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( cuisine ) korean desserts

6 Feb

The Korean desserts seem to be very sweet and vary from cookies to rice cakes and ice-creams. A famous rice cake is the songpyeon, which is served on Chuseok (a festival during autumn), which is decorated with nuts and seeds. Ddok is the name for rice cakes and these are usually in various shapes and sizes and very soft and chewy. The  rolls  are  also very   common  as  desserts,  such as the ho-ddok, with cinnamon inside and a melting honey filling. The ice-creams are best represented by the pot-bingsu, which is made with red beans, sugar sauce, fruits and crushed ice. Beans are also used for the boong-aw bbang (a dough containing sweet red beans). The sweet teas are great desserts, as they are mainly made of fruits and sweetened with honey: mae-shil cha with apricots, mo-gwa cha with quince and the honey teas ggool cha and ggool tae-chu cha.

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(Drama) Paradise Ranch

6 Feb

Paradise Ranch


Title: 파라다이스 목장 / Paradise Ranch
Chinese Title : 天堂牧场
Also Known as : Paradise Meadow
Genre: Romance, melodrama
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Jan-24 to 2011-Mar-15
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 20:55


Dong Joo and Da Ji were once a couple who were married at 19 but they quickly divorced. Years passed, they both return to their old house and discover that their feelings for each other have been endured.


Shim Chang Min as Han Dong Joo
Lee Yeon Hee  as Lee Da Ji
Yoo Ha Na as Park Jin Young
Joo Sang Wook as Seo Yoon Ho
Chun Ho Jin as Lee Eok Soo
Im Soo Hyang as Lee Da Eun
Jang Yong as Han Suk Sang
Ahn Suk Hwan as Han Tae Man
Na Young Hee as Lee Bok Shim
Lee Shi Un as Secretary Lee
Park Soo Hyun as Baek In Soo
Lee Doo Il a Shim Soo Bong
Yoon Ye Hee as Kang Yang Ja
Choi Jong Yoon (최종윤) as Bang Jong Dae
Jung Eun Pyo as President Yang
Yoon Ji Min as Ji Mil Hye
Yoon Ye Ri

Production Credits

Producer: Sanhwa Networks, SM Entertainment
Director: Kim Chul Kyu
Screenwriter: Jang Hyun Joo (장현주), Suh Hee Jung

Source: TNS Media Korea

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(Drama) List of Best Korean Drama

6 Feb

List of Best Korean Drama

01. Air City (2007) 에어시티
02. Attic Cat (2003) 옥탑방 고양이
03. Bad Couple (2007) 불량커플
04. Bad Family (2006) 불량가족
05. Bad Guy (2010) 나쁜남자
06. Biscuit Teacher Star Candy (2005)
07. Boys Before Flowers (2009) aka Korean Hana Yori Dango 꽃보다 남자
08. Chuno (2010) 추노
09. Cinderella’s Sister (2010) 신데렐라 언니
10. Coffee House (2010) 커피프 하우스
11. Coffee Prince Store #1 (2007) 커피프린스1호점
12. Dal Ja’s Spring (2007) 달자의봄
13. Delightful Girl Chun Hyang (2005) 쾌걸춘향
14. East of Eden (2008-9) 에덴의 동쪽
15. Exhibition of Fireworks (2006) 불꽃놀이
16. Fantasy Couple (2006) aka Couple or Trouble 환상의커플
17. Flowers For My Life (2007) aka I Came In Search of Flowers 꽃찾으러 왔단다
18. Friends (2004) 프렌즈 / フレンズ
19. Full House (2004) 풀하우스
20. God of Study (2010) 공부의 신
21. Goong (2006) aka Palace or Princess Hours, 궁
22. Goong S (2007) aka Palace S or Prince Hours, 궁S
23. Gourmet (2008) 식객
24. Green Rose (2005) 그린로즈
25. Hello! Miss (2007) aka Hello Baby 헬로! 애기씨
26. Hong Gil Dong (2008) 쾌도 홍길동
27. Hyang Dan Jeon (2007) aka The Story of Hyang Dan, 향단전
28. I Am Legend (2010) 나는 전설이다
29. IRIS (2009) 아이리스
20. The Last Scandal of My Life (2008), 내 생애 마지막 스캔들
21. Love & Marriage (2008) 연애결혼
22. Lovers (2006) 연인
23. Mixed-up Investigative Agency (2007) 얼렁뚱땅 흥신소
24. My Fair Lady (2009) aka Please Take Care of the Lady aka Lady Castle 아가씨를 부탁해
25. My Girl (2005-06) 마이걸
26. My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (2010) 내 여자친구는 구미호
27. My Love Patzzi (2002) 내 사랑 팥쥐
28. My Name Is Kim Sam Soon (2005) 내 이름은 김삼순
29. My Sweet Seoul (2008) 달콤한 나의 도시
30. Oh! My Lady (2010) 오! 마이 레이디
31. One Fine Day (2006) 어느 멋진 날
32. Only You (2005)
33. Pasta (2010) 파스타
34. Personal Taste (2010) 개인의취향
35. Que Sera Sera (2007) 케세라세라
36. The Return of Iljimae (2009) 돌아온 일지매
37. The Sons of Sol Pharmacy House (2009) aka My Too Perfect Sons, 솔약국집아들들
38. Soulmate (2006) 소울메이트
39. A Star’s Lover (2008-09) 스타의 연인
40. Story of a Man (2009) aka The Slingshot 남자이야기
41. Strongest Chil Woo (2008) 최강칠우
42. Summer Scent (2003) 여름향기
43. Triple (2009) 트리플
44. The Vineyard Man (2006) 포도밭 그사나이
45. What’s Up, Fox (2006) 여우야 뭐하니
46. Who Are You? (2008) 누구세요?
47. Will It Snow For Christmas? (2009-10) 크리스마스에 눈이 올까요?
48. Wish Upon a Star (2010) 별을 따다줘
49. Witch Amusement (2007) aka Witch Yoo Hee, 마녀유희
50. The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry (2010) 아직도 결혼하고 싶은 여자
51. The World They Live In (2008) aka Worlds Within 그들이 사는 세상
52. You’re Beautiful (2009) 미남이시네요
53. Autumn Story (2000) aka Autumn Fairy Tale 가을동화
54. Feelings (1994), 느낌
55. First Love (1996-7) 첫사랑
56. Forever Yours (1998) 세상끝까지
57. Hotelier (2001) 호텔리어
58. Icing (1996) 아이싱
59. Jealousy (1992), 질투
60. Last Match (1994) 마지막 승부
61. Popcorn (2000) 팝콘
62. Propose (1997) 프로포즈
63. Sandglass (1995) 모래시계
64. Star in My Heart (1997) 별은 내가슴에
65. Tomato (1999) 토마토
66. Wedding Dress (1997-8) 올인
67. Winter Sonata (2002) 겨울연가
68. All In (2003)올인

(Learn Korean) Labor Love and Go to Making Songpyeon

6 Feb

Labor Love and Go to Making Songpyeon

During Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day), the years harvested grains and fruits accentuate the flavor of some Korean food. Although there are many tasty treats or dishes during the harvest season, the one that stands out above all else is songpyeon, traditional Chuseok rice cakes. You’d be surprised to find that there are many different types of songpyeon. It’s considered quite special, considering the amount of work that goes into making songpyeon. The half-moon shaped rice cakes are made by kneading rice flour using hot water and mung beans, and green soybeans and sesame are used as ingredients for the filling. Songpyeon is then steamed in a layer of pine needles, leaving a pattern on the finished songpyeon, along with an appetizing scent.

As mentioned before, there are many different types of songpyeon such as oryeo songpyeon made of new rice, nobi songpyeon made of ramie leaves, acorn songpyeon, clam songpeyon, pumpkin songpyeon, potato songpyeon, flower songpyeon, arrowroot songpyeon and sagebrush songpyeon, among many others.

Songpyeon that are usually eaten during Chuseok and made with new or this current year’s crop of rice are called oryeo songpyeon. In preparation, pine needles are picked and cleaned a few days prior to Chuseok. After all the necessary steps, rice cakes that have been filled and prepared are steamed in an earthenware steamer. The finished product will have a faint but fragrant scent, along with a deliciously chewy texture that makes for a mixture of flavors and sublime tastes.

Acorn songpyeon contains the true flavor of the Gangwon-do region. Traditionally, people from the mountainous regions of Gangwon-do stopped eating the acorn because of its bitter taste and, after using a grinding stone to make the starch, small leaves of an oak tree, along with rice flour, were mixed and used as fillings. They also mixed the filling or stuffing with rice cake and steamed it.

For clam songpyeon, while not much different from the traditional songpyeon, the rice cake dough is made into small white shapes of short-necked clams. Residents of the Pyeongan-do region are known to enjoy this delicacy.

Pumpkin songpyeon is made with pumpkins harvested during the autumn season. Pumpkins are sliced, dried and ground into powder. Then, the pumpkin powder is mixed with rice powder and steamed chestnuts or roasted sesame seeds to make the filling, and then steamed. Pumpkin songpyeon is sweet and tasty but also visually appealing, since the bright yellow color of the pumpkin shows through the semi-translucent steamed songpyeon. Flower songpyeon is made with omija (or the dried red fruit of Maximowiczia typica), gardenia seeds, pine endodermis and mugwort (or Artemisia), and therefore has a variety of flavors and colors. Flower songpyeon are known to be made with five cardinal colors and also have decorations made with various colored dough. Names of these songpyeon vary according to their ingredients. Flower songpyeon is classified along with other songpyeon made with rice powder, however. It’s unique in a way because after the rice powder is kneaded into a dough and flattened, a variety of ingredients are stuffed into the flat half-moon shaped dough, and since the shape of the finished songpyeon is the same as your standard half-moon shaped songpyeon, it’s classified as such.

Songpyeon are tasty treats usually enjoyed during Chuseok, and there are reasons for this. Songpyeon are stuffed with ingredients made from red beans and other kinds of beans, and are meant to symbolize a wish fulfillment of one’s knowledge or studies. The five cardinal colored songpyeon are supposed to represent vitality or energy, and the five basic elements that make up our universe. Omija is used to make the color red, gardenia seeds for yellow, Artemisia for green and pine endodermis for brown. Furthermore, maehwa songpyeon, which are made without fillings, are supposed to signify the desire for knowledge, as well as a wish for an exemplary attitude and outlook on life.

Koreans have a tradition of gathering together to enjoy meals and spend some quality time together during the harvest moon festival when the full moon is at its brightest and highest point. Its also a time to be thankful for the abundance of the seasons harvest.

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(CTS) Sunao Ni Narenakute_Japanese Drama

6 Feb

Sunao Ni Narenakute


  • Title: 素直になれなくて
  • Title (romaji): Sunao ni Narenakute
  • Tagline: Hard to say I love you
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Drama
  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership rating: 11.2 (Kanto)
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV
  • Broadcast period: 2010-Apr-15 to 2010-Jun-24
  • Air time: Thursday 22:00
  • Theme songs:
    • Theme song: Hard to say I love you ~Ii Dasenakute~ by WEAVER
    • Insert song: Sunao ni Narenakute by Sugawara Sayuri


Nakajima looks up to his father, who was a war photographer, but can only get a job as an assistant for gravure magazines. Mizuno is a provisional high school teacher, currently on probation. Nishimura is Mizuno’s best friend, whose boyfriend has been avoiding her since she discovered she was pregnant. Ichihara works at a magazine where he is being blackmailed into sexual favours by his chief editor. Park, on Twitter, takes on the persona of a doctor, when he is actually working at a company that sells medical equipment to disinterested doctors, and at the same time, trying to take care of his younger sister.

This is a story about the blossoming friendship of five young people who were brought together by Twitter, and their journey to finding honesty with each other and with themselves.


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