Instant Pot Gamjatang (Korean Spicy Pork Bone Stew)

Close up of Instant Pot Gamjatang finished in the potGamjatang is a wonderfully hearty and spicy Korean stew made with pork neck bones and potatoes. It’s a great frugal meal that Koreans enjoyed especially during the cold season. BTW, if you cannot get pork neck bones, you can just use pork ribs and it will still be delicious.

Instant Pot Gamjatang recipe was a perfect recipe to try because it requires cooking the pork bones for a long time. Loaded with flavors, this hearty stew recipe is simple and easy to make in the IP. When compared with my traditional recipe, this recipe was just as yummy if not better.

Instant Pot Gamjatang (Korean Pork Bone Stew) ladled inside pot
Instant Pot Gamjatang (Korean Pork Bone Stew) Recipe

Instant Pot Gamjatang (감자탕) Korean Pork Bone Stew has been on my list to ‘cook for blog‘ for a while now (probably too long.. haha). When I first got my Instant Pot back in June, I immediately thought that Galbijjim and the Instant Pot Gamjatang recipe was something that would be perfect Korean food to be made in this amazing appliance.

So, this time I actually cooked both regular and IP recipe at the same time. And I can tell you with total confidence that the Instant Pot Gamjatang came out just as flavorful as the regular recipe and definitely was simpler and quicker to make.

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15 Easy Kimchi Recipes

It’s kimchi making season in Korea! Here’s a collection of 15 easy kimchi recipes you can make right now and all year round. Making good authentic kimchi at home is much easier than you think. Something for everyone and every season! 

how to make 15 common kimchi types

This time of year to late fall, Korean households make a large batch of traditional napa cabbage kimchi (배추), also called pogi kimchi (포기김치), to last through the winter and early spring. Also, it’s very common to make a few other kimchi varieties during this season. This annual kimchi making event is called gimjang (김장, also spelled kimjang). I grew up watching my mother make kimchi with over 100 cabbages for her gimjang. Her friends in the neighborhood would rotate their gimjang schedule to help each other. Most people don’t make that much kimchi anymore, but the tradition of gimjang continues.

Here, I’ve collected 15 of my easy kimchi recipes! There’s something for everyone and every season! You’ll find kimchi recipes with or without gochugaru (red chili pepper flakes), vegan kimchi, kimchi made with other vegetables such as radishes, scallions, cucumbers, etc. These kimchi recipes feature pretty much all you need to know about how to make the most common kimchi types!

1. Traditional napa cabbage kimchi (or pogi kimchi)

This napa cabbage kimchi is the most common kimchi in Korea. To help you start making kimchi at home, I came up with a recipe using one napa cabbage. 

Traditional kimchi (Napa cabbage kimchi)

 

2.  Vegan kimchi

Vegan kimchi that’s as good as the traditional version!

Best Vegan kimchi recipe

 

3. white kimchi (baek kimchi)

Made without gochugarau, this traditional white kimchi is light and refreshing! 

White kimchi

 

4. Mak kimchi (easy kimchi)

Cut up the cabbage, salt, rinse, and mix with the seasoning! Simple, right? That’s what this easy kimchi recipe is about. 

Mak kimchi

 

5. Baechu geotjeori (fresh kimchi)

Getjeori is a kimchi that’s made to be eaten fresh without fermentation. It’s a quick, delicious kimchi you can enjoy right after making it! 

Fresh kimchi

 

6. Yangbaechu kimchi (green cabbage kimchi)

Can’t find napa cabbage where you are? Try this kimchi recipe made with a head of your normal green cabbage. It’s light, crunchy, and refreshing!

Green cabbage kimchi

 

7. Kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi)

Kkadugi is the most common kimchi that’s made with Korean radish. Simply cut the radishes into cubes, salt for a short time, and then mix with the seasonings. Easy!

Cubed radish kimchi in a jar

 

8. Chonggak kimchi (ponytail radish kimchi)

Chonggak kimchi is made with a small variety of white radish with long leafy stems, which is firmer and crunchier than the large varieties. 

Chonggak Kimchi

 

9. Quick Dongchimi (radish water kimchi)

Dongchimi (동치미) is a mild water-based kimchi made with a small variety of white radish called dongchimi mu. 

refreshing radish water kimchi

 

10. Nabak kimchi (water kimchi with napa cabbage and radish)

Nabak kimchi is a type of water kimchi that’s made with thinly sliced radish squares and other vegetables. It is easy to make, yet deliciously refreshing! 

Nabak kimchi (Water kimchi)

 

11. Pa kimchi (green onion kimchi)

This easy kimchi made with tender green onions (also called scallions) is a favorite of mine!

Pa Kimchi (Green Onion Kimchi)

 

12. Buchu kimchi (garlic chives kimchi)

This kimchi made with tender garlic chives (buchu – 부추) is one of the easiest kimchi variety to make! 

Kimchi made with garlic chives

 

13. Oi sobagi (stuffed cucumber kimchi)

Cucumbers are salted and then stuffed with a seasoning mix. Oi sobagi is crisp, crunchy and delicious!

Oi Sobagi (Korean stuffed cucumber kimchi)

 

14. Kkaennip kimchi (perilla leaf kimchi)

Kkaennip kimchi is a traditional way to preserve fragrant perilla leaves to be enjoyed during the off season. 

kimchi recipe made with perilla kimchi

 

15.Bok choy kimchi

Geotjeori (fresh kimchi) is typically made with napa cabbage. This one is made with tender baby bok choy, cheongyeongchae (청경채) in Korean. 

Baby bok choy kimchi salad

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Top 10 Korean Recipes that You Have to Try

collage image of bulgogi, japchae, fried chicken and soft tofu stewTop 10 Korean recipes that are most popular on Kimchimari. From Korean BBQ and fried chicken to Korean glass noodles and spicy soft tofu stew, these are the recipes most enjoyed by Korean food lovers. Try them all!

collage image of bulgogi, japchae, fried chicken and soft tofu stew
Top 10 Korean Recipes that are popular on Kimchimari
Top 10 Korean recipes that you don’t want to miss… because I have been blogging for almost 8 years now with over 180 recipes and I wanted to celebrate my blogging anniversary (coming up fast on Dec. 10th) with you all. So you’re invited to celebrate with me as we take a look at the top 10 most popular Korean recipes on Kimchimari!
These are recipes that my blog readers love and cook often. It’s obvious why: they are easy, authentic, and big in flavors. Plus, they are personal to me and help tell my story from my childhood in Korea to my family life in the US. Thank you for sharing the love of Korean food with me!

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Multigrain Rice Instant Pot Recipe (Japgokbap)

Closeup of multigrain rice cooked in pink striped bowlMultigrain Rice Instant Pot recipe is the perfect solution for making what usually takes a long time to cook in a regular pot or even in one of those fancy pressurized Korean rice cooker. Instant Pot reduces the cooking time by as much as 40% (compared to pressurized Korean rice cooker). 

multigrain rice instant pot cooked in pink striped bowl on white background
Multigrain Rice Instant Pot Recipe – Korean Japgokbap

Multigrain rice or Japgokbap was not an easy rice to make in the old days before the invention of pressurized rice cookers or other cookers like the Instant Pot. Because even after soaking the individual grains and beans for hours, our moms had to pre-cook the beans, especially the Adzuki beans. Then the grains and beans were often added at different times during the cooking process.

I think partly because of how time consuming it was to cook the Korean Multigrain Rice, in previous generations Japgokbap was a special treat that was prepared only on special occasions like on the eve of First Full Moon festival (Jeongwol Daeboreum 정월대보름). You can read more about the festival in my Multigrain Rice Recipe post.

In recent years, especially with the knowledge that anything that’s whole grain and less processed is healthy, Japgokbap has become very popular is preferred by many Korean adults with diabetes, weight problems and other health issues. (more…)

Korea Still Treating Foreigners Like Children (and Criminals)

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I have lived in Korea for almost 15 years. I have a Korean family. I own a business promoting Korean culture. I even voted in the last Korean election.

I also teach English a little in my free time. Because of this, I was required by the Gyeonggi Provincial government via the hagwon association to go to a “teacher training” seminar wa-a-a-a-ay out in Icheon.

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Not Incheon.

Icheon.

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I like Icheon. Pottery. Rice. Makgeolli. Seo-il Farm. It’s also WAY on the eastern edge of Gyeonggi-do. Far away from where the majority of foreign English teachers live.

The stated purpose of this seminar is to train foreign ESL teachers to be “better teachers.” The real reason is more sinister and clouded with xenophobia.


We’ve had waves of xenophobia since I’ve been here. The big one was Anti-English-Spectrum (2005), which was a vigilante group of men who didn’t like Korean women dating foreign men. They got the ears of the media and politicians, rebranded themselves to be an organization to make schools better, and orchestrated a lot of the questionable immigration policies South Korea. This includes the HIV/AIDS test for E-2 visas, which the U.N. Human Rights people said violated international treaties. That took around a decade to finally get rid of. They fueled this perception of foreigners as being sexually deviant drug addicts. The group is no longer active, but their stench still exists in the public mindset.

In 2007, pedophile Christopher Paul Neil was arrested in Thailand. It hit the news in South Korea that he was a teacher here while committing those acts in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Add pedophilia to the list of traits the Korean public attached to foreign English teachers.

I should note that a lot of people much smarter than I have documented that the crime rates for Koreans in Korea is TWO TIMES higher than foreigners.

The MRTC analysis said the average crime rate for Koreans is more than twice that of foreigners at 3,649 crimes per 100,000 people. For foreigners it is 1,585 per 100,000. [Source: Yonhap News]

The blog Popular Gusts of Feeling has been translating and documenting all the anti-foreigner media and the statistics that disprove the negative public sentiment for years.

Against this backdrop, another wave of xenophobia occurred in 2012. There was a journalist strike at the TV stations, so the stations were picking up whatever dreck pieces they could. That was the year the Korean media went all out, warning Korean women about the dangers of foreign men.

It was around this time that a group claiming to represent concerned parents convinced politicians to establish these seminars to teach foreign ESL teachers about Korean law, visa restrictions, and how to assimilate in Korean culture. That’s what this seminar was.

I call it “The Dirty Foreigner Seminar.”


We were on the phone with the people in charge. We explained that I’m an F5 visa, which is like a green card–one step away from citizenship. I have a business to run. I have 15 years of experience, and I don’t need an introductory seminar. They were insistent. I had to attend or the school would be fined. I was hoping to go to a pumpkin carving event with my family, but I cancelled it for this.

What follows is for your entertainment. It’s an illustration of how out of touch a lot of people in charge in Korea are. It’s an example of a giant waste of taxpayers’ money. I just coughed up W3 million in taxes this month, so I’m conscious of that.

Everyone was required to be in Icheon at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday. Quite an early time when most teachers, especially E-2 visas, don’t have cars. The subways don’t open until 5:00 a.m. There was no way a teacher from my area in west Gyeonggi could make it out there without hitching a ride with someone.

The reason for the time?

So they could finish at lunch time. Then they wouldn’t be obliged to supply food for the attendees.

I closed down my Friday night tour so that I could go to bed early for this. Got up at 5 a.m. and drove in thick fog to Icheon.

I stood in line for registration, and this was what the itinerary was.

Here’s what happened

I live tweeted and live posted on Facebook what was going on. The following comments were from my Facebook wall. This wasn’t just foreigners making fun of this. Koreans were also blasting this clown show. I’ve covered up their identities.

Opening Ceremony

Everyone was called into the auditorium. All Korean seminars have to follow a set formula. No deviations, no matter the subject or audience.

Which meant this.

All foreigners had to stand for the South Korean national anthem. They didn’t tell us to salute, which would have meant that we were pledging our allegiances to a foreign entity. Some friends have been forced to do so at other functions.

Confrontation #1

This was just funny. I mean, it was dumb to bring food in the auditorium. E2 visas don’t have a reputation for common sense or even hygiene. Many tend to look and act like they just got out of their college dorm rooms hungover. The guy was like, “I had no time to eat breakfast.”

Sorry E2’s. I was one of you once. Still a scruffy bunch.

Welcome Speeches

Every event like this you are required to have dignitaries give speeches.

The round peg in a square hole solution?

Have these dignitaries speak in Korean while the English versions of their speeches were projected on the screen.

Cultural Performance

A little entertainment for everyone.

Performance: “Beethoven”

A group that was an offshoot of Nanta made a performance. They worked hard, and they were good. They played that upbeat synthesizer version of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” that you hear all the time in Korea. Even my daughter’s kindergarten class performed this while beating to drums.

The cynical long-term expat in me got annoyed. It’s bad enough that we were forced to attend this. But when the newbie foreigners start acting like they’re having a good time, it only encourages them, guys.

We all drove out to Icheon to see what we could easily see in Seoul?

Welcome to Icheon Sing a Song

Oh man, poor guy. The mayor of Icheon chose to sing “Some Say Love.” I guess because it’s one of the only songs he knows at the noraebang. We all were feeling stressed for him, as his voice cracked and muddled through.

The emcee also said that the mayor loved each and every one of us. Good to know I’m loved.

Performance: “Arirang”

Every single performance that has foreigners in the audience, I think it’s mandated by law to play “Arirang.”

Lectures

Immigration Office Control Law Guide

I’m sure the above title makes sense in Korean.

This is what upset a lot of us. The seminar is really for newbies. A lot of us long timers, including F4 visa “Koreans-by-DNA” (not my wording, Korean-American friend uses it tongue-in-cheek), were forced to attend this thing that had NOTHING to do with us.

Confrontation #2

An F4 visa holder got the microphone in the middle of the immigration guy’s lecture and asked if there would be any information for people with F-series visas. Those are people like Korean-Americans, spouses of Koreans, and permanent residents like me.

“No, I don’t have any information here for you.”

“Then why are we here?”

I started clapping.

There was a back-and-forth while the immigration guy was sweating. The F4 visa holder offered to explain in Korean for him to make it easier.

It’s sad because even the people running the event don’t want to be there. The difference is that they’re getting paid, and we’re not. I’ve given one of these types of lectures before for EPIK. I got paid well.

Everyone just wants to get through this and go home.

The people who need to hear what the F4 visa holder had to say weren’t there.

Back to the “Don’t Be Pedophiles” Lecture

Coded Language: We still remember that foreign pedophile from 2007. MANY more Korean teachers have since been caught diddling students, but that doesn’t matter. That one guy from 2007 makes ALL OF YOU guilty by xeno-association.

Re: Swine flu

In 2009, the H1n1 Swine Flu panic had hit Korea. Their first solution was to quarantine foreign teachers who had just flown into the country. Koreans were allowed to go home.

Only foreigners were quarantined.

The drug case study was of American soldiers smuggling Philopon in cereal boxes.

Since posting this, someone clarified what the Korean media covered up. The source for the Philopon was a Korean-American operation using the U.S. military postal service to smuggle it into the country for Korean use. But the rule in Korea is that if Korean-Americans are good, they’re Korean. If they’re bad, they’re foreigners.

They weren’t English teachers, but you know, they were dirty foreigners.

So don’t do this.

Then someone from the audience piped up to much laughter…

  1. ASSIMILATE!! Resistance if futile. Sure. Koreans have to eat Korean food when traveling abroad, but you’re in Korea. Eat only Korean food. Be an obedient employee. 
  2. Study Korean laws, which are only available in Korean, so you’d better learn Korean quickly.
  3. That was true 20 years ago.
  4. Learn Korean in that short free time you get, even though you can’t use it in your workplace as an English teacher. How better to learn those Korean laws so you won’t be in a big trouble?

Icheon Rice Festival

I had a feeling there was an ulterior motive to forcing everyone to go to Icheon. They were at the tail end of a Rice Festival. So the promoter went on stage to talk about it.

They forced us all out here to help supply the Icheon Rice Festival with foreigners for photo ops.

The presentation was all the usual embarrassing pictures of awkward foreigners being “introduced” to Korean culture. Talking about trying rice and bibimbap as if people who’ve lived here for years had never heard of it.

Introduce Korean Propaganda Culture

One of the Korean propaganda organizations made this video about Korean history. This is VERY DIFFERENT from the history we share on The Dark Side of Seoul Tour (shameless plug).

Dark Side of Seoul

The British narrator was obviously outsourced outside Korea. We have a lot of professional voice actors here who could do it with proper Korean pronunciation, but we got this narration that talked about “King S’jong.”

In the middle of the video, it stopped and restarted.

The video itself was about King Sejong. I actually own and run the Twitter account @KingSejong. But this isn’t all about me.

It was more cultural masturbation and chest beating. What better way to make people appreciate your culture than to talk about how superior yours is to theirs?

So, Korea had invented all these things before the West had.

A Japanese encyclopedia stated that by around 1500, Korea had made around 15 scientific achievements while Japan had zero.

Cue the audience laughing.

The interesting part was the story behind Kind Sejong’s water clock. Even that had to go off the rails with Small Man Syndrome. By trying so hard to make themselves sound big, they were revealing how small they were.

Yes, the video said that. Sejong started the digital revolution. Not Alan Turing. Not Bill Gates. Not Steve Jobs. It was King Sejong.

Know it.

Then it went straight into the drones used in the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony.

Then it got weirder!

We’re used to the overly stretching scientific claims Koreans make that would not hold up in a high school science class:

  • Kimchi cures SARS.
  • Makgeolli can prevent cancer.
  • Korean food increases sperm count.

Here’s one more to add.

Korean bronze diningware prevents more e.coli than Chinese or Japanese diningware.

According to them, scientists say that bronze can have a maximum of 10% tin. But somehow Korean bronze makers defied that scientific law!

Learn How To Be a Good Teacher

Finally! The crux of the program!

He lost us immediately.

The speech was a winding journey of the professor’s English learning.

It started with his story of lusting over his English teacher in middle school, especially when she wore short skirts. Yes, this is another person that people should be eyeing closely. Creeeeeeepy.

None of it was about being a better teacher. No methods or anything.

He asked for questions at the end. Everyone wanted to leave, but of course, someone had to raise their hand and ask about methods. There was someone here who was still under the illusion that this was a serious training seminar.

The professor’s answer?

Board games.

 

We also learned this

  1. OBEY your boss, you lowly employee.
  2. No one cares! So shut up, already! (But at least the mayor of Icheon loves me.)
  3. Hang out at the WA Bar and drink away your pain and loneliness. Because NO ONE CARES!
  4. And yes. Somehow they think an E2 visa making $24,000/year with elementary Korean language skills and no credit can attain a car. 

DONE!

What a waste of time and taxpayers’ money!

Click here for that Korea Herald article “Visa dispute frustrates foreign teachers”<– This right here is typical bullshit.

The more I think about it, the seminar is up there with the HIV/AIDS test in its racist xenophobia. It did all start from a public panic over foreign English teachers molesting kids and smuggling drugs.

Let me flip it over and give this thought paradigm.

Over the years, there have been many stories of Korean-run brothels in the U.S. The U.S. government, especially these days, has been egregiously awful in its treatment of immigrants. Imagine if they also did this.

All Koreans on visas in the U.S. had to attend an annual seminar.

Yes, I know that the seminar in Korea is for English teachers, but in Korea, that’s pretty much the ONLY non-factory job foreigners can get. You don’t see foreign doctors, convenience store owners, and accountants here. Even the foreigners who do own restaurants and such still moonlight as English teachers to make ends meet.

This seminar contains the following:

  • Stand for the American anthem
  • A local country music act singing “Edelweiss”
  • A video about American baseball
  • Benjamin Franklin invented EVERYTHING. His electricity experiments made K-Pop possible.
  • An introduction to a local hot dog festival with “Do you know hot dogs?”
  • A lecture telling Korean women to not be prostitutes
  • A job training lecture told by a former ESL teacher from Korea about all the partying he did and how hard it was to learn Korean

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Korea Still Treating Foreigners Like Children (and Criminals)

Advertisement

I have lived in Korea for almost 15 years. I have a Korean family. I own a business promoting Korean culture. I even voted in the last Korean election.

I also teach English a little in my free time. Because of this, I was required by the Gyeonggi Provincial government via the hagwon association to go to a “teacher training” seminar wa-a-a-a-ay out in Icheon.

Advertisement

Not Incheon.

Icheon.

Map

I like Icheon. Pottery. Rice. Makgeolli. Seo-il Farm. It’s also WAY on the eastern edge of Gyeonggi-do. Far away from where the majority of foreign English teachers live.

The stated purpose of this seminar is to train foreign ESL teachers to be “better teachers.” The real reason is more sinister and clouded with xenophobia.


We’ve had waves of xenophobia since I’ve been here. The big one was Anti-English-Spectrum (2005), which was a vigilante group of men who didn’t like Korean women dating foreign men. They got the ears of the media and politicians, rebranded themselves to be an organization to make schools better, and orchestrated a lot of the questionable immigration policies South Korea. This includes the HIV/AIDS test for E-2 visas, which the U.N. Human Rights people said violated international treaties. That took around a decade to finally get rid of. They fueled this perception of foreigners as being sexually deviant drug addicts. The group is no longer active, but their stench still exists in the public mindset.

In 2007, pedophile Christopher Paul Neil was arrested in Thailand. It hit the news in South Korea that he was a teacher here while committing those acts in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Add pedophilia to the list of traits the Korean public attached to foreign English teachers.

I should note that a lot of people much smarter than I have documented that the crime rates for Koreans in Korea is TWO TIMES higher than foreigners.

The MRTC analysis said the average crime rate for Koreans is more than twice that of foreigners at 3,649 crimes per 100,000 people. For foreigners it is 1,585 per 100,000. [Source: Yonhap News]

The blog Popular Gusts of Feeling has been translating and documenting all the anti-foreigner media and the statistics that disprove the negative public sentiment for years.

Against this backdrop, another wave of xenophobia occurred in 2012. There was a journalist strike at the TV stations, so the stations were picking up whatever dreck pieces they could. That was the year the Korean media went all out, warning Korean women about the dangers of foreign men.

It was around this time that a group claiming to represent concerned parents convinced politicians to establish these seminars to teach foreign ESL teachers about Korean law, visa restrictions, and how to assimilate in Korean culture. That’s what this seminar was.

I call it “The Dirty Foreigner Seminar.”


We were on the phone with the people in charge. We explained that I’m an F5 visa, which is like a green card–one step away from citizenship. I have a business to run. I have 15 years of experience, and I don’t need an introductory seminar. They were insistent. I had to attend or the school would be fined. I was hoping to go to a pumpkin carving event with my family, but I cancelled it for this.

What follows is for your entertainment. It’s an illustration of how out of touch a lot of people in charge in Korea are. It’s an example of a giant waste of taxpayers’ money. I just coughed up W3 million in taxes this month, so I’m conscious of that.

Everyone was required to be in Icheon at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday. Quite an early time when most teachers, especially E-2 visas, don’t have cars. The subways don’t open until 5:00 a.m. There was no way a teacher from my area in west Gyeonggi could make it out there without hitching a ride with someone.

The reason for the time?

So they could finish at lunch time. Then they wouldn’t be obliged to supply food for the attendees.

I closed down my Friday night tour so that I could go to bed early for this. Got up at 5 a.m. and drove in thick fog to Icheon.

I stood in line for registration, and this was what the itinerary was.

Here’s what happened

I live tweeted and live posted on Facebook what was going on. The following comments were from my Facebook wall. This wasn’t just foreigners making fun of this. Koreans were also blasting this clown show. I’ve covered up their identities.

Opening Ceremony

Everyone was called into the auditorium. All Korean seminars have to follow a set formula. No deviations, no matter the subject or audience.

Which meant this.

All foreigners had to stand for the South Korean national anthem. They didn’t tell us to salute, which would have meant that we were pledging our allegiances to a foreign entity. Some friends have been forced to do so at other functions.

Confrontation #1

This was just funny. I mean, it was dumb to bring food in the auditorium. E2 visas don’t have a reputation for common sense or even hygiene. Many tend to look and act like they just got out of their college dorm rooms hungover. The guy was like, “I had no time to eat breakfast.”

Sorry E2’s. I was one of you once. Still a scruffy bunch.

Welcome Speeches

Every event like this you are required to have dignitaries give speeches.

The round peg in a square hole solution?

Have these dignitaries speak in Korean while the English versions of their speeches were projected on the screen.

Cultural Performance

A little entertainment for everyone.

Performance: “Beethoven”

A group that was an offshoot of Nanta made a performance. They worked hard, and they were good. They played that upbeat synthesizer version of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” that you hear all the time in Korea. Even my daughter’s kindergarten class performed this while beating to drums.

The cynical long-term expat in me got annoyed. It’s bad enough that we were forced to attend this. But when the newbie foreigners start acting like they’re having a good time, it only encourages them, guys.

We all drove out to Icheon to see what we could easily see in Seoul?

Welcome to Icheon Sing a Song

Oh man, poor guy. The mayor of Icheon chose to sing “Some Say Love.” I guess because it’s one of the only songs he knows at the noraebang. We all were feeling stressed for him, as his voice cracked and muddled through.

The emcee also said that the mayor loved each and every one of us. Good to know I’m loved.

Performance: “Arirang”

Every single performance that has foreigners in the audience, I think it’s mandated by law to play “Arirang.”

Lectures

Immigration Office Control Law Guide

I’m sure the above title makes sense in Korean.

This is what upset a lot of us. The seminar is really for newbies. A lot of us long timers, including F4 visa “Koreans-by-DNA” (not my wording, Korean-American friend uses it tongue-in-cheek), were forced to attend this thing that had NOTHING to do with us.

Confrontation #2

An F4 visa holder got the microphone in the middle of the immigration guy’s lecture and asked if there would be any information for people with F-series visas. Those are people like Korean-Americans, spouses of Koreans, and permanent residents like me.

“No, I don’t have any information here for you.”

“Then why are we here?”

I started clapping.

There was a back-and-forth while the immigration guy was sweating. The F4 visa holder offered to explain in Korean for him to make it easier.

It’s sad because even the people running the event don’t want to be there. The difference is that they’re getting paid, and we’re not. I’ve given one of these types of lectures before for EPIK. I got paid well.

Everyone just wants to get through this and go home.

The people who need to hear what the F4 visa holder had to say weren’t there.

Back to the “Don’t Be Pedophiles” Lecture

Coded Language: We still remember that foreign pedophile from 2007. MANY more Korean teachers have since been caught diddling students, but that doesn’t matter. That one guy from 2007 makes ALL OF YOU guilty by xeno-association.

Re: Swine flu

In 2009, the H1n1 Swine Flu panic had hit Korea. Their first solution was to quarantine foreign teachers who had just flown into the country. Koreans were allowed to go home.

Only foreigners were quarantined.

The drug case study was of American soldiers smuggling Philopon in cereal boxes.

Since posting this, someone clarified what the Korean media covered up. The source for the Philopon was a Korean-American operation using the U.S. military postal service to smuggle it into the country for Korean use. But the rule in Korea is that if Korean-Americans are good, they’re Korean. If they’re bad, they’re foreigners.

They weren’t English teachers, but you know, they were dirty foreigners.

So don’t do this.

Then someone from the audience piped up to much laughter…

  1. ASSIMILATE!! Resistance if futile. Sure. Koreans have to eat Korean food when traveling abroad, but you’re in Korea. Eat only Korean food. Be an obedient employee. 
  2. Study Korean laws, which are only available in Korean, so you’d better learn Korean quickly.
  3. That was true 20 years ago.
  4. Learn Korean in that short free time you get, even though you can’t use it in your workplace as an English teacher. How better to learn those Korean laws so you won’t be in a big trouble?

Icheon Rice Festival

I had a feeling there was an ulterior motive to forcing everyone to go to Icheon. They were at the tail end of a Rice Festival. So the promoter went on stage to talk about it.

They forced us all out here to help supply the Icheon Rice Festival with foreigners for photo ops.

The presentation was all the usual embarrassing pictures of awkward foreigners being “introduced” to Korean culture. Talking about trying rice and bibimbap as if people who’ve lived here for years had never heard of it.

Introduce Korean Propaganda Culture

One of the Korean propaganda organizations made this video about Korean history. This is VERY DIFFERENT from the history we share on The Dark Side of Seoul Tour (shameless plug).

Dark Side of Seoul

The British narrator was obviously outsourced outside Korea. We have a lot of professional voice actors here who could do it with proper Korean pronunciation, but we got this narration that talked about “King S’jong.”

In the middle of the video, it stopped and restarted.

The video itself was about King Sejong. I actually own and run the Twitter account @KingSejong. But this isn’t all about me.

It was more cultural masturbation and chest beating. What better way to make people appreciate your culture than to talk about how superior yours is to theirs?

So, Korea had invented all these things before the West had.

A Japanese encyclopedia stated that by around 1500, Korea had made around 15 scientific achievements while Japan had zero.

Cue the audience laughing.

The interesting part was the story behind Kind Sejong’s water clock. Even that had to go off the rails with Small Man Syndrome. By trying so hard to make themselves sound big, they were revealing how small they were.

Yes, the video said that. Sejong started the digital revolution. Not Alan Turing. Not Bill Gates. Not Steve Jobs. It was King Sejong.

Know it.

Then it went straight into the drones used in the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony.

Then it got weirder!

We’re used to the overly stretching scientific claims Koreans make that would not hold up in a high school science class:

  • Kimchi cures SARS.
  • Makgeolli can prevent cancer.
  • Korean food increases sperm count.

Here’s one more to add.

Korean bronze diningware prevents more e.coli than Chinese or Japanese diningware.

According to them, scientists say that bronze can have a maximum of 10% tin. But somehow Korean bronze makers defied that scientific law!

Learn How To Be a Good Teacher

Finally! The crux of the program!

He lost us immediately.

The speech was a winding journey of the professor’s English learning.

It started with his story of lusting over his English teacher in middle school, especially when she wore short skirts. Yes, this is another person that people should be eyeing closely. Creeeeeeepy.

None of it was about being a better teacher. No methods or anything.

He asked for questions at the end. Everyone wanted to leave, but of course, someone had to raise their hand and ask about methods. There was someone here who was still under the illusion that this was a serious training seminar.

The professor’s answer?

Board games.

 

We also learned this

  1. OBEY your boss, you lowly employee.
  2. No one cares! So shut up, already! (But at least the mayor of Icheon loves me.)
  3. Hang out at the WA Bar and drink away your pain and loneliness. Because NO ONE CARES!
  4. And yes. Somehow they think an E2 visa making $24,000/year with elementary Korean language skills and no credit can attain a car. 

DONE!

What a waste of time and taxpayers’ money!

Click here for that Korea Herald article “Visa dispute frustrates foreign teachers”<– This right here is typical bullshit.

The more I think about it, the seminar is up there with the HIV/AIDS test in its racist xenophobia. It did all start from a public panic over foreign English teachers molesting kids and smuggling drugs.

Let me flip it over and give this thought paradigm.

Over the years, there have been many stories of Korean-run brothels in the U.S. The U.S. government, especially these days, has been egregiously awful in its treatment of immigrants. Imagine if they also did this.

All Koreans on visas in the U.S. had to attend an annual seminar.

Yes, I know that the seminar in Korea is for English teachers, but in Korea, that’s pretty much the ONLY non-factory job foreigners can get. You don’t see foreign doctors, convenience store owners, and accountants here. Even the foreigners who do own restaurants and such still moonlight as English teachers to make ends meet.

This seminar contains the following:

  • Stand for the American anthem
  • A local country music act singing “Edelweiss”
  • A video about American baseball
  • Benjamin Franklin invented EVERYTHING. His electricity experiments made K-Pop possible.
  • An introduction to a local hot dog festival with “Do you know hot dogs?”
  • A lecture telling Korean women to not be prostitutes
  • A job training lecture told by a former ESL teacher from Korea about all the partying he did and how hard it was to learn Korean

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Gamjatang (Spicy Pork Bone Stew with Potatoes)

Close up of gamjatang in white bowl individual sizeGamjatang is a wonderfully hearty and spicy Korean stew made with pork neck bones and potatoes. It’s a great frugal meal that Koreans enjoyed especially during the cold season. BTW, if you cannot get pork neck bones, you can just use pork ribs and it will still be delicious.

Gamjatang in small white bowl - close up
Gamjatang (Korean Pork Bone Stew)

Gamjatang 감자탕 (Korean Pork Neck Bone Stew) is a dish that was not really common in Seoul when I was growing up. The first time I had it was when my nephew DW was fulfilling his military duties in Korea and my husband and I visited him. My nephew loves to eat (must run in the family) and his request was to eat 2 meals within 5 hrs of his time off with us!!

His 1st request was to eat Gamjatang for lunch and then 2nd was to have Jjajangmyeon and Tangsuyuk (Sweet and Sour Pork) for dinner. And after the early dinner, he wanted to take a box of pizza back to his unit so he could share with his buddies. (more…)

Gamjatang (Spicy Pork Bone Stew with Potatoes)

Close up of gamjatang in white bowl individual sizeGamjatang is a wonderfully hearty and spicy Korean stew made with pork neck bones and potatoes. It’s a great frugal meal that Koreans enjoyed especially during the cold season. BTW, if you cannot get pork neck bones, you can just use pork ribs and it will still be delicious.

Gamjatang in small white bowl - close up
Gamjatang (Korean Pork Bone Stew)

Gamjatang 감자탕 (Korean Pork Neck Bone Stew) is a dish that was not really common in Seoul when I was growing up. The first time I had it was when my nephew DW was fulfilling his military duties in Korea and my husband and I visited him. My nephew loves to eat (must run in the family) and his request was to eat 2 meals within 5 hrs of his time off with us!!

His 1st request was to eat Gamjatang for lunch and then 2nd was to have Jjajangmyeon and Tangsuyuk (Sweet and Sour Pork) for dinner. And after the early dinner, he wanted to take a box of pizza back to his unit so he could share with his buddies. (more…)

Yangbaechu Kimchi (Green Cabbage Kimchi)

Need some quick kimchi? Or can’t find napa cabbage where you are? Try this kimchi recipe made with a head of your normal green cabbage. It’s light, crunchy, and refreshing!

Quick and easy kimchi made with green cabbage

When napa cabbages are not in their prime season during the warm months, green cabbages (called yangbaechu in Korean, 양배추) come in handy for making kimchi. Great for kimchi beginners, this yangbaechu kimchi recipe is a good alternative if you can’t find napa cabbages at your local groceries or need a quick kimchi.

The Korean name for green cabbage, yangbaechu, actually means Western cabbage. Green cabbages are healthy, naturally sweet and crunchy, which makes it a good vegetable for kimchi.

This recipe was originally posted in July 2011. I’ve updated it here with new photos, more information, and an improved recipe.

Unlike napa cabbage (baechu, 배추), you don’t need to salt green cabbage for very long. All you need is about an hour or two to soften the cabbage and bring out the flavors. The salting time varies depending on the cabbage and the salt.

Salting the green cabbage

Koreans use coarse sea salt (aka Korean brining salt) for salting vegetables to make kimchi. It’s natural salt with a coarse texture that was minimally processed. However, if Korean sea salt is unavailable, use your normal kitchen salt. If using finer salt, you’ll need to use less than what’s called for in the recipe.

Quick and easy kimchi made with green cabbage

Yangbaechu kimchi seasonings

While Korean red chili pepper powder (gochugaru, 고추가루) is indispensable for authentic kimchi, this yangbaechu kimchi is a good kimchi for you to experiment with other types of chili pepper powder available to you. Some readers have reported a success with their substitution. Also, if your chili pepper powder is extremely spicy, puree some red bell pepper (or mild fresh red chili peppers) with a little bit of water and mix it with your chili pepper powder. It’ll give the kimchi a bit more red color and flavor.

For a deliciously savory flavor, I used salted shrimp (saeujeot, 새우젓) in this recipe. Use fish sauce instead if preferred. For vegan kimchi, Korean soup soy sauce (guk ganjang, 국간장) is a good substitute. Many years ago while visiting my son who was in Berlin, Germany, at the time, I made this kimchi without any of these ingredients, and it was still very good!

Yangbaechu kimchi is one of my mother’s favorite summer kimchi varieties, so we grew up eating it a lot. She would tell me not to use a lot of seasoning because this kimchi should be light and refreshing. However, feel free to increase the amount of gochugaru or salted shrimp (or fish sauce) to season the kimchi a bit stronger if preferred.

How to store yangbaechu kimchi

Keep the kimchi out at room temperature for a few hours or overnight before storing it in the fridge. You can start eating yangbaechu kimchi right away, but it’ll taste better over a couple of weeks in the fridge. Because it’s lightly seasoned, it’s best consumed within 3 to 4 weeks.

Have you tried this kimchi recipe?  Please rate the recipe below by either clicking the stars or leaving a comment! And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram! Stay in touch by following me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Green cabbage kimchi

Yangbaechu Kimchi (Green Cabbage Kimchi)

Need some quick kimchi? Or can’t find napa cabbage where you are? Try this kimchi recipe made with a head of your normal green cabbage. It’s light, crunchy, and refreshing!

  • 1 head green cabbage, 양배추 ((about 2.5 pounds))
  • 4 tablespoons coarse sea salt (less if using table salt, about 3 tablespoons))
  • 3 scallions (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Korean red chili pepper flakes, gochugaru (고추가루) ((add 1 more tablespoon for spicier kimchi))
  • 3 tablespoons salted shrimp, saeujeot (새우젓) (finely chopped, (or fish sauce))
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  1. Remove tough outer leaves of the cabbage if any. Cut the cabbage head into quarters and remove the core from each quarter. Cut each quarter into bite-sized pieces (about 2-inch squares). Rinse the cabbage and drain.

    Yangbaechu kimchi

  2. Place the cabbage in a large bowl. Dissolve the salt in 2 cups of water, and toss well to coat evenly. Leave it for an hour or 2 until the cabbages have softened, flipping over once or twice halfway through or every 30 minutes. Rinse the salted cabbage once, and drain to remove excess water.

    Yangbaechu Kimchi

  3. Mix the chili pepper flakes (gochugaru), saeujeot, sugar, garlic, and ginger with 1/2 cup of water.

    Yangbaechu kimchi

  4. Add the chopped scallions, the gochugaru mix, and 1 cup of water to the salted cabbage. 
    Yangbaechu kimchi
  5. Using a kitchen glove, mix everything well by hand until the cabbage pieces are well coated with the gochugaru mix. 

    Yangbaechu Kimchi

  6. Place in an airtight container or a jar, pressing down hard to remove air pockets. Leave it out in room temperature for half a day or overnight. Then, refrigerate.

This recipe was originally posted in July 2011. I’ve updated it here with new photos, more information and an improved recipe.  

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Yangbaechu Kimchi (Green Cabbage Kimchi)

Need some quick kimchi? Or can’t find napa cabbage where you are? Try this kimchi recipe made with a head of your normal green cabbage. It’s light, crunchy, and refreshing!

Quick and easy kimchi made with green cabbage

When napa cabbages are not in their prime season during the warm months, green cabbages (called yangbaechu in Korean, 양배추) come in handy for making kimchi. Great for kimchi beginners, this yangbaechu kimchi recipe is a good alternative if you can’t find napa cabbages at your local groceries or need a quick kimchi.

The Korean name for green cabbage, yangbaechu, actually means Western cabbage. Green cabbages are healthy, naturally sweet and crunchy, which makes it a good vegetable for kimchi.

This recipe was originally posted in July 2011. I’ve updated it here with new photos, more information, and an improved recipe.

Unlike napa cabbage (baechu, 배추), you don’t need to salt green cabbage for very long. All you need is about an hour or two to soften the cabbage and bring out the flavors. The salting time varies depending on the cabbage and the salt.

Salting the green cabbage

Koreans use coarse sea salt (aka Korean brining salt) for salting vegetables to make kimchi. It’s natural salt with a coarse texture that was minimally processed. However, if Korean sea salt is unavailable, use your normal kitchen salt. If using finer salt, you’ll need to use less than what’s called for in the recipe.

Quick and easy kimchi made with green cabbage

Yangbaechu kimchi seasonings

While Korean red chili pepper powder (gochugaru, 고추가루) is indispensable for authentic kimchi, this yangbaechu kimchi is a good kimchi for you to experiment with other types of chili pepper powder available to you. Some readers have reported a success with their substitution. Also, if your chili pepper powder is extremely spicy, puree some red bell pepper (or mild fresh red chili peppers) with a little bit of water and mix it with your chili pepper powder. It’ll give the kimchi a bit more red color and flavor.

For a deliciously savory flavor, I used salted shrimp (saeujeot, 새우젓) in this recipe. Use fish sauce instead if preferred. For vegan kimchi, Korean soup soy sauce (guk ganjang, 국간장) is a good substitute. Many years ago while visiting my son who was in Berlin, Germany, at the time, I made this kimchi without any of these ingredients, and it was still very good!

Yangbaechu kimchi is one of my mother’s favorite summer kimchi varieties, so we grew up eating it a lot. She would tell me not to use a lot of seasoning because this kimchi should be light and refreshing. However, feel free to increase the amount of gochugaru or salted shrimp (or fish sauce) to season the kimchi a bit stronger if preferred.

How to store yangbaechu kimchi

Keep the kimchi out at room temperature for a few hours or overnight before storing it in the fridge. You can start eating yangbaechu kimchi right away, but it’ll taste better over a couple of weeks in the fridge. Because it’s lightly seasoned, it’s best consumed within 3 to 4 weeks.

Have you tried this kimchi recipe?  Please rate the recipe below by either clicking the stars or leaving a comment! And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram! Stay in touch by following me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Green cabbage kimchi

Yangbaechu Kimchi (Green Cabbage Kimchi)

Need some quick kimchi? Or can’t find napa cabbage where you are? Try this kimchi recipe made with a head of your normal green cabbage. It’s light, crunchy, and refreshing!

  • 1 head green cabbage, 양배추 ((about 2.5 pounds))
  • 4 tablespoons coarse sea salt (less if using table salt, about 3 tablespoons))
  • 3 scallions (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Korean red chili pepper flakes, gochugaru (고추가루) ((add 1 more tablespoon for spicier kimchi))
  • 3 tablespoons salted shrimp, saeujeot (새우젓) (finely chopped, (or fish sauce))
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  1. Remove tough outer leaves of the cabbage if any. Cut the cabbage head into quarters and remove the core from each quarter. Cut each quarter into bite-sized pieces (about 2-inch squares). Rinse the cabbage and drain.

    Yangbaechu kimchi

  2. Place the cabbage in a large bowl. Dissolve the salt in 2 cups of water, and toss well to coat evenly. Leave it for an hour or 2 until the cabbages have softened, flipping over once or twice halfway through or every 30 minutes. Rinse the salted cabbage once, and drain to remove excess water.

    Yangbaechu Kimchi

  3. Mix the chili pepper flakes (gochugaru), saeujeot, sugar, garlic, and ginger with 1/2 cup of water.

    Yangbaechu kimchi

  4. Add the chopped scallions, the gochugaru mix, and 1 cup of water to the salted cabbage. 
    Yangbaechu kimchi
  5. Using a kitchen glove, mix everything well by hand until the cabbage pieces are well coated with the gochugaru mix. 

    Yangbaechu Kimchi

  6. Place in an airtight container or a jar, pressing down hard to remove air pockets. Leave it out in room temperature for half a day or overnight. Then, refrigerate.

This recipe was originally posted in July 2011. I’ve updated it here with new photos, more information and an improved recipe.  

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