Ever since my first trip to Korea a few years ago I became motivated to learn how to cook Korean-style food. I did it mainly to bring back the memories of being there and also because it’s so so tasty. Korean culture believes that food is more than just something to eat – it’s seen as medicine for the body and also gives a reason for family and friends to gather and talk and share the experience of eating together. In fact it’s so integral to the culture that in the language “밥을 먹었어요?” (Have you eaten?) is equivalent to saying “how are you?” In English.
In Seoul we journeyed to a less touristy part of the city in Dongdaemun and ordered ingredients in a local market and cooked together as a part of a tour called OME Cooking Lab. The tour guide was so friendly and guided us through the winding alleys of 경동시장, which is a HUGE market spanning around 300 000m. I still feel intimidated navigating the different markets in Korea so it was nice to have someone to rely on to find what we needed and to also find our way back without getting lost. 🙂
Once we reached our cute little workshop room, we made several different recipes- bulgogi (불고기), kimbap (김밥), soft tofu stew (순두부찌개), spicy rice cakes (떡볶이), five-grain rice (오곡밥), and green onion pancakes (파전). We managed to make this whole feast with the guidance of our guide and her 엄마 in just over an hour. Personally I loved the rice cakes and soft tofu stew because of all the vegetables we added and the fact that it was spicy. During the colder months spicy food is just so comforting and brings warmth back after a day spent outside. Especially with makgeolli (막걸리) 😋
Here’s a link to the tour we went on: