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Life in Korea – Food, Housing

Life in Korea – Food, Housing


 

Come Korea and enjoy the joy of living. We have delicious food, cozy housing, super fast internet, state of art cell phones, enjoyable cable TV, and you can take any transportation to go somewhere to refresh.

 

Food

Koreans enjoy eating in groups, savoring the food and the company.
Famous Korean dishes are : Bulgogi, Gal-bi, Bibim-bop and Gamja-tang
Please see the explanations from Wikipedia.org.

Bulgogi

(pronounced [pulgogi] in Korean) is a Korean dish that usually consists of marinated barbecued beef, although chicken or pork may also be used. It is one of the most popular beef dishes in Korea. For more information :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgogi

Galbi or kalbi

It generally refers to a variety of gui or grilled dishes in Korean cuisine that is made with marinated beef(or pork) short ribs in a ganjang-based sauce (Korean soy sauce).[1]. In Korean language, galbi literally means “rib” and can often indicate uncooked ribs. In addition, the dish’s full name is galbi gui, although “gui” (grilling) is commonly omitted to refer to it.

Since galbi is generally made with beef ribs, it may be called “sogalbi” (소갈비) or “soegalbi” (쇠갈비) in Korean, whose prefix, “so” or “soe” (beef) is often omitted as well. However, just like the literal meaning, galbi dish also can be made with pork ribs or chicken. In such cases, the dish is called “dwaeji galbi” (돼지갈비) or “dalk galbi” (닭갈비) to emphasize the main ingredient.

For more information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galbi

Bibimbap

is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means “stirred/mixed rice” or “stirred/mixed meal.” (It is also sometimes spelled “bibimba,”
“bibimbab,”b-bop” or “bibimbop”).
Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) andgochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.
Vegetables commonly used in bibimbap include julienned cucumber, zucchini, mu (daikon), mushrooms, doraji (bellflower root), and gim, as well as spinach, soybean sprouts, and gosari (bracken fern stems). Dubu (tofu), either plain or sautéed, or a leaf of lettuce may be added, or chicken or seafood may be substituted for beef. For visual appeal, the vegetables are often placed so that adjacent colors complement each other. For more information :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibimbap

Gamjatang or pork bone soup

is a spicy Korean soup made with pork spine, vegetables, green onions, hot peppers and ground wild sesame seeds. It is a matter of contention whether the name of the soup comes from the word for potato (감자; gamja) or not, because the soup is frequently served without potatoes.

The vertebrae are usually separated with bits of meat clinging to them. The vertebrae is boiled in high temperatures to soften the meat. To remove the meat, one must use an instrument such as a chopstick. The meal is usually served with kimchi and a bowl of rice. This is often a late night snack but is also served for a lunch or dinner.

The soup base is a deep red colour from the red hot peppers. The soup is now common in Korean restaurants outside of Korea, including the United States and Canada.
For more information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamjatang

Chopsticks and more

Koreans use chopsticks in metal or bamboo/wooden/plastic than fork.
Still, you can find western food anywhere in Korea in some form, but imported items are more expensive. Korea has franchise chain store like Outback steak house, McDonald’s, Mr. Pizza, VIPS steak, Pizza Hut and so on. It has a Costco, Tesco Home Plus and E-Mart(like Wall-mart) in many places around Korea.

 

Housing

You will be living in a typical studio apartment/bachelor suite that caters to the busy life of a single person. Apartments are not spacious, but they have enough room for one person to live comfortably (don’t expect a fancy loft, as Asia has a high population density and housing is tight). All of these apartments have modern, western-style bathroom facilities with a toilet, sink, and shower. However, bathtubs are rare in single-housing accommodation in Korea. Most instructors find housing in a “villa” or an “office-tell.” The residents such as One-rooms and Villas range in price from approximately $600 USD per month up to $1,500 USD per month, on average.

1) One-room(it’s just what Koreans call, it usually has more than one rooms)

Four- to five-story buildings offer accommodations called “one-room” in Korea. The first floors usually serve for parking lots. Residents reside from second floors. One-rooms are very affordable due to their low maintenance costs. These buildings have an owner whether he resides in the building or not and plays the role of superintendent.

2) Villa

It almost has same structure and features with one-rooms in Korea. Mostly found in the residential areas of the city, villas are also very affordable due to their low maintenance costs. These buildings typically have an owner who resides in the building, top floor, and plays the role of superintendent.

3) Office-tells

Tall buildings that offer unit accommodations (alongside business or commercial space) are called “office-tells.” Office-tells are fairly new, which means they come with modern features. Most of the suites in office-tells have keyless entry and other conveniences, depending on the location. The costs may be higher than those of a villa because of building maintenance costs (approximately $50-150 USD per month). One of the advantages of living in an office-tell is the close proximity to shops and services, which are sometimes attached to the building itself.

4) Apartment building

15 to 25 story buildings offer accommodations called “apartment building” in Korea. Their price is vary by size and location but usually it’s very expensive. Koreans favor apartment building because its comfortableness.

Apartment Building Complex

You can choose free furnished studio type housing or getting monthly allowance for housing. If you are couple then you can take an advantage of staying together and get a monthly allowance. Furnishings will include a bed, gas stove range, refrigerator, washer, and air conditioner.

 

 

 


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