Ginseng chicken soup has been a popular Korean cuisine. The whole spring chicken stuffed with rice, a ginseng, a chestnut and Chinese dates in hot soup is a great comfort food, particularly in the winter when it’s freezing outside. It warms you up. How about when it’s 35 degrees celsius outside? Well, the restaurants are air-conditioned and there are ingredients that meant to be good for health in the summer, too.

The challenge of flying to Busan, South Korea direct from Hong Kong is the red-eye flight. All flights take off at around 2am Hong Kong time. Then some airlines serve meal (really) on board. Nice, but really who wants to eat at 3am? Finally the lights are off and you may be lucky to get an hour sleep. Then the captain calls for landing announcement… Busan isn’t that big so it doesn’t take that long to get to your hotel which won’t let you check in until 3pm. Not much is open that early. So every time I would find a nice coffee shop, enjoy a nice breakfast (coffee, of course) until my body is ready to go out for some activities.

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