August 12, 2010

gochang and naju, korea

after a few days in seoul, we took a bus down to the country, a noticeably different sort of place...
lots of rice fields out here.
made some new friends
so i learned about something called temple stays.
it's like a hostel, but you stay at a buddhist temple. i would love to do that one day and see how monks live.
as you would guess, the pace of life was quite different here for people...
and animals alike!
for dinner, we got to try korean beef for the first time. it was a circular building where you buy your own meat in one section...
then walk next door to the connecting restaurant to cook it.
some of the meat purchased
the simple setup. some vegetables (lettuce and perilla leaves) to wrap the meat in along with some green onion salad.
banchan wasn't much but i was too busy stuffing myself w/ the meat to really care. and while i can't remember the details, just trust me when i say, it was damn good.
after some bbq, it's common to eat neng myun (cold noodle dish in beef broth). the noodles however were darker than usual. i think they are normally made from buckwheat, but in this case, these were made from some kind of root, but I forget the name. But this was so refreshing after eating all that delicious meat.

5 rah rah rahs:

Christine said...

that naengmyun is looking might tasty right now!

Dennis K. said...

I just want to feast on grilled beef today after reading your post! And that photo of a cat and dog napping is the best!

KirkK said...

Hey Sawyer - Man, I want some of that beef! I love the photos of the pooches crashing out.

Mike said...

Wow - that beef looks fantastic!

Sawyer said...

christine: yea...i'm gonna go to ktown this week and get some haha
dennis, kirk, mike: yea that beef was bombdiggity good. made me want some korean bbq, which i will definitely be having this week. and kirkk had it right dennis...they're two jindo dogs =p i think it was a mom and kid together...

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