Twenty years ago, Korea to me meant underground shopping where overruns of well-known brands abound.
Today, these so-called underground shops albeit scarce still exists but no longer rule my interest. More than lovely sceneries (which I only discovered on this trip), it’s the cuisine that got me fired up. Korean food ranked high on my list of favorites ever since I stepped foot on their soil some twenty years ago. The proliferation of Korean restos in my neck of the woods nurtured that fondness. Lucky for us, we had great Korean hosts and night after night, we were treated with authentic Korean cuisine and more. And contrary to some reports, Koreans are very courteous people. 🙂
Some of my favorite dishes came to life and once again, I got to taste it from its source.
Rice, meat, vegetables, an egg and chili paste. Mixed together and I’m in heaven. What I love best about this is the crusty rice at the bottom. So better make sure that it is served in a hot stone bowl.
Usually served as a side dish in Korea but I can have it as a main dish anytime. It can truly make my day.
The first time I tried this was in a small restaurant in Itaewon and I’ve never looked back. A must have in every Korean dinners. It is short ribs marinated in Korean Soy Sauce, garlic and sugar and then grilled, usually at the table. Typically served with lettuce, which is used to wrap the beef in. The hot bean paste called ssamjang sealed the deal for me.
Funny how I sometimes crave for this when it wasn’t love at first taste… nope, not at all! It actually took a while for me to even like this stuff. But what is Korean food without kimchi?
This was interesting and a first encounter. The platter came with thinly sliced fresh and pickled vegetables and mushrooms. Gather a few of each and wrap with the crepe. Maa shee saw yo!
It was a great trip to Korea even if it was actually work (and a bit of play). The food capped it all, as usual.