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SPRING SERIES // Yuanyang, China (中国, 元阳)

The Yuanyang Hani Terrace scenic spot, about 370km away from its provincial capital Kunming is located in Yuanyang County with a low altitude at 144 meters rising to 2,939.60 meters. The scenic spot is divided into four landscape regions: Laohuzui (老虎嘴), Bada (坝达), Duoyishu (多依树) and Qingkou (箐口) terraced landscape.  To enter these 4 spots to view the terraced landscape, you need to purchase a tourist pass which cost 100 yuan. Well, it is actually just a platform built to have a better view of the terraces. There are other places to view them as well, that is if you have the time to go search for it.

Our 1st full day in Yuanyang, we got our guesthouse to arrange a mini van with driver for a day trip to major scenic spot for 350 yuan.

Ai village (爱村) –> Azheke village (阿者科古村落) –> Laoyingzui (老鹰嘴) –> Shengcun village (胜村) for lunch –> Bada scenic spot (坝达景观) –> Quanfuzhuang (全福庄) –> Qingkou (箐口) –> Laohuzui (老虎嘴) for sunset.

 

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Close-up of the terraces @ Ai Village (爱村)

 

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Floating red duckweed (红浮萍)
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Horses carrying construction materials to a village
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Traditional houses that look like mushrooms at Azheke village (阿者科)

My favourite place to enjoy the view of the rice terraces had to be Laoyingzui (老鹰嘴).  A narrow road in and not frequent by tour buses meaning you can sit at the edge of the cliff and enjoy the view peacefully, but please be careful to not fall.

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From a cliff overlooking the terraces is Laoyingzui (老鹰嘴).

We did not buy the tourist pass but somehow managed to enter into the Bada scenic spot (坝达景观). Bada is a direct translation from the Hani language which means the nearest place to the sky. Known to be the best place to view the sunset. Bada terrace is huge! Starting from the 800 meters above sea level at the Masu river and climbs up along the mountains, the steep terraces extended to more than 2000 meters above sea level.

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Bada scenic spot

Ended the day at Laohuzui (老虎嘴) for sunset. Well, no pass means we cannot enter the scenic spot to view the sun set over the rice terraces.  We had wanted to just stand along the road to see but it got crowded and dangerous as more cars and buses came and soon became a jam. We found an opening where a narrow and steep path leads us to a small open area with full and unblock view of the terraces. Bravo!

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Sunset at Laohuzui (老虎嘴)

Guesthouse – Cliffhouse (悬崖居)

This is the ONE! The guesthouse to stay in Yuanyang! The guesthouse sits right on the terrace field in Duoyishu village. A very cozy guesthouse run by Mr Greg Chen. He is very chatty and will recommend you the best way to explore Yuanyang, advise you on transports alternative, etc. He has been a great host to us in Yuanyang. A coffee lover himself, he will serve you his best coffee while you mesmerise at the sunrise but do not ask him for sugar or milk, he only serves coffee black. All rooms face the east, thus perfect for sunrise views. He must have wanted all his customer to appreciate the beauty of nature, all windows are without a curtain. Enjoy the warming sunrise, amazing cloud sea and sparkling night sky right from the room.

We allocated 3 nights in Yuanyang, thus decided to stay in their best room — Dragon room on the 4th level with our very own balcony. There are only 3 rooms with balcony, the rest are standard rooms. For rooms without balcony, one can go to the rooftop for the views. As it is his most prized room, he requested us to put 500yuan deposit via Alipay. Thanks to dear friend Cat Sum who currently is working in Shanghai who helped us to put in the deposit. (Hover over the pics to see the captions!)

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Basic room but cozy. One bad thing is that you have to walk out of the room, past the balcony to reach the bathroom/toilet.
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The balcony… Guess the bathtub is only for the summer.
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View from our room: waiting for sunrise
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View from our room: Sunrise with the occasional clouds
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View from our room: The sun finally pop out from the mountains
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View from our room: Amazing golden hues from the glow of the sun casting onto the water filled terraces
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Could not get enough of the sunrise view… took using handphone.

It’s a pity that on our 2nd day stay, there’s a sudden change in the weather, it drizzled a bit, and the clouds started to come in and the whole place was engulfed in clouds. Greg had wanted to bring us trekking but had to abort it. Nevertheless, we took this chance to relax in the guesthouse sipping red wine, trekked a little at the rice terraces near the guesthouse and walk around Duoyishu town.

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View from our room – late afternoon which the cloud sea engulfed the rice terraces
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No worries, we Ohave wine while watching the cloud sea

On the day we left Yuanyang for Kunming, coincidentally was also the market day (赶集) at Shengcun village (胜村). Shengcun is located in between Bada and Duoyishu. During the market day, the Yi and Hani minorities come from the whole region to sell, exchange or buy various kinds of fresh produces, animals and trifles. On our way to Xinjiezhen (old town) (新街镇) to catch the bus to Kunming, our driver brought us to Shengcun to attend their market day. There’s this festive atmosphere around as the minority women wore their traditional clothing to the market making the place very colourful. The locals were doing their buying and selling, animals like the pigs and chicken were in the cage or tie at the trees while the humans auction them off. Do drop by their market day if you got the opportunity.

Getting to Yuanyang & Our Ordeal

The best way to go to Yuanyang is via Kunming South bus station where there is a direct bus to Xinjiezhen. Else you may take a bus to Gejiu (个旧) from Kunming East bus station and from Gejiu transfer to another bus to Xinjiezhen. The road condition is good and is a more comfortable journey.

Our journey to Yuanyang started from Jianshui.  We missed the direct bus from Jianshui to Xinjiezhen, so we had to take the bus to Nansha (南沙) aka Yuanyang new town first, change to another bus to Xinjiezhen and take a minibus or taxi to our accommodation which is near to the Duoyishu scenic spot.

If you can, please avoid this route. It was quite a terrible 3 hours journey. A mountainous route from Jianshui to Nansha. Not recommended for people who have motion sickness. It was a mini bus thus making the journey worst. It was hot and stuffy made worse by people smoking on the bus. I wish to get out of the bus fast. 

When we reached Nansha, we wanted to find a bus that can take us to Xinjiezhen. We saw a bus that state the destination — Duoyishu. So we asked if this bus goes directly there if so we need not go to Xinjiezhen and change to another minibus. The bus conductor informed that it was a tour bus. It will take you to Laohuzui (老虎嘴) to see the sunset and return to Duoyishu thereafter. We were not interested to take this but the bus conductor kept urging us to take this bus. When we hopped onto another bus which was supposed to go to Xinjiezhen, the bus conductor called us to go to another bus and said that the bus will stop at Xinjiezhen before going to Laohuzui. Well, we had no choice but had to change bus since the bus we were on was still empty after sitting there for quite awhile, I believe there were conspiracies behind to get everyone onto that tour bus. The bus departed from Nansha bus station and stopped whenever whoever requested to take a photo of a particular view, flowers, etc. As the bus traveled, our phone GPS showed that Xinjiezhen was getting further away and was on its way to some other places. Kenn immediately went to check with the bus driver. Alas, we were conned by the bus conductor! The bus driver did not know that we were supposed to go Xinjiezhen.

They made a stop at the visitor centre, and asked all to alight to buy the entrance pass (100 yuan).  We did not want to buy the pass now, so the driver told us to wait at the visitor centre first, he will try to call a taxi for us. When all the other tourists went up the bus, he decided to call us up the bus again. The bus came to a stop at Qingkou (箐口) scenic spot. The tourists alighted and had their first view of the terraced landscape. The driver again assured us that he will try to get a taxi for us.

Finally, he managed to flag down a mini van. The van was from Xinjiezhen ferrying passenger to the various area in Yuanyang. Well, there were already like 6 people in the van, the 2 of us have to squeeze ourselves in, I am so glad I had brought a small backpack for this trip.

Turn out that the driver knew the boss of Cliffhouse and she kindly called Greg to come fetch us.  Finally… the ordeal is over. What a day.. by the time we reach Cliffhouse, it was almost 6 pm. What a day…

 

 

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Spring Series // Jianshui, China (中国,建水)

Jianshui (建水) is an ancient town in the Honghe Prefecture of Yunnan province. An old town where cobblestone streets are lined with mansions built during the Ming and Qing dynasty. It is, however, occupied with many new and fashionable stores that you thought you are in a big shopping mall. Some scenic spots in Jianshui old town include the Zhu Family Gardens, Jianshui Confucius Temple, Chaoyang Tower, etc. You may also venture further out of the old town to the swallow cave or Zhang Family Garden. Jianshui is easily reached from Kunming South Bus Station with buses every 20 – 30 minutes. The journey is about 3 – 4 hours.

Jianshui was meant to be a stopover place for our journey from Luoping (罗平) to Yuanyang (元阳). There’s no direct bus from Luoping to Jianshui. The only way is to do a transfer at Kaiyuan (开远). Once we reached Luoping bus station, we went to buy the earliest timing bus ticket to Kaiyuan. There are not many buses a day to Kaiyuan, probably about 3 – 4 times a day. From Kaiyuan, take the mini bus to Jianshui new town and from there take a cab or their “Tuk-tuk” into the old town. The whole journey took us about 7 hours.

It was almost 3 pm when we check-in to our hostel. Decided to visit the Confucius Temple since it is just a 1-minute walk from our hostel. The Confucius Temple in Jianshui was originally constructed in 1285 with over 40 times of renovation and extension, thus making it one of the most well-preserved temples in China. It is free for locals thus you see many elders sitting around the gardens, the ponds chatting and playing chess. The temple is also frequent by students, especially during the exam period. The entrance fee for tourist is 60 yuan.

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Entrance of the Confusion Temple

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Students praying for good results

There are many water wells in Jianshui and they are still well-utilised by the locals for their daily needs. The biggest one is at the West gate out of the old town opposite the Chaoyang Tower (朝阳楼). After you crossed the road from Chaoyang Tower, walk further down on your left and find the signage for the tofu factory. The West well is just beside the tofu factory.

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Chaoyang Tower (朝阳楼)
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Signage for direction to tofu factory – 曾记板井豆腐坊
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The West well in Jianshui for tofu making
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Next to the water well is 曾记板井豆腐坊

Visit the tofu making shop — 曾记板井豆腐坊 to savour on freshly made soy food and witness the tofu making process! At 5 yuan per person, you can drink all the soy milk and eat all the soy beancurd and soy fritters you can.

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Yummy soy fritters!
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Take all you want soy beancurd. Sweet or savoury, you decide!
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Tofu making in progress (Photo credit: Kenneth Boey)

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Tofu is Jianshui’s specialty and has been featured in the famous foodie show — “舌尖上的中国” (A Bite of China). The local way of eating it is barbecued (临安烧豆腐). Dip it in soy sauce, pepper powder, crushed garlic, etc for added flavour. Sit around the fire and wait for the tofu to be barbecued till crispy. Actually, I don’t quite like the taste of the tofu here, I much prefer the ones at Yuanyang (元阳) thou.

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Waiting for our BBQ tofu (Photo credit: Kenneth Boey)
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Crispy tofu

The locals really love barbecue! There’s one whole street lined with barbecue stalls. Other than the usual barbecue stuff, I saw various kind of insects and some unknown stuff on display.

Following the recommendation on Lonely Planet, we found this no-name BBQ stall (seems to be just operating outside their house). At 6 pm, the main BBQ area was already crowded, we settled ourselves at the corner. After finding out how to order, we took the tray and picked the items we want and passed it to the BBQ auntie.  The food was really yummy but they like to sprinkle chili powder onto the food, very flavourful but a bit too spicy for me.

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Photo credit: Kenneth Boey
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BBQ garlic was divine! The chicken backside was really yummy!
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BBQ brinjals and mushrooms
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Chives and chicken wing tips
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Some small fishes, rice cake and pork

Jianshui has not been high on my places to visit but this BBQ food stall ended my short visit in Jianshui on a good note and make for some good memories.

Spring Series // Luoping, China (中国,罗平)

It’s raining yellow flowers everywhere in Luoping, China! Every year in February and March, the rapeseed flowers in Luoping are in full bloom. Luoping County is home to the largest plantations of rapeseed flowers in Southwest China. The golden rape stretches for as far as the eyes can see and together with the karst landscape among the mountain ranges, it is no wonder it attracted many photography enthusiasts there. Yes, never have I seen so many people with the longest or biggest lens they can find, the most expensive camera, the most high-end tripod all decked out at any possible places they can to get a good angle of the scenery.

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Luoping is easily accessible from Kunming. There are 4 daily train services from Kunming railway station to Luoping railway station and the train fare is about CNY 16-38 per person per way dependant on the class of seats you buy. The journey took between 3+hrs to 6+hrs depending whether it is a high-speed train or slow train.

As our flight only reach Kunming airport at around 12 noon, we decided to take the bus instead. The bus departs every 40 minutes from Kunming East Bus Terminal and it takes about 4.5 hours to reach Luoping. The fare is about CNY 72. It’s a more luxury tourist bus so the whole journey was quite comfortable.

We reached Luoping bus station at around 4+ in the afternoon. When the bus reached Quqing city, we saw the rapeseed flowers, almost anywhere which allows them to grow. Luoping town, however, is a yawn. Nothing interesting and there’s construction everywhere. I was quite surprised to see many high-rise buildings. The overall impression I had of the town is that it’s grey, no greenery and rundown despite the many high rise buildings around. We could not find any hostel in the town and interesting boutique hotels were either too expensive (prices usually tripled during this period), sold out (do book early, the influx of visitors can be quite terrible during this period) or very far out from town (better for self-drive). So we settled with a normal tourist hotel.

Jin Ji Ling aka Golden Rooster Hill (金鸡岭)

The place to see the sun rises from the mountain range and the golden light shines on the sea of rapeseed flowers till it sparkles and blinds your eyes. Go early, real early else you will be like us to be really put off by the so call photography enthusiasts. The scene reminded me of the time when we went up Mt Bromo where it was equally crowded, just to see the sunrise. Something different here was other than fighting with the photographers for a good place to take a decent, unblock photo, you will be fighting with their big and heavy tripod, the big camera with a humongous telephoto lens as well.

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The hill where we see the sunrise

We were also not quite sure if we went to the “official” area or not, as the scenery from where we saw seem different from what we saw in the guidebook. Our driver also seem not sure where to go and this random lady just open the car door sit inside and direct our driver to this place to park the car and lead us to an entrance to a rundown temple (have to pay CNY 20 per person), walked up several steep stairs to reach a platform with many paparazzi. You can climb further up for a better view of sunrise. Seeing that her job is done, she requested like CNY 30 from us. *Duh*

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Sunrise

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Jiulong Waterfall aka Nine Dragons Waterfall (九龙瀑布)

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@ Jiu Long Waterfall Scenic Area
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Majestic waterfall
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Amazing view from the top
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@ Jiu Long Waterfall Scenic Area

Luo Si Tian (螺丝田)

This is another popular area to see the rapeseed flowers. Carved out of a shallow valley of gentle slopes, follow the road on the opposite slope and view from a higher viewpoint. You will see that the flowers are grown in circular ring which follows the contours of the slopes and the fields look like the rings of a snail’s shell, thus the name I guess. I much prefer the view here than that of Jing Ji Ling.

It can be view anywhere along the road path. Just don’t go to those elevated make-shift type viewing platform, you will need to pay CNY 5 just to walk up the platform and the view is not necessarily good. Walking into the rapeseed flower fields also requires you to pay $$.

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@ Luo Si Tian
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@ Luo Si Tian

The rapeseed flower season is really the time to visit Luoping. The landscape and the scenery is a feast for the eyes.

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Loving the sun rays
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Rapeseed flowers everywhere
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Loving the clouds too!

Eat Till You Drop @ South Korea (Part 3) – The Best @ Jeju

Spicy Seafood Stew (Haemultang)

I still cannot forget the taste of the impressive pot of seafood stew we had in Jeju. Despite us having just had a full breakfast of porridge and such, we decided to order the big pot costing KRW 45,000/- (about SGD55/-), hey come on, there’s 5 of us and there’s only 100 pots a day! We just had to clear some stomach space for it.
Mike’s friend recommended us to this restaurant at Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchulbong). A traditional Korean restaurant where you have to sit cross-leg on the platform with low dining table.
The restaurant to go! 100 seafood pot a day!
The bubbling pot of seafood stew was served on a stove set at high boil. We were all in awe.. a total of about 12 baby abalones, still alive, squirming away. There’s also a big squid, which I believe was still alive too. There’s more surprise in this pot as you dip your ladle in.. a bountiful harvest of seafood here – yabbies, flower crabs, clams..etc. All for just 50 bucks!
The waiter later will flip all the abalones over to cook and viola, we were all ready to tuck in.
The baby abalones were really fresh and springy to bite but don’t let abalones cook for too long, else it will be too tough and rubbery.
With so much seafood shimmering in the pot, the broth was really tasty! Spicy, yet refreshingly rich in taste. Be prepared to sweat throughout the entire meal!
The heavenly no other place seafood pot!
We had another round of spicy seafood stew at a restaurant next to our hotel at Seogwipo after our Hallasan expedition. The pot we had cost about KRW55,000 and there was about 20 baby abolones! A big octopus, with yabbies, squids, clams and lots and lots of soybean sprouts. The broth, however was not as shiok as the one we had at Sunrise Peak.
Another round of spicy seafood stew
Abalone Rice Porridge (Juk)
Before our heavenly spicy seafood stew, we actually had our breakfast opposite the seafood stew restaurant. We ordered abalone porridge which was so tasty and flavourful! I think the Koreans do their porridge really well.
Abalone porridge 
Sea Urchin Seaweed Soup (Miyeokguk)
Also ordered the sea urchin seaweed soup. Must be the proximity of the sea. Seafood here are all so fresh. There’s so much sea urchin in the soup and the sea urchin taste so fresh and sweet. Highly recommended!
Sea Urchin soup
Hairtail Fish (Galchi)
We see hairtail fish everywhere in Jeju since it is found in the water around Jeju. There are a few cooking method for the hairtail fish. We had it grilled and braised.
Nicely salted and grilled. Crispy outside with the meat soft and sweet.
Salted grilled Galchi
Braised in spicy hot sauce, the sauce taste good especially with their pearl like rice.
Spicy braised Galchi
Black Pork (Heukdoeji)
That’s what Jeju is famous for, said to be found exclusively in Jeju! Black pork especially BBQ-ed! There’s even a Black Pork street in Jeju so that you will not be conned! The hair of the black pig are usually not plucked out cleanly so that diners can be sure that they are eating the real black pig. After BBQ-ing, the hair will melt under the heat
We do not have the time to travel up to Jeju-si to have black pork there as we were based in Seogwipo-si. Nevertheless, we still managed to find a restaurant, recommended by Mike’s friend. We had a hard time finding the restaurant as this round our car GPS failed us. In the end we realised that it was very near to our hotel — Saeseom Galbi.
The meat was not marinated, so after BBQ-ing, will usually put in lots of sauce and stuff from the side dishes and wrapped it with the vegetables given. I wondered if we over cook it, I did not find it really good.
BBQ black pork, see the black hair?
BBQ-ing in-progress
I guess the winner was the beef! Well-marinated and we can’t help it but to order a 2nd round!
Really good beef!
Another place to satisfy black pork craving will be here! Seriously, I find it’s the best in Jeju! A little stall located just next the the Mysterious Road, we called it the Ninja Black Pork! Forget about the Mysterious Road, just come here to eat the black pork!
Nicely flavoured and BBQ-ed. The meat so soft it can almost melt in your mouth. Yums, I am salivating now as I am writing this post! Gosh! I missed the meat now!!!
The Ninjas!
It’s melt in your mouth black pork!
Fresh seafood at Jeongbang Falls
At the waterfall, you will see Ajumma there serving out the seafood, some look really weird.
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Not cheap, KRW20,000 for this plate with 3 types of seafood. You can really taste the freshness of the sea! Kenn likes it but I find the clam-like stuff to tough for bites.
Fresh seafood on the go!
We did try other food in Jeju, but these are my favourite and the must eat when you are there. 🙂

 

Eat Till You Drop @ South Korea (Part 2) – Gwangjang Market

The heavy breakfast (or meal # 1) at Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market was first established in 1905 and is Korea’s oldest remaining daily market. The market is famed for its food selection and is also well known for its extensive selection of vendors offering silks and tailored Hanbok.

Wide selection of fabric to custom made Hanbok

2 criss-crossing corridors are the booths and stalls selling variety of Korean street foods like the Bindaetteok, Gimbap, etc. The market is bustling with activity where Korean workers flock to the market all year round to sit at the benches lining each stall to eat.

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At one of the stall
One of the nicest food there has to be the Bindaetteok, a Korean-style pancake made of ground mung bean cooked in frying pan till crispy. We ordered the original version and the one with pork added in. The pork Bindaetteok, crispy with tender juicy meat won the battle.
Bindaetteok – Mung bean pancake, with pork too!
Frying the Bindaetteok
Another Korea national food – Gimbap. Stuff with carrot, pickled daikon radish and rice. Rolled and tightly wrapped in a sheet of seaweed and then sliced into bite-sized. We ordered 1, but found the taste so-so thou it made a good filling food when hungry.
Gimbap
Another signature dish here will be the Sundae. Made from pig intestines stuffed with glutinous rice, pork blood and some other ingredients. Surprisingly nice, it was not dry, quite “juicy”, “spongy” and soft for bite. Very filling too.
Alongside is the pig trotters, quite fatty. The ajumma gave us so much.. we can’t finish.
Sundae – Blood sausages
Pig trotters
Pig trotters

This is nice although it’s just a side dish – Japchae. Cellophane noodles, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, onions and leeks.

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Dumplings filled with leeks and pork meat. Steaming hot, I find it ok only but Zhix loves it.
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There are also stores selling daily groceries and snacks. Very fascinating.

For side dishes
Soy crab for sale
~ To be continued ~

Eat Till You Drop @ South Korea (Part 1)

11 days of gluttony in South Korea. From breakfast, lunch, dinner daily to meal 1, meal 2 up to meal 5 or 6. This was how much we ate during the 11 days of the trip. However, there’s just too many type of food in South Korea, despite our 5 – 6 meals per day, we could only ate this much, guess not even 1/3 or it!

能吃是福。11天从早吃到晚,道道的美食,道道的精彩!

Here are some of the memorable food we ate.

莫名其妙的海鲜? Our first meal in Korea was this.. really, what’s this? The English menu said it’s seafood. The couple seated at the next table were eating it and it looked delicious. Looked spicy hot , could be great for this cold 1st night in Seoul. Not cheap thou – KRW44,000 (about SGD 50).

The dish came with huge serving. Originally thought it’s noodles but it’s actually soybean sprouts. Abundance octopus, small pieces of crab meat and many many unknown stuff inside. Some looked brainy, some taste really yucky.

Big portion spicy seafood casserole
What’s all those brain look-alike stuff??
Probably we were too adventurous… till now I still don’t know what’s the name of this dish.

Eating raw octopus! (Sannakji)

When you come to Korea, you just got to try this! Eating live small octopus! We randomly walked into this little restaurant at Gwangjung market where there’s a tank of octopus swimming. Ordered a small octopus at KRW15,000 (about SGD18). The little octopus was cut into small pieces, lightly seasoned with sesame oil and served immediately. Although cut into pieces, it was still moving! The suction cups on the arm pieces are still active thus care should be taken when eating. The active suction cups can cause swallowed pieces of arm to stick to the mouth or throat. It can be choking hazard if intoxicated.

The guys decided that they should drink soju to intoxicate the octopus… blah~~ anyway after their 1st piece, both gave a thumb-up! The girls on seeing this, decided to try… Wow.. I must say it’s yummy! Maybe is the seasoning? but the octopus was chewy and sweet. I try to put it between my front teeth and kept biting and chewing it until it is really to be swallow.

Not long, we finished the whole plate and the restaurant staff were all quite amazed. Haa..

Soy Sauce Marinated Crab (Ganjang Gejang)

It must be the yummiest stuff we ate in Korea! So yummy that we ordered another one despite the price.. KRW30,000 for one small crab. That’s how expensive it was.

The meat was firm and sweet. At first I thought it will be very salty since it was dunk in the soy sauce for awhile, but no. The soy sauce actually added flavour and complement the sweetness of the crab meat. I did not eat the roe, but according to kakis who ate, they said it was heavenly!

I read that the key to this cuisine is the marinade, it must be prepared just right so that it will not be too salty for consumption and yet strong enough for the blue crabs to ferment properly without strong odour. So that’s how complicated and so warrant this price tag.

 

The right way of eating was actually to use the shell as plate, put a spoonful of rice, add the meat and roe, drizzle the soy sauce mixed it and eat… aaahhhh…..

Ginseng Chicken Soup (Samgyetang)

The one soup to drink in cold weather, although the Koreans believe in the saying “Fight heat with heat” which means eating boiling hot dishes in hot summer days as the nutrients in our body can easily be lost through excessive sweating and physical exertion during the hot summer..

A whole chicken is stuffed with glutinous rice, ginseng, and various ingredients and slow cooked for a long time. Like the chicken soup, which is considered to help common sickness, samgyetang is also known be cure physical ailments and prevent sickness as well.

Samgyetang

~ To be continued ~

吃在香港

当初想来香港是因为想吃些好吃的道地香港食物。香港吃的文化, 拥挤的小餐馆, 小小的桌子能够把我们5人挤下,点的食物很快地全都上。这里并不是让你舒服地坐上一天,边吃着美味食物边天南地北的闲话家常的。谨记,快快吃快快走人。离开了才开始回味刚刚吃的味道吧。

翠华餐厅 Tsui Wah Restaurant

抵达香港时已近午餐时间了。We are all very HUNGRY!!! 在油麻地的街头晃到了翠华餐厅。或许还早,还没有人排队我们5人很快就有位了。翠华餐厅是香港上流的茶餐厅。哈哈哈。。他可是上市公司喔!价格也高人一等哟。

Tim Ho Wan 添好运
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
九龍深水埗福榮街9-11號地下
Nearest MTR station: Tsuen Wan Line, Sham Shui Po, Exit B2
Tel 2788 1226
Opening hours: 8am-9.30pm daily

最近在新加坡掀起排队热的香港米其林1星的添好运点心登陆了。我有辛在不必排队的情况下吃了添好运的点心。 第一个想法是这点心有必要排队数小时吗?

义顺牛奶公司 Yee Shun Milk Company

我们去的是位于旺角的餐馆。一样小小的一间店,却坐满了来enjoy美食的人们。一定要吃它的炖奶。香醇,口感顺滑,好吃! 选吃了红豆口味,nice!

Ritz Carlton Level 102 High Tea
International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Since this was an all girls trip, we decided to dress up and go for some atas high tea in Hong Kong. There are many recommendations from fellow bloggers on where to for high tea in Hong Kong. In the end we decided on Ritz Carlton!

The high tea is served at Ritz Carlton’s Lounge and Bar on the 102nd floor!

View of Hong Kong Island from the
Chill-out @ some unknown bar
Ok, so sorry I can’t remember the name of this place, or is there a name in the first place? Ally had recommended this place and we did a reservation too. It is at Hong Kong Island business district area and I remembered walking down a dark alley and we had to knock on a black door (oh, or did we press the bell?)

Four Seasons Claypot 四季煲仔飯
油麻地鴉打街46-58號
Hongkong
Operating hours: 6pm to 12am

听说很出名,店里也很多人。。可是我觉得ok 而已。

源记烧腊小厨 & 海皇粥店

在源记点了它最后一只烤乳鸽。满怀期待的, 可是觉得太油腻了。

在海皇粥店享用早点还不错的粥品。

小熊饼干 Jenny Biscuits

天啊!一个大热天,排队的人怎么这样多啊???最后我在黑市解决了。