Hello everyone and welcome to Kimchi Café! Here people interested in (Or curious of) the Korean culture will meet and speak about everything between heaven and earth! Did something interesting happen in that new episode of the Drama your watching? Did your favourite group just release a new song and you want everyone to listen to it? Having problems with a korean recipe? Well this is the place or you!
Are you a lost soul that has no idea what I'm talking about?
Well yo'ure also very welcome to come in and learn about out interests or just hang out with the people you enjoy sharing time with!
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Korean music, commonly referred to as K-pop, is quickly spreading across the world. With its Visual, Dance and Musical precision, its turning more and more people into...fangirls! In Korea, Bands are mostly formed by entertainment companies that pick out people they think have talent at schools, train them for a couple of years, and then place them into groups. Because of that, Kpop has gotten critique about being fake and plastic but these guys still fight a lot to give you the best they can do so give it a shot, listen to some songs, watch the members in some shows and soon you might find atleast one band that you fancy!
We will have a new music video that will be featured each week. This will be both new and old clips and mostly something Mara has stumbled upon lately and would like to share with you guys. If you have a music video you would like to have featured, either write to me in the thread about it or if Im not there right then, PM me with a link to the video (Preferably youtube) and why you think it should be featured!
We will ALSO have Album and Band recommendations at the bottom. Feel free to Recommend both bands and albums and if the album you want to recommend has already been recommended, please dont be afraid of rerecommending it! Having two recommendations on one album/band is NO problem, the more the merrier!
Music Video of the Week!
Week 8 ; Blue
BigBang are finally back! After a very tough period of both DaeSungs car accident and G-Dragons Marijuana affair the boys are back with a smooth ballad. The five members are one of Koreas most popular groups and won "Best world act" in the EMA last year, winning over big start like for example Britney Spears.
Personally, I find the song a bit TOO calm and even a bit dull but the MV is pretty as usual by Big Bang. Its simple and classy and My favourite SeungRi is looking very handsome! But GD...Why blond hair one second and then red the next? Make up your mind! Anyways hopefully the other songs on their album will be a bit more upbeat (As I usually remember BigBang by)!
How to Recommend
This is simply where you recommend music! Both Bands and albums. Feel free to recommend however many you want even if they have been recommended before!
Recommendation form for Idols/Groups:
Recommendation form for Albums:
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So you're interested in the dramas Koreas got to offer? A drama is basically a show that has a lot of drama. And since most shows in Korea have a lot of drama, drama=shows nowadays. There are different types of dramas though! Drama dramas, highschool dramas, detective dramas, comedy dramas and many more!
Where Can I Watch Dramas?
As usual, if you really like the drama and want to support the actors and directors you should of course buy it! Otherwise most dramas are uploaded on Youtube and otherwise Mysoju is a great site that has drama lists with ratings and redirects to different drama sites. Mysoju does NOT host any shows themselves, therefor it is NOT an illegal site. I will not be writing up any illegaly hosting sites here BUT if youre very interested, ask me or fellow drama watchers in the thread for some tips on sites and we will respond there!
Thanks to Aleria for suggesting these two sites too:
Dramafever is a great site to use for people living in either northern or southern America. They stream shows legally because they have acquired the license from the korean companies. You can also keep track of Dramas you have watched, dramas you are watching and dramas you want to watch! To know more about Drama fevers updates and new shows, etc, Aleria has Kindly taken on the roll of informing you! Just check out this tag over here; #dramafevernews
Viki works for everyone! And doesnt only host Korean dramas but taiwanese, indian and many more! Viki works directly with different broadcasting stations around the world and translates the shows themselves! :D
Drama of the Month!
February; My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
My Girlfriend is a Gumiho is a fun upbeat drama starring two very popular Korean actors; Lee SeungKi and Shin Minha. The story is about a man who gets followed around by a girl he meet in the forest and she keeps insisting on the fact that shes a Gumiho (Nine-tailed fox, originally from Japanese folklore, a fox with nine tails said to eat peoples livers). At first he takes her for a nutcase but he soon finds out that she might be telling the truth and even though hes afraid shell eat his liver, circumstances make so that he has to live with her.
This Drama was very fun, I watched it during summer with my little sister and we both cursed and laughed a lot. The ending was a bit disappointing but the story was overall very satisfying and its good if youre in for a more upbeat drama!
Genre:Comedy, Romance Drama
January; Dream High
Here you will find a list of different dramas worth watching! Look through it for some tips on watchworthy dramas or contribute on your own!
If you want to recommend a drama you should only do so after youve watched the whole series (Having watched like 90% is okay too). The drama does not have to be korean, but preferably it should be either Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese, Mainland or Hong Kong. If a Drama has already been recommended you can still recommend it again and give your opinion of the show! And you can recommend an INFINITE amount of dramas, muahahahahha!
The recommendation list:
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The Variety Shows
So youve got your music, youve got your drama but hey? Whos that person behind the camera lens? If you want to know more about your idols and actors/actresses while getting yourself a good laugh in the meanwhile then Variety Shows are the PERFECT place for you. There are LOADS of great Variety shows that help you get to know idols or simply amuse yourself while eating dinner. :)
Where Can I Watch Variety Shows?
Variety shows arent even available to buy unlike Albums or Dramas so for us without Korean TV, we have to watch it online. A good site to watch varietys on is "Kshownow.net". Its a site that redirects you to other sites that have uploaded variety and is in that way a middlehand and not a site that uploads itself (Thus not illegal).
Another great site is....YOUTUBE! Of course Youtube is a great provider that has alot of varietys up on them but they might be deleted quite quickly. :(
If youre having problem finding a variety you like, just PM me and Ill do my best to help you. :)
List of great Varietys!
[*]Oh my school /100 points out of 100
[*]Star Golden Bell
[*]We got Married
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FOOD! Don't we all love food? And Asian food, specificaly Korean food, is a delicious new concept that is spreading across the world. Famous national dishes like Kimchi and Bulgogi are spreading across the world and this little corner of this hangout, is dedicated to show you and teach you some more about the most delicious part of Korean culture; the food!
Every month we will be featuring a new dish with recipe and all so that you guys can try to make it at home! The old recipes will also be saved and if you see a yummy recipe youd like for me to look up, or recommend to other, you can fill in the recommendation form and I'll do my best!
February; Jjinppang Mandu (Steamed pork buns)
This months were featuringggggggggg......Jjinppang Mandu (Steamed pork buns) . This is a very simple dish great for lunches and creativity! The ingredients are easy to find and you can put just about anything inside of it! Here is the recipe:
All purpose flour, dry yeast, water, salt, sugar, and vegetable oil.
Ground pork, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, black ground pepper, garlic, onion, zucchini, carrot, green onions (or Asian chives), and white mushrooms.
Make the dough:
In a large bowl add 1 cup of warm water (under 40° Celsius, or 100° F), 2 ts dry yeast, ½ ts salt, 2 tbs vegetable oil, and 1 ts sugar. Mix well until the dry yeast is fully dissolved.
Add 3 cups of flour to the yeast water. Mix with a wooden spoon, then knead for 2-3 minutes.
Set aside in warm place until the dough doubles in size.
*tip: watch the video to see how you can make your dough rise faster!
After the dough has risen, knead it again for 1 minute to remove any extra gas. Set it aside in warm place with the lid closed for 30 minutes.
While we wait for this to rise, we can prepare the fillings:
In a large bowl, place:
1 cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped carrot
1½ cup chopped zucchini
1½ cup chopped green onions
2 cups chopped white mushrooms
Sprinkle 1 ts salt over top and mix it up by hand. Set aside for 10-15 minutes.
Squeeze the excess water out.
*tip: using cheesecloth will make this easier. Wrap the chopped vegetables in cheesecloth and gently squeeze the water out.
In a mixing bowl, place:
400 grams (14 oz) of ground pork
1 ts soy sauce
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 ts sesame oil
½ ts ground black pepper
Mix it by hand and set aside.
In a heated pan, add 1 tbs vegetable oil and sauté the chopped vegetables for 2-3 minutes. Transfer them to a large bowl.
Heat up the pan again, and cook the seasoned pork for 3 minutes until fully cooked.
Put the pork into the bowl with the vegetables and mix it all up.
Now let’s make the buns:
Split the dough into 16 smaller pieces.
Take a few dough balls and put them on a floured cutting board. The rest of balls should be in the bowl with the lid closed, to prevent them from getting dried out.
Roll out each ball into a disk 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter.
Place a disk into your palm and add 2-3 tbs of filling mixture to the center of it.
Lift the edges of the disk up around the filling, then press the edges together to seal the filling snugly inside the bun.
Repeat with the remaining dough and filling, until you’ve made 16 buns.
Put 6-7 cups of water in the bottom of a large steamer and place each bun on the rack.
*tip: Place cheesecloth or cotton cloth on the steamer rack before adding each bun. Baking cups also work well. When you place the buns on the rack, leave a 1 inch gap between them because they will get bigger when steamed.
Wait for 20 more minutes to let the dough rise even more.
Bring to a boil over high heat, and steam for 20 minutes
Recipe found at: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/jjinppang-mandu
Mara gives tips;
The only thing you need to learn from this recipe really is the "Dough" part. other than that, you can put in ANYTHING you want. Ive had so many different fillings but...Im not sure if fish would fit...? Guys inform me if you ever try it with fish!
January; Jajang Myeon (Black bean Noodle)
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Yay! Oh boy I forgot to bookmark it myself, nice one there! xD
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This one will live! D8<
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I think there's quite a few people into this kind of stuff, so hopefully everyone can just congregate!
And it would be cool to maybe have a featured recipe each month to try.
I love cooking world cuisine. Korean is the only thing I haven't tried cooking. One of my friends use to work in a Korean restaurant, maybe I can get some pointers from her.
l-lol the only korean-related interests I have are the food and the Naver webtoons.