Wanderfood Wednesday — Tempura Ginseng

Posted by on Mar 24, 2010 in Uncategorized | 18 comments

Here we are for another edition of Wanderfood Wednesday hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick

Anyone who read yesterday’s blog knows that I was at a bull fighting festival here in Korea this past weekend. I have never been to any festival where food has not played an important role. Korea is no exception. We all love an excuse to eat (at least I do), and what better place than a festival.

There was so much to choose from! After circling the eating tents a few times I finally decided to begin with a tempura snack. I didn’t realize until I got right up to the counter that this wasn’t any ordinary tempura. It was Korean Ginseng Tempura! The Korean’s love their ginseng. I had never seen it prepared like this, so I was intrigued. For a chunun ($1.00) I got to snack on this delicious treat! Yum. The first thing that came to mind was fried parsnip. That’s exactly what it tasted like, and I love fried parsnip. I’ll be looking for this treat again the next time I go to a festival. I might even learn to make it at home.

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18 Comments

  1. Ginseng tempura! Wow, never thought it could be exist before! Tomorrow is my bibimbap day, if my friend doesn’t bail out. I’ll check out whether they have ginseng tempura or not.

    Hey, I saw that you were in Indonesia for long time, including Ubud. I went to a popular “babi guling” restaurant near the monkey forest, I wonder whether you know this place as well and what you think about it! Their pork skin tasted magical.

  2. Ginseng tempura! Wow, never thought it could be exist before! Tomorrow is my bibimbap day, if my friend doesn’t bail out. I’ll check out whether they have ginseng tempura or not.

    Hey, I saw that you were in Indonesia for long time, including Ubud. I went to a popular “babi guling” restaurant near the monkey forest, I wonder whether you know this place as well and what you think about it! Their pork skin tasted magical.

  3. Hi Dina,

    This was the first time I have ever seen or tasted the ginseng tempura. I hope you find it. Enjoy your bibimbap.

    I’ve heard lots about the the “babi guling”, but don’t eat a lot of meat. Maybe I’ll give it a go next time.

  4. Hi Dina,

    This was the first time I have ever seen or tasted the ginseng tempura. I hope you find it. Enjoy your bibimbap.

    I’ve heard lots about the the “babi guling”, but don’t eat a lot of meat. Maybe I’ll give it a go next time.

  5. Hi Nancie, I love the bibimbap, it’s my new favourite food! (I have many of them). I didn’t see the ginseng tempura in the menu, but i was not looking too hard.
    I don’t know whether you will like the babi guling or not if you don’t eat meat a lot, because the taste is really meaty. But give it a try of you go there again. I also like the pork rind cracker they have there.
    Did you go outside Bali too in Indonesia?

    • Hi Dina,

      A couple of years ago I went to Lombok, which is lovely. I’ve also been to Yogarata (bad spelling).

  6. Hi Nancie, I love the bibimbap, it’s my new favourite food! (I have many of them). I didn’t see the ginseng tempura in the menu, but i was not looking too hard.
    I don’t know whether you will like the babi guling or not if you don’t eat meat a lot, because the taste is really meaty. But give it a try of you go there again. I also like the pork rind cracker they have there.
    Did you go outside Bali too in Indonesia?

    • Hi Dina,

      A couple of years ago I went to Lombok, which is lovely. I’ve also been to Yogarata (bad spelling).

  7. I always get hungry when I come over here… anything that tastes like fried parsnip would be fine by me.

  8. I always get hungry when I come over here… anything that tastes like fried parsnip would be fine by me.

  9. I wonder if you also get the health benefits eating it this way

  10. I wonder if you also get the health benefits eating it this way

  11. @azahar………..I’m with you there. Parsnips are one of my all time favs. I have never seen them here in Korea, so it’s been a long time since I’ve eaten them.

    @Heather……..That’s a good question. I have no idea. I wonder if the deep frying negates any help benefits……:)

  12. @azahar………..I’m with you there. Parsnips are one of my all time favs. I have never seen them here in Korea, so it’s been a long time since I’ve eaten them.

    @Heather……..That’s a good question. I have no idea. I wonder if the deep frying negates any help benefits……:)

  13. I’ve never seen parsnips in Spain either! So it’s been YEARS for me too.

    • I was in the grocery store here on Sunday and I think I actually found some. They were cut up in a package and on the sale shelf. They smelt exactly like parsnips, so I have to figure they were. I was surprised, and also at the ungodly price they wanted. The reduced price for this very small package was over 7.00US….They stayed in the store!

  14. I’ve never seen parsnips in Spain either! So it’s been YEARS for me too.

    • I was in the grocery store here on Sunday and I think I actually found some. They were cut up in a package and on the sale shelf. They smelt exactly like parsnips, so I have to figure they were. I was surprised, and also at the ungodly price they wanted. The reduced price for this very small package was over 7.00US….They stayed in the store!

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