Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Annyeonghaseyo Korea: Of Kimchi, Cheese and Hanbok

If you're travelling to Korea with tours, 'making your own Kimchi' is got to be in the itinerary. 

We had a chance to make our own Kimchi on the very first day when we arrived, it was at Korean culture center in Seoul.
这天来到了韩国文化体验营,目的就是要学做泡菜,和穿传统韩服拍拍照!

The pretty Korean girl explained to us some of the commonly-eaten Kimchi. There're over 400 types of Kimchi but only about 30 are the most commonly taken ones, some are very spicy some are not.

Each of us were given a set of half-ready Kimchi, we were also treated with a small cup of ginseng milk (pink cup)
要学做泡菜啦!

Actually our task is very simple la! Just marinate the Korean cabbage with the ready-made chili paste. Apply the paste layer by layer... Then use the outer layer to wrap the whole thing. 
You may think that we eat the Kimchi afterwards but we din't, because Kimchi needs to be fermented for better nutrients, the longer the better. And these Kimchi that we made are to be sent to old folks home few weeks later ;)

Actually the steps of storing Kimchi is important, it has to be kept in air-tight sealed container in fridge, and if it's stored properly, it can last til a year.
Let me remind you that Kimchi is very good for our health! We can make our own Kimchi at home too, I'm sure there're lots of recipes online =)

看过美女示范一次后大家就开始做泡菜啦!把酱料一层一层的涂在大白菜上,再用最外面的一层把整个白菜包起来。因为是阿牛出城我们还以为一做好就可以各自吃了不过其实不可以呢!因为泡菜需要时间发酵,越久就越好!所以这些泡菜再多1-2礼拜才送去老人院。。。(很开心,因为除了能够体验制作泡菜之外,还可以为老人家们出一份力呢!)

We get to taste different types of Kimchi after the DIY session, and I bought home some. The Kimchi making is really an experience!
泡菜真的对身体很好啦!大家不妨上网参考怎样在家自制泡菜吧!

At the same place, we get to dress up in traditional Korean costume too.

Hanbok for men, ladies and even small children

Mummy and I in our hanbok

穿上韩服拍照咯!我们美吗?呵呵。。

Different styles, different color!

Some backdrop sets in the center. 
At first I thought of buying a set for my son but tak jadi....It's about RM 200 for a set of children's hanbok! So expensive!

韩服都好大件!也好可以把肥肉遮着,哈哈!(想太多!xD)

Yours truly with the pretty Korean girl earlier on, she speaks Mandarin very fluently.

试穿时间不久啦,大家都是拿个经验罢了~ 那里也有卖韩服,之前就想买一套给宝贝不过看了价钱后就取消念头了。一套宝宝的都要大概RM 200呢!我酱kiam siap哪里舍得啊!!:p


Then I took a photo with the cute Korean guy who is also a staff there ;)

He looks cuter in person, hehe.. Don't worry la hubby din't jealous after seeing this photo =)


Besides DIY Kimchi, we did try DIY cheese at Daegwallyeong sheep farm.
旅行团也安排我们来到了大关羚牧场学做奶酪。

A big hall which can accommodate quite a lot of people at once. We were separated in 4 groups then.
一组大概5-6个人

The very friendly lady taught us how to make cheese step by step, she speaks a bit Mandarin and Cantonese too!

首先把鲜奶煮开,然后加上草莓粉和苹果醋,还有一些我忘了是什么,哈哈!:p

Fresh milk, strawberry flavoring, vinegar and some ingredients are used to make the cheese. Pour the mixture into strainer to drain off the excess water...
把多余的水分过滤。。

Press the mixture to form the shape..
把奶酪轻轻的压住。。。

Let the mixture rest for a while.....
等一会儿就马上好咯!

And tada! DIY cheese!!

Yeah! Can't wait to taste!
这次有得立刻品尝了,哈哈!

Our brunch, cheese, red wine and Korean snacks.
早点,配上红酒和零食,赞!

Even eat also got methods one... Let me show you how.... xD

Take a spoonful of cheese and put it between the snacks, dip with the blueberry jam and yumz~

Last but not least, group photo with the friendly Korean lady~
阿姨真的很nice!脾气好好噢~

Relevant travelogue:
Part 1: Day 1 in Jeju
Part 4: Everland, Seoul


61 comments:

  1. i had never tried making kimchi before but my friend knows how, too bad im not a fan of kimchi. U look so cute in hanbok! :D

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    1. It was a fun experience!

      Hehe thanks!

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  2. Yeap. We been there! Didnt take and buy the kimchi though.

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    1. Oh how come! Should have taste a bit... hehe.

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  3. 我妈妈上次去的时候还买一大堆泡菜回来,他们会帮你打包好好的送去机场,服务很好呢~~
    只是我觉得泡菜。。。很咸,呵呵~~

    你穿韩服很可爱!!

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    1. 对没错,都会送到机场给我们。

      呵呵谢谢!

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  4. wow, so interesting..you got to DIY..
    that cheese looks great!

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  5. aiyoh, interesting lah.. with trips like that which allowed the tourists to have hands-on making something is just so much fun!! kimchi is for sure a must lah going to Korea.. must eat and also must make!! :)

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    1. Yes thumbs up for the tour management! Hehe...

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  6. hanbok, does it sounds like 漢服 in chinese to you?? probably that's not wrong also hor?? since the Koreans were originated from China, and i heard since the Tang Dynasty, that is why their costumes and many architecture are influenced by the Tang Dynasty culture very much..

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    1. but too bad lah, your hubby and aden weren't there.. else you can take a very nice family portrait all wearing hanbok like what Sheoh Yan did during her Korean trip.. that would be so nice~~

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    2. Nice ah? I looked so awful and my husband looked so hilarious.

      Hayley is so sweet in Hanbok like Korean Princess la!

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    3. Yes, sounds like Mandarin to me..

      Haha may be next time lo! ;)

      Yan, yes your family photo is nice! If you removed that earrings lagi nice! xD

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  7. fuyoh, cheese making!! this is very interesting and also the very first time i read about tourists making cheese instantly!! i thought cheese need quite some time to settle and at least to be matured a little.. but interesting you can make it and taste it immediately.. got flower somemore, haha!! i like this~~

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    1. SK there are many types of cheese, I think what Hayley made is call ricotta cheese..., very interesting with flowers decoration on the cheese...

      hayley is the flower and leaves edible too?

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    2. I didn't make cheese in my previous trip. Looks so interesting.

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    3. SK, This is another type of cheese which doesn't require long time to make..

      Angeline, yes edible but we din't eat la!

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  8. Yea my bro previous visit to Korea also got made some Kimchi, must be a tradition there. Wearing hanbok is also a must do list if visit Korea right? Rm200 for kids, exp right? Kids grown up very fast.

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    1. Kimchi and cheese is all home made... That is why their living style is very healthy, just like your previous post mentioned that you didn't notice any fat people in Korea....

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    2. No fat people? PSY!!!! Oppa gangnam style... Muahahahaha!!!!

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    3. Hahaha....STP new sing released from PSY -gentlemen!

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    4. Yes RM 200 per hanbok is quite expensive la!

      STP, haha there're just minority of fat people there, unlike Malaysia!

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  9. 你穿和服好好看!好喜欢噢:)

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  10. Kimchi? No, thank you.

    Wah...Korean guys so handsome, why they say they all went for plastic surgery one? They say plastic surgery shops in Korea - so many, like foot reflexology shops at Bukit Bintang in KL, true or not?

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    1. Arthur, you must understand their culture... Korean ppl never say no to plastic surgery. Even husband will encourage their wife to do so, even a minor surgery-maybe the nose and eyes.

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    2. Yes, plastic surgery is very common there ;)

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  11. oh, that time i went Korea, no chance to hand on make kimchi...

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  12. You looked having so much fun making kimchi, cheese and wearing hanbok with your mum and aunties.

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  13. The hanbok by itself is very beautiful but not very flattering when worn...makes the wearer look fat haha :p Strawberry flavoured cheese looks interesting!

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    1. Haha but that's how Hanbok looks like!

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  14. The DIY flower cheese very special wor. See already know very soft like marshmallow.

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  15. 你穿韩服还不错看咧~~
    感觉做泡菜和cheese还不错玩这样。。哈哈

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  16. 我完全被那些泡菜吸引进去了!!!!
    太爱了!!!
    我很喜欢泡菜!如果我会自己做那多好!教我教我!哈哈!

    你穿韩国传统服装好可爱啦!!!︿︿

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    1. 哈哈paiseh啦!我都忘了怎么做料~ 不如你去 Google 找看看然后教我~ :p

      嘻嘻谢谢妈咪!

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  17. 我爱吃泡菜!!那个cheese的“样子”,让我以为是手套,看了2次才确定自己没看错!哈哈!
    韩国传统服装好看~~ 你人美,怎样穿都ok~

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    1. 手套??哈哈!xD

      Ehem paiseh paiseh.. :p

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  18. Such a great experience....making Kimchi. It was a fun trip.

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  19. I want to try on an Hanbook too! You look great in it! :)

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  20. Making your own kimchi!!! Now that you have experienced it, will you be making some of your own in Malaysia?

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    1. Err if I have the time I'll geh... But have to search for recipes online first :p

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  21. i did the cheese but i dint do the kimchi! how come my tour dint do! hahah T_T i love kimchi too! And i was surprised how nice the cheese was. not "jelak" hahaha~ and hanbok feels like a pregnancy dress ^^" srry!

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    1. Aiseh that's a waste la!

      Haha you're right, it's really flaring and loose~

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  22. 话说,你穿起韩服看起来好可爱!真的!!有一种娇羞的feel~ XD

    我喜欢韩国泡菜,感觉就很健康~

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  23. This is best la, get to make kimchi and cheese! I love hands-on experiences such as these.. The cheese looks so beautiful.

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  24. oh wow...you look very beautiful in the hanbok

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    1. dress and snap photo like that have to pay ka?

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    2. if am there i would skip the cheese coz not fond of cheese

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    3. Yes have to pay but I don't know how much exactly.. It's included in the tour fee.

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  25. fuiyoh korean girl speak chinese dam leng lui :x

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