I love food. I love eating it, I love cooking it, I love smelling it, I love the way it looks. I would not ever consider myself a connoisseur but if there is good food, I’m happy!
Before we left on this trip, Monique and I had the opportunity to attend a Korea Day Festival in Centurion and we got a small taste of the food we’d get here. It was fantastic.
SO we had high expectations when we arrived and so far, oh my, have those expectations been met on a monumental scale! One of the great things about orientation is that all our meals are prepared for us, and not only is there more food than we could ever hope to eat, but it is so delicious you want to try! The flavours are quite distinct from what we know at home, I particularly enjoy quite tomatoey, meaty, and salty flavours. The flavours are softer, leaning towards fish, cream, citrus and spicy (I think!). The chopsticks here are also metal and flat as opposed to the round ones you get in Chinese Takeaways, slightly more difficult but you get the hang of them pretty quickly.
Some of my personal highlights have been:
- 불고기 (Bulgogi) – a beef dish with vegetables
- 김치 (Kimchi) Fermented cabbage and other stuff, a side dish that can be hot but well flavoured!
- 비빔밥 (Bibimbap) – Tried this today, also lots of veg and rice but mixed textures and flavours.
- 떡 (Rice cakes) – had I know rice could be this awesome I would have eaten a lot more as a kid; eaten in soup, with sauce, by itself, everything!
- 된장국 (Miso Soup) – it allegedly has anti-cancer properties, regardless it is delicious!
This is just to name a few that I can think of as I type, there are a lot more. Once we move to our own place I will start trying my hand at Korean cooking and I’ll hopefully be able to blog some of my attempts and good recipes!