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10 Korean products I would export to the U.S. (if I had an export business) #10, SAC SAC Orange Juice

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 20, 2010 by yujinishuge

Love in a can.

This is the beginning of a series of articles in which I will highlight a product that is specific to Korea (in only the Korean market) and make a case for why it should be exported to the U.S. I’ve made a list of 10 of these products, and I think they would do extremely well in the U.S. market either because they don’t exist there (and I think Americans would definitely use them) or they are better than their American counterpart.
10. SAC SAC Orange Juice

You might be scratching your head on this one.  Afterall, we have orange juice in America, right?  Well yes, we do, but SAC SAC is better. Here’s why… Continue reading

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Mildly funny Korean joke of the week part 9

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 5, 2010 by yujinishuge

What did Justin Timberlake say when he dropped a bowl of rice? Continue reading

Mildly Funny Korean Joke of the Week Part 8

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 22, 2010 by yujinishuge

What was everyone’s favorite snack in the Shilla Dynasty?
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Mildly funny Korean Joke of the week part 7

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 9, 2010 by yujinishuge

What do you call the bear taking a bath? Continue reading

The Best Pizza in ALL of Korea!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 22, 2010 by yujinishuge

Yesterday I went to the Seoul Immigration Office to get my visa renewed, and so, I’m proud to announce that I’ll legally be in the country for 3 more years until I need to renew my visa again.  The first time I renewed my visa two years ago, it took 3 seconds.  This time, the person kept asking me questions about when my father became a U.S. citizen because I guess if it was after I was born, I’d be a Korean citizen, and thus eligible for military service.  So it took about 3 minutes this time.  I explained in Korean about my situation, and she basically waived it through.  And that’s how people should work in these government agencies.  Be as thorough as necessary, but get the job done quickly.  In other government offices, I’ve been told to go to this floor and talk to this department, then after that they tell me to go to a different office, whereupon the person in that office tells me to go back to the first.  I’ve heard other people complain about their troubles at the immigration office, but for me, it’s been relatively painless. After renewing the visa I decided to take the missus out for pizza, as we were close to the best pizza place in all of Korea.

Mmmm, Pizza! (No, that's not ME! It's not the missus either. It's some picture I found on the internet!)

They have this place in America and other countries too.  It’s relatively cheap, made fresh, and is mega-delicious.  Sometimes they put too much cheese on it, but that’s not too much of a problem, because cheese is also quite delicious.  In addition to pizza, they also have a lot of other things to eat too, such as hot dogs, clam chowder and some calzone like things that they call chicken bake and bulgogi bake.  (I’m not really sure how to describe it.)

I wouldn’t reccomend going there every day, because after a month you’d have gained 10 pounds.  (I think, I’ve been here so long that I wanted to say 5 kilos, but 11.02 pounds doesn’t flow off the tongue as nicely as 10 pounds.)

Great for pizza. Not so great for ambiance.

So where is this wonderful place in Korea that we can all go to to get some good pizza?

COSTCO!

Wait a second, COSTCO?  Really?  COSTCO?!?!?!??!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

No no, wait a second, let me explain! Continue reading

Makgeolli (막걸리) Korean Rice Wine, and the "Drunken Rice" debacle.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 2, 2010 by yujinishuge

Sweet and milky white rice wine

What is Makgeolli?

Makgeolli (막걸리) is a type of Korean liquor made from fermented rice. It has a sweet taste and a milky hue. It was originally made in Korea a very long time ago. It’s so easy to drink as well. It’s almost as if you can’t taste that it is alcohol at all. It’s possible to drink too much of it simply because you thought it wasn’t that much alcohol in the first place. Unlike Korea’s other famous drink, soju, Makgeolli has no “kick”. As such, it has the characteristics of what some Western people might call a girly drink. But it is a traditional beverage that was popular with men as well.

How popular is Makgeolli in Korea?

Recently, according to many Korean news sources, it is becoming more and more popular. Because of this, the Korean Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MFAFF) has decided to try to make it more marketable for foreign consumers with a hope of exporting it to foreign countries. To do this, they had a contest recently to give makgeolli an English nickname, so that it would be more “foreigner friendly.” This, I think, was a bad idea. Read why after the jump: Continue reading

Naengmyeon, a cold summer treat!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 26, 2010 by yujinishuge

Yum! Naengmyeon is delicious AND beautiful.

One of my favorite Korean foods is Naengmyeon (냉면). Naengmyeon is a kind of buckwheat noodle beef soup. It is usually eaten in the summer because it is a great way to beat the heat, as it is served chilled.

Wait, it’s COLD? COLD SOUP?

Yes. It’s not lukewarm, but chilled. Sometimes it is even served with ice in it to keep it cold as you eat it. Cold soup is certainly not only a Korean thing. The Spanish have a cold soup called Gazpacho.

Why would anyone want to eat cold soup?

Well, why would anyone want to eat hot dogs? Do you know the materials they are made of and how unhealthy they can be?

Um, because they taste good?

Yea, well Naengmyeon is enjoyed specifically in summer. Korean summers can be hot! I guarantee you that Naengmyeon sales plummet in winter. Meanwhile Americans put ice in their colas when they go to McDonald’s even in the dead of winter, but that doesn’t seem strange to you, does it?

Hmm, I never thought of it that way.

Yes, well the soup is served cold, with mixed vegetables. In addition, you can add some gyeocha (겨자, Korean mustard) and vinegar to it according to your taste. There are two main kinds of naengmyeon, mul naengmyeon (물냉면), and bibim naengmyeon(비빔냉면). Bibim naengmyeon is eaten with gochu jang (고추장, Korean red pepper paste) and is spicier and has more ingredients.

Where can I eat Naengmyeon?

Most Korean restaurants in the U.S. have this as a standard menu item, so I assume that this must be the case in other countries in the world. In Korea there are many naengmyeon restaurants. I’ll tell you about one specifically that I like.

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