“You can tell a lot about a Korean restaurant based on the banchan it offers.”
Harabeoji’s favorite thing to eat, and the thing to which he attributed his long life, was raw garlic.
“Dealing with someone else’s culture, someone else’s media, and trying to Americanize it is something I can’t understand.”
“I found myself dwelling on these parts of Korean culture as a way to reconnect with my identity and also the memory of my mom.”
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.