Monday, October 2, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" 2017 Korea Tour

Korea Tour 2017
Is it time to eat again !! Part 3

As seen in the October 2017 edition of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy Newsletter

After a relaxing night and a wonderful breakfast at the Gyeongju Hilton we take a lovely ride through the lake region. Soon we head up a very steep entrance to the Golguksa Temple . We are met by the monks and are escorted to a changing room to put on our monk training clothes.  This outfit is a pair of fabulous loose pants and a button up vest. Everyone looks great! After some very rigorous training in their main hall we head outside for Zen style Archery. This year I finally was able to hit the target!! I was definitely much stronger this trip because of my continued training in Traditional Taekwondo.

Last time we were here Master Cook had a private Tea with the Abbot of Golguksa Temple. This time we are all invited into their new Tea House. It was so beautiful. We all sat around the perimeter of the room as the Abbot sat at his floor level desk. On his desk was a little plastic globe of the earth. It was odd yet so appropriate! As we drank our tea he spoke of many aspects of the Martial life. He himself had also studied Taekwondo. He emphasized the importance of meditation and to continue training in the traditional ways. Afterwards we all posed for a photo with him and then headed up to the dining hall.

Lunch here is always an amazing experience. Food when prepared in a spiritual manner enlivens your whole being. As we enter there are two very long low tables, one for women and one for men. Today our meal is served buffet style. You must only take what you can finish. Throwing away food is wasteful. The meal is so good…sauté mixed vegetables, spicy slabs of super yummy Tofu and black rice. Yes it’s black and if you haven’t tried it you must! They don’t have it at Shop Rite so you can head down to Woo Rhee and grab a bag. This is the rice you add to your sushi rice to turn it purple. One cup sushi rice to one tablespoon black rice. We are also served Doenjangguk. This is a wonderful fermented soybean paste (miso) soup with chilis , seaweed and vegetables. I went back twice. We all eat in silence. This is such a lovely experience.

It’s time to get back on the bus for our five hour drive back to Seoul. We will be having two rest stop breaks…what can I have!! First rest stop is a major highlight in my culinary journey of Korean food , my first time having Tteokpokki in Korea!! I make Tteokpokki at home a lot, but now I am having it the way most Koreans do. Served in a paper cup with a toothpick. I’m in heaven!! Tteokpokki is to Koreans what Mac and Cheese is to us! Cylindrical chewy rice cakes smothered in a sweet and spicy sauce.  I have to hold myself back from not ordering another because our next rest stop is for dinner!

Just like last time the cafeteria is a bustle with travelers and truck drivers waiting for their food. I scan the photos as they scroll by and decide on Sal Guk Su. This is a kimchi  seaweed noodle soup that is so soothing to my already Tteokpokki full belly. Dylan orders a hamburger, French fries and a coke and is hog heaven!!

Back on the bus and sated most of us doze off knowing that tomorrow will be our last full day in the Land of the Morning Calm. The must anticipated tour of the DMZ.

To be continued…

Haeng bog meogneum !
Happy Eating!

Pamela Pyke

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The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #10 October, 2017

Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the October edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter!. As the days get shorter and 2017 begins to wane, we have much to celebrate...The CHOSUN 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet and Dinner Dance preparations are in high gear and there are many ways you can be a part of the celebration. Please see opportunities below...
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chosun Sunrise Returns

By Master Jake Garrett
Following a brief hiatus, the Sunrise Class returns on Wednesday September 6th. We are fortunate to have such a full weekly schedule of classes; the diversity of classes allows a student to experience the many facets of traditional taekwondo. The Sunrise class is a unique traditional experience, there is something different about training early in the morning, your body is fresh and strong, your mind is calm and receptive.

 A perfect time to begin a 15-minute meditation. The additional time in meditation allows you to move beyond our typical start of class meditation in which one stills the mind in preparation of focused training. Sunrise meditation can promote a calmness and relaxation in your body and mind, a deeper focus is developed down to a single point, a point of stillness is obtained, this is an acquired skill that not only benefits one’s martial skills and practice, but also carries over into your everyday activities.
Following mediation time is spent in Ki development with the practice of Qigong exercises. The active principles of Qigong are breath, posture, movement, relaxation and concentration-visualization. The Eight Brocades a soft style practice is an ideal system for students to enhance their understanding and use of Ki energy. If your concerned about another discipline to learn and the proper way to practice, don’t be, the way to practice is “take it easy” follow along with the movements, use natural breathing, don’t look for the Ki, it is in your in body, it is occurring, with practice and intent you will eventually recognize and use it every day.
Each week we will spend time focusing on the details of each one of the eight positions, while breathing naturally allowing the Ki to sink to Tanjun. New to this class will be the introduction of hard style Qigong exercises focused on rooting and centering technique.

Meditation and Ki awareness culminate in the reward of the class, Poomsae! Having spent time clearing your mind in mediation focusing on your breath and performing slow relaxed movements, you may discover a new aspect and understanding of your poomsae practice. This is a wonderful way to start the day.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" 2017 Korea Tour

As seen in the September 2017 edition of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy Newsletter

Korea Tour 2017
Is it time to eat again !! Part 2
Today we are traveling all the way across Korea to the beautiful city of Gyeongju. It is a five hour drive through rice patties, ginseng farms and fruit orchards. The mountains are glorious, verdant green and covered in mist. This is a hikers paradise. No wonder the rest stops are filled with folks decked out in Patagonia jackets and hiking boots. Rest Stops in Korea are so much fun! You can buy electronics, sun bonnets that cover your head and face entirely, hiking clothes, souvenirs and of course food! Our guide, Mr. Kim let us know we would be making two stops on our journey. On our first stop Rosa Cirillo got a bag of corn on the cob. It was steamed and the kernals were huge compared to the sugar and cream
varieties that we have at home.  It was an excellent snack. Then Bill Cirillo  got back on the bus with a box full of Ho-doo Gwaja!! These are a famous rest stop snack sold all over Korea. They are beautiful walnut shaped doughnuts that are filled with sweet red bean paste. Super yummy. Soon we are back on the road admiring the scenery. Next stop is for lunch. You enter the cafeteria and over the counters are scrolling photos of all your choices with the price. What amazing choices. Jjajangmyeon (noodles with black bean paste), Katsu (pork cutlets), Jjampong ( spicy seafood noodle soup), Sundubu-jjigae (spicy soft tofu stew), Jangjorim (braised beef) and on and on!! Not only do they prepare the meal to order it comes with silverware, glass plates and bowls and even cute little stainless steel water cups that you fill with ice cold water. No plastic or Styrofoam! No waste. So civilized! I chose the Katsu . The cutlet was the size of Texas and served as it always is with a sweet cabbage slaw, pickles and Korean potatoe salad. You had to keep pinching yourself because you are eating this wonderful meal at a reststop!! Back on the road again and we arrive at  the city of Gyeongju, the museum without walls. Beautiful huge green mounds are everywhere. These are the tombs of the Kings and Queens of the Silla Dynasty. Next stop is Bulguksa Temple, a World Heritage site where after sightseeing in the blazing sun and gift shopping Rosa turns us on to these fabulous plastic squeezy bottles filled with fruit flavored ice.  Back on the bus and off to the Gyeonju Hilton for a much needed shower and brief rest.
Tonight we dine on Beef Bulgogi  with Banchan. This restaurant is memorable not just for the beef but the endless little bowls we all share. Here’s what I remember, Juipo-muchim (seasoned dried File Fish) to die for, Ganjang-eomuk-bokkeum(stir fried fish cake with soy sauce)I love making this at home, Ojingeo-bokkeum(spicy stir fried squid), Gaji-namul(steamed eggplant), Sigeumchi-namul(steamed spinach), Kongnamul-muchim( seasoned and steamed soybean sprouts), sweet and lovely Korean potatoe salad , and of course this apple sweetened cabbage slaw we all fought over. No need to worry here though, the waitress will refill all the Banchan we can eat!!
If my memory serves me well, we headed out after our dinner and took a walk to visit the Cheomseogdae Observatory. This is the oldest existing observatory in Asia. It was built for Queen Seon-deok . She used the observatory to view the stars in order to forcast the weather. Her observations would help the farmers know when the right time to plant was.
We had a beautiful night and headed back to our luxury digs for a good nights rest.
Just a quick comment on the breakfast buffet at the Gyeongju Hilton, superb!! Fresh egg station, breads, Asian station with tofu and miso soup, smoked fish, salads, French toast, fresh fruit and so much more. Today we will go visit the monks at Golguksa Temple and have some of the simplest yet delicious vegetarian fare…
To be continued…
Part three of 2017 Korea Tour.

Haeng bog meogneum

Happy Eating!

The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #9 September, 2017

Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the September edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter!. Summer is officially over but the Autumn season promises to be a busy one...Invitations went out for the 20th Anniversary Chosun Awards Banquet & Dinner Dance. Please respond as soon as possible. We hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" 2017 Korea Tour

As seen in the August 2017 edition of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy Newsletter

Korea Tour 2017
Is it time to eat again !!

After our long flight and sleep we arrived in Seoul to check in to our home away from home, the Sommerset Palace Hotel. Once unpacked we headed out to a wonderful market right behind our hotel called Insadong. Our guide, Mr. Kim brought us to the same restaurant we ate in on our 2010 trip. What a coincidence! But tonight we weren’t having boiling hot Dobu Jigae, tonight we feast on Shabu-Shabu!! This is a Chinese dish that Hal and I enjoyed on our trip to adopt Eleanor.  A beautiful pot of broth is simmering away at your table, plates of paper thin beef, mushrooms, vegetables and noodles await there plunge into the broth. Let’s get cooking!! Fabulous Banchan are on the table to enjoy, Acorn Jelly, creamy Asian Slaw and of course Mekju and Soju!!!  What an amazing first dinner…what else does Mr. Kim have up his sleeve…  


Monday…after a lovely breakfast buffet that we will enjoy every morning in Korea, we head out into the city to see Master Ryan An and our training adventures begin. But then there’s lunch…Master An always takes us to the same restaurant and it is always a different meal every time. First time I ate here we had Korean Hamburgers! Yummy! Today we are served BBQ Pork that is to die for! It was like a bag of potato chips, you couldn’t stop your self! The Banchan was Spicy Emok (fish cakes), creamy Asian Slaw and assorted Kimchis. Baskets of lettuce and perilla leaves to make SSam were on the table. Ssam means to wrap, take a leaf, place a piece of pork on it and a little Goguchang sauce and pop it all at once in your mouth!! Sigh…
At this meal you must control yourself because there is more training back at Master An’s !! Yikes!!

Tonight we dine on Beef Bulgogi that is prepared in a Mirin sweetened broth, not grilled which is more traditional. Again a plethora of Banchan and our first full day in Korea comes to an end.

Tuesday, a very important day…the Kukkiwon. Let’s just say we were worked to the bone by a 9th Dan, another Master An.
So it was so appropriate that we should be having the Korean peoples favorite summer dish, Ginseng Chicken. This soup is a restorative, the cure to whatever ails you. A young chicken stuffed with sticky rice, a chestnut, date and of course a ginseng root. On all our trips we have a contest as to who will finish their bowl first!! This years results are in, Gino 1st place, Mrs. Pyke 2nd place, Bill Cirillo 3rd place (and that’s only because he found a Starbucks and went on a mission!!) and Rosa Cirrillo 4th!!

Tonight is a special night because we return to one of our most favorite restaurants in Seoul, Be Won, the secret garden, home of the monkey fist dumpling!! Mandu or dumplings are steamed and packed with pork, scallion and cellophane noodles. We dip them in a soy vinegar sauce and experience nirvana!! Platters of all kinds of Jeon are serverd… Korean pancakes of assorted vegetables and everyones favorite a lovely white fish jeon.  Next comes steaming bowls of Kal Gaksu, hand cut noodle soup in a very light broth that you can spice up with some chilies if you dare. I love to savor this without the spice. Of course rounds of Mekju and Soju abound!!! We toast our beloved Rosa for her amazing translating at the Kukkiwon and carry ourselves off to bed.

Wednesday…this is the highlight of the trip for me, not only will I be reunited with Grand Master Lee but I shall be dining on BBQ Duck today! It is a gorgeous hot and sunny summer day in the countryside of Korea. We make our way into the restaurant to our tables where the waiters have place hot coals in our table top BBQ. A grill is placed on top and platters of smoked duck and garlic cloves await their fate. Again this is Ssam so we bundle up our crispy juicy duck, roasted garlic , sauce  and enjoy. Mr. Kim has arranged for us to be served two very different types of soup. A hot kimchi soup with Somen noodles(thin wheat flour noodles) and Naengmyeon, Icy Cold Acorn Noodle Soup.  Both soups are amazing but the Naengmyeon is so unusual. The broth is a tangy ice slush with chewy acorn noodles garnished on top with cucumber, white kimchi, red cabbage, lettuce, spicy kimchi and toasted seaweed. Patty, KiKi and I devoured it!!! This dish is not to be missed if you are fortunate enough to be served it. Buried in the coals are Korean sweet potatoes for dessert. This has got to be my most favorite meal of the trip.

As if Mr. Kim could not top lunch, again he blows our minds with Dolsot Bibimbap for dinner. I’m sure many of you have tried traditional Bibimbap at a Korean restaurant, steamed rice with assorted toppings…this Bibimbap is served in a screaming hot stone pot so that the rice on the bottom becomes super crispy and super tasty! At this meal we are served a favorite dish I make at home Hamul Jeon, seafood pancake. This jeon is loaded with squid, shrimp, fish and scallions and of course dipped in a soy sauce vinegar mixture. This is a real favorite with everyone. We have been sufficiently sated. Off to a good night’s rest because tomorrow we head for the east coast of Korea for Bulglksa Temple and the Shilla Kingdom…
To be continued in next months newsletter.
Kamsamida

Mrs. Pyke

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #8 August, 2017

Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the August edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter! 
Summer is halfway over but there are many more extra training opportunities at CHOSUN to take advantage of FREE OF CHARGE! See the list below. The 4th Annual Chosun Picnic is this taking place this coming Sunday... Please join us for day of fun, food and fellowship with other CHOSUN students!  


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