Thursday, May 11, 2006
Sun & Moon
stormiii at 12:42 pm
Sunday, May 07, 2006
A Beautiful Day (Kimchi-ed Part 3!)
While the other guests head to the large buffet restaurant for lunch, the couple change into their wedding hanbok and the tea ceremony begins. This custom is similar to the Chinese tea ceremony but is more traditional than what is now done in SG. After seeking blessings from both sets of parents, the couple then toast each other tea with their arms entwined. I thought that Cathy's hanbok was truly lovely with all the lavish embroidery :)
Guys, make sure you have a strong back for this! There was much cheering and clapping as Jay proceeded to carry Cathy on his back!
A last photo before Jay and Cathy set off for their honeymoon and a new journey together.
stormiii at 12:18 am
Monday, May 01, 2006
Kimchi-ed...the FOOD (Part 2)
Never would I have imagined that my first breakfast in Korea would be kimchi ramyeon. Homemade kimchi with its crunchiness and freshness maintained by a "kimchi refridgerator" is a staple diet of Koreans and trust me, the humble pickled veggies are a perfect "pick me up" to any dish :) So there I was, slurping ramyeon while my eyes feasted on the plethora of flawless looking Korean celebs on TV...
Gukje Market is a huge place that sells everything you can ever think of buying but it was the sight of these huge bowls at the food section that had my eyes popping out! All sorts of kimchi, vegetables, seafood and unidentifiable items were for sale :D
According to Gibby, when in Gukje Market, most locals would flock to this famous Korean "yong tau foo" stall. The lady boss has done so well that she has a little sign and a small eating shop behind her stall. She gave us an extra helping upon hearing that we foreigners had come in search of her - needless to say, her tofu pockets stuffed with black pepper, chives and flavoursome broth were terrific :)
Gibby had a little black book of superb Korean restaurants and she introduced us to a few serving sambap :D The waitresses will come to your table with giant silver trays laden with hundreds of little bowls filled with meat, seafood, steamed egg, soup, kimchi, veggies, etc. It'll take only minutes for them to lay the table and then the fun begins :) Sambap requires attention as you have to assemble your own meal using whatever food combination you think works (incl. colour!) before popping the entire pocket into your mouth. The first time I did it, I ended up making a huge one a la popiah style which made for a most entertaining sight...
To top our entire gourmet experience in Korea, Gibby brought us to eat hanjeongsik. This is definitely a must for all Daejanggeum fans who think it unfair that the Emperor doesn't seem to do much except to appear for the food tasting section ;P This is when you realise that Korean cuisine is by itself so simple and healthy - think ginseng tempura, fat mushrooms with slices of red dates and various vegetable salads prepared in an appetizing manner. I really enjoyed the dishes at this restaurant as it was somewhat of a contemporary style and tried to persuade Gibby to open such a place in SG :) Right, so the ingredients would be unavailable. No worries Gibby, I'll be waiting for you to bring me on another gourmet tour the next time!
stormiii at 2:04 am