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Korean Stuff in Texas - Part Three - Dallas

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In part three of our Korean Stuff in Texas series, we take a look at beautiful Dallas, TX. As with the other parts in this series, there’s no way I can cover all of the Korean establishments in this fair city, but I would still like to share with everyone the places that I have come to enjoy.

Dallas, as one can expect, offers a bit more than, say, Denton. It’s a big city with a rich history. However, like Carrollton, it has a concentration of Korean businesses in a section of downtown known as Harry Hines and/or Royal Lane.

Harry Hines doesn’t exactly have the best reputation but it is what it is. It’s home to the best 노래방, 찜질방 and restaurants. Take the good with the bad, right? So, let’s take a look at the menu, shall we?

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Dallas Harry Hines Royal Lane Korean Town

- 노래방 - Family Karaoke - for twenty bucks an hour (half price specials on some weekdays) you can realize your lifelong dream becoming a K-Pop star in Texas (what? was I the only one?) Unlike typical 노래방 in Korea, there are no drinks allowed in the room but there is a full bar available. Hands down the best selection of songs, highest quality sound system, crazy comfortable rooms, two flat screens and an overall enjoyable experience. It’s clean and it’s here. No, it’s not exactly what one would expect to see or pay for in Korea, but it’s the cream of the crop for Dallas karaoke.

- 찜질방 - King Sauna - 18 bucks gets you cold and hot tanks, wet and dry sauna rooms, a movie room, 노래망, children’s play room, salt room, cold room, and more rooms than I care to count. It’s open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The website does a nice job of introducing the basics of Korean sauna procedure as what to normally expect from a full service 찜질방. Those familiar with 찜질방s in Korea will surely feel at home with the service, snack bar and access to a men’s barbershop. The only real drawback is the price witch is substantially more expensive than the price of one of similar quality in Korea. However, if you’re looking for a genuine experience, look no further. It’s not humongous by Korean standards but by American sauna standards, it’s well above par.

- Restaurants - Too many to name, so I’ll just focus on my favorite. 소공동 Tofu House. This place will rock your socks. My recommendation? They have the best 순두부 ever. Spicy as all get out and cooled down with 도토리 공국수. It’s heavenly. Beautiful interior with a great atmosphere.

- 팥빙수 - This sweet sweet treasure of a dessert is readily available a nearby bakery. I have little else to say about the greatness that is 팥빙수. The bakery itself is a great little date destination. The little concealed booths are neat little feature that I have yet to see elsewhere.

- Grocery - KoMart -  This grocery store gets the job done but it’s nothing glitzy. If you need Korean food and you don’t feel like seeing every Korean person you know, then you come here.

That’s about it for the general course. Seeing how it’s Dallas, I’m positive there’s specialty Korean businesses for just about any type of service or product one could imagine.

Tune in next week when the lines of Korean and American businesses blur.

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Korean Stuff in Texas - Part Two - Carrollton

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Part two in our Korean Stuff in Texas series. Today’s focus will be on Carrollton, TX. Again, this series is based on my own personal opinions and viewpoints. There is certainly plenty more to talk about but I’ll just focus on the few points that I’m familiar with. With that said, let’s take a look at something that is of interest to everyone!

Yes yes, the great equalizer. The grocery store. Young and old, rich and poor, everyone needs groceries. So what is a good ol’ country boy with a hankerin’ for some kimchi to do? Where might he go to get some delectable side dishes? Where can he find a bottle of the finest Korean spirits?

H Mart.

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Korean Grocery H Mart Carrollton Texas

H Mart might have questionable financial backing, but it certainly is the Cadillac of Korean markets. It’s hard to find fault in all that is offered. Expect to come here and have your jaw drop.

Matthew Cletus First Time Korean H Mart

A list of products available:

  • American, Korean, Japanese, Chinese dry goods
  • Crazy big produce section
  • American, Korean frozen food
  • Korean fresh fish market
  • Korean, American alcoholic beverages
  • Korean fast-food court
  • Korean-style bakery
  • Tapioca/Bubble tea stand
  • Hello Kitty stationary store
  • Korean furniture, refrigerators, sleeping mats
  • Korean cooking, kitchen, bath goods
  • Korean appliances
  • etc

Products are fairly priced and the staff is quite friendly. The vast majority of workers are bilingual in English and Korean but there are also Spanish speaking employees, too.

Now, this doesn’t even include the small Korean business park located in the same space. Nearby you’ll find:

  • Hairstylists, Barbershops
  • Coffee shops
  • Bakeries
  • Restaurants
  • Private Academies (학원)
  • Bookstore
  • Gym
  • 찜질방 (coming soon)

What I like about Carrollton is, to the best of my knowledge, all of the Korean businesses are located in one spot. One can easily drive down to the business park to get a haircut, do some grocery shopping, and finish the day off with an especially good Korean meal. I always look forward to the drive to Carrollton because of the sheer convenience and shops available.

Stay tuned for next week when we look at the third largest city in Texas. As always, we would love to see similar videos about your local Korean town or Korean district.

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Korean Stuff in Texas - Part One - Denton

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I want to take some time out from writing to share with you part one of a four part part series of Korean Stuff in Texas. These videos are to highlight four places in Texas where you can expect something Korean-related. I should mention that these videos are from my own personal opinions and viewpoints. Having said that, I hope that if you living or visiting any of these cities, you find the videos helpful.

Okay, let’s talk about Denton. It’s located north of Dallas. It’s the home of two universities: UNT and TWU. Although UNT currently doesn’t have any formal Korean language classes, it does have a whole mess of other language classes. Including one for non-native speakers. It’s an international student program affiliated with the university much like a 어학당. I should mention that if a student graduates from the six part IELI program, they are automatically granted UNT university student status. Meaning, they can now take UNT classes - undergraduate or graduate level. Not bad.

Denton has two Korean restaurants: Bulgogi House and Royal East Asian Cuisine. Here’s a map of the two places in Denton to grab some Korean food: download link

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Like I mention in the video, don’t expect to pay Korean prices for Korean food in America. It’s not going to happen. But if you’ve never been to Korea, then dig in and enjoy Korean food. Your eating experience will only get better in Korea. Expect more food, more side dishes, served hotter, served quicker, and with a smile. In the meantime, these two places aren’t half bad. Hey, one is even walking distance from the university.

Well, that does it for Denton. Stay tuned for part two which has a big impact of those living not just in Denton but all of Dallas. If anyone else has some information about their own city’s Koreatown, feel free to post them!

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We started making more homework videos so that more people can participate in them and make their own videos, but we didn’t expect that we would get so many response videos in such a short time! Thank you very much everyone for your participation and all the amazing videos! And if you haven’t participated in making videos in response to our “Answer Me in Korean” videos, please feel free to make a video response to any of the existing videos or to our future videos as well! Thank you everyone!!! Keep on practicing!!

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Really Simple Korean Conversation #3

Really Simple Korean Conversation #3
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Cast:
Emily (listener/blogger of KoreanClass101.com)
Matthew (listener/blogger of KoreanClass101.com)
Max (listener of KoreanClass101.com)
Hyunwoo (host of KoreanClass101.com)
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Really Simple Korean Conversation #2

Really Simple Korean Conversation #2

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Hyunwoo (Host of KoreanClass101.com)
Emily (Listener/Blogger of KoreanClass101.com)
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Really Simple Korean Conversation #1

Really Simple Korean Conversations - Video #1

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Featuring:

Hyunwoo (Host of KoreanClass101.com),
Kyeong-eun (Host of KoreanClass101.com),
Emily (Listener & Blogger of KoreanClass101.com)
and Matthew (Listener & Blogger of KoreanClass101.com).

Script by Emily.

Korean Class Speech

Hey fellow KC101ers! I’m reviving this category for a brief moment to share with you a video I made recently. It’s a class speech I wrote (with extensive help from my teacher I might add) back in July of this year during my brief time at 이대.

This speech was supposed to be the culmination of what all we had learned. I was in the beginner class and was nominated to deliver the speech. How nice. The problem is that I’m lousy at verbal communication in any language and I’m an awful reader to boot. So, when you combine this with a sweet country boy’s accent you get a recipe for pure hilarity. I tried to read my speech from a crumbled piece of paper on stage in front of my peers and teachers. No dice. I got so nervous that my leg started jittering uncontrollably and my voice was shakin like a salt shaker. It was bad. And to go from bad to worse, I got so flustered that I said an unmentionable Korean cuss word softly into a microphone. Not smart. Fuel to a fire.

F Bomb

So, this video is my redemption. It’s not perfect but it’s twenty times better than what my peers heard on that fateful afternoon. I would greatly appreciate any and all feedback. We are all students of the language and I believe we can all benefit from constructive criticism.

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여러분 안녕하십니까? 제 이름은 매튜 스미스입니다. 미국에서 왔습니다. 우리 반에는 한국어 선생님이 두 명 있습니다. 우리 선생님 성함은 김하령, 전혜원입니다. 김 선생님은 친절한 분이 십니다. 그리고 전 선생님은 인내심이 많은 분이십니다. 우리는 자기 소개, 취미, 집, 날짜, 가족, 하루 일과를 공부했습니다. 또 우리 반 친구들 과 같이 노래방 과 찜질방을 갔습니다. 재미있었습니다. 저는 우리 반을 아주 좋아합니다. 그리고 우리 반 선생님께 정말 감사합니다. 그래서 제가 선생님를께 선물하고 싶습니다….들어주셔서 감사합니다.

외식 (Eating out)

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Last week all of the kids and staff went out for dinner. Hence “외식.” 외 literally means “outside” like in 의국인 “foreigner” or literally “outside-country-person.” 식 means food, or a meal. You may remember a culture class from a few months ago where the KClass crew showed us what a typical “희식” looked like. 희 in that case means company, so 희식 is a meal with your co-workers.

The orphanage does this at least once a year, and by good fortune I happened to be there this year again. It’s really just a fun time with the kids, and I get to seem them in a different setting. I think it’s a pretty good day for them, and one they really enjoy. It is one of the rare occasions when they really get to do something special with themselves that doesn’t come from some outside organization.

I made this video so you can see some of the kids. This isn’t everyone. They split all the various sections up among several different restaurants since more than 100 people would completely overwhelm any restaurant! The meal was 삼겹살. And it was more than I really should have eaten…but the mean kept coming! And since kids have small bellies… well, I got to eat an awful lot!