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The Secret Trade of Dumplings

The Secret Trade of Dumplings

Somewhere outside Dongdaemun History & Culture Park … I decided to go on an excursion with some friends to Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) and the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Seoul in Guanghuidong (exit 5, 7, 8 of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station). It is commonly believed that Korea is a homogeneous country, but a closer look reveals several pockets of Filipino (Hyehwadong & Dongsungdong in Jongno), Chinese (Chinatown in Incheon & Seongsudong near Konkuk University) and Central Asian (Guanghuidong) communities where you can…

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White/Black Day & Story of Jjajangmyeon

White/Black Day & Story of Jjajangmyeon

Uh, Valentine’s Day was last month … so you may very well be thinking what’s with all the candied hearts and stuffed animals?! Well, in addition to the veneration of St. Valentine or Valentinus (whomever you believe to be the true martyr behind this very misunderstood holiday), many Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc.) celebrate another day of love called White Day a month later on the 14th of March … Koreans (as they so often do) take…

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What Remains of Hawaiian Sugar?

What Remains of Hawaiian Sugar?

How the story of food, culture, and family intertwine. The next time you peruse the aisles of your local grocery store, snag a bag of Hawaiian sugar as it may be the last time you see it on the shelves—well, the last time you see REAL Hawaiian sugar. The last batch of cane sugar was shipped aboard the Moku Pahu with the closing of the last remaining sugar plantation on the Islands this past January, marking the end of an era that…

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