But I though I would have to post this entry here for those few of you who still pop by to have a look at what I'm up to.
copied from my other blog:
I've just got back from four fabulous days in Jeju. An island off the south of Korea. So good to get away from the kids. So good to get out of Seoul. Unfortunately, I didn't get to do any beach bumming (too much other touristy stuff to do, not-so-fantastic weather, and ill-fitting board-shorts to blame) but it was most definitely fun.
We got lost multiple times thanks to my lovely friend (who was driving) somehow speaking a very different Korean to the Korean that the GPS navigation system was speaking in (these things are cool!!! I want one!). I will be posting photos of some of the highlights over the next few days, though I think the best experiences were love-land (giggle), Hiking up Mount Halla and the food.
Now the food. The food was good. The food was interesting. The food pushed my boundaries... hell, they've been stretched beyond recognition.
Firstly, I would like to remind you all that this is coming from a person who will not eat steak that is anything less than medium-well done. I like my meat to be cooked. If I stick my fork in it, and it moos, there is a problem. I have issues with eating animals that could be bought back to life by a good vet. I expect my meat to be cooked.
Being an island, Jeju has some food specialities that are different to the mainland. The first day we had a different sort of Pork Galbi (grilled pork - though it didn't taste that different). Pheasant was the next day's special dinner. It was quite good - to get a good tasting of it, we had the meal set that was prepared in several different ways - shabu-shabu (hot vege soup that you cook at the table and then dip shaved meat in to cook) which was quite of, some fried pheasant (not-so-good), fried pheasant balls (yumm) and raw pheasant (actually quite good, and I don't appear to have acquired bird-flu)
The highlight of special dinners came on the Sunday when we went hunting for a horse-meat restaurant. I don't really have much of an issue with eating horse as it really is just another animal. I know some people see them as pets rather than food, but I've also had pet cows, sheep and goats - all of which are also very tasty animals. Given my thoughts on horse (an animal I like less than others I have eaten) I was not really that put-off by the idea of eating horse. However, I did still have that little socially-conditioned voice in my head screaming out "OMG you're going to eat horse, OMG!"
So we went to this fantastic horse restaurant where we were very warmly treated (Jeju has some really hospitable people). Like the pheasant restaurant we decided to get the set so that we could try horse in a variety of ways (it was expensive but we nearly had to be air-lifted out of the restaurant). This included Horse steak, horse stew-type-thing, horse casserole-type-thing, horse shabu-shabu and then there were the other two dishes. One which I can't remember the name of. The two dishes - indeed the first two to come out, were horse sashimi and horse strips marinated and chilled served over frozen strips of radish. Yes people, not only have I now eaten horse, I have eaten it raw!
The horse sashimi was quite good. Nice little piece of raw horse dipped in either oil an pepper or soy-sauce and wasabi. My preference was for the oil dipping sauce. It was actually quite pleasant - subtle flavour and it just melted in your mouth. The second dish was amazing. I don't know what it was marinated in, but it was fantastic. When the dish was brought out it was semi frozen and I think that it was much better this way - as it defrosted and came to room temperature, it was less delicious, but still good. So there we go - I have now eaten two types of raw horse. And frankly, every time I walk past a horse now, I will be tempted to lean over, hack off a chunk, dip it in oil, dust it with pepper and garlic and let it dissolve in my mouth. YUMM!