Signs teaching Korean in Taiwan

中興街 in 永和 (新北市) is a street that is known for stores selling goods imported from Korea. There were posters next to each store with a phrase in Korean and the translation in Chinese. 注音符號 was placed next to the Hangul to help with pronunciation. This was the first time I’ve seen 注音符號 to represent the sounds of Hangul. With the first image, I think 니 is pronounced “ni” and should be represented by ㄋㄧ in 注音符號.

Word of the week #46: firefly

We’re back to the original format for “Word of the Week” posts. Once a week, I explore a word in different languages.

The word for this week is firefly, the little insect that lights up.

Chinese: 螢火蟲 [ㄧㄥˊ ㄏㄨㄛˇ ㄔㄨㄥˊ]
Japanese: 蛍 (ほたる) (hotaru)
Korean: 개똥벌레 (gae ttong beol le)
French: une luciole

Reminder: if you want to learn Chinese characters, visit the blog Learning Traditional Chinese Characters.

So Gong Dong Tofu House

I often pass by So Gong Dong Tofu House, but had not given it a try until recently. I kept seeing the “Tofu House” sign. There is a good sized parking lot in front. From the outside, it looks like an unassuming little place. But the inside was the large chatter of many diners at multiple tables. There is a good selection of tofu dishes and BBQ dishes. There were soft drinks on the menu, and no alcohol. The banchan were good and plenty. The rice was really good and was a mix of different grains. The tofu soup was good and spicy. The galbi was so tender and did not need a strong pulling off the bone. I will definitely go back.

So Gong Dong Tofu House
4127 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 424-8805