🥘 Tteokbokki, The Soul Food of Seoul
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Hello, brave Korean learners!
How's your first weeks of New Year is going on? I guess many of you're stressed out because of the pandemic. So I prepared the story about the food that is helping Koreans get through the situation.
🥘 What is Tteokbokki?
Tteokbokki is a very popular Korean food. This food has many nicknames such as 'women's soul food' since it's particularly popular between women and 'memory food' since many Tteokbokki restaurants are near schools, it brings Koreans back to 학창시절(school days) when having. Many of you might think Tteokbokki is a spicy food but it's not really all spicy. It has sweetness as well. You might be surprised how much sugar we put when making this food. Since it has a lot of carbohydrate and sugar, it's the food to blame for Koreans' weight gain.
🥢 Enjoy with toppings
It's the food you MUST try when visiting South Korea. And I have a tip for you, Tteokbokki novices: order a bunch of toppings. Many popular Korean tteokbokki restaurants offer a lot of toppings to have with the food like noodles, sausages, cheese, mandoo (Korean dumpling), fried stuffed peppers, chopped Korean style hotdogs(my favorite) and many more. Toppings will cost around $2-$3 for each. You can also adjust spicy 단계(levels) when ordering.(3 to 5 levels) So please have it your own way.
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👩🏫 3 Korean words in this letter
학창시절 /hakchangsijeol/ school days, 단계 /dan-gye/ level, 변호사 /byunhosa/ lawyer
Thanks for your time! See you next week👋