ohgyeopsal-154Ohgyeopsal, or “five layer meat”, is absolutely delicious! It’s not really cheap or expensive  at this restaurant it cost 11,000 won or $10 per 200g.  For two people it is about $20.

ohgyeopsal-155When eating meat in a Korean restaurant it is almost always cooked at the table.  This is done with either hot coals or a gas stove.

ohgyeopsal-160Ohgyeopsal is related to samgyeopsal.  the only difference is the number of layers.  Oh means five and sam means three.  I must say that I prefer ohgyeopsal.  I believe that this pork was from Jeju Island.

ohgyeopsal-165After it cooks for a few minutes at your table, the server takes the meat away to be trimmed.  I think that by cooking it at the table before slicing it, the meat stays juicier.

ohgyeopsal-169Once it is finished it looks and smells delicious!

ohgyeopsal-172As with samgyeopsal, ohgyeopsal is wrapped in lettuce with other ingredients including the delicious ssamjang sauce.

Kalguksu (칼국수)

As I have mentioned, this winter I went to Gyeongju for the second time.  I had planned to take one whole day to hike around Namsan, a mountain south of Gyeongju.  Namsan is a great place, but I will write about it exclusively in another post. As I arrived at the beginning of the path I found myself hungry; I decided to try a nearby Kalguksu (칼국수) restaurant.kalguksu-147

Kalguksu (칼국수) is a special type of noodle; it is a freshly made soft noodle.  The name literally means “knife noodles”.  This type of Kalguksu was different than any I had tried before; the broth was nutty and thick rather than thin.  This is because it was a very special broth made from many different grains.  The server said that it was very healthy, and that it would be good for hiking.  Another interesting thing was that some of the noodles were made from cactus.  Cactus is not common in Korean noodles, but it was a tasty dish that gave plenty of energy for hiking!

Bibimbap (비빔밥)

While I was in Gyeongju I had a wonderful meal which was recommended to me by the hostess at my hostel.  Across the street from Cheomseongdae and a little bit towards Anapji is a great place for bibimbap.

bibimbap-148Bibimbap is a rice dish that has a little bit of everything in it.  I think this one had carrots, mushrooms, beansprouts, kim (seaweed), some greens, and a bunch of other great ingredients. bibimbap-149The first step in bibimbap is to add the rice; you can also add sauce according to your own tastes.  Sometimes Korean food can be quite spicy, so it would be best to start with just a little sauce if you are not accustomed to it. bibimbap-150The next step, and last step before eating, is to mix it all up in the bowl.  Eventually the rice will blend evenly with the vegetables and sauce. The great thing about this dish is that the rice is steamed and therefore healthier.  Normally I love rice and eat these types of dishes very quickly; this meal was exceptionally good!

Little Octopus: A Tasty Dish

About 8 months ago I had this dish for the very first time in Gyeongju.  It is a little bit spicy, but absolutely delicious! In fact, as I am sitting here writing about it, I find my mouth watering and my stomach hungering for it.  As with many Korean dishes, once you are almost finished you have the option of turning it into a rice dish.  The server comes over, takes the remainder of the meal, adds rice, and fries it for you.  gyeongju-164

Even if you are not especially fond of seafood, this is a great dish to try!

Maeshilju 매실주

Mashilju is next on our tour of Korean drinks.  Maeshilju is an alcohol that receives its flavor from Japanese apricots.  I have only had Maeshilju once, but I am looking forward to trying it again.  It is sweet, but not too sweet, and it has a very distinctive taste.  In the bottle you will probably find a few green Japanese apricots relaxing at the bottom of this delicious drink.  I remember Japanese apricots being in season shortly after I arrived in Korea; this year I am going to try to make maeshilju myself! There will likely be another story on that process.

maeshilju-147By the way, you may have noticed that the names of several drinks in Korea end in “ju”

  • maekju
  • maeshilju
  • soju

This is because “ju” means alcohol in Korean.



So, I finally got around to trying the famous peaches here in Jochiwon. I am really sad that I hadn’t tried them earlier! Back in the United States I was never a huge fan of peaches. Here in Korea however they are incredibly delicious! I paid about 9000 won for five peaches. Since I bought them in the traditional market, I am not really sure if that was a good price. However, I did check the local grocery store, and those peaches were only slightly more expensive.

20120910-203905.jpg as soon as I got home I washed them off, and I started cutting them into slices. I ate several of the slices, but most of them went into jars for flavoring soju.

20120910-204121.jpg last time I tried flavoring Soju with apricot and melon. The apricot works really well! The melon worked okay, but I didn’t like it as much. I have a very good feeling about the peaches!



So, as you may have guessed, I love gimbap! I eat it at least three times a week, and it’s a very healthy snack. Tonight I actually had tuna gimbap and another type of gimbap up for dinner. it’s considered fast food, but it’s much healthier than a cheeseburger, or a taco.

20120811-003826.jpg It is much like sushi in the sense that it has a seaweed wrapping, rice in the center, and other fillings. The main difference is that gimbap does not use raw fish. It uses everything from cooked tuna to kimchi!