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By Way of Korea

South Korea   |   New York

A Korean food blog and travelogue inspired by

an epicurious New Yorker's journey around South Korea


Squid Sausage - Jumunjin Fish Market, South Korea

As the sun began to rise, a fleet of boats hauled in its nightly harvest — squid being one of the most abundant catch. Delicately sliced and served in a spicy, icy broth as 물회, salted and hung like martyrs to every fence or wall available by dry-good merchants, and giving plain vanilla ice cream a chic makeover, they were an ubiquitous presence at the market and port.

Desperately seeking a source of heat, I darted for a smoky window through which I could smell fried food being made.

Through my chattering teeth I ordered a squid sausage (오징어 순대), a whole squid stuffed with minced meat, vegetable, and glass noodle filling, that is steamed, sliced, then dipped in eggwash for a final fry.

A cup of piping hot fishcake soup (어묵국물) brought some feeling back to my fingers, allowing me to be able to use my chopsticks to finish my sausage.



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"If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel - as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go."

Anthony Bourdain's unmatched relish for adventure and humble approach to food, cultures, and humanity left an indelible impression on my younger self. Imparting on me the courage to veer into the unknown, he inspired me to embrace my vulnerabilities and seek adventures and growth beyond the comforts of home.


In July of 2017, I boarded a one-way flight to Seoul, South Korea. Within the first week of arrival, I signed a lease for an apartment and by the end of August, I had accepted a job offer that relocated me to Pyeongchang and Gangneung, where the Winter Olympics were soon to be held. From there, I had the rare opportunity to explore much of the greater Gangwon Province's beautiful mountainous and coastal regions and their distinctive foods. Once or twice a month, I'd return to Seoul or travel to an unfamiliar region to poke around alleyways, markets, and mountains in search of more good eats and adventures.


By Way of Korea is a storytelling project inspired by the food, places, and faces I encountered throughout Korea. By sharing my fondest memories, notes, and images of Korea, I simply hope to play a small part in piquing greater curiosity about Korean food and culture in my readers.  My content will heavily spotlight, but not be limited to Korean food and culture. 

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