Thursday, July 18, 2019

Misunderstanding and truth about Boknal

Boknal means the hottest time of the year in Korea. it consists of  Chobok, Jungbok and Malbok.

So Koreans often eat a variety of healthy foods to recharge their energy.
Then, let's find out what koreans eat on Boknal!!

1. Misunderstanding about Boknal

The Bok(伏) of Boknal is written in chinese chracters. Because it consists of 人 (human) and 犬 (dog), many people misunderstand Boknal as eating a dog.  However a dog meat is one of the healthy foods eaten on Boknal in Korea and many koreans also eat other healthy foods on Boknal. It's just a day to pick the hottest time of the year and eat a nourishment to replenish their energy.

2. Truth about Boknal, the healthy foods eaten on Boknal.

On Boknal, the hottest day of the year and the period of growing crops, old Koreans who mainly focused on farming found food to replenish their energy because they had to work in the heat.
Then I will introduce healthy foods that Koreans usually eat on Boknal.


Samgyetang is a chicken soup made by mixing glutinous rice, ginseng, jujubes, and sulfur in the chicken's belly. Although a chicken soup made by boling chicken and water was eaten by Koreans in about 1500 years ago, samgyetang in the shape of today made with ginseng originated in japanese colonial era, about 100 years ago. Even today, Samgyetang, a popular Korean food for Koreans, is famous for one of favorite Korean food not only for Koreans but also for foreigners.


Chueotang has long been one of the favorite healthy food eaten by Koreans, providing calcium and protein to rural people who are tired of summer heat and work. It is a soup dish that is prepared and ground with loach and boiled thickly with soybean paste along with various vegetables. Even today, chueo tang is a healthy food that Koreans eat a lot, and it is known that it contains unsaturated fatty acids that are highly effective in arteriosclerosis, high blood clots, and diabetes, including DHA and EPA.

-Jeonbokjuk (Abalone porridge)

The king of porridge, Jeonbokjuk (abalone porridge) was high-quality food that was served to the king. jeonbokjuk, a combination of white soup and chewy abalone, features a savory and deep flavor. As abalone farming has become more common these days, people eat more than ever, and it is one of  healthy foods eaten when the body feels empty as well as on Boknal.

-Jang-eo gui (Eel roast)

Eel is a high-protein food and is famous for its summer food. So, it is a food that Koreans eat a lot on Boknal, which is the hottest summer day. Also, eels are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, so they are good for skin beauty, fatigue, anti-aging, and strength, so they are one of the health foods that many people find. Eel roasted in charcoal fire after removing bones and intestines of eel and dipping it in a sauce made with red pepper paste, sugar, minced garlic, sesame oil, etc. tastes good. Jang-eo gu-i (Eel roast), the best food that brings back the energy of the summer heat, is a favorite healthy food of Koreans.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The most famous festival in Korea ‘Daegu chi-mac festival!’

*When? 17th July 2019 ~21th July 2019
*Where? Duryu park in Daegu

1. Daegu, a city of chickens

Daegu has long been a city with chicken-related traditions. Silla royal Kims, who existed on the Korean Peninsula a long time ago, served chickens with totem. And Daegu was a city that had relations with these Kims. And then they called Daegu a "Dalgubal," which means a field full of chickens. Although The old name of Daegu “Dalgubal” was changed to Daegu over time, Daegu people's love for chicken has continued steadily.

After the Korean War, the chicken industry started in Daegu. In the 1970s, various chicken brands were born. These brands have become the most famous brands in Korea now.
And since 2013, Daegu has been promoting its love for chicken through the Daegu Chicken Festival.

2. What is a chi-mac?

Chi-mac is a compound word made after the first letter of chicken and beer, which refers to a whole set of chicken and beer.

Originally, chicken was not a traditional Korean food, but chicken began to become the main accompaniment to an alcohol for Koreans in the 1980s and 1990s, and with the huge consumption of chicken at the 2002 World Cup, it emerged as the center of Korea's most popular food culture.

Now in Korea, Chi-mac is not just a drinking culture, but a network culture that connects people, and Daegu is leading this culture.

3. What is a Daegu chi-mac festival?

‘Daegu Chi-mac Festival’, which was first held on 13-July 2013 started by attracting attention while holding a memorial service for chickens at the opening ceremony. This festival, which drew 50,000 people on the first day, drew 300,000 participants in four days to end the festival successfully.

Since then, the festival became one of the most popular festivals in the country, attracting about 600,000 people in 2014, and about 880,000 in 2015.

And, since 2016 when it introduced ‘Chi-mac tour train’ in cooperation with Korail and began to sell ‘draft beer’, this festival drew more than 1 million participants for three consecutive years until 2018.

4. The 7th 2019 Daegu Chi-mac Festival!!

 ① Premium Chi-mac Club! (in Duryu baseball park)

[Celebratory performances]
▶performances by popular singers& EDM Party

[Chi-mac 99 Cheers Time ]
A symbolic program of the Chi-mac Festival, made with the participation of characters, chi-mac Friends and visitors, at 9:09 p.m, every evening.

[Premium Lounge & Pre-booked Food Zones (A paid Reservation)]

[A selection contest for the King of Chi-mac]
Food fighter competition

[Mukbang live studio]
The famous korean BJ’s show to eat foods.

  ② Ice pub for Chi-mac! (in 2.28 Parking lot)

[Live performance (Indi, Brass band, folk, disco)]

[A beer-created cocktail contest]

[New chicken cuisine competition]

  ③ Chi-mac Sensibility Market (in Tourist Information Center Parking Lot)

[chi-mac flee&free market]
‘Handmade product’ manufacturing and ‘Sale experience’ booth operation

  ④ Chi-mac Live Park (in Kolon Outdoor Concert Hall)

[Chi-mac Folk Concert]
Live performances by local acoustic bands and popular folk singers

  ⑤ Chimac Ice Playground (in Duryu Park Road)

[Chi-mac Ice Art Zone, Water Event Zone]

[Street food table, screen shooting experience]

Let’s go to Daegu to enjoy Chi-mac Festival!!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Famous Korean Food Recommendation Especially in Daegu

Daegu, located in the heart of Gyeongsang-do. To match that, Daegu is the center of a lot of delicious food.
Then, today, I will introduce the delicious foods in Daegu!

Makchang gui [막창구이]

Makchang, the fourth stomach of cattle, has been a popular food since the early '1970s. Before that, makchang was used only to boil soup with a by-product of beef.

However, makchang, which happened to be grilled over briquettes, has become the best accompaniment of alcohol with its chewy texture due to the favorable response from customers.

Makchang is grilled over briquettes or charcoal fire and is dipped in specially prepared soybean paste sauce and eaten with garlic and chives. A combination of the chewy texture, subtle smell of fire and sause is so fantastic.

Daegu’s famous food ‘Makchang’ !! why don’t you eat it with soju?

Nabjjak mandu [납작만두]

Nabjjak mandu, flat dumpling, is dumpling only in Daegu.

Unlike traditional dumplings, it is made less filling and half moon shaped, boiled in water once, and then baked. It is usually eaten with soy sauce, but nowadays it is eaten with tteokbokki or spicy seasoning vegetables.

Miseongdang(미성당) and Nammun nabjjak mandu(남문납작만두) are famous restaurants for this food.

Dongin-dong jjim galbi [동인동 찜갈비]

Dongin-dong Jjimgalbi is a style of galbi that is only found in Daegu.

In 1970s, in Dongin-dong, Jung-gu, beef ribs cooked were put in a crushed pot and cooked with spicy chili powder and minced garlic as the main seasoning.

Unlike galbi jjim, which tastes only with soy sauce, the taste of spicy and sweet is excellent. It is very good to mix rice and marinade, and it is also popular accompaniment to a alcohol.

Bok-eo bulgogi [복어 불고기]

In Korea, puffer fish is usually cooked in soup. But in Daegu, people cook puffer fish specailly. That's the ‘Bok-eo bulgogi’, pupper fish bougogi! ‘Bok-eo bulgogi’ was developed in a restaurant in the late 1970s.

Unlike traditional dishes, it is stir-fried with spicy seasoning, bean sprouts, onions and green onions. ‘Bok-eo bulgogi’ a combination of spicy and sweet seasonings and soft puffer meat, is the best accompaniment to a alcohol.

Also, stir-frying rice with the remaining seasonings is a must-have course for Koreans who love bibimbap and fried rice.

If you want to enjoy spicy Korean-style seasoning and Korean-style dessert fried rice, I recommend ‘Bok-eo bulgogi’ that can only be enjoyed in Daegu!

 Nurun noodle [누른국수]

Nurun noodle is a noodle dish that represents Daegu, also called Gyeongsang-do kalguksu.

The noodles made by mixing flour with a moderate amount of soy flour and the soup boiled by only anchovies are a fantastic combination and taste so nice.

Daegu is a city that loves noodles so much that it has recorded the largest consumption of noodles in korea.

In Daegu where people love to eat noodles, Let’s taste the special noodles in Daegu!