Fall has arrived. The day is cold and rainy. So my brain should say, warm blanket and hot chocolate, right? Or warm soup and fuzzy sweaters? Yeah. Maybe before this Kdrama addiction happened–or more specifically before I had ready access to Korean food. When I sat at work staring out the window looking at the rain, chill settling in (ahem…I mean working, working very hard) I had cozy fantasies of some lovely cheese ddukboki. And I was hit with the realization–my cravings have changed.
2) Bubble Tea.
3) Seasoned Bean Sprouts
This unassuming banchan dish is probably one of my favorite things to eat here. It seems easy enough to make. Beansprouts. Sesame Oil. Sesame Seeds. But do you think I can recreate it? (Unless you haven’t guessed, that would be a big fat no.) The taste is light and crunchy and I’ll pick up a couple of containers whenever I pass my nearest HMart.
4) Bibim Naeg Myun
After first getting past my “Ugh, cold noodle soup?” and trying this cold noodle dish with beef, buckwheat noodles, cucumber, Asian pear, and egg, I was completely hooked this summer. Hooked so bad I would make up excuses which would find myself in Ktown so I could eat it on a super hot day. Or a medium hot day. Or a day that was mildly warm. The side dish is Cha Soo, a seasoned boiled porkbelly. So freaking Delicious. I’m still not absolutely sure I’m eating this right, but really? I just don’t care. I can’t wait for the warm weather to come again so I can get my slurpy-slurpy noodles on.
There was a point where I ate kimchi and maybe, just possibly, pretended I liked it. Liked it because, as a Korean fan, I really, really wanted to like it. I remember asking the sales clerk how could know when it when bad (because it always smells bad). But I’m happy to announce, Kimchi and I have moved to the next stage and our relationship, and I think it’s love.