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Dak Galbi

Dak Galbi

South Korea is a very popular place to travel nowadays and it is not just because of Korean pop and Korean dramas. The cuisine here is also phenomenal, packed with spice and flavour. Although most of our stereotypical view of Korean cuisine often surrounds either soup dishes and BBQ, in this post I am going to share a dish that is neither.

The dak galbi is a stir fried chicken dish which is done table side. The boneless chicken meat marinated in gochujang stir-fried along with vegetables like sweet potatoes, cabbage and spring onions. Although the meat used is often chicken breast, they have a way of cooking them till they are tender and juicy. Along with the other ingredients, it creates a perfect symphony of flavours for your taste buds. It is spicy, savory and a bit sweet. After all that goodness you can order either normal white rice, kimchi fried rice or rice cake to be cooked in the delicious left over sauce in the pan. Please be reminded that this do cause extra no matter where you go.

The restaurant I went to was a chain called Yoogane and you can find it all around South Korea. What makes this chain so good is they let you order 1 person servings whereas most restaurants who serves dishes like these will need you to at least a 2 people serving. For people who is traveling alone and want to have a taste of dak galbi then Yoogane is the choice. The branch I went to was located in the area of Honguk University, also known as Hongdae. The staffs there were friendly and welcoming even though I couldn't speak any Korean. They also have English menus provided so it will not be a problem ordering even with the language barrier.

The cooking of dak galbi done table side by one of the staff
I ordered a bowl of white rice afterwards for the staff to cook for me in the remaining sauce left in the pan
This is the how the restaurant looks like on the outside

Yoogane - 4.5/5

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 00:43 Archived in South Korea Tagged food travel vacation adventure south_korea seoul chicken trip korea poulet eat juicy vegetable discover hungry potatoes spicy foodie galbi kimchi tender korean_food foodporn rib dak_galbi food_porn gochujang koreanfood Comments (0)

Da Pan Ji

Da Pan Ji

Since after watching fellow travel Canadian YouTuber Trevor James' awesome street food videos on Chinese street food, it has sparked me to have my own journey here in Japan. I was craving for authentic Chinese food and was wondering if I could find something authentic like what he showed in his videos. I have been doing a lot of research until I hit the jackpot and found several restaurant which specializes in authentic Chinese cuisine. In this post I will be talking a dish called the da pan ji.

Da pan ji (大盘鸡)is a chicken stew dish originated from Xinjiang, China. Da pan ji in English means big plate chicken if you transliterate it and that is basically what it is, a big plate of chicken. The chicken meat is cooked along with bell peppers, potatoes, onions, garlic, chili peppers, cumin, star anise and Sichuan pepper corn. Although the dish has chili peppers and Sichuan pepper corns, it is not as spicy as other foods you can find in this region of China. This dish is usually served with hand-shaved noodles or dao xiao mian.

Here I went to two separate restaurants. The first restaurant was called the China Tea House 8 (中国茶房8) I went to was where I had the Sichuan style of da pan ji. It was pretty dry and not as spicy as i thought it would be. There were too many small pieces of bones and not enough meat. The taste was definitely there but there was much to munch on aside from the bones.

The second restaurant I went to was called Muqam Halal Uyghur and it served the traditional Xinjiang style da pan ji which I was craving for. Although it was a bit on the pricey side, you could tell that the taste was authentic. We could even get the dao xiao mian or the hand-shaved noodles on the side like you could in China! This is definitely a great restaurant to go to for some authentic Xinjiang style halal Chinese food!

Sichuan style da pan ji
Xinjiang style da pan ji with hand-shaved noodles
Xinjiang style da pan ji

China Tea House 8 (中国茶房8) - 3/5
Muqam Halal Uyghur - 4.5/5

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 23:14 Archived in China Tagged food traditional travel adventure china cuisine chicken hot trip tradition asia sichuan chinese peppers eat xinjiang discover noodles authentic hungry spicy foodie chinesefood dapanji ughygur Comments (0)

Pepper Bun (Hu Jiao Bing)

Pepper Bun

As many people who have been to Taiwan has said that Taiwan is a foodie paradise. No matter where you go you will find great local food if its at a family restaurant or downscale eateries or simply at a food stall on the streets, you will find delicious authentic food. In this blog post I will be talking about something well-known to many locals and youtube travelers called the pepper bun or hu jiao bing, in Chinese.

The pepper bun is a crunchy, flaky pastry with a peppery pork filling inside. It is almost always freshly made so be extremely careful with your very first bite as you might burn yourself. Also watch out for the juices squirting out and staining your clothes since the peppery pork mixture inside is very wet and oily (but the delicious oily kind). On the top of the bun is sprinkled with sesames which gives the pastry itself a savory and nutty flavour to it. The filling is extremely peppery so it is fairly spicy. So, if you cannot take the spice then I would suggest proceed with caution.

Since the pepper bun is a famous street food in Taiwan so you can probably find it at most night markets. The night markets which I have been to which has the pepper bun stall are Shilin and Raohe night market. Shilin is probably the biggest night market in Taipei and the most well known and Raohe is one more popular to the locals beside the Raohe river. This is a snack that I would recommend anyone visiting Taiwan to try and I believe that with just one bite you will fall in love with it like I did.

Pepper bun stall at the Shilin night market.
Fresh ones just made and waiting to be sold.
A fresh one I got from the vendor who just opened.
A shot of the flaky pastry outside and the inner peppery meaty pork filling.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 23:25 Archived in Taiwan Tagged food traditional travel adventure tradition chinese_food meat chinese taipei taiwan eat pork discover authentic hungry bun pepper night_market nightmarket foodie foodporn taiwanese food_porn pepper_bun taiwan_food taiwanese_food Comments (0)

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak is a very common and well-known dish in southeast Asia. It is also the national dish of Malaysia. It is called nasi lemak because in Malay, nasi means rice and lemak means coconut milk. Basically the white rice for this dish is cooked in coconut milk. It is then served on a banana leaf along with anchovies, sambal squid, egg, peanuts and sambal hot sauce. (important note that sides varies from place to place and restaurant to restaurant)


Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 03:54 Archived in Malaysia Tagged traditional malaysia adventure rice hot trip tradition eat southeast_asia discover authentic hungry spicy foodie nasi_lemak foodporn food_porn malaysian_food malay_food sambal national_dish Comments (0)

Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo

Banh xeo is a common dish in the central part of Vietnam. At first sight, people might think that it is an omelette, but it is actually a crepe. this actually makes more sense because Vietnam was a French colony and has adopted many French style cooking in their food. The pancake itself is actually made of rice flour, turmeric powder and water. It is then stuffed with pork, shrimp, green onions and bean sprouts. The way to eat banh xeo is to take a bit of the banh xeo and wrap it in lettuce. Then you dip it in the sauce before eating it. Banh xeo is a fun and delicious dish to share among friends.


Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 03:41 Archived in Vietnam Tagged france traditional travel adventure vietnam french trip tradition pho eat gourmet authentic crepe hungry herbs lettuce foodie vietnamesefood foodporn vietfood banhxeo banhmi fish_sauce frenchfood Comments (0)

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