D36 – Oct 6 – Fish Fish Fish

A tornado was supposed to reach Korea during the week-end but it seems that we will not have to face that… Good news !
We are about to take a bus which will bring us to the East Coast, so I don’t have much time to tell my story about fishermen in Korea… Meanwhile, you will discover below some pictures shoot this morning at Seoul’ biggest fish market…
Amazingly big fishes, squids, octopuses…

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Korean food experience (again!)




First of all, let me answer some of your questions regarding the octopus dish:
Yes, it was excellent. How was it cooked ? The octopus was thrown in that wok together with some chinese cabbage, soy beans, peppers, lemongrass, and oil. Then, once it was cooked, we could add some soy sauce, wazabi, seagrass sauce, to the mix. Very tasty.

Today, after a long day walking from one temple to another, we passed by a food market, where every booth was offering new tastes and flavors. Of course, we couldn’t resist temptation and tried almost everything, in the following order (unfortunately for my digestion).

First, we stopped by a strange shop, looking like a museum. You had to enter from the left side, take a ticket, have a look on at different manga stickers on the walls, and when you exist, on the right side of the shop, a guy you take a kind of tube, fill it is vanilla ice cream, and here it goes.

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.. Not sure I should have shared the above picture though…

Then we passed by this:
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Just a potato, sliced with a secret technic, and fried. Awesome!
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Then, we passed by this one. Her meat smelled marvelous. Once the meat on the grill, she was cutting it with scissors before adding some marinade with a brush, so that it would be even more tasty. And she was even removing the small, inevitable, carbonized pieces with her scissors.Capture d’écran 2013-10-04 à 15.15.10 Capture d’écran 2013-10-04 à 15.15.25
Good but terribly spicy so we had to find something sweeter to our mouths and lips.
That’s when we passed by a pastry shop.
The woman told me: “This is 100% sweet potato”.
So I understood: “Cool, an organic cake”.
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But no, I should have just understood this was a sweet potato, not a cake made from it.
A bit heavy.
So we went for a drink.
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In those regular drinks are some grains, probably made from tapioca… Alex had already tasted it in Philadelphia, so I guess this is more common than I think.
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It might look weird but it is excellent !!!

Shall I invite you for dinner ??? What would you like ?

A vivid cooking experience

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Our lunch was special today. We had food at an octopus restaurant. Where fish is very fresh. Very fresh.

According to the Lonely Planet, those are just “post-mortem spasms”… I have some solid doubts. If you have such spams after your death, it just means you are starting a second life, isn’t it?

Food in Russia – Part 1: Cabbage

Already in ancient Russia cabbage was known as an important source of vitamins during long cold winters. Cabbage was first mentioned in Russian chronicles in 1073. After the Romans introduced cabbage to Russia it was rapidly adopted across the country. No wonder as this vegetable likes cold weather and keeps well for months if stored in cool, frost-free places.

Today the Russians still enjoy cabbage in many different variations. As sauerkraut, in soups or just sautéed – it is just impossible to think of the Russian cuisine without cabbage.

Here for instance, is a pie we prepared in Yekaterinburg under the supervision of Ana Maria, our amazing host at the Art Hostel.