Korea’s Summertime Cold Noodle

When you’re looking for a good, authentic Korean dish to enjoy during the hot summer months, you can’t go wrong with naengmyeon. The traditional Korean cold noodle, this dish is popular throughout the country for when the weather turns warm.

The naengmyeon noodle is akin in many ways to the more familiar soba noodle from Japanese culinary traditions. They are made with buckwheat flour, with a bit of wheat flour and sweet potato starch mixed in. These latter two ingredients give the final product a chewier texture than you will find in soba. Chefs will cook such noodles in a tangy, cold broth, traditionally with ingredients that may include julienned cucumbers, Korean pear, boiled egg, beef, mustard sauce, and vinegar. It’s a cool, refreshing dish for when the heat becomes oppressive.

At our University District Korean restaurant, you can enjoy the great taste of naengmyeon in two forms. Try our regular Korean cold noodles, or our Korean cold noodles with BBQ beef short ribs. Try this summertime favorite for yourself at Green House today!

The Year of the Sheep

Recently, people across the globe celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Sheep. This is the eighth year in the traditional, Chinese-style lunar calendar. Since eight is recognized by the Chinese as a lucky number, the influence of the Sheep is said to bring times of great prosperity. The Year of the Sheep is associated with peace and gentility, with countries and individuals more likely to put aside their differences in favor of creative endeavors.

Our Seattle Korean restaurant wishes you the best of luck during the Year of the Sheep! Should you ever need a place to celebrate your own good fortune, consider a meal at Green House.

Exchanging Business Cards the Korean Way

If you ever practice international business, there is a pretty good chance that you may eventually end up dealing with representatives from South Korea. There are many businesses run by Koreans or Korean immigrants who are eager to connect with businesses in the Northwest. It therefore pays to know the etiquette that goes with business cards in South Korea. Should you ever be engaging in business with representatives from Korean businesses at our Seattle Korean restaurant in University District, remember the following tips:

Firstly, keep in mind that business cards are quite important in a business relationship. The way you treat somebody’s card can be seen as indicative of the way you will treat him or her. Accept business cards and hold them with care, and never write on a business card in the presence of the other individual.

You will likely exchange your cards upon making your initial introductions. Offer your own business card with both hands. If you have printed your card with a Korean translation, put the Korean side up. When you receive the other person’s card, give it a thorough look to show your interest. This way, you can improve your chances of success in dealing with the Korean business.

The History of Rice

Have you ever wondered about where rice came from? From times immemorial to our Seattle Korean restaurant, this grain is doubtlessly the most important crop ever to be cultivated by humankind. It has been a primary source of food for a greater number of people over a longer period of time than any other food in the world, with a history going back thousands of years.

The oldest known record of rice being cultivated as a food source goes all the way back to 2500 BC in China. It spread throughout the world from there, its magnificent versatility proving to be greatly advantageous everywhere it went. It could be grown nearly everywhere, in anything from deserts to wetlands. This, combined with its solid nutritional value, made it a staple throughout Asia, the Mediterranean, and beyond. Come take a taste of this ancient tradition at Green House!