minutes walk from Itaewon Naengmyeon) and serve everyone their meals. Ta-dah!

And that’s a typical takeaway adventure for me. Some days it’s easier when I choose to get something that my dad gets (like fish and chips), but it’s common for me to do this loop-de-loop to get us food all of us will enjoy. I’m just thankful I live in an area that has such diverse restaurants all close to each other!

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Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 23, 2013 @ 5:29 pm (Permalink)

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

After trying out the tea cookies, I decided to try and bake chocolate chip cookies with almond flour. I really ended up liking this recipe better than the tea cookies! These just taste like the original chocolate chip cookies, albeit with a slightly different texture. It’s so good! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups almond flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Mix the flour, salt, baking soda together in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and the sugar.
4. Add the eggs one at a time to the butter/sugar mixture and add the vanilla extract.
5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well.
6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
7. Drop by spoonful on the baking sheet.
8. Bake for about 13-15 minutes until the edges turn brown.

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