If you are looking for a premium supermarket in Korea then come to SSG Food Market. It is a wonderland of local and imported goods. Even rare stuff like mangosteen, aged beef, lamb, and herbs like dill and basil can be found here.
Yesterday I went shopping with my wife and I was surprised to see a new product: Museli. It has become popular in Korea because it is healthy but foreign cereals are prohibitively expensive (12-22,000 a box) for most people. I was happy to find that a local food company, Pulmuone has decided to get into the market. Pulmuone has a healthy, clean and ethical image in the consumer’s minds. I find their level of quality is pretty good across all their products hence I usually pay a bit more for their goods. Their Museli is 7800 for a 330gram box. Not bad considering most cereals start at 6,000 a box these days.
The taste is pretty good. I feel it doesn’t have the heft and bite of some of the foreign brands but the addition of dried strawberries is a nice touch. It isn’t overly sweet but there is a light glimmer of sweetness there. Overall it is a healthy pick and better if you add some bananas or blueberries.
Now that I am married I decided I should do things that are good for my health. On one of my food tours with a guest I learned about the idea of oil pulling. Oil pulling is the idea of swishing oil in the mouth to break down bacterial, plaque and remove toxins from the body. While the idea of swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes doesn’t seem all that appetizing, the benefits are quite attractive.
For years I have not had the best dental health. I have had gum issues and cavities. I have had to get two root canals in the last year so I should do something for my health. I never seem to have time for the dentist (and I hate going to them.) Sooooo… Oil pulling seems like an ok idea.
Also I have eczema and psoriasis and oil pulling is said to get rid of dry patches and breakouts. I agree with the idea that eczema and psoriasis is caused by environmental, food, and health factors. I know I get breakouts when I am stressed, eat lots of unhealthy foods, and (strangely, travel to America…I think it has to do with the additives in the food.)
An internet search pulls up hundreds of links including this one: http://wellnessmama.com/7866/oil-pulling-for-oral-health/
I put in an order for extra virgin coconut oil and decided to give it a try.
I wake up early but my wife likes to sleep in so I have some time in the morning to just browse the net. Here are some of the best I saw this morning related to food and other tomfoolery.
I am at Yongsan’s iPark complex to go shopping with my wife. We had Sapporo Ramen ( which is greasy and not all that great) and then a carrot cake at Billy Angel.
The place advertises that it has a foreign chef (but his name is not Billy- it’s Jeffrey).
We got a carrot cake for 6500 won and it was a monster slice. It was full of fluffy whipped cream and cake that had carrots, walnuts, and a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon.
It is a dang good cake.