My son’s girlfriend’s parents were visiting from Alabama over the weekend. We arrived home from HealthCampCT @ Yale School of Nursing late on Sunday and arrived at the kids apartment for a wonderful Korean Feast. It was so nice of them to do Sunday Roast for all of us.
Pickles and condiments are an integral part of a Korean Meal – I’m not entirely sure why. First was Kim Chee which, traditionally made, takes quite a while to ferment but Shannon’s mom has started making a “fresh” kim chee using baby bok choy. It was delicious. My favorite kim chee has always been the type made with cucumber: Oi Sobaegi
This is, beyond a doubt, is one of my favorite Korean dishes. It is wonderful with lots of vegetables and bits of meat (sometimes shrimp): Chop Chae sometimes uses cellophane noodles but frequently uses sweet potato noodles, which means I can eat it. It is also delicious leftover (I had some for lunch the Tuesday after this meal – they made a Ton!). it is a time intensive dish with lots of washing & chopping vegetables and each ingredient is cooked independently and then all combined but… YUM!!! Bulgogi is a traditional dish with marinated beef. This was some of the best bulgogi I’ve ever had – Homemade definitely makes a difference.
These two dishes are a little less common. The egg “custard” is Ddukbaegi Gaeran Jim – it is a savory egg “casserole” and reminds me of a childhood favorite (a similar Japanese dish): Chawanmushi. The seafood soup really put dinner over the top with so many dishes but is my daughter’s favorite: Miyeok Guk
Everything was served with this “purple” rice that had some type of beans in it. I found several discussion boards talking about it but no actual recipes. It was obviously Asian short grain rice and was delicious.
It was such a treat in so many ways… having dinner when we arrived home from a very long and busy weekend – getting to have Sunday Roast with these wonderful people… Exploring Korean food in the Best Way – Homemade! YUM!