[BLOG] Haz In Korea | Why You Gotta Eat Out In Korea

Hi my beloved readers,
I hope you are enjoying winter with cosy nights in and cups of hot chocolate πŸ™‚

Today I am writing about another amazing experience of mine in Korea; meals out!
It’s one thing you’ve got to try at least once while you are staying in this Far East country.
No matter which cuisine you choose, you will enjoy the whole experience let alone the food.

Here’s why:

 

1. Koreans Know How To Barbecue

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A Standard Korean Barbecue*

One of the famous things about Korean food is Korean Barbecue.
When you go to a Korean Barbecue restaurant, you sit at a table with grill in the middle and a pipe hanging down from ceiling to suck all the smoke.

Once you have ordered meat to grill, you get a dozen of side dishes to keep you busy while the meat is being cooked. It depends on restaurants but quite a lot of restaurants have staff to grill the meat for you too. They even replace your grill when it gets too greasy and burnt! So all you have to do is eat eat and eat.

You can also get a small free bowl of rice when you order a traditional Korean stew (either Kimchi or Miso paste). Anyway, it is heck a lot more than just grilled meat.

 

2. Koreans Are Keen To Find Good Ones

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A Korean Restaurant Guide Application**

Koreans love sharing; from information to food. If there’s a good Italian restaurant, they have to share it. Also Koreans love finding and trying the best of all sorts, especially food.

There are loads of bloggers who review hundreds of restaurants and even TV programmes and mobile applications to introduce quality restaurants in Korea.
So it is quite easy to find a good restaurant for any cuisine in whichever area, all you have to do is search.

Most of the restaurants that I went to were actually those quality ones proven online; my friends kindly searched them for me. How convenient! And the foods? Of course, they were amazing!

 

 

3. Koreans Are Creative Foodies

I was really impressed with some of the restaurants for their creative way to serve food. I went to 3 different Korean barbecue places, and they were all unique and appealing. Grilling meat on your own table was the only thing in common among those three. Wow. You would be surprised by how many different styles of restaurant for the same cuisine in one street in Seoul.

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Black Stone: A steakhouse with a pipe on a side of the table!

This steak house my friend and I went to had two pipes sticking out from edges of our table to suck smoke from this individual steak grill. I know, right? The picture above might help you understand what I am trying to describe here… It is just another level.

 

4. You Can Try Proper Traditional Korean Cuisine

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A Traditional Korean Cuisine***

Yes. When I say proper traditional Korean food, I mean PROPER. A small bowl of rice, a bowl of soup, a couple of main dishes and a dozen of side dishes. You don’t know where to start and may feel somehow lost in so many flavours and textures. The main dishes usually contain meat or fish, and side dishes are mostly made of a range of vegetables.

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A Main dish: Steamed Pork With Kimchi

I took my British hubby to a traditional Korean restaurant, and he loved it! He found a couple of the side dishes a little strange, but he enjoyed most of them and all the main dishes.

Korean cuisine is mostly based on soy sauce, chilies, garlic, sesame oil and a little bit of sugar. So if you are OK with these ingredients, you will find traditional Korean cuisine very enjoyable. Have a try, and let me know what you think of it. πŸ™‚

Also, you get to experience this “sharing food” culture whilst trying a variety of food too! And you know, it is quite easy to try traditional Korean food in this scale at a meal out.

 

All in all, it’s one thing you will try in Korea because of its variety and convenience, and I am quite confident to say, something you will enjoy too.

The following restaurants are my little recommendations on good eat out places in Korea for you.

 

Thanks for reading,
I will see you in my next blog. πŸ™‚

H xx

 

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Me trying on a disposable apron πŸ™‚

*Β Picture taken from https://www.timeout.com/newyork/restaurants/best-korean-bbq-in-nyc

**Picture taken from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ktms.food114&hl=ko

***Picture taken from http://vvdesignstudio.tistory.com/82

[VIDEO] Haz In Korea | Foods In Korea

Hi guys,
Sorry for a long wait since the last blog; I am still alive!

This is another vlog of my adventure in Korea and it’s about food πŸ™‚
I love how foods in Korea, whether it’s Korean, Japanese or Western cuisine; they just do it very well!
You may say I am biased BUT really, you would definitely agree if you tried the food out yourself.
From the actual taste of food to the presentation of it, I just can’t say enough how much I enjoyed eating out in Korea.

I hope you guys enjoy having a peak of what Korean meals out are like!

xx

[BLOG] Haz In Korea | Wonderfully Weird Korean Gyms

Hello lovely people!
I hope your week is going wonderfully.

I visited my motherland, South Korea, last month for 3 weeks and it was just amazing.
One of things that I did during my visit was, of course, to work out at Korean gyms! I have a friend who’s a PT at this gym in Seoul, and so I could use the gym for FREE. So I send special thanks to my friend Hansu who gave me vouchers for the gym & sauna πŸ™‚
Anyway, including the one in Seoul, I went to two Korean gyms; and both managed to impress me with their special features!

 

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Doing a rehab exercise at the Korean gym in Seoul πŸ™‚

 

1. Free-to-use Tshirt, Shorts, Towels & Socks

I know right, which gym in the UK does provide gym clothes let alone towels?! However, it seems very usual for gyms in Korea to provide such kit. The shorts had mesh inside so if you were a man, you wouldn’t need to bring anything! It doesn’t limit your freedom to wear your own gym clothes though, but I just wore them for the sake of convenience and.. you know, they are free :p

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Fully kitted with a free t-shirt, shorts, socks and a towel; in the sauna room πŸ™‚

 

2. Amazing Sauna Facility

I absolutely loved the sauna facility at the gym, you are given a key for both shoe locker and clothes locker in the sauna room. So you may… 1) take your shoes offΒ  2) get into the sauna/changing room 3) put your things in the clothes locker and 4) go to either the gym or sauna. I think the one I went to was probably a little nicer than some other gyms in Korea. They had hot & cold baths, showers, steam sauna and a room with hair dryers, combs, cotton buds, lotion etc etc… Wow just wow!!! I could spend hours in there!

 

3. Weird Machines

These machines have taken Korean gyms to another level. They were amazingly popular to elderly people, so I couldn’t easily get a hold of them. However, at one evening, I finally did..!!!

 

korean-gym-machine 1First one is some kind of massaging machine, mainly for your calves. When you switch it on, the machine starts spinning at a speed, and these wooden balls(?) on the machine give your calves a massage. My husband managed to get his forearms done on this machine though. How creative!
Click here to watch a video on it πŸ˜€

 

korean-gym-machine-2Second one is this vibration belt, again this is to give yourself a massage. I think it is mainly for your lower back but I saw some people getting their WHOLE body massaged with some awesome maneuvering skills. My skin got really sore after 10 minutes of it though, so I do NOT recommend it to people with sensitive skin!
Click here to watch a video on it πŸ˜€

 

korean-gym-machine-3Third one is my least favourite, I have to say; it is an upside-down machine. It simply flips you upside down at a very slow speed. I think it’s designed to help elderly people with their blood circulation, but I found it so uncomfortable!! I felt like my nose was bunged up and all the blood was going into my head, which isn’t a pleasant experience really. Still, it was worth a try!

 

korean-gym-machine-4The last one is actually my favourite, it’s a little sauna machine. I really wanted to take it home once I had tried it… it was that nice! I am sure it would be very very nice in winter, mmm… This was at another gym in Pangyo, a relatively new techno-valley near Seoul. You basically sit in the machine, pull the lid towards you, switch the button on and enjoy the sauna! You can control time and temperature to your liking too. Oh how lovely!

 

4. Wide Range of Population

I was really impressed by how many elderly people were at the Seoul gym. The major age group was over 50s and I was one of the few youngsters there. Even more, they exercised with a passion, which motivated me a lot! The gym in Seoul was combined with a rehab facility to aid the elders physical conditioning, which might well have been the reason for such number of over 50s. Still, I hadn’t seen so many elderly people in the gym before so it was inspirational for me. It was just great.

 

Overall, I had a great experience at Korean gyms, gaining some inspirations and motivations for a more enthusiastic gym life. Oh how I miss the weird machines and lovely saunas!

Thank you so much for reading,
and I will see you in my next blog πŸ™‚

H xx

[VIDEO] Haz In Korea | At A Korean Gym

Hi guys,

Here’s the very first video of my Korea Vlog, and it’s on my first Korean gym experience! Korean gyms are truly amazing, they give you a couple of towels, a t-shirt, a pair of shorts and even a pair of socks! Also the gym I went to had a great sauna facility as well which is always a plus.
I hope you guys enjoy sharing my standard gym routines as well as what Korean gyms are like!

xx

[VIDEO] Haz In Korea Teaser

 

Hi guys!
I know, I am so sorry it’s been absolutely ages since I saw you in the last video… I’ve been on a holiday visiting my motherland… KOREA!
Aaaand I am going to share what I have been doing on my holiday with you guys in the next few videos πŸ˜€
I hope you guys enjoy the teaser, and am looking forward to seeing you guys in my next video very very soon!

Bye for now xx