Monday, April 6, 2009
Korea nostalgia, and...brownies
Since I got back to Montreal, I've been hanging out a lot (aka drinking mid-afternoon) with one of my friends who actually spent a few weeks in Seoul when I first arrived there last spring. We knew each other through work, and one day I found out through Facebook that she was taking a 2-week vacation in Seoul, so we decided to hang out for a night. I had only been in Seoul for two weeks, and I barely knew the city. Aaron and I left our apartment and met her and her boyfriend in Myeong-Dong, one of the busiest districts in Seoul, for a night of drinking and singing at a karaoke room. It was one of the best nights I had in Seoul, sharing the city with some friends from home, and discovering the Korean nightlife. My friend even got engaged the next day, in Seoul! (I barely made it to work, I was so hungover, and had to cover for Aaron's classes since he called in sick... fun times).
My friend and her (now) fiance loved Seoul so much, and really got into the culture, more than anyone I know. They also happen to live right in my neighborhood, so last night we all gathered for a true Korean feast. She went to the Korean grocery store, picked up supplies, and cooked all the typical Korean dishes: bulgogi (marinated beef), gimbap (California rolls), bibimbap (rice and vegetables mixture), rice, and she even got all the sides dishes, including kimchi. I did my part and brought the soju (the strong Korean liquor that tastes pretty abrasive), and baked some brownies (from scratch!), since we agreed that Korean desserts are not the most exciting.
We had such a great time drinking, eating, and even singing karaoke-style after the meal. It all made us so nostalgic, and for a few hours I missed Korea so, so much. Life was so easy there, I didn't have much responsibilities, taxis didn't cost much, the nightlife went on until early morning, and food and drinks were insanely cheap. Life in Canada is expensive, jobs are hard to find, and I have so many responsibilities. But then again, I live in a cockroach-free apartment, I breathe some clean air, and I can actually bake brownies.
You can leave Korea, but Korea never really leaves you.
PS- Try this amazing and EASY brownies recipe from Nigella Lawson. Just google the conversions. Everyone loved it.