South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. It’s equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital.
While in South Korea, Luis and I had the opportunity to cook with Jihae, a local chef specializing in making traditional cuisine food simple for travelers. She taught us how to make five classic dishes: Garlic Chive Kimchi, Soybean Soup, Spicy Stir-fried Pork, Potato Pancake, and Steamed Vegetable Rice with Soy Sauce.
Seoul is the cultural hub of South Korea. In this hip Asian city, style is everywhere; found in clothing, music, experiences, and attitude. The ultimate Korean experience is K-pop, a colorful, pop music sensation that is sweeping Korea, China, and Japan. I attended a live K-pop Tv show and it sure was an interesting experience!
In Seoul, the food scene is spicy, sweet, and savory. It's a place where one dish is simply not enough; in fact most meals have over 10 dishes. Whether you explore questionable looking night markets or world-class restaurants, one thing is consistent; Korean food is packed with flavor.