Sunday, February 8, 2009

Nice Day

The weather was nice today so I wanted to get out and do something. We went to the World Federation of Taekwondo Headquarters (pronounced "cookie won"). I read that they had a museum and wanted to see it and learn a little bit about the sport that I spend so much time doing. The museum was closed but we had a great time walking around in the area. There were TKD supply shops for us to look in and we saw the gym where we will take the test to get our black belt. Anyway some pics of the place:

We ate budae jjigae before we headed home. Budae jjigae, meaning "army base stew" is a thick Korean soup similar to a Western stew. Soon after the Korean War, meat was scarce in Seoul, Korea. Some people made use of surplus foods from U.S. Army bases around the Uijeongbu area such as hot dogs, canned ham (Spam)and macaroni and incorporated it into a traditional spicy soup flavored with gochujang (red chili paste).

Budae jjigae is still popular in South Korea, and the dish often incorporates more modern ingredients such as instant ramen noodles and even sliced American cheese. Other ingredients may include ground beef, beans, green onions, tteok, tofu, chili peppers, kimchi, garlic, mushrooms, and onions. (Thanks Wikipedia!)

It was delicious! Some pics:

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