Tuesday, 30 September 2008


International Herald Tribune Says this
"SEOUL, South Korea:
Two more Chinese-made food products — including Ritz crackers — were found to contain high levels of melamine, South Korean investigators said Tuesday.

The chemical was found in Nabisco's Ritz cracker cheese sandwiches and in rice crackers made by Danyang Day Bright Co., the Korea Food and Drug Administration said.

The maker of Nabisco Ritz crackers, Northfield, Illinois-based Kraft Foods Inc., did not immediately return messages left seeking comment.

Melamine has now been found in six imported products in South Korea, including Misarang snacks made in China and in Chinese-made nondairy creamer imported from Hong Kong. South Korea has banned imports of all Chinese-made food products containing powdered milk.

Melamine — used to make plastics and fertilizer — can be deadly in high doses and is blamed for killing four babies in mainland China and sickening thousands of others"

Gives us this list Of foods to avoid
  • MiSarang 미사랑 snacks
  • Ritz Cheese Crackers
  • Cadbury Chocolate
  • Danyang Day Bright Rice Crackers
  • Non-dairy creamer imported from Hong Kong (includes instant coffee packs)
  • Lipton Milk Tea Powder
Korea Beat
Talks about how we cant avoid Chinese food.


Monday, 29 September 2008

YangYang Pine Mushroom Festival, Korea-Euro-Toques Mushroom Hunt Ireland.

So Here is one I missed and wished I had managed to go but did
anyone go?

Please let me know how it was? If I am still here next year I will make it. I am not sure if we fully appreciated the selection of mushrooms we have here. I know when I go home the will be exotic and really expensive.
Here is the Festival Web site .

"This year, the Yangyang Songi Pine Mushroom Festival will be held from September 26th to 30th in Yangyang, Gangwon-do. Songi (pronounced /song-i/) pine mushroom is also called gold mushroom or diamond of the woods for its expensive price: one kilogram of songi costs over 200,000 won. As such, songi is a luxury for common people. The Songi Festival in Yangyang is a great opportunity for people to see natural songi and sample various dishes made from it.

The festival has been designated as one of the best festivals in Korea by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for two consecutive years. Organized for the 12th time this year, the festival has continued to draw an increasing number of local and international visitors over the years and has now become a major regional festival. In addition to hands-on events, there will be a number of performances and a market where songi will be sold at a more affordable price."

Check out their website..

And I read on http://tast.ie/

At Home In Ireland There Is A Mushroom Hunt going on near my House On October 5th
For more mushroom hunt information try Mushroom Stuff for Wicklow/Dublin area and Longueville House in Cork. All added to the Irish Food and Wine Events Calendar.


Sunday, 5th October, Cavan

Mushroom Hunt: Grounds of Radisson SAS Farnham Estate

Dinner: The Olde Post Inn, Cloverhill

12 noon Meet at Radisson SAS Farnham Estate

12.30 Proceed to PICNIC spot in the Woods

Individual picnic baskets with local fare prepared by the Radisson will be delivered to the picnic spot by golf caddy, to be enjoyed with drinks and a glass of wine

1.30-4pm MUSHROOM HUNT in the woods – led by Louis Smith

Before and after the Mushroom Hunt Louis will offer his valuable advice on what to look for, what not to touch, what to keep and what to throw away!


Following the Mushroom Hunt, the group will proceed to the cosy surroundings of the Olde Post Inn where Euro-toques members Gearoid & Tara Lynch will host a seasonal three-course dinner accompanied by wines


Mushroom Hunt & Picnic : Adults €30/ 12-16yrs €15/ Under 12s €5

Mushroom Hunt, Picnic & Dinner: Adults €60/ 12-16yrs €40/ Under 12s €20


B&B is available at the Radisson SAS on Sunday 5th October (Standard mid-week Double rate €135). Please contact the Radisson directly on 049 4377700 quoting ‘Euro-toques Group’ to book


Depending on numbers, transport can be arranged between Radisson & the Olde Post. Please let us know on booking if you will require this. Cost of transport will be extra and payable on the day.


Bring along buckets, baskets or bags for your mushrooms, a knife, gloves (if desired) and wellies or a change of shoes. Be prepared for all weather.

BOOKING: Call 01-6779995 or email info@eurotoquesirl.org before Monday 29th September.


Sunday, 28 September 2008

Sushi Bar in Suncheon

I have no photos but those of you in Suncheon who like sushi should try the new place in Kumdong.
Sorry my direction are not better.
Its not far from fish and grill or Mung Gi Won(Across the road )
Its all you can eat for 13 000 dinner
Or 9000 lunch menu
I think its all you can eat in one hour they also have a very small salad bar


A 180 000 won Burger

So Joe McPherson From the Zenkimchi.
Had the Burger of all burgers the X Burger From the Walkerhill.
I AM so jelous but you got to look http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal/?p=639
Jennifer Flinn of FatManSeoul.com Took some really nice photos making my mouth water.


Thursday, 25 September 2008

Cake In A Cup, Just for Fun......

A Cake In A Cup

Add An Egg

My Cake In A Cup

2 Table spoons of flour
A pinch of baking soda
A pinch of baking powder
A dash of Vanilla essence
2 table spoons of sugar
A dash of cooking oil
A dash of milk
1 Egg
(You can add a spoon of coco if you like )
Neither taste good
Here is another link to chocolate cake in a cup
But might be fun to do in a small Kids Class


Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Korean Beat Tells us Melamine found in Korea

Chinese Melamine Found in Korea

The scandal over melamine-tainted goods from China, mainly in baby formula, has now spread to South Korea, reports Yonhap News. The food found to be unsafe is a brand called 미사랑 카스타드 manufactured by Haitai. It looks like this:


Monday, 22 September 2008

Omu Rice

Omelet Rice

"Omurice, sometimes spelled "omu-rice" (オムライス Omu-raisu), is a contemporary Japanese dish consisting of an omelet made with fried rice. Its name is a portmanteau of the French word omelette and the English word rice. It is a popular dish both commonly cooked at home and can be found at many western style diners and izakaya restaurants in Japan. It is also a popular dish in many restaurants in South Korea (오므라이스) and Taiwan."

For more Info check out

If you want too try this in Korea Most Kimbap Naras Have it on their Menu

If you feel like cooking this at home check out these


Saturday, 20 September 2008

Sundays Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sundays Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 Cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup of butter softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup firm brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped nuts
Pre heat the oven to 210c
Add flour baking soda and salt together
Add butter sugar and vanilla beat together
Beat egg in
Gradually add flour mixture
Stir in chocolate chips

bake cookies for 9-10 mins


Lotteria Nutrition in English



Thursday, 18 September 2008

Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian Goulash

For more information check this out
Usually served with sour cream and noodles . I don't have sour cream and I am Irish so Potatoes it is .
  • Pork neck
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 1 tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 fresh green peppers,yellow or red
  • Mushrooms I used Shiitake (mushrooms)
  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground caraway seed
  • 1 bayleaf
  • Ground black pepper and salt according to taste
    • water
    • Dash of cider vinegar
    • I also added a few black olives

    • I sauteed the onions and mushrooms. Then added all the rest to a pot and cooked in the oven at 200 c For nearly 2 hours .




So after reading the The Omnivore’s 100 ZenKimchi decided to make his own list of 100korean foods you got to try. So if you see food as your extreme sport you should try everything on this list. But personally I think food is to be really enjoyed without fear so I would advise against trying everything on this list as some of it just is not good.

1. Myeolchi Bokkeum (Stir-fried Anchovies)

2. Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)

3. Bulgogi (Grilled Marinated Beef)

4. BulDalk (Burn-your-pants-off Spicy Grilled Chicken)

5. DalkBal (Spicy Chicken Feet)

6. Korean Fried Chicken

7. Dalk Galbi (Stir-fried Marinated Chicken and Veggies)

8. San Nakji, chopped (Semi-live Baby Octopus)

9. San Nakji, whole (Live Octopus)

10. Sundubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew)

11. Juk (Rice Porridge)

12. Galbi (Grilled Short Ribs)

13. Galbitang (Short Rib Soup)

14. Shinseollo (Fancy Hot Pot)

15. Gobchang Gui (Grilled Beef Intestines)

16. Seng Gan (Raw Beef Liver)

17. Galbi jim
(Stewed Ribs)

18. Bossam (Steamed Marinated Pork with Lettuce Wraps)

19. Japchae (Clear Noodles Stir-fried with Pork and Vegetables)

20. Jaeyuk Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-fried Pork)

21. Kimchi Jim
(Stewed Kimchi with Tofu)

22. Ddong Jip (Chicken Gizzards)

23. Odeng/Eomuk (Street-side Fish Noodles)

24. Hoddeok (Stuffed Street-side Pastries)

25. GeiJang (Raw Fermented Crabs)

26. Hongeo (Fermented Skate)

27. Gochujang Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly Smothered in Red Pepper Paste)

28. Lotteria’s Shrimp Burger

29. Sae-u Kang (Shrimp Flavored “Fries”)

30. Doenjang Jjigae (Fermented Bean Paste Stew)

31. Cheonggukjang (Stinky Fermented Bean Paste Stew)

32. Boshintang (Dog Soup)

33. Seonji Haejangguk (Hangover Stew with Clotted Cow Blood)

34. Ddeokbokki (Chewy Rice Cakes in Spicy Sauce)

35. YukHui (Raw Beef Salad)

36. MiyeokGuk (Seaweed Soup)

37. Mae-eunTang (Spicy Fish Soup)

38. Nakji Bokkeum (Stir-fried Baby Octopus)

39. Ojingeo (Dried Cuttlefish)

40. Beondaeggi (Silkworm Larvae)

41. Golbaenggi (Sea Snails)

42. Jangeo Gui (Grilled Eel)

43. Jaratang (Turtle Soup)

44. Bogeo (Blowfish)

45. Sae-u Sogeum Gui (Salt Grilled Shrimp)

46. Deodeok Root

47. BindaeDdeok (Mung Bean Pancake)

48. Pajeon (Green Onion Pancake)

49. Bibimbap (Mixed Rice and Vegetables)

50. Boribap (Mixed Barley Rice and Vegetables)

51. Marinated Garlic

52. Patbingsu (Shaved Ice and Red Bean Treat)

53. Dotorimok (Acorn Jelly)

54. Naengmyeon (Chilled Noodles)

55. Makkoli/Dongdongju (Rice Beer)

56. Bokbunja (Raspberry Wine)

57. Soju (Rice Whiskey)

58. Andong Soju (Strong Rice Whiskey from the Andong Region)

59. Jogae Gui (Grilled Shellfish)

60. Haepari (Jellyfish)

61. Gyeran Jim (Steamed eggs )

62. Corn Ice Cream

63. Dolsot Bibimbap (Mixed Rice and Vegetables in a Sizzling Stone Pot)

64. Mandu (Stuffed Dumplings)

65. Ddeokguk (Chewy Rice Cake Soup)

66. Songpyeon (Stuffed Chewy Rice Cakes)

67. Hot Bar (Fried Fish Batter Street Food)

68. Shikhye (Sweet Rice Punch)

69. Any product with Green Tea in it (you should try eat at Boseong )

70. Gujeolpan (Nine-section Dish)

71. Yogurt Soju Cocktail (I like the fruit soju cocktail never had the yogurt)

72. Baechu Kimchi (Cabbage Kimchi)

73. Any Kimchi that’s over 3 years old

74. Baek Kimchi (White Cabbage Kimchi)

75. Shake-’em-up Dosirak

76. Mul Kimchi (Water Kimchi)

77. Oi Sobagi (Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi)

78. Ggakdugi (Cubed Radish Kimchi)

79. Sae-u Jeot (Salted Tiny Shrimp)

80. Myeongran Jeot (Salted Pollack Roe)

81. Changran Jeot (Salted Pollack Guts)

82. Ssamjang (Mixed Soybean and Pepper Paste)

83. Kalguksu (Hand-cut Noodle Soup)

84. Ramyeon (Ramen Noodles) in a Tin Pot

85. Entire Hui Meal (Korean style Sashimi)

86. Gimbap (Seaweed Rice Rolls)

87. Jokbal (Pigs Feet)

88. Sundae (Blood and Noodle Sausage)

89. Yeot (Traditional Korean Candy)

90. Naengi (Shepherd’s Purse)

91. Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew)

92. Budae Jjigae (“Army Base” Stew, traditionally including hot dogs and Spam)

93.Agu Jim
(Stewed Monkfish)

94. Haemultang (Seafood Soup)

95. Nurungji (Hot Water Mixed with Rice Scrapings in a Stone Pot)

96. Sujebi (Rustic Dumpling Soup)

97. Janchi Guksu (Thin Noodles in a Seaweed Broth with Condiments)

98. BungeoBbang (Goldfish-shaped Stuffed Pastry)

99. Raw Ginseng or anything with Ginseng in it

100. MakHui (Chilled Sashimi Soup)

I would like Gamjatang to be on this list .I don't think anything from Lotteria should be here. I think anything from a small country market should be here (from a town not bigger then 15 ooo people), its truly special to be involved it that. I would Also like to see goat and Duck. Maybe yukkaejang or anything with Korean mountain vegetable.

But after all that I am left with 85 . I do want to eat all the sea food stuff . Which I have been planning with some Korean friend. I have had eel at home many times . I have been eel fishing.

Not sure about eating cows stomach( I have done its not good) and the Liver but its not good and I think the liver is a filter I am not sure its really very good to eat raw.

Silk worm Larva stinks . I just don't want to eat something that smells that bad.

And steamed eggs should be ate while hanging out naked at the sauna .


Monday, 15 September 2008

Soup in A Bag, Lighter choices

Watching your diet find it hard to get cereal that is not loaded with sugar . Here in Korea there is not much choice but here is something that I have tried ."Bran enriched whole grain wheat flakes with sultanas. Fortified with vitamins and iron." 30g is only 97 calories
lighter choices from Tesco. Add some fresh fruit and you have a great start to your day.

So not feeling to good I walked around home plus looking for comfort food . When I came across this Broccoli cream soup. Also here was potato bacon soup and more traditional kimchi chi gae. Not very expensive It was less then 1500won.


Sunday, 14 September 2008


Want to eat some korean style ribs, bbq or hot (the hot are hot ). The ribs are good 6000 won per serving . There is not a lot of meat but makes for a good night eating . You can see it as you are walking down to tom toms in suncheon . you cant miss it as it has a guy standing outside at the BBQ


Saturday, 13 September 2008

Lime Sandwich

Yang yang dong In Suncheon . Here is Lime .
Nice little store with a good Sandwich (for Korea)
On the Menu is a very nice BLT . I like there roll Bread its light and soft with a hint of herb.
Italian classic ,Turkey Breast, Grill cheese and Shrimp are just some on the menu.

On the drinks menu there are Herbs Teas , Herb water, Coffee, Fruit Juices and Ades including Lemonade and cherry


Bul lo Man Chicken

So everywhere in Suncheon you can see bars called LIVE. These bar serve Bul Lo Man chicken .
Which is chicken cut of the bone in strips and grilled on an open flame. It comes three different ways. Hot (May Un Chicken)
Sweet chicken
and the third my favourite is just grilled chicken.
No sauce just some salt and pepper on the side.
Grilled Doc(Korean Rice cake ) comes with every plat it tastes great .
So just for kicks I suggested we eat it on the street as the weather is great. A little dangerous but a good night was had eating bul Lo Man chicken In Shedae

To Order in here are the numbers
061 7559245/7549245


Thursday, 11 September 2008

Women Urged not to drink while pregnant .

Read more here

Women urged not to drink while pregnant

[Posted: Tue 09/09/2008 by Deborah Condon]

Women have been urged not to consume alcohol if pregnant or trying to conceive.

The call comes from Junior Health Minister, Mary Wallace, on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day, which takes place every year on September 9.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can be caused by maternal alcohol exposure. Children identified as suffering from FASD show signs of behavioural, intellectual and physical difficulties including learning difficulties, poor language skills, poor memory skills and attention problems.

“I know that expectant mothers want to do everything possible to protect their baby. Everyone is aware about the advice not to smoke but there is much less awareness about the advice not to consume alcohol during
pregnancy. It is clearly in the child’s best interest for a pregnant woman not to drink alcohol during pregnancy,” Ms Wallace said.

She pointed to a study published by the Coombe Hospital last year, which found that between 1988 and 2005, most pregnant women drank alcohol. The study also found that one in 10 pregnant women drank more than six units of alcohol per week and that this pattern was more pronounced in younger women.



Sweet Balls
With a very successful Thai fish curry finished I made some very quick "Rum Balls"
All you need is
1 packet of digestive biscuits I used Chocolate
1 can of condensed milk
Dash of vanilla essence
Large dash of Creme De Cacao I had no rum
I also put in some raisins
Everyone taught they tasted of cookie dough
Melina brought some very nice Thai cocktail and a very nice Thai cold Tea.
A really good way to finish these balls are coco powder or dip them in coconut flakes.
Leave out the rum and this is a great recipe to do in an english class . And its cheap.


Sunday, 7 September 2008

Korean Porridge, Bon Juk

Bon Juk

This place is across the road from Tom and Toms in Suncheon.
Its wonderful with chicken porridge , shrimp porridge , red bean porridge, abalone porridge and pumpkin porridge to name a few .
"Health food"

The translation for Juk is Gruel But I think Porridge is better .
Chicken Porridge (Sam Gae)

Shrimp Porridge

Chicken porridge recipe try here


Saturday, 6 September 2008

I am going to Cooking School...

So I am Pleased to tell all I am going to go to Ballymaloe cooking school April 20th 2009 .
Here is What the New York Times Say

January 2, 2005

In Ireland, Cookery Amid the Greenery

APPROACHING the town of Shanagarry in County Cork, Ireland, can stir a lot of emotions in the first-time visitor: awe at the beauty of the place, a peacefulness brought on by the serenity of the countryside. But for some people, a trip to this hamlet sparks something else altogether, a quickening of the pulse as you realize you're about to get into the kitchen and start cooking.

For Shanagarry is home to the Ballymaloe Cookery School, one of Europe's most notable destinations for the serious foodie. Owned by Tim and Darina Allen and sitting in one of Ireland's richest agricultural counties, the school started out as a sideline business. In 1983 Darina began offering cooking classes out of their 19th-century Regency house, to supplement Tim's income as a farmer. The response was great, and Darina started teaching local people, focusing on simple, straightforward fare using the wonderfully fresh ingredients grown on the farm or caught in nearby waters.

Quickly outgrowing its original home, the school moved 50 yards to its current location, a converted apple barn constructed during World War II and designed by Tim's maternal grandfather, Henry Hill, a well-regarded Cork architect. The design was an engineering feat considering the rationing and lack of supplies at the time.

The kitchens are now in the former apple sorting rooms, and because there was no electricity during the 1940's, there are enormous north-facing windows that open wide and maximize daylight. The windows look over the school's cow pastures and the seafood-rich Ballycotton Bay, just a mile away. Darina, originally trained at a catering school in Dublin, has since published 13 books. Her first, ''Simply Delicious'' (1989, Gill & Macmillan) was a big success.

The Ballymaloe Cookery School operates year-round, with a mix of one-day classes and weeklong immersion programs. While its focus remains firmly on locally grown foods and Irish traditions (How to Keep a Few Chickens in the Garden is the name of one course), offerings now include such surprising options as A Day in Italy and Sushi for Beginners.

When I went to Ballymaloe this past summer, I attended an Intensive Introductory course, a 10th-anniversary present from my husband, and was joined by my friend Mary Birchfield, who unlike me, had never taken a cooking class. There were 48 students, mainly from Ireland, Britain and the United States, enrolled in this five-day course. As everyone arrived that first morning we were offered coffee, tea and scones in the dining room.

For More Here


Thursday, 4 September 2008


Duck BBQ
At Shedae in Suncheon I ate some Duck BBQ and I have to say it was surprisingly good.

As with all Korean BBQ you wrap everything in a leaf or two .

And as you can see you get quite a bit of food.


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