Trick-or-Treating for Kimchi

Korea has very little flat ground, I spend most days climbing pass after pass dreaming of wondering the tofu

Korea has very little flat ground, I spend most days climbing pass after pass dreaming of popcorn topped with liquid aminos and nutritional yeast

A bowl of Iced noodles, originally the King of Koreas favorite dish

A bowl of noodles in an ice broth, originally the King’s favorite dish, I think the MSG did me over though.

two huge batches of Napa cabbage about a few months away from being Kimchi

Two huge batches of Napa cabbage. The cabbage will sit with other ingredients for over 3 months before fermenting and becoming Kimchi

Ladies on the sidewalk sift through the good bad and ugly cabbage

Ladies on the sidewalk sift through the good, bad and ugly cabbage

Gifts for the traveler, the cabbage on the left is too yellow in color therefore too bitter and the one on the right is too bag and lacks in flavor. This was dinner for 3 straight days!

Gifts for the traveler, the cabbage on the left is too yellow in color therefore too bitter and the one on the right is too big and lacks flavor. This was dinner for 3 straight days!

I hope this is as Asian as I get

I hope this is as Asian as I get

Always a celebrity, making friends in local restaurants

Always a celebrity, making friends in a local restaurant, the search still continues though for Korea’s famous bbq wild dog.

A huge bath of squid guts and eye balls

A huge bath of squid guts, brains and eye balls

Squid jerky

Squid jerky drying in the sun. The smell permeated the coastline for several kilometers, and reminded me of the time when my father tried to cook squid in the toaster over. The extreme heat made the carcass explode and forever after all of our toast and poptarts tasted like squid.

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Remains of older times framers race trackers through downtown, with their old ladies yelling at them to slow down

Remains of older times. A farmer races his tracker through downtown, while his old lady keeps the rice down.

Beautiful rice field in the shadow of corporate Korea

Beautiful rice field in the shadow of corporate Korea

Skinned persimmons drying in the sun, these decorated the front porches of many houses in the interior

Skinned persimmons drying in the sun, these decorated the front porches of many in the interior regions.

An interesting breakfast, ramen noodles mixed with kimchi, tuna fish, seaweed and cherry tomatoes

My standard breakfast, Ramen noodles mixed with kimchi, tuna fish, seaweed and cherry tomatoes

Most beaches along the east coast are barbed off, just incase the North Koreas run out of Kimchi

Most beaches along the east coast are barbed off, just incase the North Koreans run out of Kimchi

Koreas coastline

Korea’s coastline

Fall in the country

Fall in the country

Donations hanging in a southern Buddhist temple

Donations hanging in a south Buddhist temple

korea cycling

I am now on my last leg of my travels in South Korea. Today I spent a long, hard day pedaling the mountainous coast finally ending up in the city of Pohang before evening. After a bit of asking around and wandering about I found the local Jim Jill Bang (spa house lodge). I am now eating noodles, drinking fermented rice water and lounging in the spa, preparing for a nice evening out of the tent. I am not far from Busan, where I will take the overnight ferry to Japan, but before leaving Korean I plan on visiting the tropical island of Jeju located between the two countries. Will touch base again before heading to Japan, hopefully from Jeju Island.

-Julian

 

3 thoughts on “Trick-or-Treating for Kimchi

  1. Love the pictures this time around. The story of your father cooking squid in the toaster oven gave me a good laugh. Safe travels

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