Sunday, June 30, 2013

[2013 Chicken & Beer festival in Daegu] Tang Tang chicken, origin for oven baked with boneless chicken


Only 3 weeks left to 2013 Chicken & Beer Festival in Daegu!! Many people are already drooling for this one and only festival badly so here's a special project that we plans to introduce Daegu based chicken brands and restaurants every week. The second one is 'TANG TANG CHICKEN'.


Since it was established in 2007 in Daegu, TANG TANG CHICKEN has became one of the beloved chicken brands in Korea. It has 80 branch offices in Daegu, more than 300 branches throughout the nation.

While most chicken in Korea is fried chicken, TANG TANG CHICKEN debuted oven baked with boneless chicken, and found that customers loved the change.

Not only TANG TANG CHICKEN was seleted as 'Star company' by Daegu city, also it runs the company with the belief that businesses should contribute to the society where they belong.

TANG TANG CHICKEN has basically 2 types of chicken, oven baked one and fried one. This is the Herb Boneless Chicken, one of the best menu in TANG TANG. There are 3 different special sauces for every menu.

The combination of crispy well-cooked chicken, herb seasoning, sweetness of honey, created a completely new taste. Also it is easy to eat as it doesn't have any bone.

What about having cool beer and chicken tonight? It always can be a best way to spend your late Sunday evening :)

Friday, June 28, 2013

[Tour/Press article] Let’s Enjoy the Taste of Daegu!

Last weekend was the Daegu Food Tour Expo. A couple of friends and I were lucky enough to score spaces on the tour before obtaining free tickets to the exhibition that would showcase international produce along with Korean food, cooking demonstrations - and my favourite part and reason for wanting to go - FREE SAMPLES. Did I mention I like free stuff?

The ‘Noodle Tasting Tour’ left the Exco centre at 9.30am and lasted 4 hours. Our route was Gangjeong Goryeong Weir - The Arc - Yuksinsa Shrine - Donggok Noodle tasting.
Our first stop was the Weir, it was vast and watery and I thought how nice it would be to get a bike and cycle along it.

This is Nakdonggang river - the lifeline of Daegu. The Goryeong Weir has been turned into an attraction as the center of the river in Gangjeong and for also being the largest Weir on the river.

After walking along a bit we were greeted by a spaceship.

Not really, but it was still pretty cool.

The ARC is a center for the Artistry of River Culture and was designed by Hani Rashid, an architect who wanted to express river culture such as skimming stones and jumping fish in his design (which I think he’s done quite accurately). The building looks quite natural and organic on the outside, but on the inside it is like a futuristic pod of touchscreens, floor projections and nicely presented data.

The place is definitely worth another visit as spent most of our allotted time there re-hydrating on the roof, but the little we learnt about river culture was very interesting!

Afterwards we jumped back on the bus and headed to Yuksinsa Shrine. Everything became very green and suddenly it felt like we weren’t in Daegu anymore but some tropical paradise. 

The original Shrine was built in the Joseon Dynasty, and rebuilt in 1981 by the descendants of the dynasty and devotees from memorial tributes. The Shrine’s Taegojeong Pavilion is designated as National Treasure No. 554.

The place was so picturesque and I would love to go back here too as it seems the area had a few walks and a lot more to see! The groundskeepers and devotees have worked extremely hard maintaining the gardens, there were the most beautiful flowers. We talked about how calm we felt and how it would be the perfect place for a picnic before jumping back on the bus.
It was approaching 1pm and we were all hungry from the morning’s travels. Luckily we would be able to try Daegu’s most famous Kalguksu on our next stop!

The restaurant where we ate had been there since 1950 and had even been paid a visit by President Park Geun-hye! I felt honoured to be eating (for free) in such a significant place. We all agreed that the food was delicious and that there is no glamourous way to eat noodles. Nobody looks good doing it, just slurp them up and enjoy (which we did).
This was our last stop and it was time to head back to check out the exhibition. I was excited for the prospect of more free food and the others wanted to pick up some authentic Korean Kimchi. The bus drive back was nice though with some good views and entertainment along the way - we even won a prize! Hooray!

'EXCO is a leading exhibition and convention center in Daegu Metropolitan City. Since opening in April 2001, the EXCO has been successfully hosting international events. Major facilities include exhibition halls, conference rooms, and meeting rooms, while subsidiary facilities include restaurants, cafes, bank, post office, travel agency, medical clinic, business support centers, and convenience store.’ - visitkorea

Even though we had just eaten, our mouths began watering (there’s always room for dessert) we eagerly approached the sweets table but there was something about the food that was a bit strange… It was all plastic! I think this was common practice for the ‘display’ dishes so I forgave, admired, and moved on to the real food.

Tasters acquired include: sweet garlic bread, ice cream, blueberries, quesadilla, Korean pomegranate and apple wine - win.
The exhibition had a lot of international stands including food and drink from the USA, China, Kenya and many other countries. It was busy and smelt delicious. There was a great food court too where you could support local and international suppliers. Despite my initial disappointment with the plastic food the dishes were still very impressive and it was interesting to find out a bit more about the food that we consume and other lesser known alternatives on the market. The expo is great for businesses in this way and I hope that the stall owners generated a lot of interest for their products and brands over the weekend.

[Tour/Press article] Daegu Food Expo 2013

It would be imprudent to speak of the Daegu Food Expo without journeying into the more lubricated area of the event. Korea's drinking culture ranks among the elite of the world, with Jinro Soju recently named as the highest-sellingliquor of all time, with soju-to-go packs that look like innocent juiceboxes, with 24-hour makkeoli and maekju and virtually no laws prohibiting you from consuming it at your leisure, yes Korea's got the whole drinking thing down. Many a time we've wandered the streets of Jung-gu at night, dreaming up ways to import Korea's liberal laws and liberating nightlife to our own origins. Surely a scene such as the party zone of this year's Daegu Food Expo wouldn't fly at home, but when in Korea....

After sampling tasty treats and eats local to Daegu, Korea, and from around the globe, we were lured by liquor-peddling patrons into what we later deemed the "party zone"—an entire area sanctioned specifically for us to er, sample Korea's finest boozy beverages, complete with Makkeoli-ville style drinking huts, hanbok’d hankookin photo ops, and plenty of friendly firewater-offering enablers. Get in or get out, Korean drinking culture isn't for the faint of heart (or liver), so in we jumped—and landed right in a pool of some of the strongest soju we've ever encountered. Though presented amicably enough, in traditional porcelain Andong figures, appearances can deceive when contents are concentrated. A few more shots of innocent 45% ABV Andong Soju, insists the kind, gentle lady behind her handiwork—and who are we to argue? The rocket fuel is hardly down the hatchet before a neighboring gentleman in temple garb beckons us over to sample what looks like some rice wine. Nope, that's bamboo soju—and not the dainty kind you've mistook for apple juice on a few foggy occasions—real, brewed-in-bamboo Jukryeokgo, knock-your-socks off kind of stuff. What we thought was a sample turned into a glass and we attempted to appreciate the subtle woody nuances while knocking it back with a feigned smile. Oh Korea, we can't keep up with you, and it's only just begun...

We sample a few imported wines (if sampling means someone insisting that your cup of smooth honey wine be refilled thrice) but decided to stick with the local offerings, and mosey towards the makkeoli vendors. Makkeoli made with rice and without, some strong (ginseng makkeoli!), some sweet and creamy (this stuff), some standard GS-style fare, others only the finest. One vendor was so kind as to invite us into their tent to share some makkeoli and snacks appropriate for pairing (anchovies, shrimp crackers, gojuchang). Though our communication left something to be desired, their generosity and friendliness was innumerable—except it was slightly numerable in that we left with a bag topped up to the brim, full with five bottles of makeolli, but that's besides the point. At this day on the 2013 Daegu Food Tour, we were wined, dined, and shown incredible kindness and generosity from Korean vendors and left bursting at the seams with happiness... and a lot of makeolli too. Though we may say this still empowered by a little liquid courage, we'd say we became at least 45% more Korean on this day. Gun bae!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

[Tour] Mt. Biseul recreation forest, one of the best campsites :)

Mt. Biseul, which can be enjoyed all year round, offers Azalea colors during springtime, the foggy valley in the summer, beautiful foliage and silver grass during the autumn, and the ice hill in the winter. With its highest peak at 1,084m, this mountain provides good trekking courses. It also has nice camping ground for all people.

This summer, more and more people are enjoying the outdoors through camping. It's a trend that has hit Korea fast and hard recently. Many other cities have their own campsites that have beautiful scenery and fun activities. Daegu also has some great camping areas close to the city. Mt. Biseul recreation forest is one of the well-known mountains that has fresh verdure and green loveliness in Daegu.


   Camping information   
  • Period: July~August (2 months)
  • Usage fee: Ground 3,000won/ Deck 10,000won
  • Time: 18:00pm~18:00pm (the next day) 
  • People are advised to arrive on time as spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis 
  • Visiters should bring a tent and camping equipment along
  • People should carry the load in a handcart from the entrance (take 15 min)
  • Campers are urged to take barbage bags
  • Public parking lot: Free
  • Fee parking lot: 3,000won, 5,000won

Epecially Mt. Biseul recreation forest is famous for magnificent view with strange rocks and bizarre stones. Rubble stream has been named natural monuments in Korea. These strange rock formations and cliffs deep in the valley make up a amazing view.

   TEL: 053) 614-5481~2
   How to get there?
Express bus: Daegu Seobu bus terminal↔Hyeonpung(every 30) transfer to Bus 600 or Dalsung 5
Bus: 600, 달성 5번(Dalsung 5) only run on Saturday, Sunday and holiday(every 40-60 min)

(Daegok station-Daewon high school-Hwawon high school-Okpo Nonghyup-Nongong town office- Dalseong industrial park-Hyeonpung-Recreation forest)