During back to my trip to Korea last month, I tried a dish that changed my world forever. It was budae jjigae.
Seriously. By this time next week, I’ll be at YVR awaiting an 11.5 hour flight to Seoul, Korea! Excited. Although I am already feeling like I am in vacation mode, I still have a shit ton of work to do. 5 days of working, a crazy weekend of baking and last minute orders, my first ever market experience at the Hawker’s Market, Mother’s Day festivities, need to finish my passport challenge… I’m just thinking that I really don’t have time to pack. I’ll figure it out.
Even though I have tons of things on my mind, Korea is still the first thing on the brain. I made some kimchi fried rice the other day in celebration of my upcoming vacation.
It’s weird. Whenever I have an upcoming trip planned and the days draw nearer to my departure, the more food I will eat from that culture. For example? Last year I had Japanese food almost everyday until my departure to Japan and Taipei. When I arrived back home in Vancouver, I made oyakodon right away and had Taiwanese beef noodle every week for a month.
So, I’m set to leave for Korea in just under three week’s time. How am I preparing for my trip? By watching an unhealthy amount of Eat Your Kimchi videos and consuming an unhealthy amount of Korean food. Kimchi jjigae has been on my regular rotation for the past two weeks but since the weather has finally started to warm up here, I opted for something spicy yet cool — bibimguksu.