Saturday, October 24, 2009

Must try foods while in Jeju

If ever you go to Jeju Island, you might want to try the following native dishes:

Heuk Dwaeji (black pork meat)

Said to be one of the most famous food in Jeju, more tastier than regular pork, and of course more expensive.

Ok-dom (Sea bream)

A small red fish that is known for its delicate taste
and texture and is usually served broiled.

Haemul Dukbaegi (Seafood Hotpot)

A special treat for all seafood lovers.  This is a stone pot filled with all kinds of seafood, usually consisting of shrimps, clams, octopus, squid, crabs cuttlefish, and abalone.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Jeongbukjuk: Abalone Porridge

Porridge is a delightful food to eat. I always consider it as a “home” or “family” food. In Jeju Island, they have what you call Jeongbukjuk as a specialty.

Jeongbukjuk is rice porridge cooked with minced jeonbok or abalone, thus Jeongbukjuk is abalone porridge. It is not only known as one of the specialty food of Jeju Island but is also known for its nutritional value and digestive aid especially for the sick and the elderly.

You might want to try cooking jeonbokjuk, here’s the details.

Servings:  2 - 3


2 small size ablones
1 cup of rice
7 cups of water
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp fish sauce
3 cloves of garlic
a stalk of onion leeks or 2 green onions
¼ cup of chopped carrot,
sheet of roasted laver (edible seaweed)


1. Wash 1 cup of rice and soak it in cold water for 2 hours then drain.

2. Clean abalones by using a brush in cold running water. Chop it up and put it aside.

3. Chop some carrot, stalk of onion leeks or 2 green onions, and set it aside.

4. Mince 2 cloves of garlic and set it aside.

5. Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add 2 Tbsp sesame oil.

6. Add the minced garlic, abalone, and chopped carrot to the pot. Stir it for 30 seconds.

7. Add the soaked rice to the pot. Keep stirring for a few minutes until the grains of rice look half translucent.

8. Pour 7 cups of water into the pot and lower the heat to low heat. Close the lid and cook it for about 30 minutes. You might want to open the lid and stir the porridge every now and then to avoid the burning the rice on the bottom of the pot.

9. Open the lid of the pot and add 1 Tbsp fish sauce and 1 tsp salt. The amount varies depending on your taste.

10. Roast a sheet of laver and put it in a plastic bag then crush it by rubbing the plastic bag.

11. To serve, ladle the porridge into a bowl and sprinkle the crushed roasted laver and chopped green onion over top.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Jeju Island's Teddy Bear Museum: A place for the young, the young once, and the young at heart

Teddy Bears have long been cherished items since they were introduced more than a century ago. It has served as a constant companion for many of us at one point in our lives. Whether it be a sleeping buddy when we were toddlers; a best friend when we were kids; a favorite gift item to friends or loved ones; or simply a favorite decoration on ones car dashboard. The teddy bear has been part of our lives one way or another.

In Jeju Island, they have a Teddy Bear Museum where you can find everything you want to know about Teddy Bears. It contains a multitude of teddy bears from all over the world. It was opened to the public on April 24, 2001, and has since been one of the tourist attractions of this lovely island.
The museum contains two (2) galleries, a museum gift shop, and a museum café. The Museum gallery is subdivided into 3 parts: the History Hall; Art Hall and the Project Exhibition Hall. Some of the bears on display are the Mona Lisa bear, Louis Vuitton bear (said to be the world’s most expensive bear), Snow White and the 7 bears, Marilyn Monroe bear, and Elvis Presley bear, and , they even have the bear's version of the Qing Emperor's Terra Cotta warriors, just to name a few.

The garden area of the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum displays teddy bears in sculpted forms. It also has a shop from where you can buy your favorite teddy bear.

Another must-be included in your itinerary when going to Jeju Island.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hallasan: Jeju Island's Towering Attraction

Mount Halla or Hallasan (“san” in Korean means mountain) is an extinct volcano which stands at the center of Jeju Island. At 1,950 meters, it’s the highest peak in South Korea. Known as one of the Samshinsan (Three Mountains where God Lives), is home to alpine plants and houses more than 1800 species of plants. It also boasts of abundant natural forests and vast grasslands. Its steep cliffs and slopes together with its unusual rock formations along its valleys produces magnificent scenic views. The community of azaleas also adds to its breathtaking scenery. Because of its towering presence, Hallasan can be seen from all places on the island, but its peak is often covered in clouds. There is even a local saying stating that “Jeju Island is Hallasan; and Hallasan is Jeju”. The mountain has been designated as Korea’s Natural Monument No. 182.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Dolhareubang of Jeju Island

Dolharubang or Stonegrandfather is one of Jeju Island’s unique feature. Dolharubang is a statue sculpted out of volcanic rock that looks like an old man. These statues can be seen almost everywhere in Jeju Island. They come in all sizes. 

Replica of this beloved statue is a favorite souvenir item of visitors to Jeju.

My dolharubang replica holding a gamgyul ( a type of orange)