Home Cooking

For me, part of the fun of visiting a new place is trying out the local foods. And since I am living in South Korea for at least a few months, I’m not just eating out, but eating in a lot, which means cooking. In the two weeks I have been here so far (and also the 10 days I was here before I went to New Zealand), I’ve basically prepared one dish so far, with slight variations.

My dish is a basic soup. Our kitchen is super tiny so doing anything elaborate is out of the question; no oven, just a two burner stove and one pot. Here are the ingredients I tend to put in it — garlic, cabbage, green onions, two kinds of mushrooms (enoki and black cap), hot peppers, and some weird lettuce. Even at the spendy grocery store (which is laid out more like a Western store so I have gone there twice so far), local veggies are super cheap. For example, the green onions were $1.20, while the hot peppers were a dollar. Even the mushrooms are super cheap ($1.00-$1.50 depending on the kind).

So far, I get the veggies either at the local grocery store or at the traditional open market (I love it there), but it's further away.

So far, I get the veggies either at the local grocery store or at the traditional open market (I love it there), but it’s further away.

Add broth powder, red pepper paste, and sometimes noodles to make it more substantial and ta-da! Soup, using only a cutting board, knife, and one pot. When I am feeling extra fancy, I add sesame seeds. And in week two, as I grow more adventurous, I have also experimented with putting pickled radish shavings on top (I pretty much love anything pickled).

What I tend to eat for breakfast/lunch and sometimes dinner too, if we don't go out.

What I tend to eat for breakfast/lunch and sometimes dinner too, if we don’t go out.

I wonder how long it will take me to get tired of this.

Now before you think I am eating completely healthy over here, fear not — there will be posts on going out for chicken and beer (VERY popular here) and what a Dunkin’ Donuts is like. But for the most part, I do appreciate how the food here in general is healthier and more wholesome. I was going to say “simple” but it’s not simple — there are so many ingredients involved in most dishes here; it’s just that the food seems to be less processed overall, and also less sweet.

There’s not much cheese here either. That may prove to be a problem in the future.

 

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