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My Two Homes Military Army Rations via the NYT

I guess when you are in a combat zone, you really look for home that will remind you of home. The New York Times took apart 14 different MRE’s (Meal’s ready to Eat Meals). (See the full article here).  Here are MRE’s  from my two home countries: America and Korea. So if I was in the military which one would I choose to eat?

The Korean one has Sauteed Kimchi, Ham Fried Rice, Flavored Sausage, white beans and sauce, almond cake and chocolate candy.

The American one has Pork Ribs, Barbecue sauce, tortillas, potato cheddar soup, blackberry jam, peanut butter, skittles, nut raisin mix, chewing gum, sugar, instant coffee, creamer, lemon lime beverage powder, salt, moist towelette, toilet paper and matches.

Hmmm…assuming that I was in a war zone. I would have to go with the USA MRE just because of the shear number of stuff that I could barter or MacGyver into something else if I was in a fix. I think Skittles would go for a goat or something on the black market and there is always something that can be down with toilet paper.  The Korean one seems healthier, but if I’m at war, I’d rather eat.

Cheers and check out the fascinating article.


Korean MRE (Meal Ready to Eat)

USA MRE (Meal Ready to Eat)
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Grandmother’s Knife-cut Noodles

Grandmother’s Knife-cut Noodles

In the back alley of Jongno 3-ga, you’ll find Grandmother’s Knife-cut noodles. The place has been around for 20 years and it’s the most popular knife-cut noodle shop in the area- which is surprising because it looks like a dump. It looks like a shanty with seats, but maybe that’s because they have been so busy for so long that they haven’t had a chance to fix it up.

Even though it looks like a shanty, the place is McDonald’s efficient. Once you sit, your order is taken and 2 minutes later you have a piping hot bowl of noodle soup.

They have only two things on the menu: Knife cut noodles or Knife Cut Noodles with dumplings (sujebi) (In the summer they have Kongguksu: Chilled Soybean Milk Noodle Soup.)

Everything costs 4,000 won (about $3.50) for a humongoid bowl of noodley goodness. Kimchi is included.

Name: Halmoni Calguksu
Phone Number: ???
Website: ???
Directions: It’s on the back streets of Jongno. If you go out exit 3 and go straight, make a left past barbecue restaurants until you come to a shop on the left with a huge crowd of people eating and an open kitchen where you see women cutting noodles. You’ll probably see the women wearing pink aprons.

Got Kimchi?
Trust me, one bowl of calguksu is enough
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Korean Eats, The Best of Seoul

A List of Restaurant Recommendations for Travelers to Korea

I’m in Korea for vacation, where are the best restaurants to eat at???

This is a question I get asked all the time and although I try to personally answer each e-mail, I feel that there are many lists on my website that answer this question. I wanted to make a comprehensive post about this question.

Here are my lists of recommendations:

Here’s a big list and tips:

Here’s a list of just BBQ restaurants:

This is for summer:

And a list for adoptees:

You should also check out Sandang:

And Wooriga:


Here’s a list of the best burgers for 2010

Here’s a list of the best Ramen in Seoul

Here’s a list of the best Kebap and Shwarma in Seoul

You should also try and get out of the city: Jeonju is amazing for food:

Daniel Gray
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O’ngo Food Communications
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