Taste of Korea Tuesdays: It’s strawberry season! (among other treats)

Certain aspects of life here in Korea beat those in Canada by far. It’s late November, and the weather is a solid 22 degrees warmer than it is back home- despite it being nighttime here, and late morning there!

The availability of good produce year-round is so far kicking Canada’s butt. Not only is there a longer growing season, but produce from the southern hemisphere is starting to appear now that fall is at an end!

Strawberries. Juicy and delicious. In November. Mmmm.

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I’ve also been having fun sampling new options at a local bakery. Usually whatever I pick out ends up being at least a slight surprise. I predicted this would be a fluffy pancake-esque treat, containing chocolate chips and nuts, or perhaps blueberries.

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Nope. It’s actually a dense cake made of glutinous rice flour, containing, of all things, green peas and red beans. Still tasty, though.

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This is a peanut creme-filled bun, topped with streusel and icing sugar. It can’t beat a sticky bun from Jonnies, but hey, I still like it.

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Korean deep-fried veggies: twigim! I can’t pretend they’re healthy, but they make a nice occasional snack from a food cart. The one below consists of glass noodles wrapped in seaweed, then deep-fried.

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Bonus if your twigim piece has an (octopus) tentacle!


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On Sunday I hiked along the Namhansanseong fortress wall with an awesome Korean man named U.S. Afterward, we had pajeon (green onion and seafood pancake) and sonbundu (soft tofu, a less-common variety of kimchi and rice mixed together). Worth a mention here!

What’s the best new food you’ve tried lately, in Korea, in Canada, or wherever you may call home?

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