Thursday, December 14, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" 2017 Korea Tour

2017 Korea Tour Korea Tour 2017 Is it time to eat again !! 
Part 5  
As seen in the December 2017 edition of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy Newsletter 
Korean Chinese Takeout

After an amazing day at the DMZ we return to our hotel to rest up for our last night in Seoul. The Cirillo’s have a fabulous penthouse that has a 180 degree view of the city, including the Seoul Tower. Our guide, Mr. Kim has agreed to order us some Korean Chinese takeout. While we are waiting Rosa Cirillo’s Auntie and cousin come to visit. It was very moving to see them all reunit and to have Nina Rose and Luke meet their Korean family.

There is a knock at the door and the deliveryman arrives with two large hot boxes filled with our order. He arranges the whole buffet on the table. It was more like a catering service than takeout!! Nothing is disposable, glass plates and silverware.

There was…
Jjajangmyeon, Chinese egg noodles with a garlicky black bean sauce.
Kimchee Bokkeum Bap, kimchee fried rice.
Haemul Bokkeum, a sea food stir fry that had clams, shrimp, mussels and the cutest tiny squid that I’ve ever seen.
Ka-re Bap, Pork and vegetables in a curry sauce.
Eomuk Bokkeum, stir fried fish cake.
Dubu Jorim, soy braised tofu.
Of course Mandu, dumplings.
Wonton soup
With plenty of Mekju and Soju flowing,  what a feast!!
Soon it was time for Rosa’s relatives to leave. Those ladies packed up every bit of our leftovers to take home.  Lots of hugs , bowing and tears. It was wonderful to share this moment with Bill and Rosa.
Then another knock on the door and the deliveryman comes in to load up all his wares into his boxes and was gone. So very efficient. Here’s something to remember when ordering takeout in Korea, no tipping!!!

Maybe on our next trip we could do another takeout night! Speaking of our next trip in 2019, please consider it. It’s so much fun to throw yourself into another country’s culture and especially trying new food. This will be my fifth trip back to the Land of the Morning Calm and it is so amazing how wonderful it is every time I return. You will train with Master Ryan An and Grand Master Lee. This trip we hope to return to Jeju Island and train again with Master Lee at the Dong Yang Taekwondo School. These masters will inspire all aspects of your Taekwondo training. I can answer any questions you may have about this once in a lifetime experience.

Have a joyous Holiday season.
Haeng bog meogneum
Happy eating

Pamela Pyke

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