Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Normally I would be dressing up in some elaborate costume that I had been conspiring over for months, but not this time. I would also be attending some party and having a swell time eating and drinking with others who have dressed up, but Halloween isn't really a big thing in Korea. Okay, it's not a thing at all. So, I know it's a Friday but I had decided to stay indoors tonight. After last weekend it is probably a good thing that I'm taking a little rest.

Tonight I just prepared a nice little meal and watched a film. Sometimes it doesn't get any better than that, and tonight's menu was pretty nice. I marinated a bunch of pork last week and threw it in the freezer in little single serving baggies. So tonight I cooked a serving up. This marinade was on sale and tasted pretty good. Not very spicy at all though, but that's what you have gochuchang for!

I was lucky because I had some good little side dishes to serve with my rice and pork. Ideally it would have been customary to serve lettuce leaves so I could wrap the pork up with some garlic and rice, but I didn't make the time time to pick any up after work. Getting around to do simple things like run to the store is a chore here without a car readily available. Anyhoo, back to the side dishes.

I was lucky to have a variety. I had some cabbage kimchi but that is reserved for soup in my house. I eat it plain sometimes, but not too often. Tonight I had my green olives stuffed with garlic (love those!) which I picked up from the commissary, and then the other stuff was local fair. The little tiny fish are excellent. These are the really small ones, but they are cured and slightly sweet and taste a bit like fish jerky. The pickled garlic is not strong at all and has a nice tangy crunch, as well as the yellow radish. Finally the onion. Who could forget that. Sliced up in chunks and just served raw. I have always been a huge onion fan!

My movie was "The Manchurian Candidate" and I ate and had some Sprite and watch my flick. Like I said, sometimes it just doesn't get any better than this. Well...a nice bottle of Cass beer would have topped it off quite nicely but you know the old saying. You can't always get what you want. Well, I was damned close. Talk to you all soon with my next food adventure!

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