On the flight over to South Korea, there was an option for Kimchi Fried Rice on the lunch menu. I was so excited to start eating Kimchi… But sadly, almost everyone around us had the same idea, so by the time it was my turn to get food, there were no more options left!! How disappointing! The Ums have been good to us, but they wanted to eat “western food” when we arrived (maybe they thought we wanted that too) so we ate lots of the foods that we are used to. Two days after arriving, Justin and I decided to venture out and find some Korean food… David Um came with us.
Justin and David
We walked to a huge store located a couple of blocks away from where we are staying. This stores is called E-Mart, and it is a three story shopping centre with foods, clothing, home appliances, and a food court. David is really fascinated by everything that Justin says and does, and it is really sweet listening to him recall all of the things he remembers Justin telling him last time we visited them. He even repeats the details I have told him about my brothers. I like to listen to David and Justin talking. It makes me giggle!! David has accidentally called Justin “dad” on a number of occasions already.
E-Mart Food Court
Oh yeah… that’s how you know you are back in Asia!! It takes a really long time to read your receipts. We need to touch up on the Korean that we used to know, and David has been helping with that! I am eager to learn more this time, so having a translator around has been useful.
Like me, David loves Sushi.
While we waited for our food, David chatted our ears off. He has so many questions, and tons of “Do you remember the time when…” He is definitely the most talkative of the triplets.
Both the boys had a similar dish… Donkkaseu (돈까스) which is a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet. It is served with shredded cabbage, pickled gherkins, radish, and steamed rice.
Yellow Pickled Radish and Kimchi Radish
Clear broth with odaeng (fish cakes)
I ordered Dolsot Bibimbap (also seen in the first picture above).
Bibimbap is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot, however I ordered the Dolsot option and it therefore came served in a hot stone bowl. The bowl is so hot that anything that touches it sizzles for a minute. Before the rice is placed in the bowl, the bottom is coated with sesame oil, making the layer of the rice touching the bowl golden brown and crisp. Hmmm… Tasty!!
We have not had much rice over the last 6-8 months and we have missed it. It’s odd how much we enjoy rice now. In fact, we would eat it at every meal if our waistlines allowed it, but we have wedding pictures to think about. That being said, it is hard NOT to eat rice here!
After lunch we went to the grocery level and bought some snack foods and other necessities. I was stuffed after all that food… I guess our bodies will need to adapt to eating rice again.
David was eager to play Xbox Kinect again, so once we got home the boys played a few games. They worked up a good sweat. This is a good way to workout while having fun. I only realised once I took this picture that they were wearing similar shirts. We spent the rest relaxing with the Ums and watching movies.