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I’ve been spending a lot of time in on the weekends, hiding out from the cold weather and trying to get things in order before we leave in less than a month (eek!), so I decided that I needed a night out with one of my best friends here in Korea, Chansong, and one of her friends from church!

We met in Cheonbukdae to chat and exercise our chopstick skills over a meal of shabu-shabu at a local Japanese food restaurant. Shabu-shabu refers to thinly sliced beef dipped briefly in boiling broth, then enjoyed with vegetables that also simmer in the same pot. The food trend, which began in Osaka, Japan has quickly caught on all around Asia and has taken on variations in each country.

In Korea, it is customary to serve the beef with a plate of vegetables (ours included three kinds of mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, squash, and a single mandu as well), with a tiny nest of fresh noodles to one side, and a small bowl filled with rice, nori and an egg to make jook at the end of the meal.

To begin, the girls and I dropped our veggies in our personal pots as soon as the broth began to simmer. While they bubbled, we dug into a complimentary salad of crisp cabbage, a ripe, juicy orange and tangy kiwi dressing. Yum! I practically licked the bowl clean. Once the vegetables began to soften, we began dunking our meat our pots and enjoying the combination of the produce and the beef.

I traded Chansong some of my mushrooms for her squash, since she isn’t a fan.

Once the meat was gobbled up (trust — it didn’t take long as I was starving after a long day of work), we plopped the fresh knife-cut noodles into the pot to make a mini version of kalguksu. After slurping up the noodles with the two delicious sauces (one was soy sauce based, the other a kind of gochujung) the broth had reduced quite a bit in the pot and it was time to drop in the rice.

The resulting dish was a creamy type of congee — a rice porridge called jook that combined diced vegetables, nori, rice and a single egg to produce a rich, satisfying bowl of comfort (especially on a night with temps in the 50s). I wasn’t able to finish all of the jook due to my bulging waistline at that point, but it was the perfect end to a perfect meal. My only regret is that I didn’t come to this restaurant sooner!

It was more than a steal at 9,000 won (under $9). I felt like I robbed the place blind!

Afterward we headed to Art and Travel for a night cap and more girl talk.

A few weekends ago, I was lucky enough to be around to celebrate Chansong’s 22nd (21st American age) birthday. Even though she has been able to drink legally in Korea for years now, I felt like this was a milestone that couldn’t go unnoticed. So, we spent a lively Saturday playing cards and drinking at Deepin.

She was a trooper and even accepted the shots of whiskey I bought her — the first ones she had! Happy times with a bestie who I will miss dearly when I go home…


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The night is never over until the skinny lady sings.

Or so it goes here in Jeonju! On Friday night, Evan and I were emotionally drained from school and more than ready to hit the town with our fellow teachers — and the friends we replaced — for a night of heavy drinking.

First, we grabbed the cheapest cab ever with our fellow LRDS teachers Mike and John, along with Mike’s girlfriend Kristie, to chonbukdae, the university area in Jeonju. We feasted on dak-galbi, a spicy chicken dish that we ordered with CHEESE, which I have been missing.Then came the alcohol. We downed beer and Soju, the poison of choice in Korea, at the restaurant and a couple bars afterward. Soju tastes like watered-down vodka, but left me so incapacitated that Evan and I didn’t leave our bed until 6 PM Saturday. Yeah. Warning: below picture may happen to you after too much soju.

Saturday night we rallied ourselves out of bed to join the expat group in saying goodbye to Hillary and Greame, two totally awesome people that I wish we weren’t replacing. We met up for sam gipsal, meat you cook yourself over an open flame, paired with lots of beer and soju. The party continued at our local watering hole, the Beer Cave, then on to the Deep In, a dive bar not to be confused with the Deep Into, another lounge in the area.

After that it was off to our first norebang, which is a tiny karaoke room where you and your friends can belt out tunes. We picked up more beer along the way, and starting singing our hearts out. TOO MUCH FUN! Evan and I didn’t get home until nearly 5 AM, but it was well worth the delirium in the morning.

We weren’t at the norebang as long as I had wanted, but I plan on making up for that next time. Madonna, your jams are on my list.

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