Halmoni didn’t tell me she loved me. Her love could be seen in the work of her hands.
Harabeoji’s favorite thing to eat, and the thing to which he attributed his long life, was raw garlic.
I’d never seen a Korean man cook before Sam, and I was captivated.
Ramen is comfort food, a thing to soak up your regrets and get you through a rough day. But my favorite way to enjoy it has courted great controversy among my friends and family.
I used to imagine having a Korean mother, someone rich in stories and jokes about Korean food and culture. My Korean mom would, ideally, be Maangchi.
In her illness, Korean food was all my Polish-American mom from Jersey wanted to eat. It was all that she could bear.