Japanese Pocky vs Korean Pepero: The Battle of the Chocolate Biscuit Sticks

Pocky and Pepero are both chocolate covered biscuit sticks. So what’s the difference?

Japanese Pocky (ポッキー ) came first and were first sold in Japan in 1966 by the Glico company. Since 1966, Pocky has produced a variety of different flavors for Pocky. Some flavors include strawberry, cookies and cream, orange, banana, green tea, and coconut. Pocky also has some unusual flavors such as lychee, sweet potato, black sesame, and kiwifruit mango.

Pockypocky flavors

Korean Pepero (빼빼로) were sold in South Korean since 1983 by the Lotte confectionary company. Pepero also has a variety of flavors for their biscuit sticks such as chocolate, strawberry, white chocolate, almond with chocolate, mint chocolate, peanut butter, dark chocolate, blueberry yogurt, tiramisu, melon, and so on.

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I personally do not have a preference. I have tried both pocky and pepero and to be honest, I don’t taste a difference. They pretty much taste the same to me, probably because they are almost the same thing except for the fact that they produce some different flavors. I have noticed in the United States, however, it is much easier to find and buy pocky in stores such as your local grocery store than it is to find and buy pepero. The only places I was able to find pepero were Asian food markets and possibly F.Y.E.

What do you prefer: Pocky or Pepero?

The Difference Between Korean Kimbap and Japanese Sushi

Korean kimbap and Japanese sushi look the same, but are they really the same thing? The answer is yes and no.

Japanese sushi consists of vinegared rice, which is combined with other ingredients like raw seafood and vegetables. Japanese sushi has various types. Some of these include:

makizushi, also known as norimaki (rolled sushi)              makizushi

nigirizushi (hand-pressed sushi)                                                      nigirizushi

chirashizushi (scattered sushi)                                        chirashizushi

inarisushi (pouch sushi) -fried tofu pouch filled with cooked vinegared riceinarizushi

oshizushi (box sushi)                                                   oshizushi

Korean kimbap is like a variant of Japanese norimaki. In kimbap, however, the rice is usually mixed with sesame oil. Kimbap usually contains rice, vegetables (carrots, kimchi, pickled radish, etc.), meat (beef, ham, crab, etc), and fried egg.

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Homemade Korean Vegetable Pancake Recipe

Ever since I was little, my mom and/or my mom’s friends made Korean pancakes for me, themselves, and my family. They (somewhat) take the shape of regular pancakes, but Korean pancakes are quite different from the normal pancakes most people are used to.

Korean pancakes or 전/jeon are made from a variety of ingredients like vegetables, meat, seafood, poultry, basically anything you want. Korean pancakes can be eaten as 간식/snacks, 반찬/side dishes, 안주/appetizers served with alcohol , or as 식사/meals.

The common Korean pancakes my family usually eats is 야채전/yachaejeon or Korean vegetable pancakes. For all of you adventurous eaters, cooks, and/or Korean food lovers (or food lovers in general), here’s a homemade recipe (with some pictures):

Korean Vegetable Pancake Recipe/야채전

Ingredients:

Onions

Green Onions

Mushrooms

*2 eggs

*2 Cups Flour

*1 ½ Cups Water

**Beef Flavor Seasoning

Salt and Pepper

1 Large Bowl

Pan

Vegetable Oil

**Soy Sauce

*Add ingredient accordingly

**Optional

You can basically add any vegetables you want-onions, green onions, carrots, mushrooms, squash, zucchini.

Gather all the desired vegetables, wash them, and chopped them up until small (you don’t want large chunks).

Once you washed and chopped all the vegetables, put the vegetable in the large bowl.

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Next, pour the flour in the bowl. (The amount of flour depends on how much vegetable is in the bowl. The more vegetables, the more flour (approximately 2 cups). The less vegetables, the less flour (1/2-1 1/2 cup)

Then, add water. (When adding water, you want the mixture to be a little bit runny. You don’t want too little water and you don’t want the mixture to be really runny. Measure accordingly. Try ½ cup at a time).

Stir the mixture together, and then add eggs. For the eggs, you can add 1 or 2 eggs (2 eggs is better if you have a large mixture and 1 for a small mixture).

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Add seasonings (if desired)

Stir together, and heat the oven to medium-high to high.

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Pour a little bit of vegetable oil on the pan and make sure it’s spread on the pan before cooking.

Pour mixture in the pan; flip when the bottom of the pancake is a golden-brownish color.

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Adjust temperature accordingly and pay close attention-you don’t want it to burn!

Once the other side is golden brown, remove the pancake from the pan.

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(*Note-It’s suppose to be circular shape like regular pancakes, but as you can see -I already ate part of it…ㅋㅋ)

Pour a little bit of vegetable oil again, and start the whole process all over again!

*Makes a few large pancakes or many small pancakes.

Now you have yourself Korean vegetable pancakes. Enjoy and try dipping it in  soy sauce (it makes the taste a lot better). Here’s a (simple) soy sauce recipe that my mom uses to give it an extra flavor:

Add a little bit of garlic, sesame oil, green onion, sugar, and pepper powder to the soy sauce. Now mix!

 

If you’re interested in the other types of Korean pancakes, read the list below:

파전/pajeon-green onion pancakes

킴치전/kimchi jeon-kimchi pancakes

두부전/dooboo jeon-tofu pancakes

고추전/go choo jeon-chili pepper pancakes

호박전/ho bak jeon-squash/pumpkin pancakes

감자전/ gamja jeon-grated potato pancakes

새우전/sae-oo jeon-shrimp pancakes

굴전/gool jeon-oyster pancakes

대하전/daeha jeon-prawn pancakes

생선전/saengsun jeon-(any type of) fish pancakes

해물전/hae mool jeon-pancakes made of fish, shellfish, shrimp, and/or octopus

가지전/gaji jeon-eggplant pancakes

육전/yook jeon-grated meat pancakes

*This is just a condensed of the different Korean pancakes, you can see more at (or you can just google Korean pancake list)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeon_(food)

To make any of these, all you need to do is simply replace the vegetables for whatever the main ingredient(s) calls for.

Happy cooking!

Korean Food/한식

Today, my parents finally went to the local Korean market (which is like an hour away from us..) When I got home from school, I immediately put my stuff down and ran to the kitchen. “Why are you so excited about Korean food?,” you might ask. Ever since I was born, Korean food has always been a part of my life. And ever since I went to Korea to visit relatives for two weeks, I started to crave Korean food once I got back. Actually..요즘에는 한식을 항상 먹고 싶어요. ㅎㅎ (I always want to eat Korean food these days).

Anyways, when I got to my kitchen, it was paradise. Kimbap, bread, choco pie, walnut confectionaries, udon (not Korean, but Japanese), peanut treats, bean paste bread, bean sprouts, noodles, pure heaven. As my excitement grew, I had a thought. This would be great topic to post about, Korean food.

So here’s a good list of some Korean food or 한식 (hanshik) and confectionaries/과자:

Bulgogi/불고기 (one of the first dishes I can remember trying as a young child)

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Galbi/갈비 Korean BBQ (ribs)

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Bibimbap/비빔밥 a mixture of meat, vegetables, egg, chili pepper paste

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Japchae/잡채

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Jajangmyun/자장면 noodles with black bean paste

jajangmyun

Kimbap/김밥

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Mandu dumplings/만두

mandu

Pickled radish/단무지

pickled radish

Kimchi/김치 fermented cabbage

kimchi

Read more about kimchi here:

https://christinathepolyglot.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/what-is-kimchi/

떡볶이Spicy vendor rice cakes

spicy ricecake

Korean Vegetable Pancakes/야채전

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Korean egg rolls (made with actual eggs)/계란말이

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Fishcake/오뎅

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Note: (Personal picture) I first saw/heard of 오뎅 (odeng) while I was watching Boys Over Flowers, when Gu Jun Pyo tried his first one and then absolutely fell in love with them. When I went to Korea, I’m not going to lie…not my favorite…But, I’m not a big fish person (depends on the fish).

Chicken Feet/닭발

닭발

Note: Yes, some Koreans eat chicken feet. NOT all Koreans eat it, but like I said some do. Don’t judge.

Beansprout Soup/콩나물

beansprout soup

Spicy Chicken Stew/닭도리탕 

spicy chicken stew

Spicy Beef Soup with Fernbracken/육계장 (Just had some for dinner earlier, but mine was mixed with rice)

spicy beef soup with fernbracken

Korean tofu stew/두부찌개

두부찌개

Bean Paste Stew with Tofu/된장찌개

bean paste stew with tofu

Fish Stew/생선찌개

fish stew

Rice cake soup/떡국

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Korean sweet pancake/호떡

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Choco Pie/초코 파이

choco pie

Korean Yogurt Drink/요구르트

yogurt drinks

(*personal picture)

Throughout the years of always getting these from the Korean market, I finally just noticed that they actually come in a variety of flavors. These ones in the picture is strawberry (딸기맛). 맛있다~♥

뻥튀기 Puffed “Cereal Cookies” (Pure amazingness)

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Korean melon/참외 It may look weird, but trust me-it’s good.

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Shrimp crackers/chips /새우깡 Shrimply delicious~I know, corny right?

shrimp puffs

Walnut Confectionary/호두 과자 I love these ♥

walnut confectionary

Patbingsoo/팥빙수 Shaved Ice ❤

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Note: (Personal picture) I also saw patbingsoo in a drama that I watched (can’t remember which one) and wanted to try it. So I told myself no matter what, I would find patbingsoo somewhere in S. Korea and try it. And as you can see, I did. I remember walking through one of the department stores and I just so happened to walk by this little cafe and the first thing I saw on the little board was “팥빙수.” I immediately grabbed my mom’s arm, pointed, and yelled, “팥빙수! Patbingsoo!” I’m so glad that I was able to able hangeul, otherwise I would’ve passed right by. Let’s just say, it was amazing and delicious…

Is your mouthwatering yet? Mine sure is. Anyways, if you come across Korean food or any food from another country-try it. When I was younger, I was a really picky eater. Which, really limited my trying of different foods. Once I finally stopped being picky, I decided, “Hey, might as well try everything onceIf I don’t like it, then I won’t eat it.” I’m so glad I did too. There are a lot of food (especially Korean food) that I didn’t want to try before because I thought it looked weird or smelled weird. But after I opened myself to at least try it, I found out that I actually do like the taste, despite the sight, smell, or look of it. You never know what you’ll actually enjoy eating, unless you try it first.

There are plenty more Korean dishes, sweets, etc. out there, but it would probably take me hours, days, weeks (maybe not weeks) to write about. If you ever get the chance to try Korean food, do it. You won’t regret it, even if you don’t like it. Life is short, might as well experience and try new things.

If you want to know more about Hanshik/Korean food, go here:

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/CU/CU_EN_8_1_7_1.jsp

What is Kimchi?

Earlier, I had a random craving for kimchi. Then I thought to myself, there’s many people out there who have no clue what kimchi is or have heard of it, but don’t really know what it is. So what exactly is kimchi/김치?

South Korea is notoriously known for their kimchi. Kimchi is a (spicy) dish made of vegetables, spices, salt, and (often) peppers. Kimchi is mainly made with fermented cabbage and pepper spices. However, it can be made with a variety of vegetables (radish, scallion, or cucumber) and seasonings (ginger, spices, scallions, brine,etc.) Also, kimchi is normally eaten during breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Kimchi is usually served alongside with the main meal, rice, noodles, stew, or can be simply eaten alone. It can also be a main ingredient for other Korean dishes like kimchi stew/soup and kimchi fried rice.

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Benefits of eating kimchi is that it is loaded with vitamins (such as A, B, and C) and minerals, helps with digestion, and the obvious reason: it’s healthy for you.

If you get the opportunity to try (even a little bit of) kimchi, do it. At first, I thought kimchi would taste horrible. Which was mainly because of the sight of it. Anyways, once I got passed the sight of and actually tried it…I absolutely loved it. Just the right amount of spicy, spices, and rich flavors. Don’t like spicy? Eat it with the right amount of noodles or rice, and you’ll hardly notice the spicy taste ㅋㅋ.