Sunday, May 15, 2011

Daelim: A Photo Essay

Well, midterms have come and gone, and as usual I have a backlog of things to write about. Here's one for starters...

A few weeks ago, on Easter, M. and I, along with a friend, went to one of our favorite areas in Seoul, Daelim, for some Northeastern Chinese food and a sunny Sunday afternoon stroll.

The area around Daelim station, on Line 2, is known as a Korean Chinese area, where many Joseon-jok, or Chinese-born Koreans, live. There's fresh and cheap produce, including cilantro (a relatively rare find here), numerous dumpling and noodle shops, dog hot pot restaurants and grocery stores selling everything from spices to dried noodles to baijiu (a.k.a. Chinese "white lightning") if you want it. I typically go there to get cilantro, plump shallots, and ginger root, and get another bottle of my favorite Chinese black vinegar when I run out (it's great stir-fried with eggplant).

Though I plan to write more about this in the near future, for my first post about Daelim I thought I'd let the pictures speak for themselves.

Promoting an international dialing code from Korea to China

Selling jewelry on the street in front of a sign for a 24-hour hot pot restaurant

Stir-fried lamb with two kinds of chiles

Beef soup noodles

Plump boiled dumplings (shui jiao 水饺) stuffed with ground pork and celery

Mixing alcohol

Produce and pickles on display outside a small shop (I bought shallots and garlic here)

Selling baozi 包子

Baijiu 白酒 on display in a shop

Mixed script sign advertising "Hometown dog meat hot pot"


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