Week 5: Ode to Food

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Dinner at our apartment with my fellow teachers Hae Ah, Eun In, and Mi Ji.
 

Since a significant factor in culture assimilation is adapting to the local cuisine , I have dedicated this entry to our Korean dining experiences thus far.  We have been fortunate to find ourselves in a city known for some of the best traditional cuisine in all of South Korea.  

 

On Friday I invited my three coworkers to our apartment for some "American" food.  So we made Italian :)

 

The menu included garden salad with italian dressing, garlic and cheese bread hors d'ourves en flambe (they were quite literally on fire when I took them off of the grill), more garlic bread, chicken parmesan spaghetti and strawberry cheesecake straight from Chicago.  We did not have a table big enough for us nor did we have enough chairs so we ate on the floor.  I had to buy more chopsticks, bowls and spoons so we didn't have to eat with our fingers.  Being poor is such an enriching experience!  The girls were very gracious guests however and did not seem to mind picnicking on the floor at all.

Our guests brought this delicious cake for us. We were so full from dinner that we didn't even touch it until the next day. And then we ate it all :)
  They even brought us a delicious cake from Paris Baguette.  We were stuffed!  Justin was a Godsend and cleaned the entire apartment and even did the bulk of the cooking.  I don't know what I would have done without him!   As well as the dinner party went we both decided it would be easier (and cheaper) to just take everyone out to dinner at a nice restaurant :)

 

For more information and recipes go the following sites:

Korean pancakes http://www.trifood.com/pajeon.html

Kimchi http://www.trifood.com/kimchi.html

Galbi http://www.trifood.com/galbi.html

Chili pepper paste http://www.trifood.com/kochujang.html

Korean Dumplings http://www.trifood.com/mandoo.html

Bulgogi http://www.trifood.com/bulgogi.html

Chicken Ginseng Soup http://www.trifood.com/samgyetang.html

Grilled Pork Strips http://www.trifood.com/samgyupsal.html

Soju http://www.trifood.com/soju.html

Table Setting, Drinking Etiquette http://www.lifeinkorea.com/Food/index.cfm

Aopaq says:
Great food shots! Sounds like an amazing cultural experience you are having.
Posted on: Sep 30, 2007
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